ADVENTURES OF AN ONLINE PROSPECTOR: PART ONE

For many of us, the internet is a place to connect quickly with others through such networks as Facebook; or it is a place to plug rapidly into popular culture on a global scale; or it is the fastest fact-finder and spell-checker in existence. It is certainly all those things for me.

But I venture that many passionate readers and writers have also realized the web’s unlimited potential for connecting writers and readers—like this Online Book club does— in ways that were unimaginable just a generation ago.

In my life, the internet has become a daily destination of limitless expanse, where I can mine for the kind of literary gold that makes me tingle with the delight of discovery.

longform-9826193889dc50244709906dbf3741a6LONGFORM is just such a treasure trove. Founded in 2010, it recommends and offers new and classic non-fiction from around the web, and considers any and all pieces that are longer than 2000 words. In December images (1)2012, it added a Fiction section.

This week, its “Picks of the Week” feature  http://ca-mg6.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?.rand=fh6h9qtr706a8#mail  includes a fascinating and lengthy interview that Alice Munro gave to the Paris Review earlier this year:

http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/1791/the-art-of-fiction-no-137-alice-munro

If you are already a fan of the Nobel prize-winning author (it’s such a delight to be able to write this!), then you will be fascinated by her candour and forthright answers to some terrific questions.

If you have not yet sampled her stories, this interview provides a wonderful introduction to a great talent.  And as if this weren’t enough, the LONGFORM Fiction section has made available Alice Munro’s short story “GRAVEL”, published in The New Yorker in June 2011.

http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/features/2011/06/27/110627fi_fiction_munro?currentPage=all

Enjoy, and…

Happy prospecting!

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