Alan DeNiro takes note of a recent “bumper crop of strong original anthologies (that is, with no or few reprints) that have incorporated genre elements [speculative fiction, in particular] into their contents.” (The Old Hag and Wood S Lot both have noted that the new issue of Rain Taxi is online.)
Eugenides argues that writers shouldn’t ignore omens. Although space doesn’t allow him to describe all of the cosmic signs that led him to write Middlesex, he lists five. Also, he says:
shortly after I met my wife, we went into a bookstore and, for fun, looked in Linda Goodman’s Love Signs to see if we were astrologically compatible. The news was good. A Scorpio woman could do wonders for a Piscean man. She could bolster his creativity and – here I quote -“may even help him win the Pulitzer prize”.
(Via Who Else?)