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Sale to Lone Star Stories

Eric Marin (ericmarin) at Lone Star Stories has purchased 'Black Betty' for the October issue of the zine.

'Black Betty' is my pirate story, but it was inspired, structurally, by the story 'In a Bamboo Grove' by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, which was eventually turned into the film, Rashomon, by Akira Kurosawa. I've not seen the last, still, despite being a big fan of both Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune, who stars in the film, but Akutagawa was a fine writer who, sadly, killed himself much to early in life. There's a current translation of his work out by Jay Rubin, who does half the Murakami output (he translated Murakami's most recent novel, After Dark), and even comes with an introduction by Murakami himself. Which may or may not be incentive for anyone to read the work, but I dug it, at the very least. At any rate, all that aside, I actually quite like 'Black Betty, and I'm pleased that it's going to see print, rather than sit in the back of my notebook, gathering dust. It's one of the stronger pieces of mine that will be published this year, I believe and, lets be honest, it's my take on pirates. Every author should get to do it once.

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(Anonymous)
Jul. 4th, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)
After Dark is enjoyable. Well as much as any such book that deals with loneliness, etc. can be described as enjoyable.

Enjoyed Rashomon too.

It's never dawned on me that I should read the book upon which it was based. I'll have to work it in there.

And figure out some better praise words.

And congrads on your sale!

---factory farmer
benpeek
Jul. 4th, 2007 04:46 am (UTC)
RASHOMON is a collection of short stories since, from memory, akutagawa didn't write any novels. so if you buy the collection you get a bunch of other cool things--most of the stories are stronger, i believe, than 'In a Bamboo Grove', which has its biggest assest in its structure.
catsparx
Jul. 4th, 2007 04:40 am (UTC)
congratulations Ben. You can never have too many pirate stories I say
benpeek
Jul. 4th, 2007 04:45 am (UTC)
thanks!
speshal_k
Jul. 4th, 2007 05:20 am (UTC)
Is this the same one you were trying to sell last week? If so, congrats on the quick sale! If not, then just congrats :-)
benpeek
Jul. 4th, 2007 05:24 am (UTC)
yeah, it is. eric wanted to see it. see how helpful blogs are?
bluetyson
Jul. 4th, 2007 06:14 am (UTC)
Captain Leadbelly? Any monkeys named Ramjam?
benpeek
Jul. 4th, 2007 10:15 am (UTC)
no, none of those things, i'm afraid.
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benpeek
Jul. 4th, 2007 10:16 am (UTC)
yeah, i do want to watch it. i've got my eye on a copy that's round here--just waiting for the price to drop a bit before i buy it.
kaolinfire
Jul. 4th, 2007 10:24 am (UTC)
Congratulations =) Still trying to break Eric with something...

I'm going to suggest to myself not to make it a pirate piece.

I don't think I'm up on the source material properly anyway.
benpeek
Jul. 4th, 2007 10:47 am (UTC)
thanks.

i'm pretty sure all mags have a one pirate piece limit these days ;)
ex_benpayne119
Jul. 4th, 2007 11:03 am (UTC)
Congratulations. Look forward to reading it.

benpeek
Jul. 6th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC)
thanks, man.
mattdoyle
Jul. 4th, 2007 11:21 am (UTC)
pirates are ok...ninjas are cooler
benpeek
Jul. 6th, 2007 02:42 am (UTC)
pfft.

well. okay. they are. but no one did the ninja anthology and asked me to write a story for it.
experimeditor
Jul. 5th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
Sweet! Congrats, man!
benpeek
Jul. 6th, 2007 02:42 am (UTC)
thank you, sir.
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