826 National

It’s the LAST DAY to place Christmas orders from Ye Olde Eight-Twoe-Six Internette Shoppe. Remember, all orders help us support the free writing and tutoring programs at our eight writing centers nationwide. 

TODAY ONLY: Spend $10+, and get a free Pocket Activity Book! It’s a perfect stocking stuffer. 

Bid on a chance for a one-hour Stoopid Buddy Stoodios tour with Seth Green in Los Angeles, where Seth and his partners create the adult Swim hit Robot Chicken. All proceeds benefit our pals at ScholarMatch, who support underresourced students in the San Francisco Bay Area with scholarships and college resources. 

Bid on a chance for a one-hour Stoopid Buddy Stoodios tour with Seth Green in Los Angeles, where Seth and his partners create the adult Swim hit Robot Chicken. All proceeds benefit our pals at ScholarMatch, who support underresourced students in the San Francisco Bay Area with scholarships and college resources. 

The secret law of page harmony, via Retinart.
Nice.

Nice.

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Words Invented By David Foster Wallace’s Mom

D. T. Max’s highly anticipated Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace (public library) is out this week, and though it lacks the captivating prose of a great biography, it has a certain encyclopedic quality that is sure to galvanize DFW fanatics.
 I was delighted to find among the Max’s factlets one about words invented by Wallace’s mother, an English professor, which went on to permeate DFW’s own writing:

No one else listened to David as his mother did. She was smart and funny, easy to confide in, and included him in her love of words. Even in later years, and in the midst of his struggle with the legacy of his childhood, he would always speak with affection of the passion for words and grammar she had given him. If there was no word for a thing, Sally Wallace would invent it: ‘greebles’ meant little bits of lint, especially those that feet brought into bed; ‘twanger’ was the word for something whose name you didn’t know or couldn’t remember. She loved the word ‘fantods,’ meaning a feeling of deep fear or repulsion, and talked of ‘the howling fantods,’ this fear intensified. These words, like much of his childhood, would wind up in Wallace’s work.

And, indeed, it did. From Infinite Jest:

Orin’s special conscious horror, besides heights and the early morning, is roaches. There’d been parts of metro Boston near the Bay he’d refused to go to, as a child. Roaches give him the howling fantods.


Read more. [Image: Wikimedia Commons]

Make up any good words lately? 

This is tremendiferous.

lareviewofbooks:

theatlantic:

Words Invented By David Foster Wallace’s Mom

D. T. Max’s highly anticipated Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace (public library) is out this week, and though it lacks the captivating prose of a great biography, it has a certain encyclopedic quality that is sure to galvanize DFW fanatics.

 I was delighted to find among the Max’s factlets one about words invented by Wallace’s mother, an English professor, which went on to permeate DFW’s own writing:

No one else listened to David as his mother did. She was smart and funny, easy to confide in, and included him in her love of words. Even in later years, and in the midst of his struggle with the legacy of his childhood, he would always speak with affection of the passion for words and grammar she had given him. If there was no word for a thing, Sally Wallace would invent it: ‘greebles’ meant little bits of lint, especially those that feet brought into bed; ‘twanger’ was the word for something whose name you didn’t know or couldn’t remember. She loved the word ‘fantods,’ meaning a feeling of deep fear or repulsion, and talked of ‘the howling fantods,’ this fear intensified. These words, like much of his childhood, would wind up in Wallace’s work.

And, indeed, it did. From Infinite Jest:

Orin’s special conscious horror, besides heights and the early morning, is roaches. There’d been parts of metro Boston near the Bay he’d refused to go to, as a child. Roaches give him the howling fantods.

Read more. [Image: Wikimedia Commons]

Make up any good words lately? 

This is tremendiferous.

Celebrate Michael Chabon’s new novel as Diesel becomes Brokeland

Michael Chabon and Diesel Bookstore present Brokeland Records

In celebration of longtime 826 supporter Michael Chabon’s new novel, Telegraph Avenue, Diesel Bookstore in Oakland is transforming into Brokeland Records from September 7 to September 14. Come to celebrate the book’s release and pick up some music - yes, it will be an actual record store!

What’s more: The first 200 people to pre-order Telegraph Avenue from Diesel will be invited to attend the grand opening party on September 12, where Michael will discuss the book and sign copies. There will also be a raffle for an 8-track player from Michael’s personal collection and an exclusive Telegraph Avenue mixtape. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit 826!

housingworksbookstore:

In the case of the inaugural issue, we can expect a 10” transparent vinyl pressing of rare tracks from the aforementioned Pecknold, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Amen Dunes, Grizzly Bear spin-off Department of Eagles and more, while its 60 pages will work off the theme of “transition” (each issue will carry a theme, natch). Round one features a journal entry penned by recently freed West Memphis 3 member Damien Echols on adjusting to life after 18 years on death row, an excerpt from Gloria Steinem’s forthcoming book, a photo essay on adolescence by noted rock photographer Autumn de Wilde, a contribution from SPIN’s Charles Aaron, and another from Animal Collective sister/visual collaborator Abby Portner, among 30-plus other pieces. (via A Fleet Foxes-Affiliated Literary Journal to Launch in September | The Measure) via @brainpicker
AND all proceeds go to 826 National! Pretty amazing.

We could *not* be more excited to benefit from this wonderful project. #solucky

housingworksbookstore:

In the case of the inaugural issue, we can expect a 10” transparent vinyl pressing of rare tracks from the aforementioned Pecknold, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Amen Dunes, Grizzly Bear spin-off Department of Eagles and more, while its 60 pages will work off the theme of “transition” (each issue will carry a theme, natch). Round one features a journal entry penned by recently freed West Memphis 3 member Damien Echols on adjusting to life after 18 years on death row, an excerpt from Gloria Steinem’s forthcoming book, a photo essay on adolescence by noted rock photographer Autumn de Wilde, a contribution from SPIN’s Charles Aaron, and another from Animal Collective sister/visual collaborator Abby Portner, among 30-plus other pieces. (via A Fleet Foxes-Affiliated Literary Journal to Launch in September | The Measure) via @brainpicker

AND all proceeds go to 826 National! Pretty amazing.

We could *not* be more excited to benefit from this wonderful project. #solucky

Celebrate youth literacy on 8/26 Day!

826 student writer

This little guy is a published author. Here’s how to support him and nearly 30,000 other students for National Youth Literacy Day, which also happens to be 8/26 Day!

1 - Become a published author (and win a bevy of signed books) at 826on826.org.

2 - Donate. All our programs are free. You help keep the lights on.

3 - Check out your local chapter for events and volunteer opportunities. 

Thanks. Sincerely.

Describe the New Pluto

Your hip startup has recently discovered a new planet: NXuP-826. Management wants to push for colonization as soon as possible, but, seeing as NXuP-826 is 8.26 light years from the nearest star, it’s a tough sell. In 50 words or less, create an advertisement promoting this new planet.

Our space-themed prompt comes on the same day that Neil Armstrong passes. Tributes encouraged. 

An evocative description of a majestic creature, from yesterday’s 826 on 8/26 prompt

Do you dare take on today’s, in which you’ll be describing bigfoot’s HANDS? Didn’t see that coming, did you?