Hello everyone and happy August! Whether or not you enjoy the Olympics, it is challenging not to get caught up in the stories, the legacies, the triumphs and defeats. And favorite sports? I tend to find a fascination with those covered less by media: fencing, judo, water polo, equestrian. And yet, I have to admit, I’ve snuck a peek at gymnastics, soccer, cycling, swimming…okay, wait. I’ll admit it. I’m a junkie! But not so much that I couldn’t find ten or more things to keep your reading muscles engaged: 1) Kyle Schruder, my co-editer at Lost in Thought magazine, gives us a teaser of issue #3: 2) Timothy Gager is up at Matchbook: 3) Issue 2 of Literary Orphans, includes Anna March’s first published poem! Also work by Meg Tuite, Stephen V. Ramey, Nicolette Wong, Howie Good, and many more: 4) Roxane Gay has a new piece up at Booth; A Journal: 5) These three poems from Sam Rasnake at fwriction; review just slay me: 6) Extie Ecks’s Supermodel Summer continues at Nothing to Say, with Joe Kapitan’s “Wheels:” 7) Colson Whitehead’s “How to Write” in NY Times Sunday Book Review: 8) Joseph Quintela brings it all in July’s Short, Fast and Deadly (Stolen Plums): 9) James Claffey shares his writing savvy at Flash Fiction Chronicles: 10a) Take your time picking through this delish list at Huffington Post, compiled by Jane Harris: 10b) The Big Other is devoting posts to “Pillars of Truth” and this is by Johannes Goransson: Check out some of the big other posts while visiting, including a birthday tribute to Willliam Gass. 10c) Connotation Press, among the elite of online (and soon to be print?) magazines, does their fiction and poetry “retrospective issue” courtesy of Meg Tuite and Kaite Hillenbrand (among many other fine editors). And check out that great mug of chieftain Ken Robidoux: This just in: Poets & Writers create a comprehensive list of best books for writers: Best Books for Writers | Poets and Writers ***Bonus: Books I’ve recently read that I highly recommend: Blue Rust– Joe Millar (poetry): Book of Men– Dorianne Laux (poetry): Three Squares a Day with Occasional Torture– Julie Innis (stories):