Here’s what I plan to do with this blog during 2010. Plans don’t always match up with realities, but here it goes anyway.
For one, I will still tackle short stories: Zoetrope, The New Yorker, One Story, McSweeney’s, short story collections, and so forth. I plan to write shorter comments, and probably more often than before (although the one-a-day rhythm I had last August is out of the question). I’ll try to comment my way up to what The New Yorker is publishing now, but I’ll leave a trail of notes on older stories that have caught my eye.
I’ll still comment on novels, both recent and less recent. Beside novels we can call grand (or canonical or whatever), I’m really interested in understanding bestsellers this year. Much of “high” literature started as failed or triumphant “popular” literature, and I plan to make comments on such literature: novelizations, mass-market paperbacks with garish and bumpy covers, stuff you can pick up while you wait in line at a drug store.
Furthermore, I want to continue sniffing around writer’s books (meaning books meant to develop writers’ craft). I read a few last year, and this year I plan to go through some more. I may comment on a few of them, and perhaps put some of their suggestions in practice through blog posts. Finally, I may toss in some fiction of my own, in Spanish and in English.
In any case, there’s always space for whatever seems noteworthy. Sounds like a lot. We’ll see.