A Year Ago on the Ploughshares Blog

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  • Behind the Scenes at Ploughshares: post by Joshua Garstka
    June 23, 2010
    “We choose what emerges out of the batch in front of us,” says editor-in-chief Ladette Randolph. In this post, Joshua Garstka writes about the recipe behind the making of each Ploughshares issue. He answers questions regarding the submission, reading, and editing process, and offers insights into how each submission is weighed and sorted. Once you’ve cooked something up, read or re-read this post to figure out the best way to send it on to us for review. Keep in mind that the Spring 2012 issue will be guest-edited by Nick Flynn, and the Fall 2012 issue by Patricia Hampl.
  • Laughing into the Abyss: guest post by Scott Nadelson
    June 28, 2010
    Scott Nadelson addresses his parents’ concerns regarding the film, A Serious Man, by the Coen brothers, a modern retelling of the Book of Job. He discusses how the film both celebrates and critiques Judaism – but further, how it explores the “crises of human nature and morality.” A Serious Man calls attention to the way that humans often respond when trouble comes. We’re reminded that part of life is the chance collision of tragedy, mystery, suffering, and death. So, what do we do? How do we cope with these human crises that we will inevitably be confronted with? Nadelson writes, referring to another Coen brothers classic: “I am not at ease, but trouble comes. Fuck it, dude. Let’s go bowling.”