In another scene, Xiao Wu asks a peddler of pirated video discs if he has Xiao Wu or Platform, to which the peddler shakes his head and hands him a copy of Pulp Fiction. Jia can't even locate himself in the world of his own films, ruefully regarding the inability of his work to connect back to its source of inspiration — Kevin Lee

The New Yorker Brill's Content Chicago Reader Space Reserved
I remain ever optimistic about finding a spot on The New Yorker column 'Shouts and Murmers.' They're always looking for young unpublished writers. Harper's too. The New York Times is just waiting for the right time to respond to the inquiry I made two years ago. I got this response from the Timberland Shoe Company. No mention of my piece, however.

Rejection can also be enjoyed through email—from the L.A. Weekly:
From Ron Athey
To: me
Date: Friday, October 26, 2001 1:42 PM
Subject: rejecting you

Thank you for your interest. Unfortunately the material you sent does not suit our needs. Thanks for considering The Weekly.


Ron Athey
Assistant to the Editor

Just wait...
From me
To: Cross X Connect Magazine
Date: Sat, Jul 13, 2002 at 02:40:18AM -0400
Subject: submissions guidelines

without rules, everything would clearly be upside down. people would be submitting in all sorts of awful ways. so could i please have some very harsh submission guidelines.

- bacon
Different day...
From X-Connect Magazine
To: me
Date: Monday, July 15, 2002 3:58 PM
Subject: submissions guidelines

Thanks for your interest in the magazine. You will find our submission guidelines below. We hope to hear from you soon.


Brian Cope Assistant Editor, CrossConnect Magazine
Same day...
From me
To: X-Connect Magazine
Date: Jul 15, 2002 at 07:09:04PM -0500,
Subject: submissions guidelines

dear sirs,

i am interested in submitting 1 page social commentary/essays/non-fiction to your publication. i first wanted make sure email submissions are okay and this is the right email. i am under the impression the answer to both my questions is yes. also, would it be possible for me to submit these without much of a personal statement.1

- bacon

1 Their submission guidelines ask for a personal statement.
From X-Connect Magazine
To: me
Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2002 11:22 PM
Subject: submissions guidelines


This is the correct email and we prefer submissions to be sent via email with a subject line indicating the type of submission (in your case 'non-fiction' would apply). No autobiographical information is necessary. Looking forward to reading your submission.

Brian Cope
Assistant Editor, CrossConnect Magazine
Continuity of care...
From X-Connect Magazine
To: me
Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2003 7:26 PM
Subject: RE: submission - non-fiction


Thank you for your submission. Unfortunately, before we can finish processing your piece, we need your complete information: your phone and address, a brief bio, etc... Also, a working title for your piece would also be greatly appreciated. In case you do not already have it, I am including a copy of our submission guidelines below. Please resend your submission in a reply to this email (or simply include the original text in your reply) with the above information. Thank you.


Monica Park
Assistant editor, Xconnect
Look, would somebody please just put me out of my...
From X-Connect Magazine
To: me
Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2003 2:46 PM
Subject: re: "I Smell Books," submitted 2003-04-26

Mr Bacon:

Thank you for your submission, "I Smell Books," submitted 2003-04-26. Unfortunately we are unable to use your piece at this time.

Thank you again for your submission, and we welcome your continued submissions in the future.

Best regards,

Michael Schwartz
Managing Editor, Xconnect Magazine
Two months turnaround. Nothing but a thang. I used to would write back some fiery reply like "Yeah, obviously. Because it was good." I don't do that anymore.

  • If you're looking for Don Hertzfeldt's cartoon, Rejected, try here.

From: Gary P < >
To: B acon < >
Date: Thursday, September 05, 2002 7:06 AM
Subject: your essay

I regret to say that we are not able to use your submission in the upcoming Movie Issue of
the MR.
MR: might read it
MR: mitral regurge
CB: could be better
CB: could be blacker

Gary P, Editor

I submitted something to Dave Eggers once.
From: Dave Eggers
To: Me
Date: Sat, 27 Jul 2002 13:27:54
Subject: your essay

Has this piece been published before elsewhere?

From: Me (excited)
To: Dave Eggers
Date: Sun, 28 Jul 2002 13:27:54
Subject: my essay


From: Dave Eggers
To: Me
Date: Sun, 28 Jul 2002 14:29:4
Subject: your essay



P a u l ' s B o u t i q u e
From Paul
To: Me
Date: Tuesday, March 04, 2003 3:23 AM
Subject: I understand...

...why you're writing, but if you want your writing to be something that it
isn't now (ie fiction or an essay as defined by most magazines) you have
to think about it more. You have to add a layer of complexity and
self-referentiality that is not explicit — or rather, your writing has to
be self-conscious without being self-referential at all. You have to find
a way to get across all the funny little self-deprecating asides without
actually writing them, and trust your readers to pick them up and give you
credit for intending them to be there. Is what I meant.

From: urban chic
To: me
Date: Monday, June 09, 2003 11:52 AM
Subject: re: missouri review

I think - your stuff won't get published unless it's in something truly underground - because the style is too far from standard for them to be willing. Unless you choose to imitate the standard style, which I'm sure you don't want to do. If you thought it was worth it to give your ideas more exposure, you might consider it - but it's of course a trade off.

From: Dan Kreiss <
To: me
Date: Thursday, April 10, 2003 10:13 PM
Subject: Re: Film Reviews

No need to sell out. If what you have written is insightful, well conceived and written, and above all, interesting, than send them to me directly. We are not looking for any one particular style or film to be reviewed, more originality of voice and content.


From: Sarah Gordon
To: me
Date: Thursday, August 07, 2003 1:38 PM
Subject: ik neem een 40 of olde e, alsjeblieft

Dear Mr. Film,

I regret to inform you that
your Anthony Lane essay has been rejected, for the following reason(s):

Too highbrow for my taste.

I wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors.



From: Meryl Pacana
To: me
Date: Thursday, August 06, 2003 1:33 AM
Subject: can't come visit you

i did.

but now (predictably?) i am not so sure about going to ________ .

to tell you the truth, it just doesn't feel like a good thing.

not to be a meany, but still. i don't think i can go.


From: Paul McRandle
To: me
Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2003 12:02 PM
Subject: Hypermedia Submission - from Cold Bacon

Thanks for your submission to 3rd bed

Submission 1: I like the images in this but don't think it is right for 3rd bed.

Submission 2: Upon loading, I just got a blank, white page in IE for Mac. I might check it in Mactella if I feel like it.


If, after the film, the air outside
If, after the film, the air outside the theater seems especially clean and fresh, it is not only from relief at escaping the cracker-barrel humanism, it's the restorative power of normal, uncoerced perspective: it's a little like coming out of a loony bin. A boy's agonies should not be dwelt on so lovingly: being misunderstood may easily become the new glamorous lyricism. With East of Eden, Hollywood has caught up with the main line of American avant-garde cinema—those embarassingly autoerotic twelve-minute masterpieces in which rejected, inexplicable, and ambiguous figures are photographed in tortured chiaroscuro, films which exude symbolism as if modern man were going to find himself by chasing the shadow of an alter ego in a dark alley. When alienation is exploited for erotic gratification, film catches up with the cult realities of city parks and Turkish baths, clear meanings or definite values would be too grossly explicit—a vulgar intrusion on the Technicolor night of the soul. — Pauline Kael

Um (is it one um or two?)

Black Books