Doug Dorst

Doug Dorst is an American novelist, short story writer, and creative writing instructor. Dorst is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. He is the current director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Texas State University in San Marcos.

Dorst is the author of the novel Alive in Necropolis, a runner-up for the 2008 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, winner of the Emperor Norton Award, and San Francisco's 2009 One City One Book selection. His collection The Surf Guru (also on Riverhead Books) was well-received and longlisted for the Frank O'Connor Short Story Award. October 2013 saw the release of S., a novel Dorst wrote in collaboration with Lost co-creator J.J. Abrams.[1]

Dorst was a three-time Jeopardy! winner[2] and competed in the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions.[3]

Doug Dorst
Doug Dorst at the 2014 Texas Book Festival.
Doug Dorst at the 2014 Texas Book Festival.
OccupationWriter, Instructor
Alma materStanford University, UC Berkeley, The University of Iowa



  1. ^ Tim Molloy - J.J. Abrams Gets Book Deal With 'Alive in Necropolis' Author Doug Dorst - The Wrap
  2. ^ S., by J.J. Abrams & Doug Dorst, "About the Authors," Melcher Media, 2013.
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19 (number)

19 (nineteen) is the natural number following 18 and preceding 20. It is a prime number.

In English speech, the numbers 19 and 90 are sometimes confused, as they sound very similar.

2013 in literature

This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 2013.

Charles Melcher

Charles Melcher (born 1965) is the founder and president of Melcher Media, a small independent book packager and publisher in New York.

Colma, California

Colma is a small incorporated town in San Mateo County, California, on the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area. The population was 1,792 at the 2010 census. The town was founded as a necropolis in 1924.With most of Colma's land dedicated to cemeteries, the population of the dead—about 1.5 million, as of 2006—outnumbers that of the living by nearly a thousand to one. This has led to Colma's being called "the City of the Silent" and has given rise to a humorous motto, now recorded on the city's website: "It's great to be alive in Colma."

Dorst (surname)

Dorst is a surname of Dutch origin (meaning thirst), and may refer to:

Christopher Dorst (born 1956), American water polo player

Doug Dorst (early-21st c.), American novelist, short story writer, and creative writing instructor

H. Dorst (mid-20th c.), Indonesian football player

Jean Dorst (1924-2001), French ornithologist.

Marybeth Linzmeier Dorst (born 1963), American swimmer

Tankred Dorst (1925–2017), German playwright and storyteller

Ergodic literature

Ergodic literature is a term coined by Espen J. Aarseth in his book Cybertext—Perspectives on Ergodic Literature, and is derived from the Greek words ergon, meaning "work", and hodos, meaning "path". Aarseth's book contains the most commonly cited definition:

In ergodic literature, nontrivial effort is required to allow the reader to traverse the text. If ergodic literature is to make sense as a concept, there must also be nonergodic literature, where the effort to traverse the text is trivial, with no extranoematic responsibilities placed on the reader except (for example) eye movement and the periodic or arbitrary turning of pages.

Cybertext is a subcategory of ergodic literature that Aarseth defines as "texts that involve calculation in their production of scriptons". The process of reading printed matter, in contrast, involves "trivial" extranoematic effort, that is, merely moving one's eyes along lines of text and turning pages. Thus, hypertext fiction of the simple node and link variety is ergodic literature but not cybertext. A non-trivial effort is required for the reader to traverse the text, as the reader must constantly select which link to follow, but a link, when clicked, will always lead to the same node. A chat bot such as ELIZA is a cybertext because when the reader types in a sentence, the text-machine actually performs calculations on the fly that generate a textual response. The I Ching is likewise cited as an example of cybertext because it contains the rules for its own reading. The reader carries out the calculation but the rules are clearly embedded in the text itself.

It has been argued that these distinctions are not entirely clear and scholars still debate the fine points of the definitions. Under the definition above, Finnegans Wake, the Critique of Pure Reason, and Being and Time are considered nonergodic literature as they require only "trivial...effort to traverse the text[s]". A stack of stained and mouldering newspapers, on the other hand, is ergodic literature.

One of the major innovations of the concept of ergodic literature is that it is not medium-specific. New media researchers have tended to focus on the medium of the text, stressing that it is for instance paper-based or electronic. Aarseth broke with this basic assumption that the medium was the most important distinction, and argued that the mechanics of texts need not be medium-specific. Ergodic literature is not defined by medium, but by the way in which the text functions. Thus, both paper-based and electronic texts can be ergodic: "The ergodic work of art is one that in a material sense includes the rules for its own use, a work that has certain requirements built in that automatically distinguishes between successful and unsuccessful users."

FoolsFURY Theater

foolsFURY Theater is a bi-coastal ensemble theater company based in San Francisco and New York City. Its mission is to revitalize the American theater by 1) creating ground-breaking visceral performances that inspire audiences and artists to reconsider and reconnect with the world around them, 2) emphasizing qualities of the theater that can only be experienced live, and 3) advancing artistic dialogue through training, research and presentation. The company presents reworked Shakespeare and classical texts as well as new works by experimental contemporary playwrights. Increasingly these are original pieces, created by the playwright in collaboration with the performance ensemble.

foolsFURY, founded in 1998 by Artistic Director Ben Yalom, specializes in physical theater techniques such as Viewpoints, Suzuki, and Grotowski-based methods. The company offers adult training in these techniques as well as voice, voiceover, and ensemble creation, and trains children and teenagers through its youth program Swivel Arts.

The ensemble is dedicated to building connections in the theatrical community, and to that end hosts a biennial festival of experimental theater called the FURY Factory. The Factory brings together ensemble companies from all around the country and different parts of the world. Past companies include Pig Iron, Banana Bag & Bodice, Witness Relocation, Under the Table, Hand2Mouth, MondoBizarro, and some 30 others.

J. J. Abrams

Jeffrey Jacob Abrams (born June 27, 1966) is an American filmmaker. He is best known for his work in the genres of action, drama, and science fiction. Abrams wrote or produced such films as Regarding Henry (1991), Forever Young (1992), Armageddon (1998), Cloverfield (2008), Star Trek (2009), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), and the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX (2019).

Abrams has created numerous television series, including Felicity (co-creator, 1998–2002), Alias (creator, 2001–2006), Lost (co-creator, 2004–2010), and Fringe (co-creator, 2008–2013). He won two Emmy Awards for Lost — Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Drama Series.

His directorial film work includes Mission: Impossible III (2006), Star Trek, Super 8 (2011), and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). He also directed, produced and co-wrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy and his highest-grossing film, as well as the third-highest-grossing film of all time. He returned to Star Wars by co-writing, producing and directing Episode IX.Abrams's frequent collaborators include producer Bryan Burk, actors Greg Grunberg, Simon Pegg and Keri Russell, composer Michael Giacchino, writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, cinematographers Daniel Mindel and Larry Fong, and editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey.

JT LeRoy

Jeremiah "Terminator" LeRoy is a literary persona created in the 1990s by American writer Laura Albert. JT was presented as the author of three books of fiction, which were purportedly semi-autobiographical accounts by a teenage boy of his experiences of poverty, drug use, and emotional and sexual abuse in his childhood and adolescence from rural West Virginia to California. Albert wrote these works, and communicated with people in the persona of JT via phone and e-mail. Following the release of the first novel Sarah, Albert's sister-in-law Savannah Knoop began to make public appearances as the supposed writer. The works attracted considerable literary and celebrity attention, and the authenticity of LeRoy has been a subject of debate, even as details of the creation came to light in the 2000s.

Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions

The Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions is an annual tournament featuring the longest-running champions and biggest money winners from the past season or seasons of Jeopardy! The tournament began in 1964 during Art Fleming's tenure as host, and has continued into the Alex Trebek era of the show. There have been seven years in which the Tournament was skipped altogether (1984, 1997, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2018), and eight seasons (1, 17, 20, 23, 27, 30, 33, and 35). The brief 1978–79 revival, which aired for five months, is known to have had a Tournament as well.

In 2002, Jeopardy! held a Million Dollar Masters tournament featuring fifteen previous champions, and in 2005 the show held an Ultimate Tournament of Champions for over three months, which featured over 100 champions from previous years instead of a regular Tournament of Champions for just the previous year; that season's Tournament of Champions began on September 20, 2004, featuring any remaining season 19 champions who hadn't qualified for that year's tournament as well as all of the season 20 qualifiers except for Ken Jennings, who had just resumed his winning streak two weeks before the tournament started (Jennings's streak was interrupted three times that year; the other two times were for the show's annual Kids Week in October 2004 and the College Championship in November 2004).

The season 25 Tournament of Champions was taped during the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.In 2014, Jeopardy! held a Battle of the Decades tournament featuring 45 previous champions, with 15 from their respective decade (1984–93, 1994–2003, and 2004–13). All of the players competed in a week-long slate of games, respective of decade, from which the winners out of each game would become quarter-finalists. Those 15 winners would then return to compete in a regular tournament format, with the winner taking home $1,000,000.

The latest Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions, featuring contestants from seasons 32, 33, and 34, began November 6, 2017.

Mulholland Books

Mulholland Books (US) is an imprint of Little, Brown and Company, a division of the Hachette Book Group. It specializes in publishing mysteries, thrillers, and suspense novels.


Osnaburg was a coarse type of plain fabric, named from the archaic English name for the city of Osnabrück, Germany.Osnaburg fabric may have been first imported into English-speaking countries from Osnaburg. Originally made from flax yarns, it has also been made from tow or jute yarns, and from flax or tow warp with a mixed or jute weft. The finer and better qualities form a kind of common sheeting, and the various kinds may contain from 20 to 36 threads per inch and 10 to 15 picks per inch.

It began to be woven in Scotland in the later 1730s as an imitation of an imported German fabric that was a coarse lint- or tow-based linen cloth. It quickly became the most important variety in east-central Scotland. Sales quadrupled, from 0.5 million yards in 1747 to 2.2 million yards in 1758. It was exported mainly to England, the Netherlands, and Britain's colonies in America, and some rough fabrics were called osnaburg as late as the twenty first century. In the Atlantic plantation complex, prior to the abolition of slavery, osnaburg was the fabric most often used for slave garments.

In "The Prairie Traveler" (1859) Captain Randolph B. Marcy recommends that every wagon used to cross the plains by settlers "be furnished ... with double osnaburg covers, to protect its contents from the sun and weather."In the novel S. by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst, there is a description of a sailor "clad neck-to-shin in sailor's osnaburg".In the novel Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, there is a description of slaves being given garments of osnaburg cloth to wear.

The Spanish word "osnaburgo" is still commonly used in Chile to name a coarsely woven cotton or linen fabric.

S. (Dorst novel)

S. is a 2013 novel written by Doug Dorst and conceived by J. J. Abrams. The novel is unusual in its format, presented as a story within a story. It is composed of the novel Ship of Theseus by a fictional author, and hand-written notes filling the book's margins as a dialogue between two college students hoping to uncover the author's mysterious identity and the novel's secret plus loose supplementary materials tucked in between pages.

S. has been called "part work of art, literary experiment, and love letter to the physical expression of books."

Texas State University MFA

Texas State MFA Homepage The Texas State University MFA Program at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, is a three-year graduate-level creative writing program in the United States. Fiction writer Doug Dorst is currently the director of the program. The faculty includes many award-winning writers.

It was cited by The New York Times as having the vision "to build a program that might rival the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop." Texas State's MFA program ranked 45th out of 131 full-residency graduate writing programs in the Poets & Writers survey for the application year 2012.As of Fall, 2018, 90% of Texas State MFA students are receiving full funding through a combination of scholarships and assistantships. M.F.A. students staff Porter House Review, the program's new literary journal (debuting Fall 2018), which will feature established and emerging writing from around the world. Working for the publication will allow students to gain experience as editors, work with visiting instructors from across the publishing industry, and earn up to six credit hours for their work.Porter House Review

Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern

Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern is an American literary journal, typically containing short stories, reportage, and illustrations. Some issues also include poetry, comic strips, and novellas. The Quarterly Concern is published by McSweeney's. The journal is notable in that it has no fixed format, and changes its publishing style from issue to issue, unlike more conventional journals and magazines. It is produced by the publishing house McSweeney’s. The Quarterly was first published in 1998, and it is edited by Dave Eggers.

The first issue featured only works that had been rejected by other publications, but the journal has since begun publishing pieces written with McSweeney’s in mind. The journal is based in San Francisco.

Uppsala University

Uppsala University (Swedish: Uppsala universitet) is a research university in Uppsala, Sweden, and is the oldest university in Sweden and all of the Nordic countries still in operation, founded in 1477. It ranks among the world's 100 best universities in several high-profile international rankings. The university uses "Gratiae veritas naturae" as its motto and embraces natural sciences.

The university rose to pronounced significance during the rise of Sweden as a great power at the end of the 16th century and was then given a relative financial stability with the large donation of King Gustavus Adolphus in the early 17th century. Uppsala also has an important historical place in Swedish national culture, identity and for the Swedish establishment: in historiography, literature, politics, and music. Many aspects of Swedish academic culture in general, such as the white student cap, originated in Uppsala. It shares some peculiarities, such as the student nation system, with Lund University and the University of Helsinki.

Uppsala belongs to the Coimbra Group of European universities and to the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities. The university has nine faculties distributed over three "disciplinary domains". It has about 44,000 registered students and 2,300 doctoral students. It has a teaching staff of roughly 1,800 (part-time and full-time) out of a total of 6,900 employees. Twenty-eight per cent of the 716 professors at the university are women. Of its turnover of SEK 6.6 billion (approx. USD 775 million) in 2016, 29% was spent on education at Bachelor's and Master's level, while 70% was spent on research and research programs.Architecturally, Uppsala University has traditionally had a strong presence in Fjärdingen, the neighbourhood around the cathedral on the western side of the River Fyris. Despite some more contemporary building developments further away from the centre, Uppsala's historic centre continues to be dominated by the presence of the university.

Weird fiction

Weird fiction is a subgenre of speculative fiction originating in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. John Clute defines weird fiction as a "Term used loosely to describe Fantasy, Supernatural Fiction and Horror tales embodying transgressive material". China Miéville defines weird fiction thus: "Weird Fiction is usually, roughly, conceived of as a rather breathless and generically slippery macabre fiction, a dark fantastic (“horror” plus “fantasy”) often featuring nontraditional alien monsters (thus plus “science fiction”)." Discussing the "Old Weird Fiction" published in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock says, "Old Weird fiction utilises elements of horror, science fiction and fantasy to showcase the impotence and insignificance of human beings within a much larger universe populated by often malign powers and forces that greatly exceed the human capacities to understand or control them." Weird fiction either eschews or radically reinterprets ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and other traditional antagonists of supernatural horror fiction. Weird fiction is sometimes symbolised by the tentacle, a limb-type absent from most of the monsters of European folklore and gothic fiction, but often attached to the monstrous creatures created by weird fiction writers such as William Hope Hodgson, M. R. James, and H. P. Lovecraft. Weird fiction often attempts to inspire awe as well as fear in response to its fictional creations, causing

commentators like Miéville to say that weird fiction evokes a sense of the numinous. Although "weird fiction" has been chiefly used as a historical description for works through the 1930s, the term has also been increasingly used since the 1980s, sometimes to describe slipstream fiction that blends horror, fantasy, and science fiction.

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