Archive for January, 2011

New Junk Essay: Detox by Barry Grass

Posted in journal updates with tags , , , , , , on January 20, 2011 by Tim Elhajj

We have something really special this month from Barry Grass.

When we began discussing what we wanted from Junk, what sort of themes it ought to tackle, the editorial staff here in the lofty heights of Junk Headquarters had hoped to offer readers something different. Something about addiction you can’t find anywhere else. So when Barry’s lyrical essay showed up in our inbox, we were pleased. And there was much rejoicing. You think addiction is all about the addict, but that’s just not true. Never was. Like a pebble tossed into the lake, like a crack in windshield, addiction races outward, in ever increasing circles and fissures.

From the point of view of the virtuous professionals that keep the wheels turning in Detox, this month’s story opens our Winter 2011 issue.

Junk Editors Talking Trash with Theo Nestor

Posted in editor's corner with tags , , , , on January 11, 2011 by Editors

We recently sat down with Theo Nestor, author of How to Sleep Alone in a King Size Bed and all around sharp cookie, to talk about Junk on her blog, Writing is My Drink. We discuss how the idea for the journal came about, where we want it to go, and many other interesting bits.

Here is a little taste:

Theo: I really like Holly’s piece about the addict being the noun and those around the addict being the adjectives and your piece about fatherhood. Have you found it challenging to be open about how addiction has impacted your life?  (One reason I ask is that I’ve also written about this topic for print but haven’t written about it online.  Online feels scary to me, like it’s forever and anyone can access it at anytime, which of course is also exciting.)

Holly: I find that, ironically, my self-esteem increases when I share who I am and where I have been, through my writing. When I am most honest about myself, a giddy sense of authenticity overtakes me. When I hide who I am and where I’ve been, I am safer from recrimination and criticism, but feel crippled by weakness and insecurity.

Check it out.

2010 in Review: Junk Blog Edition

Posted in editor's corner with tags , , , , on January 2, 2011 by Editors

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Minty-Fresh™.

Crunchy numbers

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 296 steps to reach the top. This blog was viewed about 1,000 times in 2010. If those were steps, it would have climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa 3 times

In 2010, there were 21 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 18 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was November 22nd with 31 views. The most popular post that day was Junk Has Launched.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were junklit.com, facebook.com, digg.com, and slashingtongue.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for augusten burroughs dry in pictures, augusten burroughs dry pictures apartment, elane johnson, augusten burroughs pighead pictures, and 12 step humor.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Junk Has Launched November 2010

2

Hooked? Tell the Truth: Junk, an Online Literary Journal for the Obsessive Beast in All of Us November 2010
2 comments

3

Augusten Burroughs’ Dry: In Pictures March 2010

4

Take, Eat by Lee Martin March 2010
1 comment and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

5

Name a Substance More Harmful to Society Than Heroin or Crack? November 2010

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