I took a two week workshop with John Edgar Wideman and in my opinion he pretty much hated computers and didn’t have an email. My dad was similar, so I understood. At least to my knowledge, Wideman used credit cards, which my father never did. In place of such instant gratification, Wideman taught me how to go through a piece of fiction and take 45 minutes to read each sentence. He told me he needed to “digest” stories and couldn’t possibly give you any feedback on what he had read until the next day. All of this taken into consideration, it makes perfect sense to me that Wideman has just come out with a book of micro-fiction, Briefs as he put emphasis on each and every sentence as a whole. However, what is both amazing and surprising is that he is publishing through the self-publishing website Lulu. What’s even more exciting is that accompanying the release is a contest on the Lulu Blog for micro-fiction submissions under 600 words. Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org before May 1rst. The winner receives an autographed copy of Briefs with their story included in it which makes the new world of publishing sound like so much fun.