Before my son, Lev’s, 6th birthday, we asked him if he’d like us to do anything special. He gave me and my wife a slightly suspicious look and asked why we had to do something special. I told him that we didn’t have to, but that people usually do special things on their birthdays because it’s a special day. If there was something Lev would like, I explained, like decorating the house, baking a cake or taking a trip somewhere we don’t usually go, his mother and I would be glad to oblige. And if not, we could just spend the day as usual. It was up to him. Lev stared at me intently for a few seconds and said, ‘I want you to do something special with your face.’
From “A Mustache for My Son" by Etgar Keret, in The New York Times
somethingoutofsomething

If you’re creative. And you like winning.

somethingoutofsomething:

Four months ago, BOMB magazine and FSG Originals announced the Something out of Something art and design contest. And now we’re down to the final seven days. We’re looking for the best in any kind of visual art inspired by or incorporating the work of Etgar Keret. At stake?

  • $500
  • A chance to have your work appear in an Etgar Keret film or story.
  • Notoriety! Fame! Fortune! Groupies!
  • Finalists’ submissions will be sold at silent auction to benefit PEN American.
  • The contest’s media sponsor, Tumblr, will also be reviewing submissions with an eye for pieces that they might want to feature on the site’s Radar.

So get cracking! Check out the rules and shoot us an email if you have any questions.

theblueoftombs

bombmagazine:

Hey y’all—just to let you know, you have a little less than a month to read Keret, make art, and win cash by making Something Out of Something in the Etgar Keret Design Contest!

This winter, FSG Originals and BOMB Magazine team up to invite readers, artists, and designers to submit a work of art inspired by the writing of by Israeli short story writer, filmmaker, and graphic novelist, Etgar Keret. The Something out of Something Contest, which takes its name from a passage found in Keret’s forthcoming story collection, Suddenly, a Knock on the Door (April 2012), will be run on a Tumblr site of the same name, where submissions can be viewed and commented on by other entrants, readers, and Keret fans. Make this opportunity your chance to make Something out of Something, and get noticed!

We’re looking for visual art submissions that incorporate themes or are somehow connected to Keret’s works, whether it’s fiction, films, or comics. Submissions can take the form of anything really—paper sculpture, action figures, painting, diorama, animated video—you name it, we’ll consider it.

The lucky winner will receive a $500 cash prize along with a signed and personalized copy of Suddenly, a Knock on the Door. In addition, the winning work of art will be featured in an upcoming Keret story or film. The contest’s media sponsor, Tumblr, will also be reviewing submissions with an eye for pieces that they might want to feature on the site’s Radar.

Twenty-five finalists will be selected and featured in a silent auction event planned for late April to coincide with the author’s visit to the U.S. for the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature.

Submissions will be judged by editors from BOMB and Farrar, Straus & Giroux, and by the author himself. For official rules and prize descriptions, please visit the Tumblr site, or contact EtgarKeret.DesignContest@FSGbooks.com.

 The deadline for submissions is 12pm EST, March 2, 2012.

 Media Sponsor

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Probably the coolest thing we’re doing all spring: 
"In celebration of Etgar Keret’s latest story collection, FSG Originals and BOMB Magazine are partnering to bring you the Something out of Something Design Contest, inviting artists to submit works inspired by Keret’s stories, films and comics. Win $500 and have your work featured in an upcoming story or film.”

Probably the coolest thing we’re doing all spring: 

"In celebration of Etgar Keret’s latest story collection, FSG Originals and BOMB Magazine are partnering to bring you the Something out of Something Design Contest, inviting artists to submit works inspired by Keret’s stories, films and comics. Win $500 and have your work featured in an upcoming story or film.”

Gary Shteyngart—novelist, Twitterer, and illiteracy advocate—reads “What, of This Goldfish, Would You Wish?” from Keret’s collection Suddenly, A Knock on The Door.

Should you find yourself inspired by Keret’s words (or, for that matter, Shteyngart’s voice), I recommend Something Out of Something, our design contest with BOMB Magazine.