Monday, November 26, 2007

See my page riddled with misspellings? We can thank Blogger for that.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

I'm in the process of moving to Movable Type. This is going to be arduous, but until then, I'm not sure how often I'll be posting. So in that case, go enjoy some writing by some of my favorite people while I idly feed myself and try staying awake during an episode of Antiques Roadshow:

Tatyana Tolstaya: "See the Other Side"

Marguerite Duras: "The Bible"

Alain Mabanckou: "Bleu Blanc Rouge"

Lydia Millet: "Girl and Giraffe"

Asli Erdogan: Excerpt from City in Crimson Cloak

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together

New York Magazine posted an excerpt from Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together. I really need to get my act together and finally read this thing.

Oh, and Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Spaced) optioned it for a movie.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I just realized I can set my time stamp to Pitcairn time. What to do?
This slipped by during that month or two away: Part 5 in The Poetry Foundation's The Poem as Comic Strip series. This one features Ted Kooser's "The Giant Slide" as set to artwork by Paul Hornschemeier.

Ding Dong

A little something I've been into lately as well as my first mp3 post on this blog (cheers!):

Johnny Dowd - Ding Dong



I interviewed Karin Taylor, Executive Director of the New York Center for Independent Publishing (NYCIP) this week over at Bookslut. If you're a writer, you might want to check out what she had to say about what NYCIP has to offer as well as the Small Press Fair this December. I know I'll be there bright and early with my little press hat and bunny slippers.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Oh, Stevin.

Tyra recently taught my friend Stevin how to smile with his eyes. Remember-it's always about Tyra.

Sans the hideous gay hat, I'm back!

Starting now, I'm going to attempt a weekly post and eventually wean myself into more regular blogging. Bitch is back, y'all.

The other night I went to a reading (at a health spa!) featuring Peter Godwin (Mukiwa, When a Crocodile Eats the Sun), a former professor of mine who proved to be very influential over the past year (see my interview with him over at Bookslut). I was very surprised by the turnout (at least 50, young and old), and though the space was quite bizarre, it really worked in his favor.

After he read several excerpts from When a Crocodile Eats the Sun, I approached him through the crowd of people rushing downstairs for the free wine and cheese. His face sort of lit up.

"You're here!"

He eventually told me that he was glad to see me there (at least someone from that New School class and asked me how things were going. There was this moment of realization that things were starting to finally work out for me: I'm writing again, I finally left my job at the book store, I have that prospective job at BookLinks, and there are some other personal affairs that I won't share with the rest of the planet that are going much more positively than a month ago.

After Peter signed for a group of sentimental old ladies, he took my copy of Mukiwa and inscribed:

From one Book Slut to another! Best of luck from your old professor! - Peter Godwin


Since he got me to voice for myself how things are going for me at this point, I've decided to be more proactive with my work.

First things first: I'm working on turning this blog into a more full-fledged group project. This may not happen for quite a while (I need to find a good server, people to work with regularly, adspace, and, god forbid, direction).

Second: I need to return to my fiction. I haven't touched PRAYING FOR BROTHERS ON MT. PURGATORY (tentative title) since May, and I think now is better than any other time to look at it with new eyes. Of course, an unbiased set of eyes will always help. Any takers?

Third, and least imperative: I'll finally finish and post that damned Rasputina interview. The article's long dead by now to shop around, so I may as well do what I want with it rather than letting it collect digital dust on my hard drive. If I can make a podcast out of it somehow, then I will.

Coming up next: an update on possibly moving to BookLinks and the perils of being the non-profit office monkey.