Monday, February 25, 2008

So, how did Persepolis lose that other movie? About the rat? That cooks?

Oh yeah... Pixar.

Maybe I should go to bed before the room starts to spin.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Look at me, all authory like I know shit

I just got my first children's book cover back. I'd post the artwork if Scott Foresman didn't own the shit out of it.

Oh well.

Someone remind me to forward it to Kathleen Hanna. I think she'd get a hoot out of this.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Musicophilia

I know I'm late to join the bandwagon, but here's a new musical obsession as of yesterday:


My Brightest Diamond will be playing at BAM on February 22nd. I might have to go.

And these lovely ladies will be playing sometime soon on the lower east side with a full orchestra. You really can't go wrong with an album that has an overarching narrative about an alternate history featuring Thursday October Christian as a rebellion figure defending the Pitcairn island against the insidious blimp army forces of Mary Todd Lincoln, Queen of Florida.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Right now I'm reading Laura Flynn's Swallow the Ocean and I really can't put it down. I was a little weary reading the flap, which describes it as another memoir about insane parents, but I'm really loving this. Which makes me worry about becoming a voyeuristic reader. Don't let me do that. Really. Punch me in the back of the head or something if I end up actively reading heavily edited memoirs by autistic children who underwent a lobotomy or two in their lifetime. I can think of two off the top of my head, which worries me greatly.

Then again, I can reread Alison Bechdel's Fun Home and Amy Fusselman's 8: All True: Unbelievable over and over again.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

A Bookslut Threefer

I had three articles published in the past 24 hours

Over at the Blog of a Bookslut, check out my interview with Peter Cole, Editor-in-Chief for the new literary magazine Keyhole.

And in the February issue of Bookslut, check out two interviews:
An Interview with Lydia Millet
"George Bush, Dark Prince of Love and Everyone’s Pretty are books that are encased in a kind of protective seal of cynicism. Both of them were quite planned, structurally. But since I wrote those I’ve moved from writing in a hard way to writing in a soft way. I don’t plan and I allow myself to move in and out of satire, to play with stereotypes and also delve more deeply into character, to try to contain both humor and more serious abstract thought in a single volume. In a nutshell, when I was in my twenties I didn’t allow emotion to shape my novels, but now I do."

An Interview with Elizabeth Crane
"The idea of genuine joy, as a subject of literature, doesn’t seem to be at the top of the list when it comes to serious or important subject matter. Which doesn’t make a lot of sense to me -- it seems to me that happiness is as legitimate a part of life experience as anything else, but also that happiness and more difficult things aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive. I think part of the reason I started thinking about this is that I have become so truly happy in my life over the last five to ten years -- alongside with feeling, at various times, grief, confusion, hurt, anger, whatever -- that I wanted to consider what it really meant to be happy."