Friday, April 30, 2010

Grandma’s Boy

Thanks to Carla who sent me this and creeped me the fuck out.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Haruki in Hyde Park After Turning One (7 in Dog Years)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Happy Birthday, Haruki

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Death of What?

Read this. Ted Genoways, editor of the VQR, one of the only journals I check out with regularity (making me guilty of much of what he describes in the essay), writes on the death of journals more than literature itself, despite the title of this piece. Though I find fault with some of this, the ending is tough to argue against:

"At the same time, young writers will have to swear off navel-gazing in favor of an outward glance onto a wrecked and lovely world worthy and in need of the attention of intelligent, sensitive writers. I'm not calling for more pundits—God knows we've got plenty. I'm saying that writers need to venture out from under the protective wing of academia, to put themselves and their work on the line. Stop being so damned dainty and polite. Treat writing like your lifeblood instead of your livelihood. And for Christ's sake, write something we might want to read."

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Ciaran Carson

I read Breaking News on the train this morning. and was stunned. This is what you want during national poetry month.

Here, read this write up on the man himself.

“We’ve gone too far…”

Friday, April 09, 2010

The Best News of the Day

Continuing my tradition of being photographed in foreign bookshops (really, Cassandra’s tradition of photographing me), here are some shots of me in literary spots of upper Tunisia, baby! Oh, and one of me with a cow’s head. (R.I.P. Azrak.)

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Old Man Speaks

I grow old, I grow old… I know nothing about the indie rock.


I will admit that this song stays in my head pretty much all day:

Better than Lady Gaga being in there, which, sadly, is all too often the case.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Metal: the Equalizer

Noah Berlatsky, usually my least favorite writer for The Reader, penned a good article published this week about the true cultural force of equality for women: the Metal. Read all about it here.

So all you Riot Grrrls and Lilith Fair folkies: shed your Birkenstocks and lose the long dead punk jive and go black metal, baby!