I’m All Out of Links/Lynx Puns.
October 15, 2010 § 1 Comment
Or am I?
Things That Are Better Than What I Just Did There
* Octopus #14 is out, & featuring long poems by the likes of lots of smart folks, including one Mr. Sam Amadon. His poem is so good I’ve been pilfering bits of it, knowingly & un-, since I read it for the first time in workshop last semester. “…like it’s pleasure / to move like it’s pleasure / to remain still / in each instance we believe a pleasure / exists / we must ever enjoy / each non / contingent like crème de la crème crème de / crème crème de la crème crème…” Go get you some.
* Speaking of the eight-legged—O awkward segue—my (little) manuscript was a finalist at Octopus Books. I’m surprised, honored, & frankly shocked that anyone wants to read anything that has to do with me talking about digging around inside my chest to find the owls.
* Jonathan Lethem talks in a really lovely way about novel writing & writer’s block:
Writing is not a…you’re not on a, um, journey that’s been charted for you externally. There’s no map. There’s only you & your own set of impulses. The only directive is to care immensely about stuff that no one else could possibly understand, let alone care about as deeply as you do, & probably wouldn’t even be able to grasp, except if you accomplish the task of making yourself into the writer that could bring it forth.
* Yo, Karen O. Maps.
* Caketrain Issue 08 is available for pre-order, which you should do even if for no other reason than the cover art is really freaking sweet. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I have three short-shorts in it that mostly have to do with war & global warming & how little I know about both of these things.
* My brother’s photography website is [whatever the kids are saying]. I was going to go with “dope” or “off the [something]” but the insecurity. Anyway, it’s great & you should visit it. He got all the art-genes, so forgive me if all I can think of to say about it is that he has this knack for giving objects character, personality, a kind of quirky smirk.
* While googling Seth’s website, I came across another Seth Engel who writes for the Huffington Post, & is also from Virginia. Don’t remember what democracy looked like in 2008? Now you can relive it through the eyes of someone who isn’t my brother. You’re welcome.