Archive for September, 2012

Want to Play?

I have just discovered a second reason for the internet:

playing Scrabble with a friend in Portland while sitting on my tookus in Baltimore!

Let’s play!

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Exciting Breaking News!

This interview of the poet/editor extraordinaire Matthew Zapruder by the president of BookBaby, Brian Felsen, touches on the place of poetry, and the role it plays, in the digitized culture of today.  Yum!

Also, check out this R*A*D! tiny video, created as part of a collaborative effort between musicians and poets known as “Pink Thunder”, by Michael Zapruder, who has also (*gasp!) created some amazing pieces of visual/audible art: “portmanteaus” that onomatopoeiaously excite, an astounding component to this admirable endeavor.
You can also find out more about, & then of course, order the book/CD–combo here!

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How To Be Alone

Here is a charming lil’ film that may set your mind at ease, no matter what your current romantical saturation.

How To Be Alone

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A correspondence between thoughts and
the world by and in which they are inspired.

Here you may be asked to look under that rock . . .
do you recall what is hiding beneath it?


It may be a word or a few strung together:
what binds them to one another, to us;
each of us to ourselves, to each other?

Something someone said, or wrote:
fleetingly; haltingly; reluctantly; convincingly:
what did you carry into it, away from it?

An image, perhaps:
what was intended to be captured;
became entrapped in the emulsion?

A scent:
animal; mineral; chemical; epicureal:
what do you taste when you close your eyes & inhale?

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Here is a wonderful article, brought to us by the good people at the Atlantic :

Have you ever wondered about the origins of these little marks we use without giving a second thought, these grammatical harbingers that bring order to our literary chaos?

If you love punctuation marks as much as I do, some admittedly a whole lot more than others, then you’ll get a kick out of this.

My favorite little segment was dedicated to the em-dash, though I harbor a certain affection for the interrobang; if you’re not familiar with it, well, there’s a second reason to read this piece!

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2 Great Magazines

FOUND is one of my favorite magazines, the sheer brilliance of humanity flying through a parking lot, aloft on a summer breeze . . . soaking in the unidentifiable color of the wetness in the gutter . . . haven’t You come across a stranger’s shopping list on the sidewalk, been surprised by a random Polaroid in the last used book you purchased? (You do still buy used books, right?)
     If these types of ephemera enchant you, I highly encourage you to explore!
*My many humble thanks to the multi-talented Davy Rothbart for birthing this beautiful brain-child!
A Public Space is another favorite~an all-encompassing envelope of enlightenment!
Essays! Stories! Poems! Reviews! Visual Art! : It’s got it all, baby!
Check it out, better yet, SUBSCRIBE!

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Do You Like to Listen?

The website of the creative writing department at NYU is a great resource for interesting writerly things afoot in NYC. 

Here you will find a link to podcasts of the highlights of their reading series.

You may also be interested in “Washington Square”–NYU’s litrag–to read or to submit.

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Letters of Note

Here is an amazing sight/site!Letters of Note is an online collection of correspondence which long predates the internets, and that, if not for Shaun Usher, would’ve been long tossed off in its wake.

Letters, postcards, telegrams, etc.  Each one tells a story that deserves telling again.
Also, you may enjoy Letterheady: a site dedicated to unique and beautiful letterhead designs & Lists of Note, two more sites maintained by Usher.

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Like IMDB, but for BOOKS!
Play the video in the upper right-hand corner 🙂

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