Salutations Everyone! We all have read the quotes about McLuhan, now hear and occasionally see him speak, it's quite different than just reading, as if the person, or medium, if you will, alters the content of what's expressed, or message, ya might say. Seriously though, I'm serializing a project entitled: "Western Cynical: McLuhan Unclaimed", it's available on YouTube, episode 13 is premiering very soon. [more inside]
A couple of years ago I made a free 8-week writing course in podcast form. Starting from Jan 1st I'm releasing a new, bigger version called The 100 Day Writing Challenge. [more inside]
I posted previously on Projects about the literary food blog that my friend and I write, and now I'm back to share that we have published a book! [more inside]
This is a longish (~4,000 words) essay about why people still go back to Tom Clancy's books, how they're both toxic and really relevant to American life in 2019, and how Clancy wrote the purest distillation of the World of the Boomer Dads. I swear it's also a lot more fun to read than this makes it sound.
This is an excerpt from my Icelandic novel Móðurhugur, translated by Larissa Kyzer, and published in the tenth annual Queer issue of Words Without Borders. The excerpt tells the story of a young trans man at the University of Colorado Boulder who becomes embroiled in a love triangle. More about this issues's other stories and poetry below the cut. [more inside]
The Library of Congress contains vast troves of digital resources. LOC Serendipity is a website that simulates the experience of exploring a library and skimming eye-catching or interesting titles. From books like, "Dainty dishes for slender incomes," which contains a delicious recipe for beignets, to the oddball early-1800's "Memoirs of the notorious Stephen Burroughs of New Hampshire" to "The forgotten book," published in 2018, this tool enables serendipitous and deeply engaging discovery every day. [more inside]
My late-middle-grade / YA urban fantasy novel about the ghosts of Seattle is free to read online. It follows Mira, a ghost who frees herself from the tether that bound her to the place where she died. Mira learns a terrible secret about the ghosts of Seattle and decides to do something about it. [more inside]
A short list highlighting sexist disparities in the numbers of winners in various awards. "This is a short list of earliests. The earliest it can be when as many women as men have won Best Director at the Oscars is 2111. The earliest it can be when as many women as men have won the Nobel Prize for Literature is 2104. The earliest it can be when..." [more inside]
Maybe it's because we share this fever dream of seafoam and ship wheels. Maybe you just enjoy the way the rain falls in rings like small farewells. Maybe you have even conducted night watch in the same heartbroken skies. Perhaps you only long for an anemone of midnight as vaporous as everlasting lace. Whatever the case may be, I hope "The Keeping of Lights," a new collection of surrealist poetry, will fulfill all your needs.
The National Design Committee of the Democratic Socialists of America has a twitter presence and they’re using that presence to make threads about the intersection of art, design, and socialism. Bauhaus! William Morris! The Masses and Liberator Magazine! Banned I.W.W artwork! Oscar Wilde! Sewer socialism! National Design acomitee home page.
An Escape is a short illustrated dystopian fiction story, told obliquely through a series of 15 interconnected (mostly) single-page vignettes.
An excerpt from The Lavander Ledger, a manuscript in progress by John Leavitt about murder, gossip, and scandal in the gay underworld of 1940s Hollywood.
Twice-monthly broadcast from our boat to yours. Friendly radio murmurs on books, art, weather, memory, sex, science, the occult, family, relationships, etc. Ideally the feeling of riding sleepy in the backseat on a road trip in the dark while your friends, who are driving, talk to each other and you drift in and out. Sporadic continuity, amiable guests. [more inside]
I made a free 8-week fiction writing course in podcast form. [more inside]
is a set of four of my poems translated from Icelandic into English by Larissa Kyzer. It's published by Exchanges, University of Iowa's online journal of literary translation, as part of their fall 2017 issue, Traces. The poems are in a very strict form of my own devising where each poem is four verses, each verse four lines, and each line broken up into clusters of four letters, and the English translation replicates the form.
To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the collaborative Living Shakespeare project presents essays on Shakespeare's works by prominent global figures, accompanied by short films featuring the writers co-produced by BBC World TV. [more inside]
I'm putting together a poem a day project aimed at cultivating hope and grace. I would so love if you subscribed. [more inside]
A poetry newsletter, every Friday. It starts with poetry - usually highlighting a few nice things from the week, and from there I try and connect things to bigger ideas, or news items. [more inside]
2015 marked the 800th anniversary of the first Magna Carta, and Liberty Tales is a collection of stories and poems that take a wide-ranging collection of responses to the issues of liberty, both personal and legal. Some of these 25 tales relate to specific clauses of the original document, while others are more concerned with how we experience and search after freedom in the 21st century. [more inside]
The Lit (dot) cat / is a reading format / where you scroll your screen / for under 30 minutes, flat / Whether your feet are up at bat / or on the toilet mat / flash fiction, poetry, any other writ / can go into the weekly Lit.cat [more inside]
An unhappy bride weeps beneath the moon on her wedding night. A priest who should know better leaves the safety of his church to follow a cat out into the city and see where it is it goes. A lonely girl sits at her window and wishes, just once, to go to the ball. And is that the devil on the road, waiting for you as you make your way home… The Unhappy Bride and other tales is a collection of contemporary fairy tales, in which you'll find Queens and Kings, wolves and cats, the devil himself, even the stars made flesh. You’ll find love here, too, so much love. And with it always sadness. [more inside]
I interviewed crime author and fellow MeFite Jordan Harper for The Life Sentence.
So, my friend and I, (both librarians and enthusiastic eaters) who did a previous food-related project, have a new one where we make things we've always wanted to eat from our favorite books. We are far from the first to have this idea, but we get kind of intense about it. [more inside]
I wrote a story for The Message about what's claimed to be a previously undiscovered portrait of Shakespeare (spoiler alert: it isn't) and the obsession with filling the gaps in our knowledge about the Bard.
Two poems a day from around the internet. [more inside]
I have been reading and reviewing drinks from the 1935 recipe book, So Red the Nose, along with the books they are based on. [more inside]
What's happening at the intersection of literary culture and the internet? I've started a new bi-weekly blog series intended to address that topic and more. It's called "Litblog Roundup." [more inside]
This is a sort of manifesto calling for a new orientation for writing and art, one based on the conscious desire to elucidate our subtlest and most elusive experiences, as the only true path to understanding human nature -- and ultimately making progress on the problems that plague individuals and society.
is one of three strange glimpses into Us Conductors, a theremin novel by me. Each of the trio of sites visits a different passage from the book through the lens of a different designer, with different contributing musical artists: Whispering Machine, by Luc Mikelsons & Adam Benzen, has sounds by Bear In Heaven; Our shadows slanting by the lamps..., by Brendan Reed, has sounds by Owen Pallett; I gazed at a long shelf of batteries..., by Jez Burrows, has sounds by an unnamed musician.
I took the first few paragraphs from the first ten chapters of Finnegans Wake, printed them onto strips of paper, then punched out the vowels (always Y!) and ran the cards through a punchcard music box player mounted on the wall in my bathroom.
My company Postertext designs art prints for book lovers made entirely out of text. There are no lines, no edges anywhere on the art print. The illustration is made purely out of words. [more inside]
DaDaDaDave and I have a podcast of quasi-academic critical discussion, in which we talk at length about literature and sometimes other media. We're keeping a special eye on contemporary culture, but we'll also talk about stuff from the 18th and 19th and 20th centuries, in fiction whether highbrow or genre, poetry, and (largely Continental) philosophy. And we've taken occasional excursions into film and other media, from Dwarf Fortress to Django Unchained to MOOCs. We're trying for an eclectic mix of high and low culture, veering from difficult poetry to Game of Thrones and back again. [more inside]
Infinity's Kitchen is a journal of experimental literature and conceptual writing. The new issue is published partially in print and partially online and includes constrained writing, antonymic poetry, visual poetry, literary criticism, an essay about word squares and a poem composed of redacted hip hop lyrics, all from 13 international contributors in print and 26 international contributors online. A full table of contents for the new issue is available on the publication’s website at http://infinityskitchen.com/news/infinitys-kitchen-6/
Esotouric turns the notion of guided bus tours on its ear with excursions like Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles and Pasadena Confidential. Now you don't have to get on the bus to get the skinny. Each week on the You Can't Eat The Sunshine podcast, join Kim Cooper and Richard Schave on their Southern California adventures, as they visit with fascinating characters for wide-ranging interviews that reveal the myths, contradictions, inspirations and passions of the place. There’s never been a city quite like Los Angeles. Tune in if you’d like to find out why. [more inside]
Recently, I've been using concordances of poems in my teaching and presenting, and have been surprised at the new poems that emerge from the rearranged works. I started a single-topic tumblr to document some of my favorites. [more inside]
I woke up the other day and realized I'd written, revised, and hidden away (for months, years!) the three greatest literary works of the millennium. Now, like all good things, they're on Amazon: a collection of weird little stories in the form of a catalogue of worlds; a collection of essays, arguments, repetitions, flimflam, and repetitions; and what appears to be a book-length essay about Phish's Fall 1997 tour. Reviews have been kind (see project link). YOU'RE WELCOME, METAFILTER. [more inside]
For the last two weeks I have been creating desktop wallpapers based on book covers. The idea was sparked by a very old reddit post where one user asked why there weren't any high resolution images of book covers. I saw that and figured, "Why not high resolution, wallpaper ready versions of book covers?" And since they didn't exist, I started to make them. [more inside]
A curated monthly review devoted to spirited debate about books and the arts, created by and for a transnational community of writers, artists, and activists. Inaugural contributors include Tobias Kelly, Bruce Robbins, Lawrence Weschler (interviewing Errol Morris), Laura Norén, David Henkin, Adam Morris, and Sharon Marcus. Brought to you by the editors of Public Culture and NYU's Institute for Public Knowledge. [more inside]
Sometimes we respond to things – a film, a piece of music, a book, a painting, a photograph – with a mysterious, instantaneous yes. But what is it about any given piece of art that resonates so deeply? This is our* attempt to make sense of our reactions. [more inside]
Book Boroughing features an NYC literary event calendar, a blog with reading recaps and interviews with event coordinators and authors, and a soon to be launched podcast covering readings in New York City.
AE - The Canadian Science Fiction Review, of which I am the editor and co-founder, has now been publishing free Creative Commons SF continuously for one year. In celebration, we are releasing our first issue as a free ebook (Kindle and EPUB) and throwing a party in Toronto. [more inside]
My middle grade children's horror novel, Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow, has been published by Knopf and is officially available today! I both wrote and illustrated it, and it's loosely based on my art and animated series, Childrin R Skary. Book trailer here.
Welcome to 7 Days in L.A., home to the city's most interesting guided tours. We're not a tour operator, but a consortium of the region's best independent tour operators. Whether you're interested in architecture or true crime, film locations or graveyards, gay history or iconic L.A. literature, you'll find the perfect excursion on our community calendar, and all the information you need to book a tour. Why 7 Days in L.A? Because this city is too big and too complicated to understand without a native guide, and because you're smart enough to know that a one-size-fits-all experience is the wrong size for you. Consult our calendar, sign up for the newsletter, and let our passionate local historians show you the city that they love. Give us few hours, or your whole week, and we'll change the way you think about Los Angeles forever. [more inside]
No, not that kind of heroine. 12 amazing book bloggers join me throughout February to celebrate their favorite literary heroines. Along the way, conversation is sparked and plenty of prizes are won. [more inside]
In the beginning it was exactly like ten thousand blogs of interest to nobody. It is now a little more interesting. For the last 50 days, there has been a post every five days, regularly alternating on the subjects of literature, philosophy, psychology, and metaphysics. I have many partially completed and nearly completed and complete posts to follow on this schedule, perhaps indefinitely. After reading this Metatalk thread, and in particular these two (1,2) comments, I have decided to take the plunge and post here. If you want to look at one of those particular subjects, here is a link to a post on literature, here is a link to a post on philosophy, here is a link to a post on psychology, and here is a link to a post on metaphysics. In tribute to the aesthetics of Matthew Haughey, I have the closest blue background to Metafilter blue available on the base blogger palette.
I have a blog to keep track of all the books I read. I'm trying to read 300 books in 2010! [more inside]
This is an introduction to young authors in Iceland, both prose and poetry. My page has one poem and a short excerpt from my recently published novel. The page was launched today and is a part of Sagenhaftes Island, the Frankfurt Book Fair guest of honor program. [more inside]