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February 8th, 2014 / 12:02 am
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how great it is to be alive

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are you a “boy writer” ??

one of those who “remind us of how great it is to be alive…”

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If you were interested in Alan Moore’s already-notorious “last interview,” then you’ll probably also be interested in the responses made by Laura Sneddon and Will Brooker, both of whom were singled out by Moore for criticism.

If you haven’t read Alan Moore’s (supposed) last interview, I highly recommend it. He defends his League character the Galley-Wag, responds to accusations that he’s “rape-obsessed,” then spends upwards of ten thousand words unloading on Grant Morrison.

The Strickland Dildo

 

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Guest post by Emma Needleman

I.

The other day, I clicked a link to an essay called The Zambreno Doll, a prose poem by Garett Strickland. The essay—apparently inspired by the experience of Kate Zambreno unfriending him on Facebook—disgusted me. In it, Strickland accuses Zambreno of deliberately “occluding” him on the basis that he’s a white male, speculates that she needs to hatefucked by a real misogynist, and gleefully fantasizes about turning her into a doll.

Reading the piece infuriated me. I’m tired of seeing women I respect get treated like this. It made me so angry that I broke my New Year’s resolution to stop fighting with people on the Internet, and I left a series of comments calling Strickland a “dweeb” and a “loser.” I would like to take the opportunity to say that I stand by these statements. Later, I wrote longer comments calling attention to the gender dynamics of Strickland’s piece, and I also stand by these statements, although not to the same degree as my original assertions that he is a dweeb.

Garett wrote comments, too. They said things like:
“Ah yes right. Forgot I’m a man. Just a man. Not a person or a human or a life, but a man. Just a man. Way to put me in my place!”

“I just looked up the definition of misogyny to make sure. No, I don’t hate women. So I wouldn’t consider [my piece] misogynistic.”

I find all this cultural obsession with gender objectionable to the point of boredom.

Rather than simply keep my mouth shut regarding my opinions—or ghettoizing those opinions to conversations where I can make certain I’m only being agreed with, a la Zambreno—I’ve decided to share them out of an obligation I feel toward radical openness.”

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Like Strickland, I’m writing this piece because of an obligation I feel towards radical openness. I don’t want to restrict my conversation to places where I know my opinions will be agreed with, like among Mr. Strickland’s ex-girlfriends. That’s why I wanted to write The Strickland Dildo. It’s an exploration of the cultural forces that enable things like The Zambreno Doll to exist.

 

II.

Garett Strickland looks exactly how I would expect him to. His author photo shows him slumped in a chair, holding a (fake?) gun and looking stoned. He looks like ninety percent of my male friends: scruffy hipsters who earnestly think that people want to hear about their taste in music, dudes who smoke weed all day, and insist that being 1/16 Native American means they’re not “really” white.

I Google him and instantly regret it. It’s exactly what he wants me to do.

::: :::

The evening after The Zambreno Doll is published, my doorbell rings. When I open it, I see that a small, brown package has appeared on the porch. Could it be? The Strickland dildo? The phallus itself?

I bring the package inside quickly. If it’s the dildo, I already know what I’m going to do with it: take mocking photos of it and post them online. I have a whole series planned out. First, I’ll get my prettiest girlfriends to hold it up and make a face like they’re going to be sick. Then I’ll put a little Santa hat on top of it. Finally, I’ll feed it to my neighbor’s dog.

I tear open the package but find no phallus.  Insteadi, it’s a set of twelve toy soldiers, the old-fashioned metal kind. I’m disappointed. I didn’t ask for these. I wanted a doll, or its equivalent. Why should Garett get one and not me?

But I know why. Because he’s had it all along. Because he didn’t have to ask. Tears fill my eyes. This is confirmation of a terrible reality.

::: :::

Lately, I’ve been sitting in on an undergraduate class on 19th century German philosophy. The class begins with Kant and concludes with Nietzsche’s On The Genealogy of Morality. I like Nietzsche, maybe more than I care to admit. I certainly like him more than anyone else in the class, even though the other people in the class are all twenty-year-old boys, and twenty-year-old boys have historically been Nietzsche’s primary audience.

I like Nietzsche because he understands cruelty. He knows that we need to be cruel and that we need to know that we are cruel. If we don’t see the pain on the Other’s face, we will destroy ourselves. I believe this is true.

But I don’t think that this paradigm applies to Garett, who just wanted to “put Kate in her place”—to make her feel bad so he could feel powerful. He felt so entitled to that power that he became angry when she exercised even the tiniest bit of agency. He implied that she needed to be hurt, that she needed him to hurt her. That’s why I’m comfortable writing things like, “cry harder, dweebus” or “your dick is gross and bad.”

::: :::

After a few days, I take out the toy soldiers again. Maybe I can do something with them—give them to a thrift store or homeless shelter.  I open the box and notice that the soldiers look different, somehow. I squint and lean closer. Suddenly, I realize what it is: each of them has a distinct and highly detailed face. How did I not see it before?

I pick one up and examine it. It’s Garett Strickland. I pick up another one. It’s Sigmund Freud. I pick up another one. It’s the kid from my writing workshop who only wrote stories about women getting murdered. I pick up another one. It’s the man who grabbed my ass the first time I rode the subway by myself.

By now, my heart is pounding. I check the rest of the soldiers and confirm: yes, I recognize all of them. Yes, yes, they’re all here. It’s time. It’s finally time. I know what I have to do.

I go into my bedroom and put on my hiking boots. Then I line up the metal soldiers in two neat rows and crush each one under my feet. Like I said before, I find this cultural obsession with masculinity objectionable to the point of boredom.

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December 13th, 2013 / 7:04 pm

THE ZAMBRENO DOLL

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TWO WEEKS AGO I saw on Facebook a comment Kate Zambreno made regarding a review of James Franco’s new book that mentioned Kathy Acker, presumedly in reference to Franco’s ventriloquizing River Pheonix, possibly others. (My exposure to the book is limited to Michael Silverblatt’s Bookworm interview with Franco.) Zambreno’s position was that this comparison is really dumb, completely off-base. In the comments thread, I posted: “Altars are altars.” I was immediately unfriended by Zambreno and thus occluded from the conversation and any subsequent threads, a chess move that — tho clever — strikes me as a bit ridiculous, considering the neutrality of my statement.

The Word is The Word.

I re-requested her friendship and sent the following message:

Probably that Franco & Acker are both Americans of ambiguous sexuality writing within the same 100 year period and using similar devices within hybridized genre is reason enough for it to be mentioned in a review, is my thinking. .. Guarantee Acker got at least a few dozen readers she’d never have had otherwise if the reviewer hadn’t dropped the name, erroneous tho the comparison may be within the world of our specialized knowledge. .. This, admittedly, appealing to that ‘Oprah does good for lit’ kind of sensibility.

Considering I received no response, I regret having put even as much thought as this into a comment placed in tangent with a request to participate in a conversation I’ve got as much right to as any other human being, regardless of the seemingness of my being white or male. The notion of feeling obliged to ask permission to express an opinion, no matter who or what you are, is humiliating. And tho I find the prospect of humiliation somewhat exciting, my conviction to challenge hypocrisy and reductionist thinking — in this case, ongoing invective generalization practiced with impunity — wins out.

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Barred from this particular temple, I sit down outside the gates and I weep. What is the cause of my tears? I wonder, palms slick and face hidden from the priestesses streaming in arrival and departure from the pylon. Is it envy? and of what? Have I not got my own good things to feel glad about? Must I access *every* goddess? Why is it I care so much..?

These questions — or simply the act of questioning — are enough to stop my crying. I pick myself up, dust myself off, and return to the keep of my Citadel.

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The Zambreno doll arrives in the mail. Part of the ‘Iconoclast Series’ I’ve been collecting. Perhaps one day I’ll be similarly immortalized, tho I have my doubts. I read the copy on the box: “Speaks Over a Dozen Variations of Reactionary Polemic Toward History’s Majority Shareholders”. This seems in bad taste for a number of reasons.

READ MORE >

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December 11th, 2013 / 8:50 pm

“THE COLORS TODAY ARE GOING TO WAKE YOU UP!!”

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Lindsey Wixson is primarily known in the fashion industry for her unique look: her dramatic lips, playful pout and her trademark gap between her two front teeth. The public narrative Wixson and her representatives have crafted for her is a rather detailed one, even providing information about the dreams and aspirations of the young woman had she followed a different path. During her childhood Wixson wanted to follow a culinary or legal career.

Her professional goals became exclusively fashion-oriented in the brief outpour of success that occurred after Steven Meisel chose her for the cover of Italian Vogue. After the cover, Wixson was booked for two luxury brands, Prada and Miu-Miu, both as exclusives. Ever since, she is a widely recognized face and prominent model.

In an interview with WWD, Wixson discussed how she understands her path and her ascend to success. She single-handedly cites reading a Reader’s Digest (RIP!) in a bathroom when she was 12 as the catalyst for her pursuit to become a model: “It was about how Bill Gates — the millionaires — got big. It was talking about how they took the chance and they took their opportunities and they took it to a whole other level.”

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Do you ever look around at the world, noticing the people surrounding you? Wondering how they understand their existence, how their brain functions and to what degree their understanding of things is similar to yours?

I do. That is why this video-mosaic of the famous model Lindsey Wixson is possibly the most fascinating thing I have seen in the recent past. It bewilders me to see her and her responses to reporters asking her questions about her experience and opinions as she is preparing for fashion shows. Within about a minute, Wixson manages to fit these gems:

The colors today are gonna wake up. They’re going to be, like, ‘WAKE UP, GUYS!’

BEAAAAUUUTIFULLLL! Oh my god, look at this dress! It’s Roberto Cavalli, it’s crazy!

It’s over the top, glamour, period-retro

I would like to become a pilot.

I feel like a woman from Mars… Obviously, I am, like, taking over the world. Pedal to the medal!

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December 7th, 2013 / 7:18 pm

WHAT IF WE LIVED IN A BACKWARDS UNIVERSE WHERE JEREME DEAN LOVED STEVE ROGGENBUCK AND TOES GREW FROM YOUR HEAD INSTEAD OF YOUR FEET?? (by Chris Dankland)

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Jereme Dean ”Backwards”

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Rauan Klassnik “Backwards”: I’ve seen you say many positive things about ‘Alt Lit’ and, specifically, i think, Steve Roggenbuck. But do you really support these yung, dum YOLO youngsters? (& plz elaborate)

Jereme Dean ”Backwards”: (Before I begin, I’d just like to congratulate the Houston Texans on another incredible winning season. The Texans are truly the best team in the NFL today.)

Yeah I love Alt Lit and Steve Roggenbuck so much, thanks for asking! Alt Lit is the latest iteration of writers who are using the internet as a tool to create and promote writing—their own, and others. They’re just building on what other internet writers have created before them. Blake Butler, Sam Pink, Tao Lin, Daniel Bailey, Mike Young, Jimmy Chen, Brandon Scott Gorrell, etc: these are the types of trailblazing writers that helped to create Alt Lit in the first place. If you have a broad definition of Alt Lit as writer + internet, as I do, I would say that all those writers I mentioned are as much a part of Alt Lit as Roggenbuck or anybody else.

Alt Lit is to writing what a cafeteria is to school education, and I don’t just mean a place where you can find the nutritious and delicious. :D Alt Lit is a place where you can sit with your friends and take a break from the constant academic manifestos, lifeless conceptualism, and intellectual dick measuring contests of the academic literary world. Too much of that kind of stuff can easily burn you out.

Now, let’s just move onto the subject of Steve’s positivity.

I luv it!!  In particular I love how Steve’s message to embrace life, boost others, and ‘make something beautiful before you are dead’ are responses to a very dark truth that we all must face: that one day you will die, you never know when—and once you are gone, you will be gone forever. Roggenbuck reminds his audience of this constantly. There have been many times that I’ve clicked on something of Steve’s and felt as if I were being shaken awake from a deep sleep, simply by being reminded of the bitter truth that my time on earth is constantly disappearing, second by second. It is a reminder to me that my life is going on RIGHT NOW and I better pay attention to it. For me and for many others, this idea isn’t superficial or vapid.

One of my favorite examples of this type of positive message is ‘STOP PRETENDING IT’S BORING TO BE ALIVE’

I think a video like that is incredible and genuinely inspires me, but some people might have a different reaction. That’s fine with me. I certainly wouldn’t dismiss how other people READ MORE >

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December 6th, 2013 / 7:39 pm

when my dad texted me Nelson Mandela was dead the first thing that went through my head was Johnny Clegg and Savuka’s song “Asimbonanga”

(“We haven’t seen him” — 1987)

which called for Mandela’s release from prison

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Oh the sea is cold and the sky is grey
Look across the island into the bay
We are all islands till comes the day
We cross the burning water

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(Mandela joins Clegg on stage at about the 2:40 mark. And then speaks a little. And dances.)

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….Why Do You Treat Alt Lit (Steve Roggenbuck in particular) with such scorn?…(Ask The Oracle – Part I)….

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“fire is the master young grasses appear” — Ikkyū

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I tend to get lost in the trees so I like to check in with Jereme Dean because well I think of Jereme as a wise man, an oracle, a modern day version of Ikkyū the 15th century Zen Master:

they used sticks and yells and other tricks those fakes
Ikkyū reaches high low like sunlight

Jereme, furthermore, sits outside of writing movements, fashion, allegiances, etc, and there is an authority and a confidence to Jereme that I really respond to:

I live in a shack on the edge of whorehouse row
me autumn a single candle

And because Jereme will tell it you straight, a true oracle, I’ve decided to start up this new feature, “Ask the Oracle,” where, periodically, I’m going to put crucial questions to our modern-day Ikkyū.

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and so, here then, now, is the first installment of “Ask the Oracle”:

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Rauan: I’ve seen you poke fun at (or be scornful of, i guess) “Alt Lit” and, specifically, i think, Steve Roggenbuck. But are you really against these positive, energetic DIY youngsters? (& plz elaborate)

Jereme: Alt Lit has nothing to do with online writing, really. It’s a clique. Some have tried desperately to associate writing with the term, like people who feel their worthwhileness is minor and desire to be part of a movement–something remarkable!–or publishers looking to categorize their books for sale. But, don’t be fooled, alt lit is to writing like a cafeteria is to school education.

Internet literature isn’t new. There are plenty of people who’ve been around before the term was coined, and still are around, writing: Blake Butler, Sam Pink, Tao Lin, Daniel Bailey, Mike Young, Jimmy Chen, Brandon Scott Gorrell, etc.

True positivity is anchored and unafraid of negativity, it actually welcomes it. While asserting yourself as a Haitian mongoose, regardless of emphaticism, doesn’t negate being a human being who hates himself/herself.

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“it takes horseshit to grow bamboo” — Ikkyū

Unsure where the idea of ‘positivity’ comes from though. I don’t see it. Feel like most people online make great efforts creating a fictitious identity, one which counters their insecurities, and the only way to actually believe the fantasy is to be chill/stay positive/chant affirmations. Because of this, the dissenting voice seems to be enemy number one to alt lit. They react ferociously READ MORE >

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December 3rd, 2013 / 8:45 pm

 
Steve Roggenbuck is “launching a group project called Boost House” and needs “funding to get it started”

what in the frick is Boost House?

Boost House will be a publisher, and an actual house out of which that publisher is run.

we’ll make books, posters, shirts, stickers, and other goods that promote ways of living we believe in.

get all the information here at Kickstarter

………Alt Lit set for Huge International BOOST……..

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“ready to die a violent death”

1) When Sachin Tendulkar, famous cricketer, walked back off the Wankhede field in Mumbai after having accumulated nearly 16,000 Test Runs in exactly 24 years at the highest international level (a career surpassed in excellence only, perhaps, by Sir Donald Bradman) he proclaimed “I am ready to die a violent death.”

Yes, it seems the world’s most famous cricketer (a virtual God in India and the rest of the subcontinent) is headed for new glories, laurels and great, foaming spikes of URL fame in the crazy, wide-open world of Alt Lit.

2) “Yes,” Sachin continued, “I plan on running amuck in the woods muttering glorious Carpe Diem extravagances”— whereupon Steve Roggenbuck leaped out of the Wankhede stands and hoisted Sachin up on to his shoulders and started chanting “Boost! Boost! Boost!” and the whole crowd, 40,000 strong, joined in immediately, voraciously chanting “Boost, Sachin, Boost” and Eternal Lief seemed all-too possible. Beautiful. Exquisite. Here. Now. Now.

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an experienced “Booster,” Tendulkar (pictured left) is ready to Boost some more

3) “Will you be going to Brooklyn?” READ MORE >

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November 15th, 2013 / 10:21 pm

<3 Love & Lovers <3

Whoa, hi, I’m still reeling from this reading I went to on Friday night, which was all about Perfect Lovers Press, which is run out of Cincinnati, which (PLP + Cinci) is run by Dana Ward and Paul Coors. It was held at The Poetry Project and it was something that went really, really late into the night and it was something that was just about perfect–with amazing readings from amazing people like Yvette Nepper (who just ruined everyone so here’s her chapbook) and Sue Landers (who has a chapbook called What I Was Tweeting While You Were on Facebook, but I can’t find a link so yeah holler @ Dana & Paul) and Micah Freeman (who said “Hi” to everyone and read these amazing poems that are kind of about Amy Winehouse but also not really, it’s all about our peaks and valleys, the whole thing) and John Coletti (who just wow) and other people and especially Leopoldine Core, who I have really, really liked for a really, really long time so I took some video:

 

 

and I just thought everything she read was so full and so rough, especially when she’s all:

i’m ashamed
of how easy it is
to know me
i’m so familiar
naked all the time
my same legs
my ass
i am such a weird little girl
for wanting to live in your
light
picketing in the heat
like an ant

and I don’t know what else to say, besides energy, man–it’s kind of everywhere.

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November 12th, 2013 / 10:27 pm

O MY MILEY

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CELEBRITIES ARE REPOSITORIES and filters for mass projection, sacrifice and god-form for the global majority who live for the most part vicarious — a responsibility not to be taken lightly.

Miley Cyrus is doing a good job.

I’ve never heard any of her songs, neither now or in her previous incarnation. But neither have I ever heard Sarah Palin’s voice. Those just aren’t the circles of media I move through. It was only yesterday that I learned, for example, that Taylor Swift is not a boy. Some may find this hard to believe. That’s good. I’m bragging and I earned the rights, having passed precariously through more than one minefield of shlock.

A few years ago, when everyone was losing their shit over Lady Gaga, I couldn’t have cared less. And yet, suddenly, I care deeply about what’s going on with Miley Cyrus. Why?

For starters, I grew up in Appalachia where Billy Ray was a household name. I imagine, if I heard the beginning of one of his songs, I would be able to sing along til its end in the same way people have the pledge of allegiance committed to memory. This is not to say I have any enthusiasm for the man’s work. Only that there’s a familiarity I can’t ignore.

As far as the Hannah Montana phenomenon is concerned, I wasn’t privy to any of that either, short of hearing the name amidst the rabble — the case, as stated before, with a great deal of other type pop culture whatever.

Coming back to the point, it takes a special individual to stand up to this much attention. It takes, as well, a lot of careful scheming to stage drama in a world where staged drama is all that happens. And while the publicists are the true unsung heros of anything that grabs our fought-for dismissal spans for the split-fucking-second it takes to click next, it takes no small amount of bravery to say, Sure I’ll be your avatar.

What with the perils of maintaining stature as a scapegoat straw-woman, absorbing and absolving the disgusting crud of our collective pathos and (ugh) zeitgeist.

What with the unsavory realities of child-stardom and being fingerblasted by media moguls since before her pupa stage.

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what your haters truly feel is the guilt of a sexualization that began long before you approached the blurred line of adulthood, and the subsequent resentment of a culture that refuses to own up to it.

Boldly you face forward, a full-fledged woman doing things that grown-ups do. Never apologize. You are not the victim that America in its grossness wants or expects. A triumph, as you are nonetheless our vessel.

Never stop.

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November 12th, 2013 / 3:14 am

Sounds of a Cowhide Drum // An Interview with Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali

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Look upon me as a pullet crawling
from an eggshell
laid by a Zulu hen,
ready to fly in spirit
to all lands on earth.

A few months ago I posted up some thoughts on Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali’s wonderful book “Sounds of a Cowhide Drum” in which I indicated an interview with Mr. Mtshali would be forthcoming. And, well, it took a while longer than I’d wished but here it is:

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Rauan: When we chatted you mentioned that the first poems you wrote were love poems, that you were writing to “impress girls”—-and besides the dark and serious subjects and moods of Sounds of a Cowhide Drum there is also a joie de vivre to it, a real sensuality.

I want to be adorned
by the silken suit so scintillating in sheen;
it pales even the peacock’s plumage,
and catches the enchanted eye
of a harlot hiding in the alley:
“Come my moulten bird,
I will not charge you a price!”

(from “The moulting country bird”)

And, so, can you talk a bit about the poet as peacock? as shiny bird?

Oswald: A peacock is considered to be the proudest and most colorful bird in the animal kingdom. In the poem “The moulting country bird” the bird symbolizes a transformation of a country boy from the village of KwaBhanya on banks of Blood River in Northern KwaZulu to the bright neon lights of Johannesburg, the Golden City. The bumpkin sheds his garish and comical garments of country life and assumes the mantle of sophistication and “civilization” in a cosmopolitan metropolis of EGoli.

Once he has embraced the city slickers’ fashionable attire he goes back during his village to show off and strut his stuff like a peacock to the envy of his coevals and contemporaries who are still clad in their shabby garments of most clodhoppers in the country. His mannerisms and speech patterns are dramatically changed and he follows the trends of city life and discards all those things that define and remind him of his “backward” people, especially those of his same age group. The whole process is marked by migration from rural areas and transformation by life in the urban areas where he falls under the spell of many influences. His experiences and interactions with a polyphonic of cultures and Babel of languages READ MORE >

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November 11th, 2013 / 6:16 pm

Dreams of Amputation

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Gary J. Shipley’s “Dreams of Amputation” is now available.

Here are a couple of excerpts:

The station is full of copies, thought-structures all breathing the same boxed air as him, screwed down into new estates, their borrowed movements vapour trails of the imperceptible multitudes that precede them, his forced embodiment a shriek he cannot hear, its explicit exclusion of human context conveyed in a series of smirks and titters causing him to wake repeatedly inside glimpses of himself, a reluctant conduit to spasms outside the insulation of a body, some dead agent without a face and him mad yellow escaping his dismembered endurance, expanding into nothing in the artificial disfigurement of their smiles until he finds an unsecured staircase, and unaware of any alien intent they carry it up after him, hands formed like mouths barking, their dreams of souls all shrunken cages in its swarm of dead beginnings, their every defect growing into holes, and up into the street and they disperse around him their brains once again made of the digitalised ooze of money and fucking and blood, his own voice coming back removed as if from a TV in another room, his limbs appendixes to an earthquake camouflaged by some Sadean baptism of puke and shit, and nothing and no sound, its hold fixed on the ends of unpronounced words, agitating images of string, an animated ossuary squeezed with rainless faces shining like simulated sick…

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For a second or two there is the man, on his feet reaching for the back of his chair with his right hand, and then the dance of the vanishing begins: the flailing honeycombed limbs, naked bone READ MORE >

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October 29th, 2013 / 11:10 am

Over at a mock Poetry Foundation Jim Behrle’s chimed in about the Kill List: his being upset about it, among other things, as well as his attempts to contact the publisher(s) to see if they’d “comment on any efforts they made to fact check the poem?

I mean, really? Really? And I’m with Mark Johnson 1000 literal (ha ha) % when he says that Behrle’s piece is “so embarrassing.”

And how embarrassing, also, the way in which so many others have reacted to this Kill List. And how embarrassing, also, that CAConrad’s heaped abuse on Mark for speaking up in the poem’s defense, comparing (after other insults) Mark’s “stupidity” to the “plaque on very filthy teeth.”

And how embarrassing (but not surprising) that Conrad’s little drones let him get away with shit like this.

This Kill List’s turned out to be a great litmus test, indeed. Blah, blah.

The Poet Laureate of Alt-Lit Releases His Ars Poetica


STEVE ROGGENBUCK


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October 17th, 2013 / 9:38 pm

John Cheever fiction published in The New Yorker

“Brooklyn Rooming House” - May 25, 1935 (pp. 93-96)
“Buffalo” - June 22, 1935 (pp. 66-68)
“Play A March” - June 20, 1936 (pp. 20-21)
“A Picture for the Home” - Nov. 28, 1936 (pp. 80-83)
“In the Beginning” - Nov. 6, 1937 (pp. 77-80)
“Treat” - Jan. 21, 1939 (pp. 50-51)
“The Happiest Days” - Nov. 4, 1939 (pp. 15-16)
“It’s Hot in Egypt” - Jan. 6, 1940 (pp. 20-21)
“North of Portland” - Feb. 24, 1940 (pp. 20-21)
“Survivor” - Mar. 9, 1940 (pp. 54-56)
“Washington Boarding House” - Mar. 23, 1940 (pp. 23-24)
“Riding Stable” - Apr. 27, 1940 (pp. 20-21)
“Happy Birthday, Enid” - July 13, 1940 (pp. 15-16)
“Tomorrow Is a Beautiful Day” - Aug. 3, 1940 (pp. 15-16)
“Summer Theatre” - Aug. 24, 1940 (pp. 45-48)
“The New World” - Nov. 9, 1940 (pp. 17-19)
“Forever Hold Your Peace” - Nov. 23, 1940 (pp. 16-18)
“When Grandmother Goes” - Dec. 14, 1940 (pp. 68-75)
“Hello, Dear” - Feb. 15, 1941 (pp. 20-21)
“The Law of the Jungle” - Mar. 22, 1941 (pp. 16-18)
“There They Go” - July 19, 1941 (pp. 17-18)
“Run, Sheep, Run” - Aug. 2, 1941 (pp. 50-52)
“Publick House” - Aug. 16, 1941 (pp. 45-49)
“These Tragic Years” - Sept. 27, 1941 (pp. 15-17)
“In the Eyes of God” - Oct. 11, 1941 (pp. 20-22)
“The Pleasures of Solitude” - Jan. 24, 1942 (pp. 19-21)
“A Place of Great Historical Interest” - Feb. 21, 1942 (pp. 17-19)
“The Shape of a Night” - Apr. 18, 1942 (pp. 14-16)
“Goodbye, Broadway—Hello, Hello” - June 6, 1942 (pp. 19-20)
“Problem No. 4″ - Oct. 17, 1942 (pp. 23-24)
“The Man Who Was Very Homesick for New York” - Nov. 21, 1942 (pp. 19-22)
“Sergeant Limeburner” - Mar. 13, 1943 (pp. 19-25)
“They Shall Inherit the Earth” - Apr. 10, 1943 (pp. 17-18)
“A Tale of Old Pennsylvania” - May 29, 1943 (pp. 20-23)
“The Invisible Ship” - Aug. 7, 1943 (pp. 17-21)
“My Friends and Neighbors All, Farewell” - Oct. 2, 1943 (pp. 23-26)
“Dear Lord, We Thank Thee for Thy Bounty” - Nov. 27, 1943 (pp. 30-31)
“Somebody Has to Die” - June 24, 1944 (pp. 27-28)
“The Single Purpose of Leon Burrows” - Oct. 7, 1944 (pp. 18-22)
“The Mouth of the Turtle” - Nov. 11, 1944 (pp. 27-28)
“Town House” - Apr. 21, 1945 (pp. 23-26)
“Manila” - July 28, 1945 (pp. 20-23)
“Town House—II” - Aug. 11, 1945 (pp. 20-25)
“Town House—III” - Nov. 10, 1945 (pp. 27-32)
“Town House—IV” - Jan. 5, 1946 (pp. 23-28)
“Town House—V” - Mar. 16, 1946 (pp. 26-30)
“Town House—VI” - May 4, 1946 (pp. 22-27)
“The Sutton Place Story” - June 29, 1946 (pp. 19-26)
“Love in the Islands” - Dec. 7, 1946 (pp. 42-44)
“The Beautiful Mountains” - Feb. 8, 1947 (pp. 26-30)
“The Enormous Radio” - May 17, 1947 (pp. 28-33)
“The Common Day” - Aug. 2, 1947 (pp. 19-24)
“Roseheath” - Aug. 16, 1947 (pp. 29-31)
“Torch Song” - Oct. 4, 1947 (pp. 31-39)
“O City of Broken Dreams” - Jan. 24, 1948 (pp. 22-31)
“Keep the Ball Rolling” - May 29, 1948 (pp. 21-26)
“The Summer Farmer” - Aug. 7, 1948 (pp. 18-22)
“The Hartleys” - Jan. 22, 1949 (pp. 26-29)
“The Temptations of Emma Boynton” - Nov. 26, 1949 (pp. 29-31)
“Christmas Is a Sad Season for the Poor” - Dec. 24, 1949 (pp. 19-22)
“The Season of Divorce” - Mar. 4, 1950 (pp. 22-27)
“The Pot of Gold” - Oct. 14, 1950 (pp. 30-38)
“The People You Meet” - Dec. 2, 1950 (pp. 44-49)
“Clancy in the Tower of Babel” - Mar. 24, 1951 (pp. 24-28)
“Goodbye, My Brother” - Aug. 25, 1951 (pp. 22-31)
“The Superintendent” - Mar. 29, 1952 (pp. 28-34)
“The Chaste Clarissa” - June 14, 1952 (pp. 29-33)
“The Cure” - July 5, 1952 (pp. 18-22)
“The Children” - Sept. 6, 1952 (pp. 34-45)
“O Youth and Beauty!” - Aug. 22, 1953 (pp. 20-25)
“The National Pastime” - Sept. 26, 1953 (pp. 29-35)
“The Sorrows of Gin” - Dec. 12, 1953 (pp. 42-48)
“The Five-Forty-Eight” - April 10, 1954 (pp. 28-34)
“Independence Day at St. Botolph’s” - July 3, 1954 (pp. 18-23)
“The Day the Pig Fell into the Well” - Oct. 23, 1954 (pp. 32-40)
“The Country Husband” - Nov. 20, 1954 (pp. 38-48)
“Just Tell Me Who It Was” - Apr. 16, 1955 (pp. 38-46)
“Just One More Time” - Oct. 8, 1955 (pp. 40-42)
“The Bus to St. James’s” - Jan. 14, 1956 (pp. 24-31)
“The Journal of an Old Gent” - Feb. 18, 1956 (pp. 32-59)
“The Housebreaker of Shady Hill” - Apr. 14, 1956 (pp. 42-71)
“Miss Wapshot” - Sept. 22, 1956 (pp. 40-43)
“Clear Haven” - Dec. 1, 1956 (pp. 50-111)
“The Trouble of Marcy Flint” - Nov. 9, 1957 (pp. 40-46)
“The Bella Lingua” - Mar. 1, 1958 (pp. 34-55)
“Paola” - July 26, 1958 (pp. 22-29)
“The Wrysons” - Sept. 13, 1958 (pp. 38-41)
“The Duchess” - Dec. 13, 1958 (pp. 42-48)
“The Scarlet Moving Van” - Mar. 21, 1959 (pp. 44-50)
“The Events of That Easter” - May 16, 1959 (pp. 40-48)
“The Golden Age” - Sept. 26, 1959 (pp. 46-50)
“The Lowboy” - Oct. 10, 1959 (pp. 38-42)
“The Music Teacher” - Nov. 21, 1959 (pp. 50-56)
“A Woman Without a Country” - Dec. 12, 1959 (pp. 48-50)
“Clementina” - May 7, 1960 (pp. 40-48)
“Some People, Places, and Things That Will Not Appear in My Novel” - Nov. 12, 1960 (pp. 54-58)
“The Chimera” - July 1, 1961 (pp. 30-36)
“Seaside Houses” - July 29, 1961 (pp. 19-23)
“The Angel of the Bridge” - Oct. 21, 1961 (pp. 49-52)
“The Brigadier and the Golf Widow” - Nov. 11, 1961 (pp. 53-60)
“The Traveller” - Dec. 9, 1961 (pp. 50-58)
“Christmas Eve in St. Botolph’s” - Dec. 23, 1961 (pp. 26-31)
“A Vision of the World” - Sept. 29, 1962 (pp. 42-46)
“Reunion” - Oct. 27, 1962 (p. 45)
“The Embarkment for Cythera” - Nov. 3, 1962 (pp. 59-106)
 ”Metamorphoses” - Mar. 2, 1963 (pp. 32-39)
“The International Wilderness” - Apr. 6, 1963 (pp. 43-47)
“Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin” - Apr. 27, 1963 (pp. 38-41)
“An Educated American Woman” - Nov. 2, 1963 (pp. 46-54)
“The Habit” - Mar. 7, 1964 (pp. 45-47)
“Montraldo” - June 6, 1964 (pp. 37-39)
“Marito in Città” - July 4, 1964 (pp. 26-31)
“The Swimmer” - July 18, 1964 (pp. 28-34)
“The Ocean” - Aug. 1, 1964 (pp. 30-40)
“Another Story” - Feb. 25, 1967 (pp. 42-48)
“Bullet Park” - Nov. 25, 1967 (pp. 56-59)
“Percy” - Sept. 21, 1968 (pp. 45-50)
“The Folding-Chair Set” - Oct. 13, 1975 (pp. 36-38)
“The Night Mummy Got the Wrong Mink Coat” - Apr. 21, 1980 (p. 35)
“The Island” - Apr. 27, 1981 (p. 41)
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October 8th, 2013 / 2:03 pm

…….I am Paulina……

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Lying in bed the other day and listening to Paulina Rubio’s sultry and filthy voice I felt suddenly (no, I knew!) that I could have written her songs and that she could have written my poems.

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