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The Mark Baumer Celebration of Life – February 4

Saturday, February 4th at 2 PM at the Granoff Center at Brown University

All are welcome to join us for a celebration of the life of Mark Baumer

Please come out, we’d love to see you

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Here’s a profile from the New Yorker on Mark and the tragic end to his beautiful life

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January 27th, 2017 / 1:09 pm

Literature of the Final Interaction

A browser window of playful digital innovation has closed. Like a light wind that dies after sunset. We see the cursor move, a soft click, the tab vanishes.

Something like a literature of the web was born and then almost immediately died, along with the most ambitious social lives traversing our generation – the last generation to experience the world before pervasive digital media. Blogs (Gawker, Hipster Runoff, HTMLGIANT(?)) were like… this thing that happened and then became either institutional, irrelevant, or crushed by political detractors. Comments sections became essential and then as quickly: perverse, violent. At some point, Pitchfork became Pitchfork. Reification.  READ MORE >

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January 24th, 2017 / 2:52 pm

Mark

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RIP Mark Baumer. We will miss you, dear friend.

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January 24th, 2017 / 11:41 am

Rachel and Ben (episode 6)

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January 20th, 2017 / 12:50 pm

plzplztalk2me: Moss Angel Witchmonstr

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Welcome back to plzplztalk2me, a semi-regular feature in which I talk to people who want to talk to me about stuff they want to talk about.

Recently, I e-mailed back and forth with Moss Angel Witchmonstr. Moss Angel Witchmonstr is author of four books, most recently Sea-Witch v.1 (2fast2house, 2017). She is a scorpio & a transsexual & lives in Portland, Oregon. Follow her on patreon at http://patreon.com/monstr.

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January 19th, 2017 / 12:09 pm

Barack Obama, Writer

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In response to a question posed to him by presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, concerning which historical era he believes would best suit his rhetorical style, Barack Obama stated the following: “There is a big part of me that has a writer’s sensibility. And so that’s how I think. That’s how I pursue truth. That’s how I hope to communicate truth to people.”

I’ve read these four sentences many times since they were spoken by the president; not long after Goodwin’s Vanity Fair interview appeared online, in September, I copy-pasted the quote into Adobe Illustrator and printed out a letter-sized inspirational poster, which I hung on my office wall at the spot on which my eyes tend to focus whenever I’m having trouble keeping the writerly juices flowing. While intended to be a goad, my poster has, so far, been a reliable distraction.  READ MORE >

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January 18th, 2017 / 11:35 am

2017 Indie Lit Wish List

 

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There’s a lot of exciting stuff headed our way in 2017 from independent publishers. Here are some of the books I’m looking forward to getting my hands and eyes on this year.

(What books are you looking forward to in 2017? List them in the comments section below!)

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January 13th, 2017 / 12:09 pm

emoji collages w Matisse

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Stefania doesn’t really use the internet but still received a package from Amazon Prime. What’s the point, she thinks, in opening the box when I can use it as a table. Plus, I’m so tired, from what, I don’t know. Let’s see, where did I put my shoes. What are all these mangos doing here and what is this new trash can? The moon looks insane outside and it’s not even full. I don’t know where this vase came from. I must be losing my mind.

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Clarice can only handle art books. Right now she’s looking at Dorothy Ianonne (Siglio Press) and checking to see how many likes her photo got. She posted “Air de Paris” because it’s a controversial one involving a blow job that Instagram won’t notice because it’s too abstract. She doesn’t even really like hot dogs or donuts. She just put them there. And the white brand-less tennis shoes? Those are abstract too which makes me wonder where she’s going with that. READ MORE >

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January 12th, 2017 / 2:52 pm

Rachel and Ben (episode 5)

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January 10th, 2017 / 10:47 am

Radiohead’s 25 Best Unreleased Tracks of 2016

A Beehive Is Not a Little City (Made Out of Honey)

Tremendous Ache in My Fingers

Are You Reasonable?

In Your Motor Car (Flash Your Lights at Satellites)

Klimt in the Country

Never Break, Day

Booze Cruise

Fellas Remind Yr Mothers

Cantankerous Oval Godhead

Green.Pleasant

Euphoric and He Looks Like a Baby

Cheeseburgers in Paradise

At Loggerheads w/Reptilians

Pants (Refrain)

Murphy and the Solar Bowler Hat

Center of the Earth (Everybody Dances in the)

This Colossal Waste of Time

Preview of a Great Massacre

O Shit I Missed the Brexit Vote

Fan Theory about the Karma Police Video Involving Edward Snowden

Casual Friday (Hazmat Suit)

Something Something Hamilton I Guess

Fodor’s Guide to Antarctica

Anvil Meets Head

Guh

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January 9th, 2017 / 11:37 am