March 5th, 2012 / 2:14 pm

What did you do this weekend that was good? What did you buy this weekend that you think will be good?


  1. M. Kitchell

      top 3 of this year’s awp
      -“intimate bathroom reading at a goth club” brought to you by action yes / birds of lace / kate durbin @ neo-TJY & The Actionettes at Multi-Kulti
      -Pop Serial rager

      -I read Melissa Broder’s MEAT HEART on the plane and it kills of course, also excited to read the scott McClanan, Sam Pink, & Justin Sirios i gotz.  of course, i was broke so instead of buying anything i bought nothing, but seems like things worked out anyway.

      the funniest shit was when me and sarah rose etter and chris kelly and chris’s girlfriend stacy were sitting in a booth before the mutable sound/small doggies/artifice reading at beef & brandy and some woman was sitting in the booth behind us LITERALLY WRITING ABOUT WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT WHILE WE WERE TALKING ABOUT IT in a very dismissive way.  shit was hilarious, 

  2. Mason Johnson

      Dogwalk Happen and Fritzlos dressed as women dressed as men dressed as women.

      That time I won the arm wrestling contest at the AWP kick off party. (Lindsay Hunter getting a room full of drunks to shut the hell up simply with a story.)

      That time I won karaoke at Karaoke Idol.

      DJ Berndt announcing that he’s the most eligible bachelor at Pop Serial.

  3. Matt Rowan

      Oh hey, look, a liar! Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you, Mason Johnson, a liar! I believe someone else won the arm wrestling competition. Ahem! Someone … else … did … win! I hope I don’t need to spell it out for you, Mason. Just place your correction whenever you’re ready to a.) be a decent person b.) display your deserved humiliation for all to see. 

  4. mimi

      this doesn’t have to be about AWP does it? because i ate a warm goat cheese and grilled portobello mushroom sandwich this weekend and it was good  
      oh and i paw-wrestled with my dog

  5. bartleby_taco

      sat in a car for long, had fun

      played poker, lost all my money

      ate a cheeseburger with a fried egg on it, it was great

      bought ‘autoportrait’ (leve) and am very excited to read it

  6. deadgod

      it is not a lie

      it is a lyrical comment

      get with it mussel beach

  7. Matt Rowan

      Oh crap, Mason is deadgod. Friggin knew it. 

  8. deadgod

      that is the lyrical spirit!

  9. douglas riggs

      I sat in the car some as well.
      Hoping these novels by Donald Antrim will be good. 

  10. Stephen Tully Dierks

      party at my house was fun/funny i thought. glad you came, blake. shitload of ppl were there and ppl were kissing and shotgunning beers and ingesting things off people’s body parts and stacking in human pyramids in my bedroom

      got forcibly ejected from a screening of “wanderlust” starring paul rudd with ben brooks, crispin best, cassandra nguyen, maggie lee, michael inscoe, steve roggenbuck for public intoxication. we were being loud, ben and i rolled over some seats into the next aisle, and ben got up and bumped into the screen i think
      ben gave me a british copy of his novel “grow up,” excited to read that

  11. Tim Jones-Yelvington

      when you word fucked me in a bathroom

  12. Sal Pane

      I finished The Oregon Trail is The Oregon Trail on the plane home and loved it. Other books from AWP I’m pumped to read:

      Fires of Our Choosing by Eugene Cross
      Cataclysm Baby by Matt Bell
      Fast Machine by Elizabeth Ellen
      Echolation by Myfanwy Collins
      You Can Make Him Like You by Ben Tanzer

  13. Stephen Tully Dierks

      steve just posted some footage from the party heh

  14. Ponsford McQuain

      got “crunked” eating 16 – 20 nacho gummi ranch deviled eggs retrieved from Blood Alley dumpster; subsequently forcibly ejaculated from Happy Dog Mom fiasco, book fair, planetarium & Cook County jail.  

  15. Mason Johnson

      you’re gettin’ with it!

  16. deadgod

      How did you come to learn what she was writing “about”?  (Did you know while she was writing?)

      I just realized that I can’t tell if she was writing dismissively (first thought) or you were talking dismissively (also possible) (or both – losing the hilarity that might attach to a contrast).

  17. deadgod

      gettin widdit
      aint wi cher wrist a bit
      lyrical buddy
      back o the hand
      muddy and bloody

      feelin cheery and truculent
      all at once
      like a waxy qb sooccuulent
      who hut huts and punts

  18. M. Kitchell

      we learned because sarah was reading her screen

  19. M. Kitchell

      ugh i can’t wait until i can afford autoportrait

  20. Jeff Nagy

      matthew timmons The New Poetics from Les Figues

  21. postitbreakup

      winstar casino! snuck vodka in & gambled with friends

  22. Anonymous

      filed for unemployment / bought provisions to stave off starvation. that will be good. ~*the life of a real writer*~

  23. shaun gannon

      lol she was old too

  24. Frank Tas, the Raptor

      It was cool meeting a bunch of y’all! and it was cool hanging out with Mike in particular! Shaking hands was alright, and next time there’s something going on in Chicago I’ll head over.

      Took a cab home that night and we went through White Castle’s drive thru and I purchased the cabby a sausage egg and cheese sandwich.

  25. Frank Tas, the Raptor

      There was karaoke??

  26. Adam Robinson

      Did you go swimming though?

  27. Shannon

      I bought some books from ADP and last night my partner bought me the most delicious Tartufo. We also lounged about and got our nerd on in the form of watching a lot of Star Wars. 

  28. Matt Margo
  29. Sugar Bear

      What the F is AWP and how much water is in a pound of water (volume please cause I alrady know there is a pound)?

  30. Rachel Yoder

      Watched Chicago’s local Christian misinformation channel at length. Bought speculative fiction anthologies. Didn’t give a fuck.

  31. Banango

      i sat at home & participated in an alt lit tinychat & played songs on with postitbreakup & frank tas

  32. postitbreakup

      <3 <3 <3

  33. Dawn West

      Great sex, great intoxicants, great company, great book (The Physics of Imaginary Objects by Tina May Hall).

  34. Dawn West

      But no AWP. Shamelessly jealous of everyone who got to go.

  35. deadgod

      so you were provoking the dismissive (?) commentary okay a haughty stenographic marionette

      is it possible she knew that her eavesdropping/commentary were being fed into your talk

  36. Michael J Seidlinger

      Me too. I LOVED Suicide. Next book I buy will be Autoportrait.

  37. Tom Willard

      Drank at a friend’s birthday, continued to plod through The Charterhouse of Parma, went to City Lights and bought Anonymous Celebrity, Zazie in the Metro and Dust: a Dalkey spree.

  38. Noah Cicero

      Eating lunch with lily hoang.  

  39. Noah Cicero

      1. eating lunch with lily hoang. 

      2. gene morgan and tim sanders

      3. online poker 

  40. mimi

      a pound of water is ~ one pint

  41. Frank Tas, the Raptor

      It’s true!

  42. Vomithelmet McGee

      It took me 3 months to read Watership Down and I finished it.

  43. Tim Jones-Yelvington

      I was so thrilled by how the curation came together for our event at Multikulti, I knew I was bringing together kindred folks but you really have no idea how much the pieces are going to be conversing with one another until you see that shit go down. I am so glad we got it all on tape.

  44. Tim Jones-Yelvington

      I am jealous of Lindsay, I have to use my ass.

  45. Tim Jones-Yelvington


  46. lily hoang

      you’re a doll, noah cicero.

  47. lily hoang

      Aw, TJY, I barely saw you! Waa!

  48. lily hoang

      My husband has a hashtag for me: #lilyfuckinghoang, but he’s the only one who’s ever used it.

  49. Tim Jones-Yelvington

      haha, ill have to get in on the action.

      yes this year kind of sucked but we will make up for it someday.

  50. Tim Jones-Yelvington

      I do gotta say tho that having you introduce me to Carmen and then having a conversation w/ her that basically consisted of me saying, I wrote a post on htmlgiant abt wanting to see your husbands dick, then talking about PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, was a highlight of this year’s conference. 

  51. Anonymous

      I met Bob Christgau, which was good. I bought an old Everyman copy of Alexander Pope’s Collected Poems, which is robin’s egg blue, and much more readable than my current copy of his work, along with a copy of Richard Elleman’s Yeats: The Man and the Masks, and a sturdy, sizable edition of Shakespeare’s narrative poems, in the old Cambridge set, which never made for good play-reading, but goes well with these few things. All of those either are, or seem likely to be, good.

  52. Mason Johnson

      Competitors were from the following pubs: PANK, Another Chicago Magazine, Artifice, One Story, Tin House, Featherproof Books, Red Lightbulbs, Quimby’s Books, THE2NDHAND, Untoward, & Curbside Splendor.


  53. Frank Tas, the Raptor


  54. Richard Thomas

      Yeah, Ear Eater killed. Psyched to read Sampsell’s new WIP, the excerpt was excellent. New PANK looks great. New HOBART, too. Found some weird little journal, Chattahoochie Review, previously unknown to me, with excellent cover art, and work by Aimee Bender, Wells Tower and William Gay, very cool.

  55. Tyler Gobble

      Adam Robinson reading at the Ear Eater Reading

      Picking up a duffle bag of books including WHAT A TREMENDOUS TIME WE’RE
      HAVING by Nick Sturm, Artifice 4, Noo Journal issue 13, Forklift, Ohio issue 24
      (Oeno issue), Cataclysm Baby by Matt Bell, and Sermons and Lectures Both Blank
      and Relentless by Matt Hart

      Seeing CK Williams read

      Long Poem Panel featuring Matthew Zapruder

      THE LIT PARTY (especially that puppet show Jesse Ball did)

      Everything about the Convocation in Chicago

  56. M. Kitchell