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,
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)