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Ben Mirov’s Vortexts: Release Party + Review

The first time I met Ben Mirov he asked me to “pound it” after I said something funny and ever since then I’ve been sort of unequivocally on-board with Ben Mirov and what he does.  I’m glad what he does is poetry.  His first two books I is to Vorticism (New Michigan Press, 2010) and Ghost Machine (Caketrain, 2010) are books I recommend to people ceaselessly and re-read often for enjoyment, relaxation, and inspiration.  Now he has this bright yellow chapbook called Vortexts to be released by Supermachine this Friday alongside Ben Fama’s likewise brightly-colored New Waves from Minutes Books.

EVENT INFO HERE

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June 1st, 2011 / 7:08 pm

“The Writer”

Carson Mell has a story in the new Electric Literature, which I bought because he and Lynne Tillman were published in it. I bought a copy of that and all the Supermachines (which are at least as great as everyone says they are because it’s true) and so I felt really indie lit and hip and stuff for about a week on the bus with people wondering “oh that must be the contemporary literature I hear so much about never” and then I fucked around and started re-reading a book that was written ninety years ago and which made me feel I could climb a building if I only wanted to.

Anyway I don’t much care for Mell’s fiction and I thought the publication quality of Electric Literature was quite poor considering how cool their website is, but then they do manage to pay their contributors and obviously care much more about the web with their apps and all, so maybe that makes up for it. I dunno nothing. Lynne Tillman’s thing was great of course. All in all though, I was underwhelmed. But I still think Carson Mell is a genius at making these videos, so who gives a shit I guess.

Technology / 7 Comments
April 15th, 2011 / 7:20 pm

NYC: cool thing at the PL this Tuesday

Periodically Speaking hosts SUPERMACHINE and 6X6 (UGLY DUCKLING PRESSE) magazines—


Ben Fama and Matvei Yankelevich in conversation with
(and readings by):
Macgregor Card
Corina Copp
Dorothea Lasky


Founders of influential literary mags 6X6, SUPERMACHINE, and the former GERM, with writers they’ve published over the years, discuss the past, present and future of literary publishing, after brief readings.

Tuesday, April 12 · 6:00pm – 7:30pm

DeWitt Wallace Periodical Room, The New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building @ 5th Ave & 42nd Street
New York, NY

(FACEBOOK)

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April 10th, 2011 / 12:19 pm

NYers: SUPERMACHINE 3 RELEASE

THIS FRIDAY @ 8

FACEBOOK INFO HERE

LINE UP:

Sasha Fletcher
Levi Rubeck
Joseph Calavenna
Andrew Gorin
Lily Ladewig
CaConrad
Ben Pease
Ben Mirov
Mark Leidner
Rachel B. Glaser
Kristen Kosmas

(so good!)

Even if you don’t attend because you’re at Blake’s thing, SUPERMACHINE 3 is one of the best single editions of a literary journal I’ve ever read.  I went cover to cover and skipped nothing and enjoyed everything.  Highly, highly recommended.

Web Hype / 1 Comment
March 9th, 2011 / 1:55 am

CAPTIONMACHINE CONTEST RESULTS

(OG CONTEST POST)

WINNER: Frank Tas

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Contests / 9 Comments
February 22nd, 2011 / 12:41 am

MFA Applicant Waiting To Hear Back (c. 1615; Oil on canvas)

BEST CAPTION GETS INTO NYU NO QUESTIONS ASKED (WE GOT THE HOOK UP…)

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Contests / 67 Comments
February 14th, 2011 / 1:40 am

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For beautiful, high-quality design that’s built to last but doesn’t overshadow the content, in fact is some of the best, most exciting content being published with beautiful, high quality design that’s built to last, check out Supermachine and give them money. READ MORE >

Presses / 7 Comments
December 29th, 2010 / 5:28 pm