May 19th, 2011 / 12:30 pm
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Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch on Food Network!

Not really, but close. In this new episode of Emily Gould’s “Cooking the Books,” Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch make green juice and read from their collaboration Ten Walks/Two Talks. Along the way we learn that Cotner and Fitch met as 19-year-olds in Boston. They were both crashing on someone’s roof, and started talking. They’ve kept talking. We also hear some thoughts about Basho and zits.

Timothy Donnelly, who selected Ten Walks/Two Talks as a Best Book of 2010 for The Week, included an excerpt from Cotner and Fitch’s new project Conversations over Stolen Food in Boston Review‘s National Poetry Month celebration. The short piece is called “Spiritual Laws.” It takes place in a grocery store they call “W.F.” This excerpt moves from Emerson, to a kid who soils his shorts, back to Emerson, then ends with a discussion of anxiety and bicycles.

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  1. Maggie

      That green juice looks tasty. Italian parsley is a nice touch. It was fun to finally hear TEN WALKS/TWO TALKS read aloud (reading starts at 6:57). Cotner and Fitch have such a long history together, so their conversations take unexpected turns. Behind every spoken word there are hundreds of silent words from previous conversations that form a context and allow for sudden jumps.

  2. rocketblastedness

      Cooking the Books rocketblasts my world!

  3. Sean

      This rocks. can I get a shout on the book? Do people like the book?

  4. KRB

      the book is awesome, one of my faves from ugly duckling presse

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      Horsecock Soup: Tomato soup, onions, (tube) bologna.

      My dad used to make a big pot of this garbage to bring out ice fishing. At some point this concoction will make an appearance in something I write.

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