The two best things I read online today are this essay on mushrooms by Daniel Nester and this paper from Hypermedia Joyce Studies that examines the connections between Finnegan’s Wake and Electronic Voice Phenomena.
2. The 14th issue of Octopus is out, and brimming. Also congrats to the three selected works for publication from their recent open submissions: The Black Forest by Christopher DeWeese, Dear Jenny, We Are All Find by Jenny Zhang, and Conception by Rebecca Farivar.
3. At Montevidayo, Johannes Göransson wrote an interesting response to Daniel Nester’s ‘On Bullshitting,’ which apparently really pissed DN off. Why are people so touchy about online interaction? It seems like eating pizza without the calories. There are lots of other rooms.
At We Who Are About to Die, Daniel Nester has compiled 13 lessons about doing a book (writing, promoting, etc). Really worthwhile stuff, from the funny “Don’t read more than 15 minutes [at a reading]. Any longer than that is a hostage situation.” to a point that I needed to hear at this exact moment: “Remember the times you were writing the book and had rushes of joy from putting words and sentences together. “
Has anyone else been checking out “The best Books of the Millenium (So Far) at The Millions? Plenty to fight about there!
Last week I posted a poem Mark Bibbins wrote with D.A. Powell. Today I have an interview that Travis Nichols conducted with D.A. Powell.
Dan Nester wrote a fascinating essay about the New York poetry scene, and his disenchantment with same. If this is a taste of his forthcoming book, How to be Inappropriate, then I’m hereby predicting great things.
At The Rumpus, Rozi Jovanovic has a long interview with Tao Lin.
Also, in case you missed it when it was new last week, Dennis Cooper posted 15 stories and poems by Joe Brainard.