Saturday, January 30, 2010

 

Tucson Tonight

Marilyn Crispell & Ron Silliman

An evening of poetry & improvised music

Saturday, January 30, 7:30 PM

Recital Hall, Pima Center for the Arts

Pima Community College West Campus

2202 West Anklam, Tucson

$15 at the door.

Seating is limited to 120 people!
Phone 520-620-1626

Presented by Chax Press
with cosponsorship by
The University of Arizona Poetry Center and POG

There are some great, tho short, videos of Marilyn playing here.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

 



J.D. Salinger

1919 2010

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Howard Zinn

1922 2010

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

 

The other day, when I compared CA Conrad with Ben Franklin, I wasn’t just being cute or snarky. I had something specific in mind. CA is the glue in Philadelphia, a role more or less parallel to the one that the late Gil Ott was taking when I first moved here in 1995, the lone figure who appears to be known, respected, even loved by people in every literary scene in this quite diverse city. As Franklin was to civil society in Philadelphia in the late 18th century, Conrad is to Philly’s literary community of the 21st – the indispensible person. Conrad holds no teaching position at any of the region’s universities & has never received a Pew Fellowship or MacArthur, but is himself as crucial to the vitality of poetry here as any institution we have. Here is a video that CA did for A. Lee Abelson’s Poeteevee, which is off to a great start.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

 




Recently Received

Books (Poetry)

Nicole Brossard, Selections, introduction by Jennifer Moxley, translations by many hands, University of California Press, Berkeley, 2010

Louis Cabri, – that can’t, Nomados, Vancouver, 2009

Julie Carr, 100 Notes on Violence, Ahsahta Press, Boise, 2010

John Coletti, Mum Halo, Rust Buckle Books, Brooklyn, 2010

Molly Gaudry, We Take Me Apart: A Novel(la) [in verse], Mud Luscious Press, no location listed, 2009

Terrance Hayes, Lighthead, Penguin, New York / London, 2010

Brenda Iijma, If Not Metaphoric, Ahsahta Press, Boise, 2010

Burt Kimmelman, As If Free, Talisman, Jersey City, 2009

Natalie Knight, Archipelagos, Punch Press, Buffalo, 2009

Matthew Landis, Like a Moth From His Death Mouth, privately printed, Philadelphia, 2009

Reb Livingston, God Damsel, No Tell Books, Reston VA, 2010

Clay Matthews, Runoff, BlazeVOX, Buffalo, 2009

Barry McKinnon, In the Millennium, New Star Books, Vancouver BC / Point Roberts, WA 2009

Deborah Meadows, Depleted Burden Down, Factory School, Queens, NY 2010

Sawako Nakayasu, Texture Notes, Letter Machine Editions, Chicago / Denver, 2010

Travis Nichols, Iowa, Letter Machine Editions, Chicago / Denver, 2010

Barbara Ras, The Last Skin, Penguin, New York / London, 2010

Edward Reilly, This Summer . . ., privately printed, Australia, 2009 / 2010

Ce Rosenow, Pacific, Mountain Gate Press, Hillsboro, OR, 2009

Benjamin Alire Sáenz, The Book of What Remains, Copper Canyon, Port Townsend, 2010

Logan Ryan Smith, Tracks, Ypolita Press, San Francisco, 2009

Simon Thompson, Why Does It Feel So Late? New Star Books, Vancouver BC / Point Roberts, WA 2009

Sotère Torregian, Envoy, preface by Andrew Joron, Punch Press, Buffalo, 2009

Edwin Torres, In the Function of Extreme Circumstances, Nightboat Books, Callicoon, NY 2010

Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, Selected Poems, edited by Ben Mazer with an introduction by Stephen Burt, Belknap Press (Harvard University Press), Cambridge, MA, 2010

Fred Wah, The False Laws of Narrative: The Poetry of Fred Wah, selected with an introduction by Louis Cabri, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Waterloo, Ontario, 2009

Connie Wanek, On Speaking Terms, Copper Canyon, Port Townsend, 2010

Peter Waterhouse, Language Death Night Outside: Poem / Novel, translated by Rosmarie Waldrop, Burning Deck, Providence 2009

 

Books (Other)

Jon Cotner & Andy Fitch, Ten Walks / Two Talks, Ugly Duckling Presse, Brooklyn, 2010

Pierre Joris, Justifying the Margins, Salt Publishing, Cambridge, UK, 2009

Gilbert Sorrentino, The Abyss of Human Illusion, preface by Christopher Sorrentino, Coffee House Press, Minneapolis, 2010

 

Journals

Tits: A 24-Hour Journal of Poetry and Poetics, no location given, Dec. 16-17, 2009. Includes Buck Downs, Theodora Danylevich, Tom Raworth, Lacey Hunter, Rod Smith, Giles Goodland, William Howe, J.E. Kielsgard, Catherine Daly, Lauren Bender, Jordan Davis, Ethan Louis Edwards, Kevin Thurston, Tom Orange, Edwin Torres, Amy King, Tim Atkins, Benmina Taquito, Dana Ward, K. Silem Mohammad, Juliet Cook, Benjamin Friedlander, Chris Funkhouser, Josh Staley, Justin Katko, James Wagner, Mel Nichols, R. Mutt

 

Other Media & Formats

Joseph Cooper, Point of Intersection, Fact-Simile, Santa Fe, NM 2009. Exquisitely printed 4.5” by 6.5” chapbook printed notebook style with binding at the top & a genuine leather cover. Limited edition of 100 copies.

Brandon Downing, Lake Antiquity: Poems 1996 – 2008, Fence Books, Albany, NY, 2009 [This is both a collection of poems and a humongous art book of Downing’s collage work since the two are often inseparable – 190 pp., four-color throughout]

Luke Roberts, A bright bright DAY!!!Letterpress broadside on card stock, Punch Press, Buffalo, NY, 2009

Jo Ann Rothschild, The Book of Penis, afterword by Harry Cooper, Pressed Wafer, Boston, 2010 (hysterically funny cartoons of archetypal penises, e.g. Penis Butter & Jelly)

Anne Waldman, “from Iovis,” Anne Waldman trading card, Fact-Simile, Santa-Fe NM 2010 (3.5-by-2.5 inch trading cards in the grand baseball card manner with photo horizontally on one side backed by an excerpt from Waldman’s masterwork. The card is reminiscent of Topps’ cards circa 1960.)

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

 

Preserve Micheline’s Wall

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Talking with Harryette Mullen

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Abraham Sutzkever,
the Yiddish poet & resistance fighter
whom some folks think
should have received the Nobel Prize,
has died at 96

Di Festung
(in Yiddish)

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Reznikoff reads Holocaust

A suite of Reznikoff photos
by Abraham Ravett

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Martin Amis:
writing the holocaust backwards

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Vancouver poet Brad Robinson
has died

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Talking with Katy Lederer

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Talking with Rae Armantrout

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Free Abbas Khalili Dermanaki!

More on Dermanaki

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Canada is set
to wipe out
its little magazines

Plus Duthie’s,
Vancouver’s top indie bookshop,
goes belly up
in time for the Olympics

The indie bookstore:
dead, dying or something else?

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Amazon offers writers 70%
of Kindle revenue
to cut publishers out of the deal

Kindle’s “best sellers” are free

20% of US readers
have already switched to e-books
[or at least tried it once or twice]

While Apple courts publishers,
Kindle adds apps

Penguin app tests the iPhone

Amazon opens the Kindle

How much does your e-reader weigh?

Compare with an Apple tablet?

Is the Apple tablet viable?

Fantasies of the tablet

Will “vooks” change your reading experience?

Xerox enters the on-demand book game

LeGuin’s revolt
against the Google book deal

Guthrie & Steinbeck families
are backing Google

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Haiti in ink & tears

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Camille Dungy’s Black Nature:
Four Centuries of African-American
Nature Poetry

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The finalists for this year’s
Nation Book Critics’ Circle Awards
include, for poetry,
Rae Armantrout, Louise Glück,
D.A. Powell, Rachel Zucker
& Eleanor Ross Taylor

Coldfront:
4 out of 5 finalists
made our
“best of 09” lists

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Kerouac’s Detroit

Michel & ti-Jean

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James Franco as Allen Ginsberg
(first clips,
including the Six Gallery reading)

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Next up for cinema treatment:
Infinite Jest?

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Rereading Roland Barthes’
“The Death of the Author”

The Death of the Author”
(reg. req.)

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Gary Snyder’s digital muse

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One book that won’t be a movie
is Neil Gaiman’s
The Graveyard Book

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Susan M. Schultz:
The why of a reading list

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Amy King’s
Slaves To Do These Things

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Charlie Simic
on witnessing horror

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Chinua Achebe:
What Nigeria means to me

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A feature on David Wolach

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Racism & romance
on book covers

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The registration deadline for
In(ter)ventions:
Literary Practice at the Edge

in Banff next month
is January 29!

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A second evening of
Poets Theater
@ Small Press Traffic

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A feature on Frank Sherlock

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Eponymity Manifesto

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Looking at Harriet’s
“decade of poetry” feature
globally

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Poetry vs. poetry journalism:
looking at Kaia Sand & Lawson Fusao Inada

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Talking with Marjorie Perloff

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What writers risk
by refusing to repeat themselves

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A feature on Hailey Higdon

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Solzhenitsyn’s First Circle
de-bowdlerized

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Reporting vs. privacy in blogging

Susan M. Schultz’s
dementia blogging

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18 films of poetry,
including
Samuel Amadon, Julie Doxsee, Forrest Gander, Lara Glenum,
Kate Greenstreet, Brenda Hillman,
Jen Hofer, Bhanu Kapil, Karla Kelsey, Sueyeun Juliette Lee,
Fred Moten, Laura Mullen, Travis Nichols,
Broc Rossell, Rodrigo Toscano, Tony Tost,
Sara Veglahn, Andrew Zawacki
& Rachel Zucker

Total visual archive

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A feature on Marion Bell

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Robert Kelly’s
Statement for
The Modern Poetry Conference
@ CUNY
(also his revamped website’s
new home page)

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Appreciating Lucas Bernhardt’s
Infidelities of Coal

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A feature on Laura Sims

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An eidetic contest

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The death of flarf

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You kept the Kafka archives where?

Kafka was “slightly strange”

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A feature on Thom Donovan

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A test of transliteration:
Catullus 1

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New Philadelphia Poets
@ the Bowery Poetry Club

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The 95¢ “Skool”
Summer Seminar in Social Poetics

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Talking with Harry Godwin

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Ed Sanders & John Gallaher on
careerism for poets

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Andrew Motion
on Philip Gross & the romantics:
it’s not quietism, it’s recycling!

The Water Table

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The paranoia around
Paranoia

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Censorship in 1960

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Calling Spicer’s Martians back

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One month to respond
to the call for work
for the Lancaster County
Poetry Path

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A feature on Julia Bloch

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Philip K. Dick:
paradox found

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The Beats at Naropa

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The Molly’s Books
grand re-opening reading
(with links to the MP3s)

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A feature on CAConrad

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Eric Selland:
“The Modernist Tradition in Japan”

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Jay Thompson on torque
with a great video demo

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Impossible communities:
Poetry & the private sphere

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Slang & linguistic trends

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No Negro dialect

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Talking with Maggie Ginestra

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Paul Pines’
Last Call at the Tin Palace

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Censoring the high school dictionary

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What is found poetry?

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Stevens across the pond

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Call it the Washington Past

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Diana Hamilton on
Dan Farrell’s
The Ink Blot Record

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Method is public,
poetry not so much so

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Where is the Rotten Tomatoes for poetry?

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Boston Globe articles on Robert B. Parker

Dennis Lehane on Robert Parker

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P.D. James
& the dark corners
of detective fiction

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The poems of Nicos Engonopoulos

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Kaplan Harris:
celebrating 20 years of
MLA Offsite readings

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Talking with Jessica Smith
about Foursquare Editions

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Chelsey Minnis in Poemland

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Self-styled American Tibetan,
Roberto Valenza has died

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Jim Benz on Zukofsky’s “A” - 9

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How metaphors work
in legal argumentation

Shakespeare & Judgment

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Rachel Blau DuPlessis & Pattie McCarthy
at the Chapterhouse Café
620 S. 9th St
Philly
Saturday, January 30
8:00 PM

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February 2 in Toronto:
Linh Dinh with a. rawlings & Angela Szczepaniak

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“Sleeping with John Updike

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Kevin Hart’s
“The Experience of Poetry”
(reg. req.)

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A bio of Donald Barthelme

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Sandra Simonds’
Warsaw Bikini

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Coming to Penn:
Word / Image / Culture

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Talking with Marina Warner

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E.L. Doctorow on style

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Dana Gioia joins
Postmasters Stamp Selection Committee

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William Burroughs’ stuff

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Robert Mezey, war poet

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NEA Chair Rocco Landesman
on the Diane Rehm Show

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George Lakoff
on “freedom” vs. the public option

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Rachel Simon’s Marginal Road

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Sherlock Holmes, the property

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Will the real Jane Austen
please stand up

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Elizabeth Soto’s Eulogies

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Giving Emerson the boot

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Crystal William’s
Troubled Tongues

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Karma Tenzing Wangchuk’s
Stone Buddha

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The man who outsells
Stephen King, John Grisham & Dan Brown
combined

But is Tolstoy the greatest

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Bin Ramke’s Theory of Mind

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A literature festival in Jaipur

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Talking with Gregory Betts

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Christopher Hitchens
on J.G. Ballard

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The call for papers for
ESSE 10
(the European Society for the Study of English
conference in Turn in August)
has a robust set of panels planned
including one on Mina Loy

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Marco Giovenale, reading & talking
(in Italian)

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Thomas Lynch undertakes fiction

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Georges Perec:
“Approaches to What?”
(reg. req.)

“Notes Concerning the Objects
That Are on My Work-table

(reg. req.)

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Was Shakespeare a woman & a Jew?

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Michael Hoffman on Stefan Zweig

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Let poetry die

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Knox Burger has died

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Beckett in Rome
(reg. req.)

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American poets
& the popular perception of
Japanese poetry

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Did Dashiell Hammet love poetry?

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Happy birthday, William Stafford

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The do-it-yourself book tour

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Patricia Highsmith & Flannery O’Connor

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Poe’s mystery visitor fails to show
(Was it David Franks?)

A Poe as cheery as David Franks

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Close-reading Byron & Keats

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The Fact-Simile poetry trading cards for 2010 –
a new one every month

The vispo calendar
is pretty nifty too

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Lethal river

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Ode to the Poets’ Cookbook

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The Serious Writer & His Penis

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bell hooks:
Teaching Critical Thinking

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Writers Digest turns 90

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John Muir:
“A Wind-Storm in the Forests”

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Joan Houlihan reviews
Charlie Smith, Lawrence Raab, Bruce Bond
& Liz Waldner

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What do memoirs
tell us about ourselves?

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The master narrator

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Toward a theory of surprise

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The Privilege of Not Recognizing Privilege

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T.J. Clark on
Walter Benjamin’s The Arcades Project
(reg. req.)

The Arcades Project
(1) (2) (3) (4)
(reg. req.)

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Is this anything?
(David Letterman on critical thought)

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Michel de Certeau:
Analysing Culture

(reg. req.)

Michel de Certeau:
Cultural Theorist

(reg. req.)

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NT Times obit for Laura Hruska

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Theodor Fontane
feels your pain

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Don’t be a text-hole

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Serious wifi

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What was eating Wagner?

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You don’t want to be Patti Smith,
you want to be Lady Gaga

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Utopia-Nihilism wall clock

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The legacy of Melvin Van Peebles

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Getting the news from Citizen Kane

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Life with Eric Rohmer

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Remembering Kate McGarrigle

Kate & Anna on Fresh Air

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Portraits of authors
in Princeton

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The photography of Sha Fei

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SF MoMA turns 75

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Jed Perl
on Jack Tworkov & Mira Schor

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The archive of scribbles

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Scenes from a catastrophe

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Art & the brain

Genius & schizophrenia

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Private Circulation’s
monthly PDF bulletin
well worth the free subscription

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Literary cartography

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The paralysis of analysis

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LRB personals are now on Twitter

Sexually, I’m More of a Switzerland

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What are you smiling at?

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Badiou vs. Žižek:
Philosophy in the Present
(reg. req.)

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Mark Taylor’s crusade

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Tony Barnstone on the tragedy of war

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War = Language

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The bravest man in America

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Gary Kasparov
on Deep Blue

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Digital humanities & the case for the creative commons

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