Monday, June 29, 2009

Leroy Smith: Get Your Basketball On

For more information about Leroy Smith's basketball techniques and strategies:

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Paperwall #15

The latest issue of Paperwall, edited by Sam and Katie Cole, can be found at:

Containing poetry and prose by:

Ryan Dilbert
Ankur Agarwal
Adam Moorad
Misha Delibash

Saturday, June 27, 2009

I Am Not Sidney Poitier

Friday, June 26, 2009

Acadiana Symphony Orchestra

"The mission of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Conservatory of Music is to present the highest quality symphonic performances of diverse repertoire to a broad audience while providing musicians with a forum for artistic expression and learning."

Thursday, June 25, 2009

O. Pamuk's Nobel Prize In Literature Lecture, 2006

A writer is someone who spends years patiently trying to discover the second being inside him, and the world that makes him who he is: when I speak of writing, what comes first to my mind is not a novel, a poem, or literary tradition, it is a person who shuts himself up in a room, sits down at a table, and alone, turns inward; amid its shadows, he builds a new world with words. This man – or this woman – may use a typewriter, profit from the ease of a computer, or write with a pen on paper, as I have done for 30 years. As he writes, he can drink tea or coffee, or smoke cigarettes. From time to time he may rise from his table to look out through the window at the children playing in the street, and, if he is lucky, at trees and a view, or he can gaze out at a black wall. He can write poems, plays, or novels, as I do. All these differences come after the crucial task of sitting down at the table and patiently turning inwards. To write is to turn this inward gaze into words, to study the world into which that person passes when he retires into himself, and to do so with patience, obstinacy, and joy. As I sit at my table, for days, months, years, slowly adding new words to the empty page, I feel as if I am creating a new world, as if I am bringing into being that other person inside me, in the same way someone might build a bridge or a dome, stone by stone. The stones we writers use are words. As we hold them in our hands, sensing the ways in which each of them is connected to the others, looking at them sometimes from afar, sometimes almost caressing them with our fingers and the tips of our pens, weighing them, moving them around, year in and year out, patiently and hopefully, we create new worlds.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

[Fresh Air: Writers Speak]


Stephen King
Maurice Sendak
Richard Price
Philip Roth
James Baldwin
Norman Mailer
Allen Ginsberg
Joyce Johnson
John Updike
David Rakoff
Fran Lebowitz
David Sedaris
Billy Collins

Monday, June 22, 2009

Louisiana School Of Cooking

{For some of that Southern delight}
Soups, Gumbos

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Dzanc Books Creative Writing Sessions

The list of awesome instructors include:

Mary Akers
Randall Brown
Blake Butler
Matt Bell
Michael Czyzniejewski
Molly Gaudry
Diane Goettel
Kyle Minor
J.A. Tyler
Laura van den Berg
Kevin Wilson
Claudia Zuluaga

And for the full list of writers and for more information:

Big thanks to Roxane Gay of PANK Magazine for the opportunity to enroll in a session. Too cool of her:

Saturday, June 20, 2009

AAA Tattoo

AAA Tattoo:
Open 7 days a week
12 PM-9PM
1548 Johnston Street
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 234-7121

Tattoo by Terry Grow:

Friday, June 19, 2009

Sunflower Seeds

Thursday, June 18, 2009

--tales of a fourth grade nothing--

First crushes, or whatever it was that resembled crushes were Kim and Aimee.

First time making the Honor Roll list for the whole school year.
Coz, Doug, Beth, Erin, and Blair were the fastest runners.
Ms. Hall was the teacher--real cool.
Sat across Mimmy, who had the most contagious laugh.
Rien, Daisy, and I always had to wait in Ms. Rita's office to be picked up after the school day ended.
Ms. Rita pulled out splinters.
Brett and Graham were the tallest in class.
Tim was the best bowler.
Classroom was on the second floor.
Coach Jordan/Coach Gibson: "Perfect practice makes perfect."
Shel (5th grade) fell and hit his head on the wooden deck--skin split open just above his eyebrow, and he needed stitches.
Pretended I was Wolverine when playing chase.
Football/Stuck in the mud/soccer/kickball in the parking lot (sometimes the ball would go over the fence, onto Johnston St.)
Rainy days in the Commons Room (bear-walking and wheelbarrow races, tripod handstands, handstands, headstands, cartwheels, rolling, speed-walking)
Read Indian In The Cupboard--"vittles" was a vocabulary word. It means food--only vocabulary term I remember remembering throughout my school career.
Wore knock off Agassi's from Payless.
Italy was my favorite soccer team.
Michael Jordan.


Still listening to--
Def Leopard
Bon Jovi
Ozzy Osbourne
Motley Crue

Dick Tracy
Kindergarten Cop
Ninja Turtles

Looney Tunes

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

SoMa Literary Review--Patrick O'Neil's "Talking With Maria"

Cool piece:

"Talking With Maria"
Patrick O'Neil

SoMa Literary Review--

And his blog can be found at:
[Full Blue Moon Dementia]

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Cité Des Arts

"Our mission is to provide an experience that welcomes and encourages interactions between various cultures, generations and artistic disciplines in order to increase the participation, enjoyment and knowledge each may have with and of the others."

Sunday, June 14, 2009

From Michael Chabon's Maps & Legends

"I could adduce Kafka's formula: [A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul]" (2).

"...--we proceed, seeking out the blank pages in the map that our favorite writers, in their greatness and negligence, have left for us, hoping to pass on to our own readers--should we be lucky enough to find any--some of the pleasure that we ourselves have taken the stuff we love: to get in on the game. All novels are sequels; influence is bliss" (45).

"Children did not abandon comics; comics, in their drive to attain respect and artistic accomplishment, abandoned children" (79).

"It has often been observed that the writing of fiction is akin to the work of a stage magician, a feat of sustained deception in which by imagery and language the trickster leads the audience to believein the existence or possibility of a series of nonexistent or impossible things. In fiction and in stage magic, one result of this deception, if it works, is the experience of pleasure in the audience at the verisimilitude of the effect. In both cases the pleasure is possible--indeed, it depends entirely--on the audience's knowing perfectly well that it is being fooled, on its avid willingness to be fooled, to participate in creating the illusion of reality" (206).

Saturday, June 13, 2009

[Daniel Gillen] {Neat}


Cool artwork--Enjoy.


Friday, June 12, 2009

Sein Und Werden: "In The Mornings"

The Summer 2009 Sein Und Werden issue can be found here:

The short prose piece, "In The Mornings," can be found here:

And for the full list of contributors:

Really cool journal based out of Manchester, England.

The Basmati

[Tastes Best When Eaten]

Thursday, June 11, 2009

---Afghan Women's Writing Project---

For more information:


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


                                                            "I'm a rock"

                                                            "I am a rock"

                                                            "I'm a Rock"

                                                            "We rock"

                                                            "We Rock"

                                                            "I rock"

                                                            "I rock"

                                                            "Welcome to The Rock"

Friday, June 5, 2009

The Dead Mule: "Eight Hours Later"

The short story, "Eight Hours Later," along with the Southern Legitimacy Statement can be found in the June issue of The Dead Mule School Of Southern Literature: .

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Excerpt From Molly Gaudry's We Take Me Apart

Yes yes ya'll and ya don't stop. Check out a preview of Molly Gaudry's We Take Me Apart at:

Mud Luscious Press will be publishing it soon enough. Had the pleasure of reading a draft of it not too long ago, and it's awesome. And by awesome, I mean it's really awesome. Looking forward to reading the finalized version.

For more about Molly, check out her wonderful site at: .

{And 1} Basketball Mixtape

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Cuuuu-eeeee--k'yah k'yah--cuuuuu /The Figs

Them Southern Sirens:

The Figs

[Cuuuu-eeeee--k'yah k'yah--cuuuuu ]

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Charles Lennox's A Field Of Colors [Mud Luscious Press]

J.A. Tyler---
Mud Luscious Press---
Free copies of Charles Lennox's chapbook, A Field Of Colors---

Definitely worth checking out--Mud Luscious Press will send you a free copy if you just let its editor, J.A. Tyler, know that you would like one. Awesome.

For more information about Mud Luscious Press and J.A. Tyler and Charles Lennox's A Field Of Colors:



The specifics about receiving a copy of A Field Of Colors can be found under the June 1, 2009 post.

Please check out Charles Lennox's pretty cool site at: .