Friday, April 30, 2010

Roxane Gay, On Reading

"I don't have anything profound to say about reading because, truth be told, I'm a bit of a whore when it comes down to it. There isn't a book I won't read and I'm the better for it because I now know, for example, that symbology is a very important branch of intellectual inquiry and a strong knowledge of symbology can save the world. There's a lot to be said for (literary) promiscuity."

{Roxane Gay's writing appears here and there and instead of boring you with names and places, she'll point you to her website
and the magazine she lovingly co-edits with Matt Seigel at PANK.}

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Caleb J. Ross, On Reading

"The question authors fear, 'Where do you get your ideas?' for me, is answered easily: other books.

Many, if not most, of my ideas for stories and novels come by way of other books. A particular idea or even something as finite as a sentence that I feel the author doesn’t fully explore, I’ll nab and explore on my own. Example: while reading Steve Erickson’s The Sea Came in at Midnight, I fell into a passage about a lone tombstone that, for some reason, attracted the attention of the protagonist. The actual reason for the attraction was never fully explored. To me, the draw is perfect story fodder. Currently, I’m working on a piece about a tombstone that has a similar, though explicit, draw to a group of neighborhood teenagers. For Erickson, this concept was a simple one or two paragraph mention. For me, it will be an entire story.

Reading late at night, when wake and sleep start to overlap, works well for this. When tired enough, a paragraph about a husband searching through want ads for a job can feel more like my unpublished novel, I Didn’t Mean to Be Kevin, in which a mother plants want-ads in hopes of convincing her runaway son to return home.

I read for theft, I suppose."

{Caleb J. Ross is the author of Charactered Pieces: stories (OW Press). His writing has appeared in Pear Noir!, Bust Down The Door And Eat All The Chickens, 3:AM Magazine, and elsewhere. Visit his website here.}

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Mel Bosworth, On Reading

"The act of reading is like sucking up the universe through a straw. It's not unlike the act of living, although the process is expedited to give your years more bang for their buck."

{Mel Bosworth is the author of When the Cats Razzed the Chickens (Folded Word Press, 2009) and Grease Stains, Kismet, and Maternal Wisdom (Aqueous Books, 2010). Visit him
here for more information.}

Monday, April 26, 2010

William Walsh, On Reading

"Reading is the best way to experience hunger, heartache, and death."

{William Walsh's mini-book, Pathologies, is just out from Keyhole Press . He is also blogging at The Kenyon Review, and his website can be found here.}

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Jac Jemc, On Reading

"Reading is one of the few things I can enjoy with immediacy. I'm often anxious in social situations and can have trouble doing nothing. Reading, however, feels like the perfect mix of activity and inactivity: I can read for hours at a time or for the five minutes waiting for the bus, and it always feels full and necessary. There is no self-consciousness or guilt associated with reading."

{Jac Jemc's novel, My Only Wife will be published by Dzanc Books in May 2012. For more information, check out her website here. }

Saturday, April 24, 2010

J.A. Tyler, On Reading

"Reading is a must. Reading teaches me to write. Without reading, my words would mean so much less."

{J. A. Tyler is the author of six novel(la)s including the recent Inconceivable Wilson (Scrambler Books, 2009) and the forthcoming A Man Of Glass & All The Ways We Have Failed (Fugue StatePress, 2011). He is also the founding editor of Mud Luscious Press--check it out here.}

Friday, April 23, 2010

Molly Gaudry, On Reading

"If it's true that people read to escape, then is it new worlds or words they seek?"

{Molly Gaudry is the author of We Take Me Apart (Mud Luscious Press). For more information, check out her website here. }

Frank And Ernest Literature References

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Notes A.7007B

"If everyone knows everything, should we admire them or feel sorry for them?"

-- H.H. the II.375


"There's no now in knowledge. Learn, then."

"There's no crying in baseball."

"I may be dumb, but at least I'm not smart."

"There's no I in team."

{Coach Jensen's Revised Halftime Speech

Okay gang, listen up--we only have 20 minutes left to play in this basketball game. Drink your water, rest up, and use your halftime break wisely. Now I want you all to consider what I told you all before the start of this game. Remember my inspirational speech? Well I've made some revisions. First, continue to think about what I said about Gladiator, Glitter, and Ace Ventura. But, and this is a big but, think about how I said that there is no "I" in team. Now I'm going to ask you to erase that thought.

I was thinking about it during the Second Quarter, when we had 11 straight turnovers, and I had an epiphany, a sudden realization--it was like Russell Crowe was directly channeling into my brain. And you know what? There is an "I" in team. Just think about it this way, there is an "e" and an "m" in the word, "team." If you put those 2 letters together in a certain order, it spells, "me." As you all have learned during past English classes, "me" is another form of "I" through a particular grammar rule. So think about me for the rest of the game. Think about what I want--my goals, my dreams, and my happiness.

The best way to fulfill my wants is to keep passing the ball to Billy. We all know he's the best player on the team. We all know that he can shoot, pass, play defense, and for the rest of this game, we want Billy to do all of this--it's our best shot of winning this game and getting a win before the season ends. Think about it this way: the "me" in "team" is also equivalent to the "i" in Billy, and the "i" in "Billy" is also "I," meaning "me." Take a look at the marker board.

Team = t, e, a, m
e, m = me (rearranged)
me = what I want


what I want = me and,
the "me" in team = the "i" in Billy.


The "i" in Billy = "I" as in "me."

Solution: There is an "I" in team.

It's all in the Math, folks, and note that there is no remainder. This is simple division, gang. The full and complete answer is Billy.

So far, we have a total of 4 points, 1/2 a rebound, and 19 turnovers. All 4 points came from Billy, and I think we would have more if we get him the ball more. I think we would have fewer turnovers if we get him the ball more. And I think we would have more rebounds, if we quit trying to get the ball, and just let Billy do his thing. So, the next time you happen to get the ball, think about what "me" wants, and "me," as stated earlier, means, me, Coach Jensen. If you see someone underneath the net, wide open, think twice and make sure that it's Billy. If it's not Billy, don't pass it but find him as quickly as possible and get him the ball--pass it to him, dribble it to him, do whatever you need to do, just get him the ball. If you're wide open for a shot--don't do it. Statistics have shown that you will definitely not make the shot. Who wants to not make a shot? No one. Right? And giving Billy the ball is the best way to get around this. Remember, there is an "I" in team through "me," and this equals Billy.

For defense, we're going to use the same kind of tactics. Don't try to steal the ball. Keep your hands to where everyone can see them--either do that, or keep your hands behind your back. Don't try to guard the guy in front of you, behind you, or next to you. The trick is to kind of pretend to play defense, but basically what you all will be doing is standing still and waiting for Billy to get to the player. If the player passes the ball to another player, wait for Billy to get there first before trying to do anything else. I was originally thinking of having you all just standing in the corner and let Billy play defense, but it may look a bit awkward.

If Billy happens to get the ball before any of you all do, then you go to the corner and stand still. You can wave your hands and shout and all, but don't move from the corner until I say so. This will give Billy plenty of room to maneuver and break the defense. If you're in the middle of the court--you will just get in the way of the objective. We don't need to give the defense any additional help by trying to play offense.

Okay that's it for now. Keep your ears tuned to my voice though during the game. I may make some more revisions, including having you all stand in the corner on defense too. And remember, everyone, think about me, your coach. I don't know if you have realized it yet, but we've just changed the history of sports here--we've changed the outlook on the traditional concepts of teamwork, and I'm glad that you all are a part of it. Teamwork can also mean being a team and not doing anything to let someone else do something to help the team win. There is an "I" in team as proven on the marker board--it's a great loophole so let's take advantage of it. Now go
warm up and let's show everyone the power of this team. Keep up the hard work. }

Derek Rose is a rose is a rose.

List of numbers:

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5. 6
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7. 8

List of lists

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"Romantic? Hemingway? He was an abusive, alcoholic misogynist who squandered half of his life hanging around Picasso trying to nail his leftovers. " -- Shakespeare's Taming Of The Shrew

Boys II Men ABC BVDs

"I just made you say underwear."

Umberto's echoes,
Jhumpa "Mike" Lahiri
Bad Boys
Alexandre Dumars

"Shimmy shimmy ya shimmy yam shimmy yeh" Ol D B


"La la la hey la la la hey la la la hey"


"Ghetto super" twinkle twinkle little "star."

Aimee Bender's The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake

Reginald Shepherd

Alva Noto

Scottie Pippen

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pedro Paramo Movie Poster

Juan Rulfo's Pedro Paramo from Magical Realism (Lois Parkinson Zamora, Wendy B. Faris, Editors)

"The heat made me wake up. It was midnight. The heat and the sweat. Her body was made of earth, was covered with crusts of earth, and now it was melting into a pool of mud. I felt as if I were drowning in the sweat that streamed from her. I couldn't breath....

There wasn't any air. I had to swallow the same air I breathed out, holding it back with my hands so it wouldn't escape. I could feel it coming and going, and each time it was less and less, until it got so thin it slipped through my fingers forever.


I remember seeing something like a cloud of foam, and washing myself in the foam, and losing myself in the cloud. That was the last thing I saw (55-56)"

Kinski Uncut

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Roy Andersson's Songs From The Second Floor

Satyajit Ray

Monday, April 12, 2010

Festival International de Louisiane 2010

April 21-April25