Thursday, November 30, 2006

now playing: Andy Nicholson

from Brian and Max

Monday, November 27, 2006

now playing: Andy Nicholson

from Brian and Max

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Roving Cowboy x8


Courtesy of WFMU's Chris T.

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Shanxing Wang

I feel completely inadequate to write an actual review review of Shanxing Wang's Mad Science in Imperial City, so I'm hoping I won't need to do so in order to convince you to buy it and read it. It's been getting a lot of attention, so you shouldn't have trouble finding smart writing about it elsewhere.

Over half of the book is one long poem entitled A's Degeneracy, whose section titles are all permutations of the words "how," "to," and "write," which point to one of the central questions of the book.

From the first page of A:
I say, unbearable anxiety about my 1st reading since I was thrown out of the Poetry House.

Yes, I say. His obscure remarks on that little yellow note stuck on my 1st poem. You can use the word W... in your... Poetry is not for you, A. I was told that he was referring to relying on concrete images and metaphors and resisting abstraction in poetry. But I had many grudges against this blasphemous affair between the Deity of Poetry and earthly images and metaphors.

And indeed, there is a great deal of abstraction in this writing. Mathematical theorems, formulae, graphs, diagrams, all pointing toward an unending struggle to frame an identity through language. It's also a hoot.

An excerpt courtesy of The Brooklyn Rail.

now playing: Joseph Leff

Everyone Loves Grain

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

No Music Day

No Music Day
The 17

Sunday, November 19, 2006

now playing: Annie Christain

Under John Wayne’s Hat

Thursday, November 16, 2006

now playing: Annie Christain

Inside a Hand Basket in the Burlesque Theater

Monday, November 13, 2006

99 cent art show

Oakland's Boontling Gallery will be hosting The 99 Cent Show December 1. From the flyer:

The 99 Cent Show is a one night only sale dedicated to raising funds for the rehabilitation of Studio One Art Center in Oakland, CA. Artists are asked to donate a drawing or as many drawings as he/she would like to this important cause.

All submitted drawings should be on paper, no larger than 8.5x11, and priced to sell at 99 cents. If sold, full proceeds will be considered a donation to Friends of Studio One.

now playing: Annie Christain

Words without God Could Be a Way Not to Be Alone

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