Saturday, May 31, 2008

big bIG BIG CONTEST CONTest contest

Idiolexicon and Sorry for Snake present the big bIG BIG CONTEST CONTest contest, in which you could get your own copy of Sorry for Snake 4 just for writing a mere 38 syllables of poetry.

The sedoka is a form of waka (traditional Japanese poetry), like haiku. The form is 5-7-7-5-7-7. If you wiki waka, you can learn more about sedoka, including how the form developed and where the turns might happen in a traditional sedoka.

Now that you have a vague understanding of what sedoka is, write one! Send your poem to submissions at Our favorite ten sedoka will end up in the first issue of the new, improved, relaunched Idiolexicon. More importantly, you'll get your very own copy of Sorry for Snake 4, which has been in print for like three days and is already being considered a major turning point in contemporary poetics.

Get them in soon! We'll be announcing the winners at the Logan Ryan Smith and Jessica Wickens reading on June 9.

Be sure to include your address, so that Jack knows where to send your journal when you win.

Saturday Night Main Event

The Two Timin' Three perform

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from this past week in worth-reading stories:

We'll start off this week with a question: are bike paths infrastructure?

Alternet reports this week that climate destruction is causing a global refugee crisis, polluters dump hundreds of millions of tons of toxins into our water each year and we're facing an apocalypse in the oceans. Also along those lines, carbon emissions are effecting U.S. vegetation and Good Magazine says house plants will keep you alive.

In economics, the Iraq occupation may have raised global energy prices six trillion dollars. American Progress reports on Bush the weakened dollar and Truthout says the oil power equation has changed.

Discovery reports on a bacteria based living computer!

Lastly this week, The Nation says big media needs to be unplugged.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

An aside

Noo Journal issue #8 (edited by Mike Young - friend of the site) is up, featuring myself!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Saturday Night Main Event

Yard Dogs Road Show perform

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from this past week in worth-reading stories:

This week we start with a pair of articles about our young generation having started the Multiculture club and our generation having seen the death of the critic.

Also this week, Alternet features Bill Moyers saying democracy in America is a series of narrow escapes, Howard Zinn asking "should anarchism be a dirty word?", and a final question about the US succumbing to inverted totalitarianism. Following that last notion, Common Dreams reports on secret laws and Think Progress reports on government lists.

Phyorg reports on the amazing Aymara people.

This week is World Vegetarian Week! Did you know America wastes 27% of food produced for consumption? That more Americans face food shortages?

Finally this week, economic stories on (not) keeping up with our parents and the meltdown lowdown.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Saturday Night Main Event

Slim Cessna's Auto Club perform

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from this past week in worth-reading stories:

We start this week with articles by The Nation, Consortium, Common Dreams and The American Prospect on 60 years of Israel v. Palestine.

Alternet also reports on the danger of the anti-Feminist movement.

In economics this week, Salon says we're not keeping up with our parents, Alternet reports on the danger of hedge fund titans and Raw Story reports that $1.5 trillion dollars is needed for America's infrastructure.

In business this week, The Boston Globe reports that "green" is more of a marketing exercise, the Financial Times of London gets to the bottom of the oily truth of U.S. foreign policy and The Nation reports on manufacturing a food crisis.

Finally this week: cycling! Wired reports on cyclists taking to the streets in LA, Common Dreams has a great article on pedaling to cleaner cities, Boston is furiously pedaling into the 20th century, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian reports on bike lessons form Idaho.

Monday, May 12, 2008


Saturday, May 10, 2008

Saturday Night Main Event

Alice Notley reads

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from this past week in worth-reading stories:

This week: bike lane battles!

In food and the environment news, Alternet says profiteers are squeezing billions out of the global food crisis, coffee drinkers should ditch the paper cup and new food safety rules may do more harm than good. National Geographic reports on "green" banana farming gaining appeal, and finally, is bottled water on the way out?

Locus Magazine says to think like a dandelion in the new age of marketing.

In economics this week, The American Prospect reports on the US going from manufacturing products to manufacturing debt, and how Europe avoided our mess. Also, The Campaign For America's Future says lets bank on rebuilding America.

Finally this week, Salon asks if everything we think about American history is wrong.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Saturday Night Main Event

Cub Country perform

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from this past week in worth-reading stories:

Happy May Day everyone! Remember, the Labor and Progressive Movements began in the US. The Nation remembers laborers who've died on the job and Buzzflash asks if Made In America needs a comeback. Plus, is there any way to stop Wal*Mart from sweatshop profiteering?

Also this week, the era of cheap and plentiful oil is almost over, and Mother Jones looks into the media the scrubbing of coal.

In "what we eat" news, Salon lets us know how to eat seafood ethically. Alternet says corporate vultures are behind the world food crisis, and The Financial Times Of London says the global food crisis is a chance to reform global agriculture. Also, the very real issue of artificial food and Frankencrops.

In civics news this week, a Congressional lawsuit is challenging Presidential powers, and The Nation has a very good article on the right to keep and bear arms.

Finally, in economics this week, Time Magazine reminds us many states are also in recession. Salon has an interesting piece on the gilded age - past and present, and the Pentagon is strangling our economy.

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