Monthly Archives: October 2008

Things I hold in common with contemporary literary figures:

Ben Marcus and I both like the fiction of April Wilder.

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shut that window, whoa whoa, unless you want me to climb through

The title of this post is the chorus of my new hit song. It may also have verses.

I just ordered some cheap chaps. You can too!

Item Name: shane jones: black kids in lemon trees
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Invisible Ear – #2 is coming soon, oh yes, oh yes.

Oil Changes – Jono’s yummy nummins cooking blog.

Sara Blaylock – newly-renovated site, full of movies and other fun.

Fall Issue of Ghoti Out Today

My new/old story, Lent Remembered, is in there. Looking forward to reading the rest.

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Watched This Twice

This was nominated for an Oscar. The man behind it, Mark Osborne, went on to direct Kung Fu Panda. Really, though, it has more in common with Wall*E.

Variety Show Recap

The 3rd live Gather Round Children Variety Show was, once again, a blast. Thanks to the performers, attendees, and MEF. Let’s do it again some time.

If you missed it, you can go here to read one of the poems Lily read. (I found it by chance a couple of days ago. Awesome.) Also, here are some Ben Kopel poems and a Jensen Beach story. These were not read last night.

Liz took a few pictures:

Happy audience.

Happy Jensen.

Warm lighting.

This is Tomorrow Night

The Gather Round Children Variety Show

A Lively Evening of Music and Lit For Kids 18 and Up

Sunday, October 19, 8 pm

MEF Community Room – 60 Masonic St, Northampton, MA

Featuring:

Acapella Pop Cover Sensations, The Connotations

Celebrated Musician, Sara Jaffe (of Erase Errata)

Lauded Poet, Lily Ladewig

Esteemed Poet, Ben Kopel

Attractive Fictioneer, Jensen Beach

Penetrating Songsmith, Graig Mihok

In the meantime, submit something to the Hinterland Film Festival. It’s at the Book Mill. It’s Sara Blaylock and Brian Baldi. Make it happen.

Update: A Mix of Pride and Shame

Since my last post, The Complete Genealogy of Everyone Ever has put its hand-sewn binding to the grindstone. It now has a publication score of 5/6, or an 83%, or a good solid respectable B. Thank you, Pequin. Thank you, “The One to Tell the Parents.”

This recent development heaps further shame on “The Conversationalist,” whose failure stands out more than ever before. I now understand that “The Conversationalist” is my ugliest, dumbest child. Not only has it not been published, but it robbed an old lady at gunpoint.

It has embarassed me. What’s worse, it has embarassed itself. I take no blame for this failure. I did what I could. My hands are clean.

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Stop dancing and read this.

Added more sidebar links:

HTMLGIANT: The Pitchfork of literature. Contributors include Blake Butler, Mike Young, Shane Jones.

Ghoti is a bombiggity online lit mag. They just accepted a story, “Lent Remembered.” This means Complete Genealogy now has a publication score of 4/6, or 66.66%, or a solid D. I am upset with “The Conversationalist” and “The One to Tell the Parents.” Why can’t you be more like your brothers?

Rachel set up a blog. You can go there and read her stories, “The Sad Girlfriend,” and “Michael Jordan, in general.”

The Third Goodtime Gather Round Event of Song and Word Children Variety Show (because you the fans asked for it and i am just a humble public servant)

It’s time for another installment of…

The Gather Round Children Variety Show

A Lively Evening of Music and Lit For Kids 18 and Up

Sunday, October 19, 8 pm

MEF Community Room – 60 Masonic St, Northampton, MA

Featuring:

Acapella Pop Cover Sensations, The Connotations

Celebrated Musician, Sara Jaffe (of Erase Errata)

Lauded Poet, Lily Ladewig

Esteemed Poet, Ben Kopel

Attractive Fictioneer, Jensen Beach

Penetrating Songsmith, Graig Mihok

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Message Board Mania

Here’s another message board that has been linking over here. And unlike last time, this one’s mostly positive! Or at least slightly more positive than negative. This proves that Radiohead fans like me better than Modest Mouse fans. I’m going to hug people at a Radiohead concert.

But wait! To complicate matters, the guy who started the thread about my Radiohead remix calls himself “FloatOn1001.” So now I don’t know who to hug.

Here is the track, in case you missed it 9 months ago:

Gabe Durham“Mind’s Made Up / Morning Bell / 15 Step” (OR 7 Minutes in Catchy Yet Undanceable 5/4 Purgatory)”

In other news, Michael Ocean started a blog called On Sober Winds. Bookmark it, read it, love it.