Monthly Archives: January 2009

dogkickers, you, night

Chris Cheney and Francesca Chabrier started a blog: Amy Adams Forever

Liz posted on The Triplets of Belleville, a movie we watched twice and loved, thanks to our bro-in-law’s recommendation. I was glad The Big Lebowski was checked out at Pleasant Street Video so we could be introduced to this.

Just finished reading Anagrams by Lorrie Moore. It’s a sad/funny/sad book with an exciting structure: She drops the same characters, Benna and Gerard, in different life situations for a few related short stories, giving each of them a turn as the musician, as the one in love with the other, etc., moving the story components around to see what it spells. Then, just when you get used to the all the switcheroos, she makes the last situation stick, and the rest of the book is a novel that, instead of approaching fresh, we take all the baggage from the previous stories to the novel. Plus there’s an imaginary daughter. And way more puns than I’d normally advise, but she pulled them off. I liked it much.

If you live near me and would like a free copy of Bury the Cynics by the Lovely Sparrows, let me know. I’ve gone on record praising the disc and have now been entrusted with astroturf grassroots abandoned love promotional dissemination. AKA I will hook you up!

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New Story: The One to Tell the Parents

My story, The One to Tell the Parents, is now up at Pequin. As is their specialty, they’ve paired it with a great photograph, this one by Kira Grinberg. It sets the tone nicely.

Here’s another recent Pequin story: Back to Nature by Tyler Enfield. A gag premise well-executed.

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A Ralph Lombreglia Reader + New Wrens

Lombreglia:

The Turnaround is At Hand: I’m excited about this one.

Somebody Up There Likes Me

Every Good Boy Deserves Favor

Wrens:

Two versions of the same song are available: “Pulled Fences” costs a buck and “In Turkish Waters” is free from Radio Exile. Both are good. Kind of loose, but playful and skilled, like their live show.

Also, here’s a great demo of a new song.

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100 Free Online Short Stories

Gadfly Revolution posted a list, 100 Free Online Short Stories. At #100 is my short short, “Subway Imitator,” and I’m in good company: Claudia Smith, Amy Hempel, Mary Miller, Matt Bell, and right beside me at #99, Sci-Fi legend Robert A. Heinlein. Lots of reading to do.

Largo

One thing Northampton and just about every other city lacks is a Largo. I miss the place and haven’t gotten to go since they moved to a bigger space and (maybe) improved the food a little.

Still, the Largo crowd has been active. There’s a whole slew of albums coming out in the next year. Foremost: Works Progress Administration, a supergroup made of Luke Bulla, Sean Watkins, Glen Phillips, Sara Watkins, Benmont Tench, Greg Leisz, Pete Thomas and Davey Faragher. “Always Have My Love” is solid Allison Krauss-y country.

Sean Watkins recorded an album with the guy from Switchfoot called Fiction Family.

Sara Watkins is coming out with her first solo album this year. Unrelated: Here’s her and her bro singing Trouble by Jon Brion.

Speaking of, Jon Brion did the score to Synecdoche, New York. The music, like the writing, directing, and acting, is excellent.

Glen Phillips has a couple of new bands albums: Plover with Garrison Starr and RemoteTreeChildren (by himself, I think.)

As of today, everyone in my apartment is 24 years old.

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