Monthly Archives: September 2009

My sign-up ambivalence increases with each passing social networking site, but I’m really enjoying Fictionaut so far. It’s a lit site specializing in (but not limited to) short short fiction, where you can re-post your published or unpublished words and nice people (some of whom you don’t even know) will read and comment. Can you beat that? Fictionaut banks on the informality of facebook to create a space that’s more approachable and discussion-friendly than most (already pretty approachable) online lit mags.

Carson Baker and Jürgen Fauth started the site some time last year, though I only heard about it a month ago.

Also, there are some pretty thoughtful discussions happening, the kind where people listen to each other and assume the intelligence of fellow posters. Fictionaut just un-beta’ed itself last week, which means you don’t need a secret handshake invite to join. Jump on it, babies.


RIGID RUMORS drops today.


Gabe Durham – Rigid Rumors (2009) – download the zip file here

A new album of previously uncollected remixes, 2.5 years in the making.

1. Fan in the Stands
2. Yeah Yeah Uh Uh Oo Oo Ooh
3. No Planes
4. Yoko in Idaho
5. First You Reel Me Out…
6. …Then You Cut the String
7. Ends to my Friends
8. No Beatbox in Baseball
9. Salty and Sweet Like
10. Woke Me Up
11. Prison for Jerks (192 kbps / 39 mins)

If you want to try before you buy, the whole thing is currently streaming on MySpace.

Featuring the Music of (roughly in order of descending importance): Bjork, Biggie Smalls, Radiohead, Andrew Bird, Outkast, M.I.A., Josh Ritter, the Swell Season, Madonna, Glen Phillips, The National, TV on the Radio, LCD Soundsystem, Damien Rice, The Beatles, Blind Melon, Animal Collective, Beyonce, The Proclaimers, John Lennon, The Traveling Wilburys, Kanye West, Spoon, Pavarti Khan, of Montreal, Daft Punk, David Garza, Margot and the Nuclear So & Sos, Cake, The Mountain Goats, Rilo Kiley, They Might Be Giants, Wednesday Night Worship, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Sufjan Stevens, Biodome 5, Simon and Garfunkel, The Arcade Fire, Ella Fitzgerald, Ben Folds, David Gray, Wilco, Goldspot, Klaxons, The Wrens, The Decemberists, Beck, The Waifs.

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Cinnamon Urns at Ari & Sara’s House

Mike, Christy, Ari, and Anne were all kind enough to help fulfill my angst fantasy with a cover of the Arcade Fire’s “Intervention.” I’m having as much fun in this video as it looks like I’m having.

Other hits that night included Mike’s O God of Mercy, O Wild God and Ari’s I Never Found Out What She Wanted Me For.

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Kerouac, Flannery, Absolute Truths, What Macalister’s Wife Forgot, Chekhov, Remaining a Wolf Post-Conversion, Matchbook, Perennial Sadness

My interview with Edward Mullany just went up at Keyhole today. Thanks to Peter Cole for accepting it on the site. The interview also compiles links 12 of his stories and 1 of his poems from around the web, which should serve as a pretty enticing introduction to Edward’s work.

Further Reading: My interview with Michael Ocean