It’s a hard time for everybody: Can we agree, then, to just give links this year?
Jack Christian started a blog, Precious Document. He’s just giving away poems that appeared in sweet print journals like Black Warrior Review. His questionable business moves are America’s gain.
You can watch the first episode of Flight of the Conchords, Season 2, at Funny or Die. It’s good.
Also funny: New Stella Short
If you can get your hands on McSweeney’s #29 (the new one), read the first story, “It’s Nice When Someone is Excited to Hear From You,” by Brian Baise. It’s fantastic. A detestable narrator whose detestability isn’t immediately identifiable and never redeems himself exactly, but complicates himself enough not to be hatable. Voicy without tricks.
My mom and Ed got me a 2-year subscription to Quick Fiction, and I’m halfway through the new one. Lots of gems in this gorgeous little book. So far, my favorite is “The Torturer…” by Michael Thurston. There’s also a nice one by Anthony Varallo, who had a very funny story in the issue of Fugue I read a couple of weeks ago. So he’s on my radar now.
Michael Ocean shreds on his custom telecaster: Paranoid Android
Michael Young shreds on his custom keyboard.
Deb Olin Unferth did a Daytrotter reading. Her voice is different, higher, than I’d imagined. I like it.
Damien Jurado also did a Daytrotter session, including a nice morose rendition of “Ohio.”