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For my final post as Guest Blogger (thanks again for having me, Stacey! & thanks for reading, friends), I wanted to say a few words about the crew that I’m so unbelievably fortunate to work with on Agriculture Reader / X-ing Books-related matters. My eternal gratitude goes out to each of them for all of their unique talents so industriously applied to things I care so deeply about. Let’s start with Amy Mees, who heads the "Design Department" (it's a one-woman department). Here’s the thing with Amy: she has a vision. Her vision is that design doesn’t have to look... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2011 at The Best American Poetry
Usually when I tell people what I think the most beautiful sight in New York is, they just kind of stare at me funny, as though I'm lying to them or making a joke at their expense. Which is understandable, I guess, as what I'm talking about is in the subway, after all, and is basically just a mess of advertising offal. I'm referring to the layers of discarded ad posters that remain once the ad itself is stripped off. Here's a picture of one: See what I mean? It's gorgeous (and looks even more amazing in person). I feel... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2011 at The Best American Poetry
Whatever else you’re doing either today or tomorrow, cancel your plans and go see “Pubic Speaking” at Film Forum (if you’re in New York) or find some other way to watch it if you’re not. The movie is a Martin Scorcese-directed documentary on Fran Lebowitz. It’s basically just her talking for 90 minutes, but it’s so thoroughly enjoyable, so utterly hilarious and poignant, you can’t come out of there not feeling that this woman is some kind of weird miracle. For the truly devoted, she’s speaking in-person after tonight’s 7:30 showing. Here’s a Q&A that Film Forum did with her... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2011 at The Best American Poetry
I had the supreme pleasure of reading with McCann a couple of weeks ago at KGB, though I'd first heard him read in 2006 at the New School, along with Noelle Kocot and Joshua Beckman. I remember feeling astonished, and utterly so, by all three of them. The night felt *important*—and not just to me—but to POETRY, whatever that is. McCann has a new book just out from Wave Books, called "I Heart Your Fate," and it's really, truly incredible. Reading it is like wading into the Adriatic Sea on an overcast July morning and feeling something slimy grip around... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2011 at The Best American Poetry
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