when you make zines & your gf’s cat jumps on the desk while you’re brewing more coffee and their paw drags through your painted covers.
when you make zines & cut and tape the texts onto a piece of paper and there’s a cat hair stuck in the tape and you don’t have excess money to just scrap it all…
Once the madame of a frock shop had tried to dress her in pink. And even she, Margaret, had at the last minute before the gown was packed, denied the outrageous combination of herself and the color. Once an Italian barber had tried to kiss her and she had escaped the kiss. Once Michael had given her an orchid preserved in a glass ball, and now she could not find it. How horrible she felt in pink; how horrible the touch of the barber’s lips; how heavy was the glassed orchid on her breast.
Feeling lucky? Soon Michael would ask her that, after the sink was empty and her apron off. It was never luck she felt but she would smile. In the darkness the cat swallowed the last flake of herring.
John Hawkes - The Lime Twig
"How horrible she felt in pink"
In a motel room in Bloomington MN ~ a large wedding party of the drunkest friendly strangers just checked in from Duluth ~ putting the final edits on a manuscript I’ve been working on this summer ~ waiting for Apple to drive in from Eau Claire ~ then we’re heading through The Badlands, other South Dakota parts, Wyoming, Denver and back to SF ~ Maybe it’s the mix of Dylan and Iggy Azalea playing in the motel or that I miss you, but damn, I really want to win this one! Don’t you?
What a Beautiful Face is a brand-new fanzine dedicated to one of thee most fantastic bands on the planet, Neutral Milk Hotel. Between these lovely/lovingly hand-drawn/colored covers, you’ll find longer essay writing by Katie Johnson and Death in a Rifle Garden author Rich Baiocco, “fan…
Torch Ballads zine in SF
thanks to Breezy at the great DIY shoppe Needles & Pens, my zine Torch Ballads finally has a local home here in San Francisco for the summer. go buy a copy while they last. $4
16th St. btwn Guerrero & Dolores in the mission
s/o to Breezy for hooking it up. she carries the zine Asswipe here too, 5 issues
Rock Castle has his age, he has. And what’s his age? Why, it’s the evolution of his bloody name, that’s what it is? Just the evolution of a name - Apprentice out of Lithograph by Cobbler, Emperor’s Hand by Apprentice out of Hand Maiden by Lord of the Land, Draftsman by Emperor’s Hand out of Shallow Draft by Amulet, Castle Churl by Draftsman out of Likely Castle by Cold Masonry, Rock Castle by Castle Churl out of Words on Rock by Plebeian - and what’s this name if not the very evolution of his life?
The Making Of The Horn Spoon by Gary Snyder
from Myths & Texts (Hunting section)
Totem Press, 1960
RAZORCAKE REVIEWED JESSIE’S ZINE ABOUT THE PLACE WE LIVE
"Jessie Duke is a naturally talented writer whose style matches her content - classically sentimental, clear, and melancholic prose concerning a group of people who have taken to the land in Kansas. Maturation, family, death, all on a farm. I think it’s romans a clef, because there are accompanying pictures. If Cindy Crabb only read Alice Munro for a long time it might result in this. Ruminative and satisfying.” -Razorcake
Find The Hard Fifty Farm by Jessie Duke here.
Such a good zine series! Way to go J.D.!
Bart Schaneman TransSiberian Entering Russia
Quiet Lightning Reading @ The El Rio 6/3
hey bay area, i got into the Quiet Lightning show so i’ll be reading tomorrow night (tuesday june 3) at the El Rio in the mission. come on down. mission st / cesar chavez. show starts at 8. first 100 people get a copy of Sparkle & Blink with all the night’s work in it.
i’ll have copies of Torch Ballads to sell if you’re looking for one
sydney-michellington said: I know you must be a busy, busy person so I won't be upset if you don't answer this - but I had to try: 1. What authors have inspired you to write? 2. How important are your character's names? 3. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment? 4. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? 5. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? 6. If you weren’t a writer, what profession would you like to have? 7. What literary character is most like you? (cont'd)
1. The best young writers I know, either personally or in spaces like this, are: Adam Gnade, Elisabeth Donnelly, Amanda Oliver, Aaron Gilbreath, Court Merrigan, Rich Baiocco, Jessie Duquette, Joshua Heineman, Lindsey Baker, Lucy Morris, Nick Miller, Stephanie Georgopulos, Nicolle Elizabeth, Kara Vanderbijl, and more that I forget right now.
2. Extremely important. One of the hardest things to get right.
3. That I’m still writing every day.
4. I was sitting in a class in college next to a girl I couldn’t convince to like me. We were both reading the school newspaper and talking about it. I wanted her to be reading me. So I applied at the paper, got the job and became a writer.
5. Read. Travel. Write about the places you know.
7. The characters that Adam Gnade writes who are based on me.
Shout out from the compadre Bart in Nebraska. Maybe I should start writing on this tumblr more. Also, Court Merrigan is one of the best names of a writer I’ve never heard of and now follow.
Doom scenarios, even though they might be true, are not politically or psychologically effective. The first step, I think, and that’s why it’s in my poetry, is to make us love the world rather than to make us fear for the end of the world. Make us love the world, which means the nonhuman as well as the human, and then begin to take better care of it.