Talladega Nights is being watched right now somewhere in the world, which makes me sad. And by world, I mean my living room. And I'm pretty sure the culprit is my brother.
You should by Battles' Mirrored album.
I recommend Tyondai Braxton's solo work more, but, little grasshopper, you're going to have to go out into the world and find it on your own.
You can check out their single "Atlas":
I know this doesn't blow your mind, but it's a major accomplishment that I figured out how to put a video inside my blog. The video is really clean, which makes you feel a little far away, but when you see them live, there is a kind of unadulterated intensity that makes you realize how few bands actually have this.
If you didn't make it to the reading on Friday at the same place, you can go to Stain Bar again tonight for this:
(766 Grand St. / L to Grand, walk 1 block West)
(at 7:30pm on May 27th)
Michael Tod Edgerton won the 2004 Boston Review Poetry Contest and the 2005 Five Fingers Review Poetry Contest. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such other journals as Chelsea, Denver Quarterly, Fell Swoop, New American Writing, New Orleans Review, Skanky Possum, Wild Strawberries , and Word For/Word. He earned his MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University , and will be entering the doctoral program in English at the University of Georgia in the fall.
Kate Schapira lives in Rhode Island, where she teaches writing and literature and organizes Publicly Complex, a reading series featuring innovative and challenging writing by the not yet famous. She is the author of Phoenix Memory, a chapbook available from horse less press, and of several handmade self-published chapbooks. This summer she is looking forward to cleaning her work area, appearing on a panel at the University of Rhode Island's first summer writing conference, and working on her new project, an anti-epic set after all the glaciers have melted.
Bronwen Tate is the author of a poetry chapbook, Souvenirs (self-published, 2006; available through the Dusie Chapbook Kollectiv) and an as yet untitled chapbook to appear from Cannibal Press sometime soon. Some recent poems have appeared in Typo, How2 Journal, No Tell Motel, and Word For/Word. She received her MFA in poetry from Brown University in 2006. Hard as it is for her to believe, by the time this reading happens, Bronwen will have packed all of her belongings into boxes and will be about to leave for California, where she will begin a PhD in Comparative Literature at Stanford in the fall. She blogs at Bread and Jam For Frances.
Caroline Noble Whitbeck's manuscript, Our Classical Heritage: A Homing Device, was the 2006 winner of Switchback Books' Gatewood Prize as selected by judge Arielle Greenberg. She holds a BA in Classics (Latin) from Harvard College and an MFA from Brown University. Born and raised in New York City, she currently resides in Philadelphia, where she is working toward a PhD in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. Her short play "Woof" was produced off-Broadway as part of the Young Playwrights Festival 2000, and her poems have appeared in Horse Less Review, Lumina, Elimae, Cab/Net, and Word For/Word. Our Classical Heritage: A Homing Device is forthcoming in September 2007 from Switchback Books.
Lynn Xu is the author of a poetry chapbook, June (Corollary Press, 2006). She has received her MFA from Brown University, the 2007 SLS Fellowship to St. Petersburg judged by Fanny Howe, the 2006 Greg Grummer Prize judged by Anne Carson, and the 2004 Eisner Prize judged by Lyn Hejinian. Her poems have appeared in The Canary, Phoebe, and UDP's 6x6, and are forthcoming in Fence, Swerve, and Eoagh. Lynn Xu likes water. Likes gold. These are not competing species so she is very happy.