The new issue of the Denver Quarterly arrived in the mail today. You may want to pay it a conjugal visit:
VOLUME 42 NUMBER 2, YEAR 2008
With such contributors as Sam Amadon, Mark Lamoureux, Janaka Stucky, Cole Swensen, Rosemarie Waldrop, Mark Yakich. They havent' posted the Table of Contents yet so that's all the energy I have to type up some names, but you can go to: http://www.denverquarterly.com/
I'm excited to read the essays & poetry this weekend.
Shafer Hall. I have his grey hoodie and I'm holding it ransom unless he sings some bluegrass on Saturday, like his own rendition of Shady Grove. Joanna is aghast that I would threaten with ransom, she makes this face:
Actually, to get the hoodie back he can also sing either a Journey song or a The Band song. Of his choosing. I think this is a very doable ransom, I mean, if you want this hoodie back. Alive:
See you all at Pete's Candy Store this Saturday. Mr. Hall will be reading from "Never Cry Woof," his first collection. Billy Collins endorses it, "Doing great things with words, horizontally."
So I went to that George Saunders, Zadie Smith, Miranda July reading on Wednesday. It was energized. I hardly go to fiction readings and all the money went to this children's literacy organization NYC826 http://www.826nyc.org/. Very cool.
I've never been to a large reading with such a young, hip, crowd. Everyone was sleek and slightly asymmetrical in that stunning sort of way. Anyways, the friend I went to the reading with is reading the same book I am so we talked about the article on face blindness in The 2007 Best Science Writing and took the subway home to Brooklyn:
What up, it's Friday:
You're such a punk. Yes, you.
Clovefield here I come.