Some things I was thinking about on Sunday night:
1) Should I change the name of Saltgrass to:
b) Physical Therapy
c) The Hamburglar
d) all of the above
2) MS cracked our block of dark chocolate open with a hammer and a knife.
Ok, I wasn't so much "thinking about this Sunday night" as watching it happen.
3) When was the last time you said "Get your badonkadonk over here" or "I would rather look at your badonkadonk than read any book in the world" or just, "Badonkadonk!"
4) I've started listening to Pandora at work. No matter what band you select, it could be a recording of monks praying, Pandora will always put a The Strokes song on your playlist as a similar band. I finally figured out how to eliminate The Strokes and now things are much better. These are some of the bands I have heard only one or two songs by, and liked those songs, but don't know if I like the band as a whole yet:
Norfolk & Western
Would you recommend downloading any complete albums by these bands?
5) You should buy this. I still need to get a copy:
Hit Wave, Jon Leon from Kitchen Press.
Is this the same Jon Leon, reading his poem? I think it is:
6) Also, I want to read this, from Futurepoem:
Your Country Is Great
by Ara Shirinyan
Available April 2008
Official Pub. Date: October 15, 2008
“Reading travel literature—not to mention postcards or emails from your friends—will never be the same after reading Ara Shirinyan’s hilarious and sardonic Your Country Is Great; Afghanistan-Guyana. Proceeding alphabetically and hence giving equal time to nations as diverse as Belarus and Belgium, Cameroon and Canada, and splicing found text to produce capsule descriptions of one “great” place to visit after another, Shirinyan exposes the fault lines of contemporary geopolitics with much wit and aplomb. In the end, maybe staying home—and reading Shirinyan—is what’s really GREAT.”
“Ara Shirinyan gives us an early glimpse at the deadening effects of globalization on language. Collapsing the space between the 'real world' and the World Wide Web, this book calls into question: What is local? What is national? What is multicultural? Instead of accepting current notions of language as a medium of differentiation, Shirinyan persuasively demonstrates its leveling quality, demolishing meaning into a puddle of platitudes. In a time when everything is great, yet nothing is great, you can almost hear Andy Warhol—the king of blandness and neutrality—saying, 'Gee, this book is great.'”
Poet, publisher and musician Ara Shirinyan was born in 1977 in, what was then, the Soviet Socialist Republic of Armenia. His writing experiments with constraints, appropriation, and reframing have been published in Word Ways: The Journal of Recreational Linguistics, Trepan, Greetings, Tuli & Savu, and The Physical Poets Vol.2. His first book Syria Is in the World was published by Palm Press in 2007, and Speech Genres 1-2, was published online by UBUWEB in 2007 as part of its Publishing the Unpublishable series. With the group Godzik Pink, he released two CDs (Es Em, Ekel Em and Black Broccoli) on the label Kill Rock Stars/5rc. Since 1987, he has lived in Los Angeles, where he edits Make Now Press, co-curates the monthly reading series at The Smell, and teaches English at local community colleges.
7) Metal Week continues: