Archive for August, 2009

Apology for Idling

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

I’ve a couple promising readings lined up this month. The first aligns me yet again with a featherproofy bunch of good people, including Brian Costello himself, who’ll be hosting his Second City, Third Person reading on Saturday September 12 at The Book Cellar. I’ll read a new short story. Completing the four-cornered ass kick word robot attack robot killing machine are Zach Dodson / Plague and Alexis Thomas. The night starts at 7:00 and it will slay.

Then, on September 21, I’m stupidly honored to be reading from The Slide at Iowa City’s Prairie Lights Books. It will be available to hear live on the webternet.

To celebrate these, here is Robert Louis Stevenson — who cited his major influences as Montaigne, Goethe, and the New Testament — on how one’s treatment of failures (one’s own) changes upon marriage:

A thousand things unpleasing went on in the chiaroscuro of a life that you shrank from too particularly realizing; you did not care, in those days, to make a fetish of your conscience; you would recognize your failures with a nod, and so, good day. But the time for these reserves is over. You have willfully introduced a witness into your life, the scene of these defeats, and can no longer close the mind’s eye upon uncomely passages, but must stand up straight and put a name on your actions.

Standing and Clapping

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Following yesterday’s panel discussion on the branding and promise of the St. Louis region, today’s St. Louis Beacon delivers this excellent Bob Duffy article framing the issue in terms of St. Louis Hooray!

I’m frankly flattered. I’m honored to have my little work even mentioned in reference to the three panelists: Roger Beachy of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (pops), Bill DeWitt, president of the St. Louis Cardinals, and Fred Bronstein, president of the St. Louis Symphony Society.

Urbane Outfit

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

By my calculations, exactly two good things have ever been sold at Urban Outfitters, and neither are made by Altamont. The first is Penguin’s collected deluxe tales of Hans Christian Andersen, with cover art by Anders Nilsen. The second is this anime-themed pillow that doubles as a shower curtain and triples as a plug-and-play Arcanoid machine for your black leggings. No! Actually! It’s that Banksy book everyone either owns or has given as a gift.

Today, my first day of life as a thirty-one year old man, I stood in line (I queued) for three hours to see the Banksy exhibit at the Bristol City Museum and Gallery… (more…)

This* Effing Cold / 1985

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

The August issue of Knee-Jerk includes an essay of mine, called, “A Review of This* F–cking Cold / The Year 1985″. Included therein: cold, the Cold War, the film Better off Dead, Don DeLillo’s White Noise, and dogs. Please enjoy it, here.