My full-length book, Where We Think It Should Go, can be yours via Octopus Books, Small Press Distribution, or Amazon. We better celebrate these hard copies while we can. When I'm not writing poetry, I teach amazing young people who are blind. I believe in a healthier future.

Monday, October 29, 2007

The Darjeeling Limited

Wes Anderson is a director I've grown up with. I have two Rushmore posters in a hall.

Talking to Julia, I was thinking about the way each time a movie comes out, many people are quick to say, This is it. This is his first bad one. This is a bad album.

I like what someone said about an author, I don't care what she's saying in this book. I just like spending time with her.

The Darjeeling Limited is amazing. At first I am unable to get lost in it (which I think maybe is the point), then as the same song is played repeatedly, I begin to love that song (Where Do You Go to (My Lovely), Peter Sarstedt), and I'm lost in the movie. Which is a lot like life.

When I read the Anthony Lane review in The New Yorker, I thought it wasn't favorable. But when I reread it after seeing the movie, I thought it was.

It's not perfect. The women should be cooler.
Lily Brown...Norma Cole. The rest looks pretty amazing as well.

Coconut 10!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Mission Art & Performance Project
Saturday, October 20, 2007 at 7:00pm- 12:00am
L's Caffe
24th St. Between Bryant and Florida
San Francisco, CA

Music, Poetry, a Play and Visual Art!

Prose and Poetry readings by Jarrod Roland, Paul Ebenkamp, Jenny Drai,
& Jack Morgan

Art showcases by Helen Tseng, Jack Morgan & V.E. Grenier

Music by Casey Speer

A one act play produced by Diana McCullough

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Mrs Maybe #1 is now available.
It includes poems written by the following ding dongs:

Jessica Savitz, Kyle Kaufman, Avery Burns,Megan Breiseth, Catherine Theis, Stephanie Young , Scott Inguito, Lauren Levin, Julie Choffel, Graham Foust , Steve Kramp, Jared Stanley, Aaron McCollough , Marisa Libbon, Sandra Lim and Tyrone Williams, plus a Robert Duncan top ten list from Lisa Jarnot, with cover art by George Chen.

Copies of the magazine are available for seven dollars postage paid.
Please email us or visit our website, for more information.

If you live in the Bay Area, please come to our reading at Canessa Park Gallery in San Francisco on November 11th, a Sunday, 3pm.


Lauren Levin & Jared Stanley, Editors
Mrs Maybe, a Journal of Skeptical Occultism
"Stop seeing things and let the scene begin."

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Reading Poems

Andrew Grace!

Pegasus Books
Downtown Berkeley
Monday, October 15th
7:30 PM!

You should go. You should read Adam Clay's book, The Wash. You should.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Reading in the Gallery


Norma Cole Michael Palmer Rebecca Solnit

recent paintings by Amy Trachtenberg

Wednesday, October 10 7pm

Brian Gross Fine Art
49 Geary Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Beaten Down

I was reading this article off and on for a few days at my kitchen table, and it's the best thing of anything I've read in a long time. It's a piece in the New Yorker (also on the website). Louis Menand is amazing. I trust that I will like where he’s going. This article, criticism at large, ends pretty magnificently, especially if you skip ahead. But yeah, Kerouac did write On the Road on one continuous scroll of paper in three weeks (which kind of paper he discusses in the video), but he was planning it for years. He went on the road to be able to write it. After typing the first draft, "He immediately retyped the book on regular paper, and then spent six years revising it." Read the article. It makes me want to reread the book. Menand discusses how the "beat" stereotype is nothing like Ginsberg, Kerouac, or their contemporaries really were. Beat came from "beaten down." I loved reading about being beaten down: the meaning of "beat" changing, fleshing out. It's like when I understood the word "plastic." Today my students didn't believe me.

Also great is the appearance of Kerouac on the Steve Allen Show, referred to in the Menand piece. You, of course, can watch it on youtube.