generic post, genre: invitation

I have some different poems up at the venerable MiPOesias. The poems: relationships, self-deprecation, skepticism, pork rinds, etc. MiPO have changed their design to a feed-driven thing instead of a frontpage-oriented thing. Go there and find out what I mean. They have a photo of me eating gas station nuts.

Also: we ashlanDIY folks will be making a large collaborative project. This project will, in some way, mark how our scattershot stays in this town have coalesced.

Ashland, dear reader, is not just Shakespeare and patchouli oil.

Okay yeah. It is.


it falls like suspicion

Tagged to reveal little known facts by François, who is in San Francisco. Lucky bastard. The restaurants in San Francisco are cheaper than Ashland. Weird? I know. Weird.

1) The most annoying thing I did in third grade was chase people around pretending to be a Victorian movie camera. Like for the shaft I would make the a-okay fingers with my left hand, then turn the crank with my right.

2) I own a 1992 World Cup soccer ball. But it's torn and mud-stained.

3) Reading a lot of Joseph Wambaugh and playing a lot of Police Quest led a young me to envision a career in law enforcement.

4) I have yet to meet anyone else (besides my mother, maybe) who misses both Neutral Milk Hotel and Dale Earnhardt.

5) Speaking of my mother, I’ve never read a Charles Dickens book by myself. But as a family, we used to sit down every evening on the couch or whatever while she read us books out loud. We read every Dickens novel, I think. I also remember The Count of Monte Cristo taking us like five billion years.

6) One summer (maybe when I was ten or so?) I wrote forty pages of a cruise ship murder-mystery novel with political overtones. To get inspiration, I ran the story as a very text-dense RPG on a BBS bulletin board, with everybody playing out their scenes and stuff. All character appearances were based on my Star Trek action figures.

And do I tag? I tag. I tag Bryan, Jess, Angela, Alex, and Matt Bell.


Michael Schaub

If you read Bookslut, the literary news blog and magazine, you may remember Michael Schaub, who used to blog there. He was funny, and I remember enjoying most of the links he would post. Tao Lin and I have discussed Michael Schaub's blogging, and we want to thank him somehow for all his work.

Here is an excerpt from an email Tao sent on the subject:

"i am creating a web site called 'michael schaub' soon. first i want to gather nice things people have to say about michael schaub, who used to blog on bookslut.
here is what i have to say (for example... but i'm going to add more later):
"Michael Schaub was a nice person who treated people nicely especially people without power. When he shit-talked it was always in a kind-hearted way that was also funny. His writing was very good and I enjoyed reading it. I think he was a good, nice, funny, kind, generous person."
once i gather enough nice things about michael schaub i will create 'michael schaub' which will look like this: http://joblessbitch.com except say 'michael schaub' and below will be posted what everyone had to say.
i don't know who knows michael schaub, so please reply-all and paste people who know michael schaub when you reply-all, and include your 'blurb' about michael schaub in your reply-all.
the web site will be anonymous. i think michael schaub will feel good and other, mean bloggers will feel more self-conscious. i think it will be funny also to have a web site called 'michael schaub.'

If you don't know Michael Schaub's work, please check out the Bookslut archives for some of his posts. They're cool.

You can leave blurbs in this comment section, and they will get onto the upcoming 'michael schaub' site.

Thank you.


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RAGAD is a new(ish) literary zine. You should check it out. I have a piece up. It's called "Skinny Rose, Blue and Yellow," and it is firmly sentimental.