Monday, October 6, 2008

Stuff

It appears that this computer of mine is on its last leg.

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Saw Marisela Norte and Jimmy Baca Friday night. Sat next to Brent Beltran of Calaca Press and Lorna Dee Cervantes.

Saw Helena Viramontes, Reyna Grande, and Li-Young Lee on Saturday. Rushed up to say a few words to Li-Young Lee but could only manage: "Man, you're amazing!" "Thanks," he said.

Purchased Falling Angels: cuentos y poemas and asked Lorna Dee to sign my copy of Drive! First time meeting her and it sure was nice.

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Shopenhauer said that we buy/borrow/gather so many books because we think that we're buying the time to read them. I've blasted through several titles, some purchased and some overdue, and it feels good. A standout's been "Dime-Store Alchemy: The Art of Joseph Cornell" by Charles Simic, a book at times reminiscent of his "The World Doesn't End."

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Meant to mention the "Arab on Radar" DVD release party a couple of weeks ago. Several years later and the band still sounds fresh. The ideas, I mean. Completely missed "We Are Wolves" Friday night but I'm only half pissed.

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Can't link anything because I am currently experiencing technical difficulties.

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Was recently asked to write an essay on a cool topic.

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New poem in special double issue of Blue Mesa Review. There's one in there by Lyn Lifshin, the ever prolific.

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