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summer in the sunny alleyways and little forests

My review of The Salt Ecstasies by James L. White was posted today at The Rumpus!  Check it out here , if yr feelin a book review.

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The book is a re-issue of the original version published in 1982.  Graywolf Press is reprinting the original collection plus some previously-unpublished work and a new introduction.  Information on the July 2010 release is here!  Also, mad thanks to Rumpus poetry editor Brian Spears for the opportunity to review such a rad book!  He is here and here .

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Me and J. finally finished our collaborative zine of poetry and illustrations!  I’ll do an in-depth post on this soon, but wanted to let everyone know, as I’m super excited about this guy.  And if you’re in SF, there are already some copies available at Needles and Pens in the Mission.

left here a couple months ago

A new story of mine was just posted at Monkeybicycle- check it out here! Big thanks to Jessa and everyone at MB!

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I also did a writeup of Just Kids by Patti Smith that’s now up at The Rumpus.  That book was so sick- get a copy as soon as you can!

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I recently got to see one of my favorite bands of recent memory, Wolves in the Throne Room, in a soul-destroying live show along with rock legends Earth.  Pretty once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  Full writeup coming soon, maybe sent somewhere, not sure yet…  summary for now: spiritual experience.

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Been reading a lotta zines lately, including recent issues of Doris, no gods no mattress, Scam, and Cometbus.  Always good times.  The latest Cometbus is especially rad and includes some great short stories.

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Picked this guy up last week and have been listening to it a lot:

Genghis Tron is very similar to a power-electro version of Converge, or something.  Highly recommended!  I’m excited to pick up their newer album, Board up the House, if I ever see it anywhere, ha ha.

cloud mist who lift over the trees and bridge cables

A writeup I did of a Reginald Dwayne Betts poem was posted today at The Rumpus- check it out here! Thanks a bunch to poetry editor Brian Spears and everyone else at The Rumpus.

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Last week I finished Happy Baby by Stephen Elliott:


which was shocking and depressing and almost impossible to put down.  I think I read it in two or three total sittings, each of which ran much longer than I had planned, and I was non-trivially late to at least one dinner because I completely lost track of time while reading the book.  Super direct and raw writing, very intense story, generally great all around.  Go grab a copy!  I’m also excited to read Elliott’s latest release, The Adderall Diaries, once the paperback comes out.

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After weeks of listening to their music online via their myspace, I finally bought the new Blessure Grave album on CD and have been listening to it ever since, including, in fact, right now, and it’s awesome and ya should definitely check their stuff out!  Lots of free streaming tracks here.

cottonwood groves and mineral ravines

A writeup I did of On the Lower Frequencies by Erick Lyle was posted a few days ago at The Rumpus- check it out here! This is my first piece of non-fiction to be published, so I’m pretty excited.

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Just finished reading House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday

which was great.  I had actually started the book like five years ago and didn’t get past the first few pages, but I’ve been very into reading about the desert lately and thought I would give it a second try.  This time around I really loved it.  Fully realized / informative / beautiful / mystical / just go grab a copy.

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I haven’t bought any new music in a while, but have been listening to this album a ton:

Really cool kind of neo-goth-rock stuff.  I think I may have blogged about it before, but it’s so good it’s worth posting about twice.

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I saw Atlas Sound play in SF last week, which was super fun.  At times I felt like I was watching a Bob Dylan show because of the combination of transcendent awesomeness and lots-of-harmonica, and at other times I was just thinking “holy shit how is it possible to play a 2-hour set by yourself,” but overall the experience was super great.  I haven’t picked up Logos, his 2009 release yet, but have been way into his previous album for a long time.