So my business in Chicago was completely virtual, or rather it had been enabled by the virtual although it was going to happen in rooms with other people. Echoes of the virtual would layer over everything that happened. In meeting Bob Archambeau, the first thing he said was, I saw you updated your blog.
Archive | April, 2007
Tomorrow I’ll be reading with Kass Fleischer and Robert Archambeau at Series A in Hyde Park. Thanks to Mr. Archambeau on info regarding Ms. Fleischer… Free of Charge: Tuesday April 24, 7:00 PM, Hyde Park Art Center 5020 S Cornell Ave, Chicago, IL.
I realized immediately after I entered Chicago from OHare, that I knew nothing (really) about Chicago. This is what I know about Chicago: I have read books set in Chicago and Ive talked to people from Chicago. The people Ive talked to from Chicago often complain about hot dogs in other cities. Since hot dogs hardly seem like edible food, perhaps in Chicago they are good?
At a bizarrely controverisal party/fundraiser in Seattle last weekend, editor and co-founder of Clear Cut Press, Matthew Stadler, announced that he was turning over the reigns to his business partner Rich Jensen and leaving the small publishing company.
The second series of the press (due to start coming out this fall) will include “Bruce Benderson’s gothic travel memoir, Pacific Agony, commissioned by Clear Cut and being published simultaneously in French, by Rivage (Bruce is the only foreigner ever to win the coveted Prix de Fleur); newcomer Danielle Dutton’s groundbreaking S P R A W L, a prose poem that jams Lisa Robertson’s intelligence and music into a Jane Austen-ish scrutiny of the manner of being in those new landscapes we continue to call suburbs.”
Reported by Chas Bowie in The Portland Mercury.
I’ll be reading this next week (if you happen to be in Chicago) at Quimby’s (1854 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60622 tel. 773-342-0910) on Sunday April 22nd (4 pm.) and at Series A on Tuesday April 24th in Hyde Park at 7 p.m.
At Quimby’s I’ll be reading out loud curtsey of Punk Planet with Ann Elizabeth Moore (editor of Best American Graphic Novels, author of Hey, Kidz! Buy This Book, etc.) and Patrick Somerville (author of Trouble). Mr. Sommerville has possession of a boomerrang and says he actually knows how to throw it so that it will return to his hand. I’m hoping to take lessons. I used to try to throw bommerrangs over my brother’s head so that it would sail past him and return to my hand. Instead thes stick whirled into his shin. He yelped.
At Series A, I’ll be reading with Robert Archambeau and the mysterious Kass Fleicher. Archambeau is the author of the forthcoming (forthwith) book Laureates and Heretics, 2004’s Home and Variations, and others. Kass Fleicher lives in a windowless room overlooking a remote North Dakota mountain.
My daughter wrote a lullaby and then tried to dictate it into Dragon Naturally Speaking. (The program works very well with clear, Standard American English. It works less well with a six-year old’s speaking style. One of the many surprises with the program is that it won’t generate text that isn’t in the dictionary. Instead with any noise, it will attempt to ascribe a mechanical lexical meaning. Here is what is my daughter’s production:
mom oh and
a new who know
client Clark clack
now how I wound
The attempt at a correction: lullaby neon mom oh and I knew who client Clark client now how I wound buy buy buy a lullaby neon, I client Clark client how I wound buy buy a lullaby I client Clark client how I wound buy I will in fact is you in a but what you are.