My story, “The Bay,” has been posted at So New – Necessary Fiction. The editor, Steve Himmer, has been posting weekly stories since February and has already posted great stories by writers such as James Stegall, Savannah Schroll-Guz, Jimmy Chen, and Kathy Fish.
Archive | April, 2009
A friend of mine who works with the Redmond Arts Commission wanted to spread the word about Redmond’s search for its first Poet Laureate. The term of the position is for three years, with compensation up to $5,000 for each year. Applicants must be an established poet, resident of Redmond or unincorporated King County or record of involvement with Redmond’s literary organizations. Applications must have a record of public performance. And, the kicker, they must be willing to promote poetry in Redmond. Application is due on July 1, 2009.
Keenan is enjoying the taste of his popsicle. Sheldon would like one, too.
It is weird that is has only been about 24 hours since writer Mark Probst posted a report of Amazon’s odd, arbitrary (and therefore most likely human rather than computerized decision [okay here is the human/machine factor and a good explanation via Technology, Books and Other Neat Stuff]) to disable sales ranks, and therefore remove from searches GLBT work from its catalog. “Glitch” or no, this whole thing touches on several ways in which new media has positive and negative effects on the production of culture. On one hand, it is easier for anyone to produce unmediated content. Just visit Lulu and upload your manifesto or that novel that you have spent years writing. At the same time, new media has absorbed and consolidated huge swaths of the media landscape include retail (bookstores and record stores) and newspapers.
Nice how one really big bookseller can just suddenly decide to change the whole landscape for gay people isn’t it. I just have to note here that the Lambda Rising in Baltimore closed last year, due to declining sales. They’re not the only small booksellers who have had to close by any means, and I can appreciate how a place like Amazon was good for all the gay folk who didn’t have a local gay bookstore to go to, but I can’t blame the folks who were raising the alarm about the decline of the independent book sellers for having a round of “I Told You So’s right about now.
You’re my loud neighbor, the one who leaves the caw of football on the television while preening in the bathroom mirror, keeping one eye to the glass. You flip over to the other. Your friends guffaw at Late Night with Letterman. I bang the straw broom against the ceiling, but they just hop and squawk.
From my collection of stories – Misplaced Alice — (http://tinyurl.com/missalice)
Last summer I traveled to Lawrence KS. While my wife and I were there she took me to see a fashion show and I was stuck by the freewheeling, radical, and whimsical nature of the designs. Once I had enough to drink I was no longer bothered by the fact that I was wearing a wool jacket that I bought sometime last century at the GAP. I began to think, this is something I can do. I can do this. If I can get someone to build and design my dreams, I can wear my turn of the century GAP jacket and do what I want — people will mark it down as eccentricity. They will say, he is a shoe designer. Of course, I won’t wear the shoes.
My step was to figure out how to draw a shoe. I would skip any kind of training in nonsense such as fabric, leather, or orthopedic considerations. These were limitations to the imagination. If I could draw it, then it could be fabricated. I could pay someone to wear it, someone to photograph it, and then I would beat off to the global production system. Definitely green production. Definitely with workers rights in mind. Made in Omaha.
I created five radical shoe designs stealing, er rather, creatively-inspired by the basic form of the Christian Louboutin shoe-boot.
My initial presentation didn’t garner any interested manufactures. But even Thomas Edison and Christian Dior had slow starts. I present to you: my five shoe designs.
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