Archive | May, 2010

The Balloon by Donald Bathelme

This movie inspired by Donald Barthelme’s iconic short story, “The Balloon” (60 Stories) has just over 200 views. It deserves a lot more. Great soundtrack, and balloon face tattoos. Check it out.

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Student’s “Music Video” for Frances Johnson by Stacey Levine

Chioubacca posted this video “as part of a project I did for my Postmodern Lit class. It’s based on the excellent book, Frances Johnson, by Stacey Levine. The song is “Happy Alone” by Earlimart, off of their album Mentor Tormentor, all rights reserved to them and all that. Starring Claire Williams, directed/edited/etc by me.”

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Short Story in TRNSFR Magazine – The League of Bears

I’ve been meaning to post that my two copies of TRNSFR Magazine, featuring two alternate covers in a kind of perfect bound matchbook-style wrap around cover arrived in the mail a couple of weeks ago. The magazine includes a ton of great work by the likes of Jac Jemc, Nate Pritts, AD Jameson, Heather Momyer, Cris Mazza, K. Silem Mohammad, Jennifer L. Knox, Marc Olmstead, Shya Scanlon, Kathleen Rooney & Elisa Gabbert, Keith Higginbotham, David Ehren-stein, and Paul Maliszewski. They published my story “The League of Bears,” which I wrote for the first Opium Magazine Lit Death Match in Seattle, where I was defeated by Ryan Boudinot. Boudinot was in turn defeated by Matthew Simmons. I believe TRNSFR is accepting submission for issue three right this minute. My story begins this way:

My wife bloomed in her late thirties. She had always been pretty, but pretty in a cute kind of way. Her inner geek trumped any fashion sense. When our old Mac PowerBook, which was known for running way too hot, hot enough to leave second degree burns, cooked its hard drive, she was the one who unscrewed the lid, and cut open the protective foil with an Exact-o knife to swap the drive. Late in the summer of her 37th year, she experienced a transformation. She lost a bit of weight. She focused her geeky energy on vintage dresses. She began a regime of mild exercise and became sexy, kind of as a hobby.

I, on the other hand, began my rapid decline into middle age. I had expected this based on the physical appearance of my uncles. They were short, bald, fat hermits who lived frustrated lives of randy irritability.

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Novel Review – Shya Scanlon on Shoot the Buffalo at The Rumpus

The Rumpus

The Last Book I Loved - The Rumpus

Poet and novelist Shya Scanlon wrote a review of my novel re-issued first novel Shoot The Buffalo at The Rumpus:

The other core strength of the novel is Briggs’s ability to conjure the voice and perspective of an intelligent, watchful child, with all his limitations intact. Aldous Bohm is a brilliant portrait of youthful consciousness in its attempt to negotiate the complex emotions of early adulthood. To watch him grapple especially with a generous measure of misplaced guilt around which much of the book revolves, is nothing short of heartbreaking.
for the full review

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Amelia Rosselli at the Shafer Baillie Mansion (5-22-2010)

On Saturday, I’m reading along with Dot Devota, Dickey Nesenger, Francia Recalde, and Brandon Shimoda read from Amelia Rosselli and our own work to celebrate the publication of Deborah Woodward and Giuseppe Leporace’s translation, The Dragonfly by Amelia Rosselli.

We’ll be at The Speakeasy in the Shafer Baillie Mansion, located in Capitol Hill at 907 14th Avenue East Seattle, WA 98112. The reading will start around seven and end at nine. I hope you can join us.

Here is one of Rosselli’s poems:

The inferno of light was love. The inferno of love
was sex. The inferno of the world was oblivion to the
simple rules of life: stamped papers and a simple
protocol. Four beds face down on the bed four
dead friends with a gun in hand four false notes
of the piano that are cause for hope.
–Amelia Rosselli

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An Evening of Paper (Tonight)

Truculent or translucent

I’m going to see William Allegrezza read along with Stacey Levine, Em Kanskje, Evelyn Hampton, Jarret Middleton, Summer Robinson, Tyler Holm tonight at the Good Shephard Center in Seattle for An Evening of Paper. I am not sure exactly what the performances and or reading will be as they have something to do with paper. The Pilot Books web site describes it as, “An Evening of Paper—unfolding as probable and improbable geography of the arts. Creative events auteur Sharon Alexander has arranged a montage of ideas, images and sounds for your experience and enjoyment.” Doors open at 5:30, and performances start around 7:30 or so. See you there if you are there.

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