Just a quick summary of some things that have been going on--or are about to go down in the near future:
A few weeks ago, I published a tiny little story over at WhiskeyPaper. This story, I think I originally wrote it as a 78-word story for some contest that Esquire was having. I'm not sure I ever sent it. Something else about it: Back in the day, Jane and I used to listen to a set of CDs called In Their Own Voices: A Century of Recorded Poetry. There was Whitman and Robert Frost and Gertrude Stein, among others. Including one of my favorites back then, Charles Simic. When I wrote "Dearest Miljana," I was thinking of Simic's Slavic accent. I was thinking of a heavy-voiced older man. Heartbroken and full of longing.
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More recently, I was asked by the good folks at Origami Zoo Press to contribute something to their new series, "Resurrect Your Darlings." If you click over there, you'll see what they're up to with the series, which I thought sounded very cool. You'll also be able to read three excerpts from an old story of mine called "Duplex," along with an explanation of what makes it a "darling" of mine.
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Tonight, after going to see Richard Linklater's Boyhood today, I wrote a short blog post about the film and making art/writing, which you can read here. That film. Man, it slayed me.
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Lastly: For those of you in and around the Louisville, Kentucky, area: I'm going to be reading there on Friday, September 26th at 6:30, along with Leesa Cross-Smith, Eric Shonkwiler, Aaron Burch, Ashley Farmer, and Ryan Ridge. I'm stoked to get to visit bourbon country again--and to get to hang out and listen to such stellar writers. The details:
Celia's Art Gallery, Mellwood Art & Entertainment Center
1860 Mellwood Avenue