The passing of songwriter Leonard Cohen last Thursday added another mournful chapter to an already difficult week. The prolific and underrated artist—most famous, perhaps, for his aching ballad “Hallelujah,” popularized by John Cale, Rufus Wainwright, and Jeff Buckley—had a long career of ups and downs....more
Wednesday 11/16: Readers at Lyrics and Dirges will focus on the theme of gratitude. Featured: Harold Terezon, Marguerite Munoz, Norma Smith, Mickey Ellinger, Josiah Luis Alderete, and Tongo Eisen-Martin. Free, 7:30 p.m., Pegasus Books Downtown.
Thursday 11/17: Michael McClure celebrates a new collection of poetry: Mephistos and Other Poems....more
Hey guess what? We need to talk about the radicalization of young, white men.
What the world needs now is cyberfog.
Today in not very surprising news: constant glowing screens are probably bad for you!
Albania’s artist prime minister is the prime minister for me (minus the endemic corruption)....more
This year has been terrible but at least it’s blessed us with a reveal of David Bowie’s 80’s Memphis design obsession.
Someday soon we might all need a gigantic radiation shield....more
Monday 11/14: Local author Dylan Hicks will read excerpts from his new novel Amateurs (Coffee House Press) and then talk with visual artist Carolyn Swiszcz about art and collaboration in the Twin Cities. Highpoint Center Printmaking, 7 p.m., free.
Tuesday 11/15: In memory of the poet and community-builder Tom McGrath, this month’s Carol Connolly reading series features Mark Vinz, Freya Manfred, Mike Hazard, Jim Lenfestey, Patricia Kirkpatrick, J.P....more
Saturday 11/12: Trump Is Not My President: march against fascism to Trump Tower. Union Square, 14th Street, 12–4 p.m., free.
Candlelight vigil for Hope and Human Kindness. Fort Greene Park, 4:30 p.m., free.
Julia Lee Barclay-Morton, Rich Ferguson, and Bud Smith join the Trumpet Fiction series....more
Why are we afraid? Because in the two days since the election was called, there have been numerous accounts of harassment and violence, motivated by racism, homophobia, and sexism. These events are happening all over the country, in liberal cities and in rural towns....more
Friday 11/11: 2015 National Book Award finalist Ross Gay reads from his collection of poems, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival. Blanc Gallery, 6 p.m., ticket prices vary.
At the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, Tom Fate, Marc Nieson, and Joe Peterson will each read from and discuss their newest books....more
Trying to get back to normal. Not wanting to normalize it.
If you haven’t already, it’s important you check out Day 1 in Trump’s America.
I guess we can distract ourselves with future architecture?...more
Over at the North American Review, Heid E. Erdrich writes about the forthcoming New Poets of Native Nations. The collection, which will be published by Graywolf Press in 2018, will feature works from “21 poets whose first books were published in the 21st century and who are members/citizen or descendants with status of indigenous/Native American/Alaskan Native nations.”...more
Thursday 11/10: The Reed College Visiting Writers Series welcomes Nathaniel Mackey to read from his poetry, including his latest collection, Blue Fasa. Eliot Chapel, 6:30 p.m., free.
Enjoy a night of the bawdy, the indecent, the delightful, and the total opposite of sexy at Hussy Tales and Whore’r Stories: A Night of Live Sex Worker Storytelling....more
Electric Literature, in partnership with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, is offering full scholarships to workshops and classes that they’ll be co-presenting with Catapult. The scholarships are open to people of all ages and levels of experience, with the only requirement being that writers are New York City-based....more
I may be a sixteen-year-old German-Irish girl living in flat Ohio, but West Side Story is a chute I slide down, and every day I’m a little more Marisol, working in a west-side dress shop and kissing Pepe on the fire escape.
At the Guardian, Zadie Smith writes about why dance is important for her and for her writing:
The connection between writing and dancing has been much on my mind recently: it’s a channel I want to keep open. It feels a little neglected—compared to, say, the relationship between music and prose—maybe because there is something counter-intuitive about it.
It’s actually a good thing for writers to step away from the keyboard every once in awhile. On the Kenyon Review blog, Aaron Gilbreath reminds us of the importance of tending to and strengthening the mortal vessels that our brilliant minds travel inside:
Build a literary life if you want it, but don’t forget that when it comes to the body, it’s use it or lose it.
Feeling anxious about today’s election? Brain Pickings gives us a look at how writer Mary Oliver copes when times are tough:
The second world—the world of literature—offered me, besides the pleasures of form, the sustentation of empathy (the first step of what Keats called negative capability) and I ran for it.