Aural Fixations, The Rumpus Mixtape #10: Making a Pie



Making a Pie (Instructions for Pie and Life)

1.  The act of reading poetry is a fine thing to incorporate. Begin, say, with Cornelius Eady’s “Gratitude” and take it from there.

2.  Clean surfaces at the start are good for everyone and can only enhance goodness.

3.  However, making a mess while going along is expected and encouraged. Virtually everything can be restored to order.

4.  Working out the kinks: a good thing.

5.  Bouncing around, or at least dancing, are thoughtful additions to process.

6.  Strive for perfection, but know that this is a life’s work and, if you’re lucky, your vision will just barely exceed your grasp.

7.  Don’t burn.

8.  A la mode is never a bad idea.

9.  Savor.


“Holnolulu Blues”

Craig Finn

Honolulu Blues – Single


“South Side”


Play & Play: B Sides


“As Is”

Ani DiFranco

Little Plastic Castle


“Lust for Life”

Iggy Pop

Lust for Life


“Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1”

The Flaming Lips

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots


“Goodbye Stranger”


Breakfast in America (Remastered)


“Dog Days Are Over”

Florence + The Machine



“A Drowning”

How to Destroy Angels

How to Destroy Angels – EP


“Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo)”

Ennio Morricone

Lolita (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)


“You’re a Winner”

Wild Ones

You’re a Winner – EP


“She Moves In Secret Ways”

Polly Paulusma

Scissors In My Pocket


“All Through Cryin’”

James Hunter

People Gonna Talk

Anna March’s writing appears regularly in Salon and here at the Rumpus and her work has been widely published including in The New York Times' Modern Love Column, New York Magazine, VQR, Hip Mama and Tin House. Her essay collection, Feminist Killjoy, and novel, The Diary of Suzanne Frank, are both forthcoming and she is at work on two new books. She teaches writing workshops, mentors writers, is active in promoting literary community and is the co-founder of LITFOLKS in LA and DC. She lives in Rehoboth Beach and Los Angeles. Sometimes she has pink hair. Follow her on Twitter @ANNAMARCH or learn more about her at ANNAMARCH.COM. More from this author →