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Crow: The Life and Songs (and Found Photos) of the Crow December 17, 2010: Mark Asch of The L Magazine talks with artist Simon Lee and musician Algis Kizys about their new film project, an interpretation of Ted Hughes's poetry collection Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow. To make the film, Lee collected found photographs, mostly snapshots, from junk stores and flea markets and narrowed his selections to fit each [...] by

David Pogue finally gets with the Tuscan Milk literary phenomenon December 17, 2010: Yesterday's Pogue's Posts proves that sometimes you have to forgo the latest in technology for a proven, if years old, winner. The comments section on Amazon.com's Tuscan Milk has become an unintentional literary community, playing host to thousands of writers inspired by this "one gallon paperweight" that makes a "baby’s new face burst into [...] by

Notes on a Correspondence December 16, 2010: I recently paid a visit to Thom Donovan's blog Others Letters, which intends to reproduce correspondence between writers or between writers and artists. I immediately began to consider which of my correspondences (if any) would be worth reproducing. The only one I've ever kept assembled as it appeared was with the artist Will Yackulic. Will [...] by

If your book’s weird, you’re weird. December 16, 2010: Edward Desautels, over at the Maximum Fiction blog, argues that a recent BBC report about the new William Burroughs documentary, completely misses the point of Burroughs’ writing: The report was built around an interview with the filmmaker, Yony Leyser. What struck me about this interview is how the interviewer from the BBC kept coming [...] by

File Under: Perhaps there are certain books which wouldn’t necessarily make good films at all December 16, 2010: Hollywood rumors! Apparently, Paul Thomas Anderson may direct an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel Inherent Vice, starring Robert Downey, Jr. Wait, wait—we know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “that sounds terrible.” Well…yes, it does. The LA Times blog, however, thinks it could be promising: "Inherent Vice," though, [...] by

Pamela Anderson Publishes a Poem December 16, 2010: Really there's nothing much to say about this. Any clever commentary seems superfluous. The Hollywood Gossip reports on Pamela in Playboy: The former Baywatch star graces the front of her 13th issue this month, but there is something different about the January 2011 edition of the men's magazine: it's the first to include a poem by the [...] by

Inside Whitman’s notebook December 16, 2010: The New York Times offers a look inside the notebook of Walt Whitman with an interactive feature that's well worth browsing: The entries, scribbled hastily in pencil, are a jumble of the immortal and the ephemeral: snatches of verse and strange political visions alongside the name of a patent-medicine brand and the addresses of men and women [...] by

Does poetry have a role in politics? December 16, 2010: Or vice versa? The Guardian wonders: At times of upheaval and unrest, is poetry's role to fan the flames or cool tempers? Down the centuries it has proved remarkably effective at both. Against a background of civil unrest in 1970s America, Gil Scott-Heron told the world "you will not be able to stay home, brother". In his searing, satirical [...] by

Choose your tool: The physical experience of writing December 16, 2010: On the DMLCentral blog, John Jones takes issue with a recent Telegraph article that claims Twitter has made handwriting cool. Besides having nothing to back up the claim ("Twitter" being no more than a stand in for "social media" in general), Jones felt that pitting against each other the two forms of tools, "modern" and "ancient," sets up a false [...] by

Poetry best sellers, December 5-12, 2010 December 15, 2010: Walking Papers, the most recent collection from poet and undertaker Thomas Lynch, jumped up the contemporary best seller list this week to number 3, just behind Human Chain by Seamus Heaney and Swan by Mary Oliver, rounding out this week’s gold, silver, and bronze. At number 19 is Auguries of Innocence by Patti Smith, the punk poet who just won [...] by