Sunday, September 30, 2007

Proposed Paper Topics:

"The Wearing of Pink Shirts Among Male American Adolescents: The New Yellow Happy Face or The Advent of the Blank Pink Smirk?"

"The Art of the Name Drop: Discovering the Psycho-Theological Foundations of One of the Oldest, Most Powerful, and Most Universally Utilized and Recognized Human Social Functions"

"Computers, Politics, Career Building, Neurological Structure, and Above-Ground Acrobatics: An Exhausting [sic] Study of Every Sense of the Word Networking"

"Stephen Dedalus: Genius or Jerk Off?"

"The Internet as a Global Cum Swap of Information"

"Article Noun Noun Colon Article Adjective Noun Preposition Adverb Noun Preposition Article Noun"

"Smiling as an Act of Aggression"

"Seriously, What's the Story on Death and Irony and the Commingling of the Twain?"

Friday, September 28, 2007

NANO Fiction

The second print issue of NANO Fiction, a journal of very short writing out of the University of Houston, is now available for pre-order. A piece of me entitled "Gipetto's Sin" is now live on their website and will appear in this issue along with work by Blake Butler, Amy Holwerda, and others I'm sure; I just don't know who yet. It's a surprise.

The wonderfully fun and friendly editors are at this very moment reading work up to 300 words in length, girth, and depth, as well as looking at and thinking about artwork for Volume 2, Issue 1. Go ahead.

And if you're not going to submit, subscribe, or snatch up the next issue, then at least go read the free stuff. Arbiter says.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Name Drop 1.2 Excerpted on David Baldacci's Website

Yes, Name Drop 1.2 has been excerpted on thriller writer David Baldacci's website. Sure, it's the section with his name in it, but so what.

Serious. Go look.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

"The Great I AM" at Haggard & Halloo

A short piece of mine entitled "The Great I AM: One Young American's Interior Monologue" is now live at Haggard & Halloo. Here is an excerpt:
"I am the"

Same as last time, the artwork with the piece is perfect, and even allusive to the last piece I had published there this past June: a letter of complaint to the United States Department of the Treasury. I thank them for that. And I thank you, too, neighbor, for taking the time to read.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Name Drop 1.2

--Names!
--[I] make good use of the name.
--Your own name is strange enough.
--[T]hose names were already in the chronicles from which [I] took.
--What [i]s . . . a name?
--That's the fascination: the name.


IX

Benjamin Percy Jesus Christ Pete Dan Wickett Gabriel Josipovici David Foster Wallace Nabokov Benjamin Chambers Carson Pete

X

Ernie Banks Monte Irvin Hank Aaron Jackie Robinson Willie Mays Larry Doby Julius Erving Michael Jordan Kareem Abdul Jabbar Wilt Chamberlain Magic Johnson Jack Johnson Muhammad Ali Joe Frazier Sugar Ray Robinson Joe Louis Carl Lewis Jesse Owens Gail Devers John Baxter Taylor George Poage Marion Jones Jackie Joyner Kersee Tiger Woods Althea Gibson Arthur Ashe

X(x)

George Washington Benjamin Franklin John Adams Thomas Jefferson James Madison Sam Adams Crispus Attucks Patrick Henry John Glover Hyam Salomon Maximilien Robespierre Jacques Pierre Brissot Georges Danton Camille Desmoulins Jean-Paul Marat Jacques Hébert Jacques Roux Robert Emmett Miguel Hidalgo José María Morelos José de San Martín Vladimir Ilyich Lenin Leon Trotsky Mao Zedong Ho Chi Minh Getúlio Vargas Che Guevara

X(x(x))

Steve Almond Robery J. Bradley Dan Chaon Terry DeHart Heidi W. Durrow Stuart Dybek Emily Fridlund Jason Jackson Jeff Landon Sean Lovelace Davin Malasarn Kuzhali Manickavel Susan O'Neill Dominic Preziosi Teri Davis Rouvelas Jessica Schantz Curtis Smith Beth Thomas Mary Miller Jim Ruland Andy Mozina Dorene O'Brien Stephanie Dickinson Lydia R. Cooper Elizabeth Farnum Larry T. Menlove Steven McDermott Elizabeth Ellen Brian Kornell Darby Larson Rusty Barnes Nadine Darling Bob Arter Stefani Nellen Daniel Bailey Christopher Battle Gary Cadwallader Debbie Ann Eis Kathy Fish James Hanley Kyle Hemmings Ric Jahna Stephanie Johnson Sandra Maddux-Creech Mary McCluskey Jim Nelson J.M. Patrick Tiffany Poremba Jake Ruiter Claudia Smith Tavia Stewart Beth Thomas Veronica Thorn Marty D. Ison Buck Mulligan

XI

Ray Anderson Albert Camus Edith Hamilton Stevie Wonder Bob Stewart John Henry Vernon Reid David Adler Malachi Thompson Billy Harper Oliver Lake Kirk Brown James King Nasar Abadey Jean Pierre Wayne Shorter Woody Shaw Roswell Rudd Tim McHenry Badma-Khanda Laurence Donohue-Greene John Edwards James Cook Ralph Dumain Jim Murray Samuel R. Delany Sheila Delaney

XII

Edward Champion Alfredo Garcia Diane Ackerman David Baldacci Ken Burns Sanjay Gupta Patricia MacLachlan Judith Martin Joyce Carol Oates Jodi Picoult David Wiesner

XIII

Dave Woodcock Chris Farley Jim Belushi John Candy Sam Kinison Andy Kaufman Lenny Bruce Mitch Hedberg Richard Jeni Richard Pryor Red Skelton Brett Somers Dave Allen Nipsey Russell Bernard Manning Bob Hope Gilda Radner Groucho Marx

--[T]hat was a very nice name to have.*

*Words in italics from James Joyce's Ulysses

Friday, September 21, 2007

The Great Buck Mulligan Once Said:

"I have an unborn child in my brain." (via James Joyce, Ulysses)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Question Regarding the Death of Irony

Those of you versed in Plato, Kierkegaard, Housework, and Frat Boys Wearing Pink Shirts:

Is irony out of style?

The Surface Industry

If we create enough surfaces to occupy our immediate attention at a high enough rate of speed, then maybe we can finally reach the place where we don't care if there is anything beneath them.

Monday, September 10, 2007

J. D. Riso at Identity Theory

J. D. Riso recently had a travel piece about Taiwan's infamous Snake Alley published at Identity Theory. Being the most traveled person I'll ever know (lately she moved from the island of New Caledonia to Poland) and a hugely talented writer, all of her travel writing is worth tracking down. Here's the opening to "No Taking Pictures":

“Here. Eat this,” my sister Stephanie says as she plucks a small green fruit-looking thing from a street vender’s cart.

I look at it for a moment. The middle of the fruit is hollowed out and stuffed with a white paste.

“It’s betel nut. The white stuff is a stimulant. Some say it’s cocaine, but I doubt it. It does give you a good rush, though.” She waits. “Don’t worry. It won’t stain your teeth red, unless you mix it with this green mustard paste.”

I take a breath and pop it into my mouth. At least she hasn’t tried to make me eat the fish eyes or chicken feet for sale in the night markets of Taipei.


So you think your last vacation was a challenge? Well, check out Riso's Truk Lagoon: Graveyard in Paradise over at Eclectica. That should ease your dissatisfaction with customer service.

Hopefully we'll be seeing a collection of travel writing from J. D. Riso in the near future.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Just Make a Lot of Words

Well, it's time to post something new in order to keep traffic flowing. Today's Special is a collage of brilliant patches of light. Let us begin.

Arbiter Says: Check out the podcast interview with Roger Norman Morris on the Writing Show discussing his novel A Gentle Axe, which has garnered high praise from review institutions such as the New York Times Book Review. RN Morris even has trailers for his books. Here's the trailer for the Axe. From one Dostoevsky fan to another: congratulations, Mr. Morris, on all your success. I'm slapping around an idea for a sequel to Notes from Underground. What do you think?

Also: congratulations to Matt Bell for being selected as a finalist for the Storyglossia 2007 Fiction Prize by editor extraordinaire Steven J. McDermott.

Out and about: conspire with me and go see Blake Butler's "Insomnia Door" in DIAGRAM 7.4. Blake Butler once wrote, "traffic comes from words. just make a lot of words." And I firmly believe that.

Finally, thanks to my good friend Jeff Vande Zande for the bottle of port wine. It (and many more) will certainly come in handy while we read Ulysses. And for the record, this will be the second time this year Jeff has read it. I'm looking forward to many fine discussions about Bloom and Dedalus. Since those discussions will not be made public for many years, you should check out Jeff's excellent debut novel Into the Desperate Country.

Now, go, dear reader, click the links, read the words, imbibe them.

[Curtain]