Friday, May 29, 2009

Writing Contest: Blake Butler/Lamination Colony: This is not not a Contest

You've never seen a writing contest like this. No surprised though, coming from the mind of Blake Butler. There's no entry fee. There are more prizes than any other contest ever I think, all donated (I donated my extra copy of Jimmy Chen's chapbook TYPEWRITER). From Blake's blog:


Texts between 1 and 2000 words. Just words. Text. There can be pictures in it too. Photos. Stuff. Not poetry or fiction or creative nonfiction, in the name of it, but anything. Words. Say something.

** BY THE ABOVE LINE I MEAN ALL WRITING IS ALLOWED. All forms of words are welcome. **

1 entry per person.

I'm going to read the entries with time I would have spent looking at websites I always look at anyway or watching poker on TV or something stupid.

Winners will be judged on the basis of how much I enjoy them, or think they are good.

Anyone can enter, if you enter under a pseudonym the prize will go to the pseudonym.

If you put terms in quotes that aren't speech in the piece you are disqualified.

If anyone is interested in donating further prizes for entrants, money or books or personal items or offers of fun, please email me, I will announce them and link there here at the bottom of this post.

Please blog this contest around.

Promotional contests should not cost money. Didn't you ever listen to Fugazi.


Please send contest entries to laminationcolony [at] gmail [dot] com, include THIS IS NOT NOT A CONTEST in the title, entries will be accepted for one week, until Friday June 5.

Winners will be picked soon after and published soon after.

This is a contest about life.

Here be the details in full.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Matt Bell's How the Broken Lead the Blind now available as a free ebook

Here's Matt's reasoning for making this happen:

Since How the Broken Lead the Blind is sold out and won't be reprinted, I've now posted the entire book online so that anyone who couldn't get a copy can still read it exactly as it was in print. This is something I hope to do with every book I publish, as long as the presses I'm working with are supportive of the idea. I truly believe that all books should eventually be available for free in some form, so that any one wants to read them can, regardless of where they live or how much money they have or whatever other barriers might keep them from being able to get their hands on a copy. And then, of course, there are more selfish reasons: I'm so grateful that anyone's reading my writing, and am always happy to do whatever I can to make my work more available to anyone who's interested. So here it is.

In the future, what I'd really like is to be able to to post a book for free on the same day it goes on sale, but that'll obvious depend on who (if anyone) publishes the next book. Still, it's something I plan on bringing up if I get the opportunity.

In any case, you can now read How the Broken Lead the Blind online via Issuu or download it as a PDF for reading offline. Also, if you read the book and would like to add it on Goodreads, you can do so here.

Thanks again to everyone who bought a copy, and to Molly Gaudry, Christy Call, and David McNamara for all their work on this book. I appreciate it more than you can know.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Ryan Manning v Christopher Higgs

in the form of an interview

Christopher Higgs re: politics = yes, I couldn't agree more

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Sneak Preview of David Lynch's Interview Project

Look see.

William Walsh at Apostrophe Cast

William Walsh reads from his new book, Questionstruck, at Apostrophe Cast. Questionstruck is definitely one of the most interesting concepts I've seen. Walsh is a master of the derived text. He also gave an interview for the AP blog.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

She Take We Apart

Molly Gaudry posted a mind-blowing assemblage of lines drawn from blogs by the likes of Bailey, Madore, Bassett, Klassnik, Jemc, Regina, Pink, Best, Wells, Butler, Lin, Robinson, etc. Molly certainly has an eye for stand-alone lines, and with the way the lines juxtapose and accumulate, she has written a really good poem. On top of that, each line is linked to its source, which is fascinating to see how such different writers' lines is such dramatically different original contexts could be de/reterritorialized in an entirely new piece of writing that Barry Hannah indirectly inadvertently titled (you'll see). And be sure to check out John Madera's "bleary-eyed blurry remix" in the comments. Good stuff.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Some days even a cup of coffee is violence.

Barry Hannah, Ray

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Friday, May 1, 2009

Barry Hannah's Long Shadow

Great profile of Barry Hannah at Garden & Gun's website. [thanks to Kevin Sampsell for finding this]

Shane Jones and Blake Butler on Powell's Books Blog

Kevin Sampsell posted a discussion between Shane Jones and Blake Butler on Powell's Book Blog. Topics include: whether or not they feel different now that they have published books, being labeled "internet writers" and other things like cats.

David Lynch's Interview Project

Here's the trailer for David Lynch's Interview Project. Looks fascinating. Reminds me of Michael Kimball Writes Your Life Story (on a postcard) and I WILL SMASH YOU.

New Interview Project episodes will be launched every 3 days for a year.

Looks great, of course.