Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Best rumor from a reputable source that I've heard recently? In the not-so near future, Polk Center will be reimagined as a minimum security prison. Thank God they aren't going to do something like turn it into a Community College! Who needs retraining and education if you can be part of the Prison-Industrail complex? Feh. And double feh.

You have until this Saturday to view Master Craftsman Eugene D. Monrean's white oak baskets at Oil City's Transit Building Gallery (from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. )

How much of a grown up am I? I blew off an invitation only Over the Rhine show at WYEP to lecture to undergraduates on Roland Barthes. Did I say grown up? I meant nerd...

Slippery Rock University's library blog, Cites & Bytes @ Bailey, is looking for:
students, staff, faculty, administration, community members, passing strangers... to share your love of books and reading on our blog.

The 2008 Northwest PA Maple Association Taste and Tour is Saturday, March 15, 2008 Sunday, March 16, 2008 10:00am to 4pm and I will be there, blood sugar and morbid obesity be damned.

What can Obama (and the rest of us) learn about marketing from Trent Reznor? (BTW, the very enjoyable (although not for the kids) Reznor produced The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust from slam poet Saul Williams is still available for a pay-what-you-will download) (fewer than one in five people who downloaded the music were willing to pony up $5, roughly the cost of a McDonald's Quarter Pounder. )

Daytrotter has downloads of . . . ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

Pitchfork interviews St. Vincent.

I'm finishing an essay for an academic press book on Captain America. My piece is about Truth: Red, White and Blue, so I've been dropping by The Museum of Black Superheroes pretty often.

What's the most interesting part of "20 Sci-Fi books that will change your life"? The revelation that Guillermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy) is working on a movie version of by H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness, one of my favorite nerdy tween books:

This longish short story by H.P. Lovecraft brings together all of Lovecraft's greatest and most memorable obsessions. When a group of explorers discover a lost Antarctic city, they learn that the Earth was once the home to many alien races, some of whom still lurk under the ocean (Cthulhu's spawn), and others of whom can be summoned (the Shoggoths). Reading this book will take you deep into the subterranean imagination of Lovecraft, full of lost civilizations and slimy monsters who haunt our dreams.

(Via)The 2008 Million Writers Award for best online short story is now open for nominations from editors and readers. Once again, the Edit Red Writing Community is sponsoring the contest, which means there is a $300 prize for the overall winner. For those who don't feel like wading through the rules, here's the award process in a nutshell:
  • Any story published during 2007 in an online magazine journal is eligible. The caveats are that said online mag or journal must have an editorial process--meaning no self-published stories--and the story must be at least a 1,000 words in length. Readers may nominate one story for the award. Editors of online publications may nominate up to three stories from their publication. All nominations are due by March 31.
  • A group of volunteer preliminary editors will go through the nominated stories--along with other stories that catch their interest--and select their favorites. These will become the Million Writers Award notable stories of the year. I will then go through all the notable stories and pick the top ten stories of the year. The general public will then vote on those ten stories, with the overall winner receiving the award and cash prize.

Complete information on all this, along with links to where people can nominate stories, is available on the award website. I will also be regularly publishing comments and information on my blog and website as the award process as it unfolds.

Start planning those Summer projects now:

Stream the score for There Will be Blood

Free and Legal Downloads:

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones Live at Scottish Rite Cathedral on 1997-03-23 (March 23, 1997)

Minutemen Live at Georgia Institute Of Technology on 1985-11-30 (November 30, 1985)

Over the Rhine Live at Workplay Theatre on 2008-02-04 (February 4, 2008)

Overt Negritude Live at Sweet Rhythm on 2006-03-26 (March 26, 2006)

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