Archive for April, 2011

God, where to begin with Monkeybicycle 8? In not one, but two stories in the issue, narrators lose a finger. But for very different reasons. In Aaron Burch’s “Sacrifice” the main character removes his own finger seemingly as a way of mourning his brother’s death. But in Matt Briggs’ “Hunger,” the narrator loses his finger […]


The Year Punk Broke, the documentary of Sonic Youth’s 1991 European tour with Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., The Ramones, Mudhoney, Babes in Toyland and probably others I’m leaving out (I know Bob Mould was there as a chef), will be reissued on DVD this fall. I watched this movie on VHS in a friend’s dorm room […]


Last night I caught the documentary Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child on PBS’ Independent Lens. I highly recommend anyone interested in art and the cultural history of New York City to find it and watch it. It was a great overview of his life, and also the environment he came out of—the ’70s urban decay […]


I really enjoyed this interview with author and Rumpus founder Stephen Elliott at Days of Yore. I like how he distinguishes between writers who love literature and want to follow in that tradition and those who are screaming out to be heard basically because they’re working some stuff out that happened to them and there’s […]


There’s only about a week left to submit your 35- to 80-page chapbook to The Collagist‘s 2011 Chapbook Contest. The deadline for entry is midnight on April 15. Go here for more details. It’s National Poetry Month, and this is a great way to celebrate it.


Check out Gently Read Literature this month in celebration of their third year of existence. They’re featuring a post-facto review of Charles Bukowski’s Love Is A Dog From Hell, one of my favorite titles of all time.