A Couple Things I so Obviously Missed (DFW)

January 25, 2012

Franzen on Wallace: here and  here.

Archives: Hardcore and Otherwise (and Nukes)

January 12, 2012

So, it looks like the time has come when late-90s–early-00s hardcore is hitting the archival stage. I picked up the quite excellent Building a Better Robot: 10 Years of the Mr. Roboto Project, which, to my mind, reads like a mini handbook to quite a bit of the hardcore/indie scene of the first part of the last decade. Even though I experienced it in Tucson, Pgh doesn’t really seem that far away. . . .

Mr. Al Burian is revolving in the same orbit in his review, “Nicely Dressed Noise,” of the hyperarchival Touchable Sound: A Collection of 7-inch Records from the USA. (Is this is the state of hardcore? needing to emphasize how it is now just an entry into the[/our own personal] archive? Could be worse. They could be mashing up Drive Like Jehu. Oh, wait.)

There is a blog that seriously just shows bookshelves. It is called Bookshelf Porn. Ah, bookshelves. A sample.

And nukes: one “minute” closer to the end of the world, and “How to Get a Nuclear Bomb” by William Langewiesche over at The Atlantic from December of 2006.

“Two Parts of a Parallax Gap”

January 12, 2012

A new poem of mine, “Two Parts of a Parallax Gap,” just went up in the second issue of Flywheel. This is one of my more footnote-happy poems, and is a bit of a beast. Thanks to Dave Keaton and the editors for publishing it. Check it out.

Archival Photography

January 5, 2012

Wow, check out the 25 most beautiful university libraries in the world over at flavorwire. Wow. My univ. library at Pitt, well, let’s just say it didn’t make the list by a long shot. A sample.

ENGLIT 0635: New Literature Class Blog

January 4, 2012

For a course in New Literature I’m teaching this upcoming semester, which I’ve subtitled “U.S. Fiction in the Wake of Postmodernism,” my students are keeping a course blog. Check it out here. Content will be arriving shortly. (And wow, just realized no posts for the whole month of Dec. Been a while since I’ve done that. . . ).