30 June 2008

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29 June 2008

HeloHelo

28 June 2008

MILITIA SCHMILITIA

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
HAPPINESS IS A WARM GUN iga wyrwal

27 June 2008

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TONIGHT

Anni M Svilar is a Bay Area fiction writer and music journalist. She moved to California in 2005 to pursue an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts and graduated in 2007. Most recently you can find Anni's journalistic work on Jambase.com where she is a contributing writer. She is also working on her first novel.<br /><br />Chris Stroffolino is a poet, essayist & musician living in Oakland. He has published several books of poetry and his new album Slave to the Weather is forthcoming. Stroffolino is currently teaching a local community workshop. For info about his new album or joining his workshop check out Stroffolino's myspace music page.<br /><br />C. S. Giscombe teaches at Berkeley (having taught previously at Penn State, Naropa, Illinois State, Cornell, Poets-in-the-Schools, etc.). Recent poetry books are Here and Giscome Road; new book, Prairie Style,will be out in September. He lives in Oakland and is a bicycle commuter. His fashion sense has been described (this evening, by friends) as a combination of luau and Fidel Castro.

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26 June 2008

FILMMAKER ALEX BECKSTEAD:

25 June 2008

East Bay Express Best of
Pegasus Books Downtown As it's located just two blocks from where the first of the Pegasus and Pendragon stores opened in 1971, Pegasus Downtown is the closest thing the three-store local chain has to an

I'd been dozing. You shouldn't.

24 June 2008

INHUMAN EATING MACHINE TAQUERIA SINALOA

James Dobson vernacular

i feel old already

WONDER WOMAN
LITE BRITE
HÜSKER DÜ
EXPLODING HEAD
DR. ZAIUS
45 PLAY/STOP
BILLY BLASTOFF
GROOVY DESIGNS
SPIN THE CONTROL KNOB PRESS THE BUTTON
SUPER ELASTIC BUBBLE PLASTIC
I GOT A FRESH PACK WHEN I GOT THE CHICKEN POX and scratched a scar in my forehead
BEATLE HAIRCUTS
POLITER SOCIETY
KNIT A NECKTIE
WGBH NUKE
UP LATE UNSUPERVISED having watched something inappropriate like Going Places
KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL, INC.
THEN AGAIN, MAYBE I WON'T
RESPONSIBLE SPOKESMEN
FREEDOM LET RUNG
HOLY DISCONTENT
TWIN SWEATHOGS
REFRESHING SHIELDS & YARNELL
WACKY RACES
YOU'LL SEE
NB SEE US
TOMA
ALL-FOR-YOU
ROYAL MOTORCYCLE
WORKS BAR didn't work
COOL AS A GREEN GLADE
FAR OUT
MUNCHY NEW TWIST
BIG G LITTLE O
WET, WILD, ALL THAT
7
LIBBYLAND DINNERS
SOFT TO CHEW
SUCK SLOW/FAST
FOR A BAG OF ROCKS
HANDY (AND HEARTY)
THE ONE WITH FRUIT
IF THEIR MOTHERS ONLY KNEW
TOO SWEET/CREAMY
MOZART USED IT ALL THE TIME
I'VE NEVER SLEPT AWAY FROM HOME
HOW MANY LICKS
STRETCH A DOLLAR
LOOK FOR THE REAL THINGS before disco and Star Wars
USED TO FEEL ALONE IN A CROWD
WORKING PLAYING
GREAT BUY IN BRIEFS
MAGIC
OH SAM WHAT CAN I DO
WET NASTIES
GERM CARRIERS
PEOPLE USED TO FIX THINGS
IT'S A FLUFFIER FEELING
CUM GUM
CTW
MUSIC ALBUMS
FRIENDSHIP AND JOY
EARTH ANGEL (granddaddy of them all)
ONE CAN WRITE ON IT
EVERYBODY'S FAVORITE STUDENT BODY
TONSURES
GOOD FOR YOUR HIDE, CLYDE
MAYBE YOUR GAME IS REALLY TENNIS HAHAHAHAHA
BENNY HILL ET AL
NO
VEAL
CRISP/RESIST/DISH I never saw this before today but did eat a few
HEY³
ADORED THIS ONE Jimmy's long dead
ANOTHER PBS AGO
MY COUSIN HAD A LUNCHBOX AND I HATED HIM
EVERYBODY WAS A DEMOCRAT (except the guy in charge at the bank)
THERE WAS A TV MOVIE WHEN HE WAS LITTLE WHERE HE FELL OFF A CLIFF IT TERRIFIED ME (which reminds me)
TOTALLY WATCHED IT Randolph Mantooth made me feel fat
I WANTED STRAIGHT HAIR
I WANTED STRAIGHT HAIR
SOMEWHERE I HAVE AN EXPENSIVE UK COMP CD WITH THIS THEME (and doubtless like "Apache")
SOMEWHAT CONFUSED ME
DIRTY
I THOUGHT IT WAS KIND OF DUMB thus missing the current middle-aged tales o' comics windfall
ALWAYS SUPERB moved to the States in his early 20s and lost his accent and apparently not dead
EVERYDAY BEATLEMANIA STILL KICKING
MISSED SOMETHING
I MOCKED
I WANTED TO BELIEVE
BILL BIXBY WAS MY IMAGINARY DAD
COST A FORTUNE IN MAKEUP thus canceled and cheap looking
BEGINNING OF MY CRUSH ON BILL BIXBY AND HARRY
GOOD SATURDAY NIGHT WITH THE SATURDAY NIGHT BABYSITTER different from the Saturday day babysitter but she was good too
TOO DUMB FOR ME TO LIKE but then Mark got tight with Ringo and I didn't
I TRIED BUT UNLIKE MY FATHER AND BROTHER NEVER GOT IT [plus] [and]
CMDF
SAW WAS PROBABLY TOO YOUNG
SAW WAS PROBABLY TOO YOUNG
SAW IN A THEATER IN CALIFORNIA WHEN I WAS TEN AND FREAKED AND LOVED IT the only R-rated movie I was ever taken to my grandmother regretted
SAW WAS PROBABLY TOO YOUNG
BRING MORE DISASTERS

23 June 2008

I dig Glenn Loury

George Carlin

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Outsiders Kanal 5

Milko MessmörIf boiled for a shorter time than usual, one gets the spreadable version Prim, or Messmör in Swedish.

21 June 2008

It's hot. As I was in the neighborhood, stopped in Black Oak Books in north Berkeley. Black Oak has always had a different idea from me about the value of used books. In their poetry section I've always found steeply priced out-of-print chapbooks and slim volumes by Conrad Aiken, Gary Snyder, Robert Bly and the like. Who are those for? (I don't know.) But then today I found Bernadette Mayer's Midwinter Day, Barrett Watten's Decay, and Nicanor Parra's Emergency Poems all told 20 and tax. (Mayer's is the only title in print, and why they priced a near fine used copy below the conventional—Berkeley's and Black Oak's—60% of list is frankly frightening.)

Re the now actual death of Cody's: Berkeley could have used a new bookstore of such a size at such a location, smartly stocked. Sometimes the worst thing you can say about a bookstore is, "In business since 19XX." Because bookstores aren't brands. They are one or two or seven passionate, obsessive bibliophiles with excellent taste, intelligence, and mortality. In a dream, a new new bookstore would open in Berkeley. Remember that old song, "Your Legacy Is Killing Me"? For my scratch, the long-lived Berkeley general bookstore that's had and has maintained the very best method of operating is Moe's. All else is pretty good + endurance + no new newcomers.


Will Rigby is left-handed.

Cody's Books closes. Another lucky break for Pegasus Books Downtown (beloved, erstwhile, etc.). Seize it.

20 June 2008

Brent Cunningham by Gina Myers

Andrzej Krajewski Iga Wyrwał
It's hot. I wish somebody would publish or republish a book of 20th-century Polish poster art. We can't get cold water out of the tap. J and I watched The Buddha of Suburbia these last two nights. It was all right. We had to watch on my MacBook in the front room (because of the heat). I'm on vacation. I'm not doing anything. I went to Moe's yesterday. Moe's is a great bookstore. I'm getting my hair cut tomorrow. I have to clean the fridge. Working at a bookstore is a good gig. A bookstore has a possibility of greatness. I am drinking plenty of water. I like Michelle Obama. I have mixed feelings about my father. It's forecast to reach 94 degrees Friday. I'm getting my hair cut.

19 June 2008

JOSEF WINKLER

Mama zbiera wszystkie materiały związane ze mną i bardzo się cieszy z mojego sukcesu.

18 June 2008

PERSONAL DAYS ED PARK RANDOM HOUSE PEGASUS BOOKS DOWNTOWN
ED PARK
editor of The Believer
reading from his debut novel


Personal Days

TOMORROW NIGHT
@ PEGASUS BOOKS DOWNTOWN

7:30 + FREE
PEGASUS BOOKS DOWNTOWN

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London Times article on "Obamacons"

17 June 2008

AREA SNEAKS

AREA SNEAKS Issue #1
Stan Apps
Stephanie Taylor
Kathryn Andrews
Michael Ned Holte
Sawako Nakayasu
Mark Wallace
Andrew Maxwell
Marie Jager
Therese Bachand
K. Lorraine Graham
Christopher Russell
Emmanuel Hocquard
William E. Jones
Ian Monk
Scoli Acosta
Daniel Tiffany
Ben Doyle
Sandra Miller

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An aesthetic definition cannot define the hunger.

Cannibal seeks submissions of poetry for issue four. We are focusing on longer poems for this issue, but we will gladly read shorter poems. Send as much work as you think we’ll want to read. Submissions close at the end of August, or when we have enough work for the issue.

Send poems in line text or attachment to
flesheatingpoems@yahoo.com.

Cannibal is hand-sewn in signatures w/ a screen-printed cover. To see past issues and contributors, visit
flesheatingpoems.blogspot.com.

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Gilbert and George Ubuweb No Surrender BBCGilbert and George Ubuweb No Surrender BBC

15 June 2008

tonight

BRENT CUNNINGHAM & GINA MYERS
The (New) Reading Series
415 25th St @ Broadway, Oakland

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HAPPY FATHER'S DAY

14 June 2008

PEGASUS BOOKS DOWNTOWN
Thanks to everyone who ever came out to share my fun, who ever bought a book and was happy to find it, because I was happy to have it.

13 June 2008

MY LAST READING
MEG WITHERS
TRUONG TRAN
DUSTIN HERON
PEGASUS BOOKS DOWNTOWN POETRY BANES
PLEASE COME LOVE CLAY

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Tim Russert has died.

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12 June 2008

TONIGHT
TOMORROW
SUNDAY
eyeball pie

Norway legalizes gay marriage

11 June 2008

A not incidental by the way: thanks to everyone who sent condolences about my dad.

This Thursday night after work I'm joining colleagues and friends for beer and that at Lanesplitter in Temescal. It's a Clay-is-leaving-us thing, so I'm not bringing any money. You are welcome. Kickoff is at 10:30. After the store's been closed.
Lanesplitter Pizza & Pub, 4799 Telegraph Ave, Oakland



4799 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland
653-5350

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10 June 2008

this sunday

BRENT CUNNINGHAM & GINA MYERS

The (New) Reading Series
415 25th St @ Broadway, Oakland

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My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer, eds. Peter Gizzi and Kevin Killian Wesleyan University Press
August.

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Nathan Thompson reviews a green book.

09 June 2008

FRIDAY JUNE 13
MY LAST READING
MY LAST NIGHT
MEG WITHERS
TRUONG TRAN
DUSTIN HERON
PLEASE COME LOVE CLAY

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08 June 2008

Jim McKay
"the thrill of victory
and the agony
of defeat"


(maybe you had to be there)

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07 June 2008

BOB BANES 1939-2008

Bob Banes relaxes at the Queen Mary's Art Deco bar during one of his regular pilgrimages to Newport Beach, Calif., in summer 1986.

Nieuw

AREA by Marcella Durand belladonna* bookswardolly by ELIZABETH TREADWELL chax press
  1. area by Marcella Durand from Belladonna*
  2. wardolly by Elizabeth Treadwell from chax

06 June 2008

TONIGHT
TREVOR CALVERT
ELEANOR JOHNSON

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LU TUC PAPRIKA

05 June 2008

TONIGHT
HILLARY GRAVENDYK
CRAIG PEREZ

Hang Fire Books William Smith

04 June 2008

OBAMA UPSET VICTORY

Triple Canopy Roberto Bolaño
Triple Canopy

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Iga Wyrwal
Iga Wyrwal
YOU'RE ON NOTICE!
Why begrudge me a little fun. And must you chew gum.
Iga Wyrwal
Iga Wyrwal
Iga Wyrwal