Join us on August 11 at 8pm for a special Indie Press Night, featuring innovative authors PAULA BOMER (Inside Madeleine, Nine Months), MICHAEL KIMBALL (Galaga, Big Ray), JAMIE IREDELL (I Was A Fat Drunk Catholic School Insomniac), BRIAN ALLEN CARR (The Last Horror Novel in the History of the World), and ANDREW DUNCAN WORTHINGTON (Walls)!  For more information, please check our Facebook event page


Join us at the Franklin Park Reading Series tonight at 8 for tales of “Love & Madness” from Stanley Crouch (Kansas City Lightning), Jennifer Gilmore (The Mothers), Mitchell S. Jackson (The Residue Years), Joseph Riippi (Because), and Molly Tolsky (The Collagist, The Fiddleback). We’re extremely honored that Joseph Riippi will be launching his Civil Coping Mechanisms novel BECAUSE this evening at FP!


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Ben Marcus at Franklin Park Reading Series, 1/13/14
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lastnightsreading:

Ben Marcus at Franklin Park Reading Series, 1/13/14

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lastnightsreading:

Chinelo Okparanta at Franklin Park Reading Series, 1/13/14
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lastnightsreading:

Chinelo Okparanta at Franklin Park Reading Series, 1/13/14

Buy the drawing here.


Various Paradigms

believermag:

Various Paradigms is a new bimonthly column written by Ann DeWitt about words, art, film, politics and poetics. The title is a tribute to conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner’s typographic texts.  Weiner once wrote, “Bits and Pieces Put Together To Present A Semblance of A Whole.”  This column hopes to follow in that tradition of engagement, intimacy and experiment.  

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Photo of Luke Goebel by Marie Goebel. 

Various Paradigms Conversed About in Full or Brief: The Corona Cougar portable typewriter, gaping wounds, emotional support animals, units of sound, Barry Hannah, Freudian analysts, Texas, the Breaking Bad RV,  writing in the “Bounder,” how to farm out a plane.

Luke Goebel and I first crossed paths in the world in 2010 when he was guest editing an issue of Everyday Genius. He solicited a story of mine called “Congregation.”  He sent me the following reply to my story:

"Dear Ann, Heft and grit! You have the words of those I admire greatly. Calls to mind Noy Holland, one of my teachers, mentors, gods. Don’t tell anyone, but there’s a reprint of one of her stories in the next issue. One from her first book now out of print, THE SPECTACLE OF THE BODY. Thank you, also, for your admiration of TYRANT. Giancarlo is truly a great editor, in all meanings of the word.

Ann, You can send to me now if you like. The next issue, as I said, is full. But I can read  work for the next TYRANT now.

As far as word count, page limits, etc. No such thing. What we do want is to be implicated in the story as soon as possible. I have to give credit for the word implicated in this use to Gordon Lish.

Anyhow, you have my blessing. Send whatever you like, whenever. And it will be considered for the next issue.

Best,

LUKE

TYRANT”

Heft and grit, I thought.  ”This guy gets it.”  Here was my original email, laconic but sincere:

“Dear Editors,

I am a fan.  Many humble thank yous for reading.

Fondly,

Annie DeWitt”

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Join us for our Fifth Annual Short Fiction Night on Monday, January 13, featuring BEN MARCUS (Leaving the Sea, The Flame Alphabet, The Age of Wire and String), CHINELO OKPARANTA (Happiness, Like Water), LUKE B. GOEBEL (Fourteen Stories| None of Them Are Yours), ANN DEWITT (NOON, BOMB), and RYAN CHANG (Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Everyday Genius)! Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/755662937780400/


Fierce female writers who read at our October 14 Powerhouse Women event: SUSAN STEINBERG (Spectacle), LAURA VAN DEN BERG (The Isle of Youth), VANESSA VESELKA (Zazen), KAROLINA WACLAWIAK (How to Get Into the Twin Palms) and T KIRA MADDEN (Puerto del Sol, The Collagist)!!!

Fierce female writers who read at our October 14 Powerhouse Women event: SUSAN STEINBERG (Spectacle), LAURA VAN DEN BERG (The Isle of Youth), VANESSA VESELKA (Zazen), KAROLINA WACLAWIAK (How to Get Into the Twin Palms) and T KIRA MADDEN (Puerto del Sol, The Collagist)!!!



bkbfcomics:

The one, the only: Adrian Tomine will be at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday (9/22). Catch him on two panels: 
St. Francis Auditorium: 
12:00 P.M. The World (According to Cartoonists): Border Crossing Comics. Adrian Tomine (Optic Nerve #13), Rutu Modan (The Property),Dash Shaw (New School), and David Prudhomme (Rebetiko) all explore characters crossing borders -national and personal, real and imagined. Discover how these award-winning cartoonists translate the world through art and story. Moderated by Kent Worcester.  Featuring screen projection.  Special thanks to Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel.
Borough Hall Courtroom:
3:00 P.M. The Faces of Brooklyn: New York’s coolest borough is home to hipsters, people who dislike hipsters and literary stars—among them, Brooklyn enthusiasts Pete Hamill (The Christmas Kid), Adelle Waldman (The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.) and Adrian Tomine (New York Drawings). These powerhouses plant uniquely different characters in a nostalgic Brooklyn, a contemporary Brooklyn and a colorful Brooklyn that jumps off the page. Moderated by Penina Roth (Franklin Park Reading Series).

bkbfcomics:

The one, the only: Adrian Tomine will be at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday (9/22). Catch him on two panels: 

St. Francis Auditorium:

12:00 P.M. The World (According to Cartoonists): Border Crossing Comics. Adrian Tomine (Optic Nerve #13), Rutu Modan (The Property),Dash Shaw (New School), and David Prudhomme (Rebetiko) all explore characters crossing borders -national and personal, real and imagined. Discover how these award-winning cartoonists translate the world through art and story. Moderated by Kent Worcester.  Featuring screen projection.  Special thanks to Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel.

Borough Hall Courtroom:

3:00 P.M. The Faces of Brooklyn: New York’s coolest borough is home to hipsters, people who dislike hipsters and literary stars—among them, Brooklyn enthusiasts Pete Hamill (The Christmas Kid), Adelle Waldman (The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.) and Adrian Tomine (New York Drawings). These powerhouses plant uniquely different characters in a nostalgic Brooklyn, a contemporary Brooklyn and a colorful Brooklyn that jumps off the page. Moderated by Penina Roth (Franklin Park Reading Series).