Tuesday, March 27, 2007

There's a new

Cloud Cult video that I've been trying to post for a long time, but alas, again the new Blogger thwarts me. The video comes from a song on the soon-to-be-released Cloud Cult album, and that makes me happy.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

...and sundry

1. Giant congratulations! The wonderful Allison Titus's chapbook,
Instructions from the Narwhal is imminent! We are so lucky.

2. I have a week off!! I spent much of the last couple days outside spring cleaning my yard. The irises are off to a good start and the cedum is budded! I LOVE plants that don't need me too much. And, though I sometimes dread to find what trash my neighbors have been tossing in my yard all winter is hiding under the snow, this year it was naught but a single beer bottle. And Heineken, no less -- quite schmancy for these parts.

3. To further the idea that I listen to no music from the last two decades, I will share my other spring ritual which is this: the very first day it is possible to open my windows I do so and crank London Calling then the Replacements' Hootenany. That's a happy day.

4. It's been a while since I've given a MEHSBM (Movies Everybody Has Seen But Me) report. Here goes: I like Will Ferrell. Enough to rush off to rent Taladega Nights? No. But I appreciated his sweet comic relief in Winter Passing which I watched this weekend, and which I liked, though you shouldn't trust my taste in films. I also liked him in Stranger than Fiction which Sarah brought on our recent writing trip. (I even liked him in Elf, and guess what? There is a narwhal cameo in Elf.)
P and I also watched Ciao, Professore, which was simple and sweet, and Cecil B. Demented which was simple and sour.

5. Hart Crane Hart Crane Hart Crane

My plan is to glut on movies and books and outdoors this week. Please give me suggestions if you have some.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Priests to purify site after Bush visit

Read all about it.

Thanks to my friend Mel who sent this to me.

Film Grant

Are you thinking of charitable giving? If you are, and if you love kickass female indy filmmakers, this is a good time to contribute to the Sarah Jacobson Film Grant. Sarah was a dear friend. I could write for hours about memories with her that span multiple states. But I will limit myself to a light anecdote. She was not only a valiant promoter of hers and other filmmakers' work, she talked up all her artist friends. Once, while doing a magazine interview in NY, she dragged out some poems I had given her to read, and that is how in '94 my first (and only for a looooong time) national publication appeared in this magazine! That remains one of my favorite flukes.

Alternatively, if you are a kickass female indy filmmaker, you should look into applying for this grant.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Imaginary Press Reading!!

Hey folks, it's the big night! The season's launch of the
Imaginary Press Reading Series! It's our spring fling, if you will. Hope you'll come on down to Opposable Thumbs to be swept away by Amanda Nadelberg and Chris Fischbach.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Cabin Writing Retreat

This is the monster I'm working on...
...in its entirety. No idea if when I'm done it will be one hundred pages long or three (not hundred, pages long).

Dear S.

Dear M.


This is my lame-o homage to that Flannery O'Connor photograph where she's seated in front of a pretty creepy self-portrait. I'm just including it in between photos from the two trips I swear I was on.

Bonus AWP

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

It's the AWP Can You Guess Game!

1. To the best of my knowledge, one of these people was the best tapdancer at AWP. Can you guess who?

2. Can you guess how this man feels about snake therapy?

3. One of the ladies in this cafeteria line is about to get a cupcake with sprinkles. Can you guess who?

4. Can you guess who this man is wheeling and dealing with from the corner booth of Gladys and Don's Chicken and Waffles?

There were so many faces I was happy to see in Atlanta. I wish I were a better photographer -- then this would be a longer game!

Can you see me?

LogoThere are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Here's what the other box said:

There are 0 people in the U.S. named Paula Cisewski.
While both names you entered were found in our database, neither was common enough to make it likely that someone in the U.S. has that name.