Before mercury, my blood used to fill thermometers.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sparkling, natural.

1. Anobium's website has blossomed into something pristine and Audrey II-esque. It now features reviews, editorials, interviews, et al, and my enfeebled praise of Laynie Browne's Roseate, Points of Gold is alive there now! I had the most beautiful, slow, undulant time with this book. On its own it is excellent, but I recommend reading it in the blue hour. For a while I was waking up and getting into the city outrageously early per a murderous commute because I had to make sure I was in the city for when I needed to be, which was not quite at dawn, and so I read this and listened to jazz in what became a nightclub in the evening but was the only place I could find that opened for breakfast. I am glad to have had that time, and even more glad to have lately discovered a real breakfast spot, Little Amps. I need to know if they will take coffee across the river. I need to know.

2. The interview I conducted with Eric Papenfuse, owner of the Midtown Scholar and editor/publisher of the Midtown Scholar Press, is strutting its stuff right here. I am so proud. The article has gotten so much positive attention all ready. We met up and the interview was so lovely and the book sounded SO ASTOUNDING - the book being City Contented, City Discontented by Paul Beers, the Midtown Scholar Press' first title - that even though I had every intention of reading it anyway, I decided absolutely to read it and conflate the article with my review of the book. And the book turned out to be even more beautiful than I anticipated, and so I felt obligated to finish it so I could really deliver some Quality Thoughts. My hopes for this are not too high - I only hope I stirred up more of a fervor for the store and the press and the book.

Also, If you're a person that hates beautiful things and don't want to visit the Scholar for a copy, you can buy it from the Wegmans in Mechanicsburg.


Laura Beth Davis wrote a feature on the ModCloth blog called "Busy Bibliophile? Try a Poetry Chapbook!" focused on the glorious, glorious efforts of Dancing Girl Press, Birds of Lace Press and Blood Pudding Press!!! Exclamation! Points! For! All! There are few finer enterprise-runners than Kristy Bowen, Gina Abelkop and Juliet Cook and their wares deserve such a spotlight. I love to see books de-sconced from lists and libraries and contextualized by the world. Everybody should have a heap of chapbooks on them all the time. That would be among my campaign promises - chapbooks for every man, woman and child, and a garage to accommodate them all.

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