Friday, February 27, 2009

Salacious Banter #7




As usual, there'll be some food and drinks around but feel free to BYOB.

900 S 5th St.
5th & Walker (one block south of La Perla)
Enter under awning on Walker.

CAConrad is the son of white trash asphyxiation whose childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. He escaped to Philadelphia where he lives and writes with the PhillySound poets His latest book The Book of Frank (Chax Press, 2009) received The Gil Ott Book Award. He is also the author of Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006), (Soma)tic Midge (FAUX Press, 2008), and two forthcoming books, advanced ELVIS course (Soft Skull Press, 2009), and a collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock titled THE CITY REAL & IMAGINED: Philadelphia Poems (Factory School Press, 2009). He invites you to visit him online at

Aaron Kunin is a poet, critic, and novelist. He is the author of a
collection of small poems about shame, Folding Ruler Star (Fence, 2005); a chapbook, Secret Architecture (Braincase, 2006); and a novel, The Mandarin (Fence, 2008). Another collection, The Sore Throat and Other Poems, is forthcoming. He is assistant professor of negative anthropology at Pomona College and lives in Los Angeles.

Magdelana Zurawski was born in Newark NJ and grew up in Edison NJ, but Providence RI feels like home because that's where she started writing and meeting writers and thinking of herself as a writer. Currently, she lives in Durham, NC, where she is studying 19th-century American literature at Duke. The Bruise, out now from Fiction Collective Two, is the winner of the 2006 Ronald Sukenick prize for innovative fiction. It is her first book.

Tour Schedule at

Two things of note, one involving a personal muse and one involving a personal hero. You figure it out.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Farms In Trouble are like finding a stack of rare books stacked outside an abandoned storefront whilst getting glare from the setting sun in your eye and the city breeze-warped music from an ice cream truck in your ear, then bending down to pick up some books and realizing too late a bee crawled into your soda can. That means they’re probably the best band in America for this time and for the future.


Activities Recordings compatriots Trash Crack do the best version of  “It’s A Man’s World” this side of The Residents. Like Neko Case backed by Sonic Youth on the shortest brightest day of a Nuclear Winter.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Ideal artist # 1:

T-Pain crossed with The Fall?

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Jordan Davis reviews a book, previously mentioned on this blog, that makes me feel like everything I've ever written is completely inadequate, uh, in a good way.