Monday, January 22, 2007
I was just asked for the title of a talk to be given in April. Had nary a topic rattling around in my empty head. I reached into my magic hat. Presto! I pull out a title: "Against Brokenness: Gusto and Strength in Poetry and Fiction." Now I shall have to figure out what it means.
My reading over the weekend was Bilge Karasu's Night. As there seems to be almost nothing written about him in English on the web--and what little I found about the book seemed misleading--I think it will be my next Long Grass book. The translation is by Guneli Gun; I've seen her read her own work, and I've seen her read translations, but that was a long time ago. I also read a children's fantasy set in the States. Since my own two books for 'children' were defiantly American, I feel that I ought to poke into new books that try to set fantasy here. So maybe I'll write something about that one as well.
The glimpses of pictures taken in Italy and France are by poet Jeffrey Beam. They are available as prints, as notecards (the quinces), and as a poster with poem. The pictures are large, some of them almost 42" long, framed. (Crass admission: prices are $25. for the poster, $8.00 for the cards. The unframed and framed photographs range from $250. - $490. - $590. Next show, they will no doubt be more.) Want one, want all? The gallery will ship for free on any order over $50. Contact via http://www.throughthislens.com/. Through This Lens Gallery, Durham, North Carolina. Roylee Duvall, gallery owner: isn't that a great name? His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.