I’m back — what have I missed? Let’s see:
1. Sander Hicks, my favorite political rabble-rouser and coffeeshop proprietor, has launched a new print — yes, print — muckraking publication with the appealing title of The New York Megaphone. Last I heard, Sander was running for Governor of New York, and then he was running for Senator. He might not win either, but I won’t fault a guy for trying. Once again, go Sander!
2. Some people have let me know that I should clamp down on poets who over-post to our Action Poetry page, but I like what Nasdijj is doing with his SEXWORK series too much to be the bad cop. In fact, I like everything that’s been posted on this forum recently very much — am I wrong or is Action Poetry on a major roll lately? If I were slightly more insane, I’d start thinking about another book. First, I’ve got to take a few more vacations.
3. According to Syntax of Things, the much-wondered-about new film of Bukowski’s Factotum may actually exist, and might even hit theatres sometime this millenium.
4. I missed the chance to beat up on Lev Grossman’s Time Magazine article, “Who’s The Voice of This Generation?“. I guess there’s little point to doing so now, as several other people have already handled this task. But I must wonder: why do people write articles like this? Why, why, why? Generations are not real things.
4. I’m not the type who gets my picture taken at chic art gallery openings, but I did turn up at the Jen Bekman Gallery where a series of artworks inspired by Frank O’Hara’s Meditations in an Emergency are on display. I’m the big lug in the khaki shirt in this photo.
5. I’m going to try to catch Cynthia Ozick, whose visage I have never apprehended within the plane of reality, Wednesday at 7 pm at the Barnes and Noble on 86th Street. I’ll be sure to file a report if I get there.