2. Hamlet, who was also sick, sick, sick, will never go out of style. However, the Hamlet currently running at New York City’s Shakespeare in the Park got a terrible New York Times review. My favorite recent Hamlet was right here.
3. Richard Hell, who is not sick, sick, sick but is often mistaken as such, has collaborated with Christopher Wool on a new poetry project called Perpenilsis. They’ll be at the Strand in New York City on Wednesday, June 25.
4. Latter-day Beat writer Charles Plymell, who is also not sick, sick, sick, is interviewed at a blog titled Even for the Hipsters, Hustlers and Highjivers. Damn straight.
5. Check out the good people — Samantha Hunt, Joyce Carol Oates, Tommy Chong, a tribute to Jason Shinder — who’ll be reading at Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan.
6. The Loss of Hope and Love blog offers “daily cut-up poetry”.
7. The irascible Roger Kimball on criticismism:
The first thing to notice about the vogue for “critical thinking” is that it tends to foster not criticism but what one wit called “criticismism”: the “ism” or ideology of being critical, which, like most isms, turns out to be a parody or betrayal of the very thing it claims to champion.
The above does appear, however, to be the best sentence in the article.
8. Frank Wilson asks: will bloggers care that the Associated Press is announcing strict rules about online quotation? I can answer that very quickly. No.
9. I agree with Chad Post about the “New Classics”. It’s gotta get better than this.
Sick, sick, sick.