Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Americans Aren't Going Out to Get New Stuff as Much as They Used To

We are erogenous and emotional nomads who refuse history as bad conscience, and memory as mental detritus. We are determined, each one of us, to learn all the functional skills necessary to have a life rich in experiences, give and take pleasures by way of our demonstrations of mastery over all kinds of things--ordering food and settling bills and shopping and planning fun-filled adventurous trips across the country, meeting new people and having stimulating and refreshing conversations about topics that are really new and important and cool, turning each other on to new ideas and music and spiritual paradises awaiting them in the lifelong study and accumulation of knowledge that can be eventually packaged into a tiny pill you just pop right into your mouth and there it is, unfolding all-in-all across the canyons and mesas of your brain: someone's life work conveniently condensed and formatted for the instantaneous enjoyment up and down and in and out of the fine diamond-strewn lines and paths of your otherwise overstressed and tangled neural weave. POP!


Saturday, June 18, 2011

a reading of new poetry and fiction

Jibade-Khalil Huffman
Douglas Manson
Molly Prentiss
Nancy Weber

Soul Cafe at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
7420 Fourth Avenue, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Time: ‎7:30PM Friday, June 24th, 2011

Jibade-Khalil Huffman is the author of "19 Names For Our Band" (Fence Books, 2008) and "James Brown is Dead" (Future Plan and Program/Project Row Houses, 2011). His works of art and writing have been exhibited and performed at MoMA/PS1, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and Eighth Veil gallery in Los Angeles, among others. He was a 2010-2011 Workspace Artist-in-Residence with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Douglas Manson is a poet living in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. He is the author of the poetry collection Roofing and Siding and a long poem A Normal Line of Work. He teaches writing at LaGuardia Community College. He holds a PhD from the Buffalo Poetics Program, and writes essays, art reviews and a blog.

Molly Prentiss received an MFA in Creative Writing at the California College of the Arts and is now a resident writer at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She has been published in Fourteen Hills, Switchback, La Petite Zine, The Furnace Review, Miracle Monocle & Staccato Fiction and has forthcoming pieces in We Still Like and Mud Luscious. Her writings and drawings can be found at

Nancy Weber’s work can be found in Evergreen Review, Dicey Brown, VerbSap, Fringe Magazine and the Brooklyn Rail. She was a 2007 recipient of a full Fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center Writer’s Residency Program. She is the Youth Program Director at the NY Writers Coalition, and lives and writes in Brooklyn.