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If you were queen of pleasure, and I were king of pain: Great poem by Swinburne

On a recent series of flights, between getting work done and staving off perhaps the most magnificent migraine I’ve had in years (sinus and altitude induced, who can say, but fitting for an Ash Wednesday), I dipped again into Nicholson Baker’s clever comic novel about poetry, The Anthologist, and read…

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Ash Wednesday

My friend Jeff on Facebook shared a link to the wonderful TS Eliot poem in response to this status update: Ash Wednesday He quoted: because I do not hope to turn again because I do not hope because I do not hope to turn again desiring this man’s gift and…

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Complete Lovecraft for EPUB

Library worker and student Ruth (who goes by the handle CthulhuChick) created a complete compendium of Lovecraft’s works for Nook and Kindle, because she “couldn’t find a free or inexpensive (or expensive) EPUB eBook of Lovecraft’s complete works for my Nook. Many compilations or standalone stories exist, but as you…

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How to add EPUB books to your Kindle, take advantage of Google’s massive free library

My wife got me a Kindle for Christmas this year, and from day one I’ve loved it. I’d spent some time with both tablets (iPad) and the Kindle for work last year and had a chance to dig in and understand the virtues of both. In the case of an…

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Blood Meridian: A Hideous, Brilliant Book … Worth the Hard Work of Reading

Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, Or the Evening Redness in the West, is not an easy read. The language is archaic and dense, the philosophy is weighty and ambiguous, and the story is as violent and gory as the most revolting contemporary horror movie. Nevertheless, the reward for the hard work…

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SlushPile Hell Laugh-Out-Loud Funny Compendium of Bad Query Letters To Lit Agents

SlushPile Hell describes itself as “One grumpy literary agent, a sea of query fails, and other publishing nonsense.”  If you’ve ever read (or written and submitted) queries to literary agents, this compendium of atrocious epistles and wry commentary is worth checking out. (I tweeted a link to SlushPile Hell a…

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Technically Incorrect Surfaces Sesame Street App-For-That Satire

There’s an app for that, but should there be?  CNET’s Chris Matyszczyk comments on this Sesame Street sketch satirizing app culture.  As he puts it: “This song reflects quite beautifully man’s excessive reliance on technology to alleviate the deficiencies of his own narcotically addled brain.”

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Readings schedule in support of the Live Free or Undead Anthology

I’m doing three readings (along with other writer contributors) in October in support of the Live Free or Undead Anthology, a collection of Granite State Horror fiction edited by Rick Broussard and published by George Geers up at Plaidswede Press. The anthology is first in a series of books of…

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Terrific marketing by Nike: beautiful, soothing, running-related animated piece

The animator, James Jarvis, is also a smoking fast runner with PRs of 32:20 for 10K and 2:35:34 for the marathon! Onwards from AKQA on Vimeo.

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Timely for autumn/Halloween season: interesting discussion on horror movies on Darkness Radio

If you’re a horror movie buff (I have been since I was a kid, though my taste in types of horror have changed quite a bit), take a listen to the 9/10 interview with Fangoria editor Chris Alexander on Darkness Radio. Specific discussions include zombie movies, especially George Romero’s work…