Eileen Myles and JD Samson in Conversation
Recaps Magazine’s Martabel Wasserman chats with poet Eileen Myles and Le Tigre’s JD Samson about gender expression, politics, art, and the Occupy Wall Street movement. [Recaps]
Bad Writing Award Winners Announced: There’s bad writing (Twilight) and then there’s writing that makes your eyes bleed. Take this excerpt from Cathy Bryant:
“As he told her that he loved her she gazed into his eyes, wondering, as she noted the infestation of eyelash mites, the tiny deodicids burrowing into his follicles to eat the greasy sebum therein, each female laying up to 25 eggs in a single follicle, causing inflammation, whether the eyes are truly the windows of the soul; and, if so, his soul needed regrouting.”
Now, before you write off (pun intended) the entire publishing world, this opening sentence was crafted for the 2012 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. Named after playwright Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, the contest began in 1982 and challenges writers to weave together particularly awful opening sentences. The hilarity ensues here.
Brother’s Dying Wish Inspires Children’s Book on Tolerance: Author Bruce Brown’s upcoming work is a touching tale of tolerance, a story that his gay brother asked him to tell while on his death bed. The plot revolves around a giraffe named Gordon, who is bullied for being gay. Brown told San Diego Gay and Lesbian News:
“I loved my brother and saw all trials and tribulations he went through in being a gay man. Though we live in modern times, hatred and discrimination of people who are different unfortunately is still prevalent in the world. I always think of that quote from Edmund Burke, ‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.’ So, ‘Gordon the Giraffe’ is not only my message to that, but also calling it out.” [SDGLN]
[Photo: JD Samson via MENMAKEMUSIC]