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The Books Are Alive!

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Mendezine
May 27th, 2009

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This is genius. Thomas Allen uses cut-outs from old book covers, arranged in a cinematic pop-up confection, tape, imagination, lighting , and his trusty lense to bring scenes formerly intended to play out solely in the mind of readers to life.
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If You Gotta Go, Go in Style (Spalding Gray and the Artful Suicide)

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GeniusJunky
May 11th, 2009
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Boys! Girls! Friends! Lovers!

the above is a clip from Spalding Gray’s Swimming to Cambodia, the film of a monoliogue that catapulted the man to a peculiar notoriety.  the success of that monologue gave popular rise to a form of theatre that typified the key egotism all actors have and, as such, I look at the over-all piece with a mixture of awe and anger:  on the one hand, I’m awed that the man turned  something so self-serving into a beautiful piece of work.  On the other hand, the fact that this piece got him a Guggenheim fellowship proved that monologues could be just as dramatically “worthy” as any other kind of play.  On the other hand, the fact that the piece got him a Guggenheim legitimized the glut of solo performance pieces that clotted live stages and bars from Sarasota, Florida to Aberndeen, Washington with self-serving, egocentric whinefests that out-of-work actors like to call “art”.

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Endless pleasure, brought to you by Neil Gaiman

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ByronLover
May 11th, 2009

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Neil Gaiman is a truly unique creative genius, listed by the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top-ten living post-modern writers. You can read his titillating bio here. For all of you haters out there who want to send me to hell for just having discovered the wonders of the Sandman series, I apologize; I know it’s been around for awhile, but better late than never! Above is a photo of Morpheus, king of the Dream realm. As if he wasn’t sexy enough already, being king of the Dreaming makes him a total groupie magnet, for sure. If he wasn’t a cartoon, he and I would have a macabre-looking litter of Endless babies by now.

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Anne Geddes, you suck

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ByronLover
May 7th, 2009

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Jan Von Holleben has brought new meaning to child pornography photography in ways which must have Anne Geddes fuming; gone are the lame-ass days of babies dressed as flowers and rabbits– that was soooo pre-Blu Ray technology, Anne. No one cares about your calendars anymore. [ Continue Reading ]

Beat it!…to the Wacky World of Kate Beaton

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ByronLover
April 8th, 2009

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I’m so excited to be writing about fellow Canadian, Kate Beaton, because I want to tell the whole world about this talented doodler *insert enthusiastic punctuation here* and historian. I was first introduced to Kate’s blog by a friend and fellow literature buff and now I can’t get enough. She has also recently started up her own website, which includes pretty much the exact same thing as the blog, but with things written on a funny green background. I suggest browsing her blog because it dates back about a year, and has some amazing comics, whereas her website is fairly recent, and the archives only date back a couple weeks.

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Eat Your Words

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Saskeah
April 2nd, 2009

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The International Edible Book Festival is held annually across the world, since the year 2000. There are three participation rules, and they are quite simple and straightforward. The event must be [ Continue Reading ]

Worthwhile Things: Dan Kennedy, Loser Goes First

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snowisnow
January 6th, 2009

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A good number of the books I read during college were boring, tedious collections of words and pages that quickly found their way into a recycling bin or onto some dark shelf never to be heard from again upon completion. Dan Kennedy‘s Loser Goes First was no such book.

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