March 31, 2017
Here’s some stuff to think about
by Melville House
Hello! Welcome the Friday experience™. We found some stuff on the internet to show you.
- A recommended pairing for your morning coffee: the amazing story, from author, playwright, and librettist Constance DeJong, about how she published her lost-classic seventies novel Modern Love. Science fact: you cannot not love a story that begins with a remembrance of the Selectric typewriter, gains steam in a double-billing with Kathy Acker, and sticks around long enough for Philip Glass to join in on Farfisa. Heroes of the Republic Ugly Duckling Presse published the story on Tumblr to celebrate their forthcoming re-issue of the book. The project, a co-initiative with Primary Information, returns the book to print after three decades.
- The New York Times has reported on the death of William Powell, the author of The Anarchist Cookbook, the notorious DIY bomb-making manual originally published in 1969, and in print continually since. Powell died last summer, at the age of sixty-six. His family reported his passing on Facebook when it happened, but few took notice until it was mentioned at the end of American Anarchist, a new documentary about him. Later in life, Powell became and educator, working with poor communities in Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Indonesia, and Malaysia. He expressed regret, and wrote that he hoped his later work would serve “as an implicit refutation of the emotional immaturity of the Cookbook.”
- High fives to the young journalists of the Classic, the newspaper of Townsend Harris High School in Flushing, Queens! This is completely amazing.
- If you haven’t caught this whole #ThanksForTyping thing, you’re late to a halfway decent party.
You know that feeling when you take the books and eat the books because the books are food? This story by Kelly Nicholaides about the Third Annual Edible Books Festival, recently held by New Jersey’s Rutherford Public Library, is a total blast. (Sample sentence: “‘I used an overhead projector as a guide to transfer images onto each cookie,’ said Livingston.”) In fact, a quick Youtube search reveals that edible book festivals are a vibrant form of American folk art. (I think the best thing about these videos is how often people feel compelled to explain that most books aren’t made of food.)
- Remember Ngrams? Ngrams are the best.
A very happy 208th birthday to the great Nikolai Gogol! You’ve still got it, buddy (well, according to some of us). A great day for this:
It is also the 103rd anniversary of the birth of Octavio Paz, Nobel laureate, great poet of Mexico, and dude who wrote:
And clear memorial
Here is the moment burning and returned
Drowning itself in itself and never consumed
And it would be the ninety-sixth birthday of Lowell Fulson, who should be on Mount Rushmore: