Odd Words November 25, 2010Posted by Mark Folse in books, literature, Odd Words, Toulouse Street.
I somehow managed to forget about this last week: Big Other’s Greg Gerke hosted a weeklong celebration of Wallace Stevens on his blog, featuring interviews with and tributes by James Longenbach, James Robison, Christopher Higgs, Cooper Renner, Jamie Iredell, Ken Sparling, and plenty of others. If you’re a Stevens junkie as I am, you want to give this one a click. It’s last week’s feature, so you’ll have to scroll down a ways (the last post was on the 19th).
Meanwhile, something to consider the next time you put down the notebook and sit down at the computer.
It’s a holiday weekend so there’s not much going on. I don’t usually do cookbooks but the first one’s for Ray. (Sadly, an extensive Google search of “Ray sushi food porn” does not turn up the picture I was looking for).
§ Octavia Books will host a signing and tasting Saturday 1 p.m. with Amanda Simpson, creator of the popular website FoodPornDaily.com (which has had more than 23 million hits since 2008), featuring her new cookbook – an uncensored, up-close look at food so delectable its positively sinful.
§ On Tuesday, Nov. 30 Garden District Books will feature Barb Johnson & Sonny Brewer will read from their essays in DON’T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB: ACCLAIMED AUTHORS AND THE JOBS THEY QUIT, which Sonny Brewer edited. OK, now that I’ve added this update I need to finish packing for the day job trip that will consume the last day of my long weekend. Oh, the irony.
§ On Wednesday Dec. 1 Octavia will also host a signing of WHERE WE KNOW: NEW ORLEANS AS HOME. I don’t know who editor Dave Rutledge has selected to read, but this fabulous book features the aforementioned Ray Shea, along with Sam Jasper and myself. Mingling contemporary writers with historical pieces, this is a physically beautiful book, not in the coffee table sense but in the sense of a work of art that’s all about the words. It would make a fantastic Christmas present for anyone who loves New Orleans.
§ Over at Maple Street Book Shop, starting Black Friday all books in Maple Street Used and Rare (yes, even the really rare ones! will be 20% off! This offer cannot be combined with the Groupon (whatever that is. It sounds vaguely obscene.)
§ On Sunday Nov. 28 – Poets Dale Matthews, Wait for the Green Fire, and her daughter Vivian Satorsky read from their work, followed by an open mike at the Maple Leaf, which may actually start something close to three since there’s no Saint’s game, but as usual there’s the problem of rounding up the poets from the bar and out to the patio.
OK, this transgresses Odd into the truly weird: a film Untitled by Laurel Nakadate of porn actresses called for an audition which are actually them reading the poetry of Dora Malech. The women were asked to come in their work clothes. (No, Ray, there is no actual nudity). Courtesy of HTML Giant.