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Odd Words June 10, 2010

Posted by The Typist in Odd Words, Toulouse Street.

First, sorry about the premature announcement last week. It was not the Bob Kaufman event and in fact 17 Poets! was canceled at the last minute. If posting other than Odd Words (and I had to drag myself out of bed early to manage this) even with recent good news about efforts to capture some of the oil spewing out of BP’s well in the Gulf things are a bit gloomy here on Toulouse Street. Fortunately, I’m so insanely busy at work that I’m not allowed time to notice. Its good to be a beta.

OK, all you creative types: it’s time to rethink your enslavement to all things Apple (c) after you learn that Apple, unlike Google, doesn’t even pretend to renounce or avoid evil. This case: censorship. Apparently nudity is too prurient even for content for the I-Pad rated for ages 17+, forcing the creators of a graphic novel version of James Joyce Ulysses titled Ulysses Seen to revise some of their work. “Apple has strict guidelines and a rating system to prevent ‘adult content.’ Their highest mature content rating is 17+, which doesn’t seem to be a problem since no one reads Ulysses at sixteen anyway. But their guidelines also mean no nudity whatsoever. Which is something we never planned for.” The link to UK MacWorld courtesy of HTMLGIANT. I’m with this guy.

§ Tonight 17 Poets! Literary & Performance series presents a reading/performance featuring poets EDMUND BERRIGAN, JESSICA FIORINI and JAMEY JONES on THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 2010, 8:00pm @ The Gold Mine Saloon. And be sure to bring your luminous words & jests for yet another amazing evening of mirth, fantasm & reverie! Feature will be followed by Open Mic hosted by Jimmy Ross (sign-up begins @ 7:30 p.m.)…storytellers, poets, fiction writers, essayists, vocalists & performance artists are welcome.

§ I don’t normally read crime fiction (although I am trying to get around to reading some George Pelacanos based on his association with David Simon) but I do read short stories, and the idea of a book of short crime genre tails called Delta Blues and centered around Clarksdale, MS sounds almost irresistible. Contributing authors Alice Jackson & Suzanne Hudson will sign Delta Blues. 1 p.m. Saturday. Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St..

§ At the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street Sunday poet Delia Nakayama presents poems and songs.

§ I keep listing this based on the recommendations of others but haven’t been here yet: – Loren Murrell hosts a weekly poetry and spoken-word night with free food. Free admission. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Yellow Moon Bar, 800 France St. in the Bywater. And yes, I am told, there is free food. This is clearly hosted by someone who understands poets as well as the people who host their series in bars.

§ Finally, another chance to pimp <a href="§ “>Back of Town where my level of exhaustion of late is clearly demonstrated in the comments trying to defend the idea that long trajectory television series are clearly novelistic, and that there is not that large a gulf between the direction of attention by a novelist and the direction of gaze by a filmmaker. Sort of, in a rambling sort of way that other people told me made sense. OK, fine, but if you’re here you probably care at least a week bit about New Orleans, and if you’re watching Treme’ BOT is becoming an essential companion piece. Hey, even David Simon stops by. Why don’t you?

Finally: On second through (or second cup, first thought) perhaps I will correctly the clearly flagged typos in this post and update. Many I need a vacation. Oh, and submissions to <a href="§ “>TheBlackFlood.net are encouraged and welcomed.


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