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Odd Words April 12, 2012

Posted by The Typist in books, New Orleans, Odd Words, Toulouse Street.
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Too many writers write for the wrong reasons. They want to get famous or they want to get rich or they want to get laid by the girls with bluebells in their hair. (Maybe that last ain’t a bad idea).

When everything works best it’s not because you chose writing but because writing chose you. It’s when you’re mad with it, it’s when it’s stuffed in your ears, your nostrils, under your fingernails. It’s when there’s no hope but that.

— Charles Bukowski, in a letter to William Packard

You can read the whole thing here at Letters of Note.

Another one:

Are we all collage? Dense, tensed and unlocatable?.
— Untitled ((on John Wieners) ), by Bruce Andrews,
from the first edition of L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E

I think that one line, very early from his career, is a great introduction to Bruce Andrews’ L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry, better than I could ever hope to.

& This Thurday 17 Poets! at the Goldmine Saloon features poets Poets Bruce Andrews and Alex Rawls. Andrews co-edited L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E magazine from 1978 to 1981 and has published numerous volumes of poetry. Rawls is the editor of the local culture magazine Offbeat and has published two chapbooks, Jayne Mansfield’s Dog and Gatsby. Opening for the features will be your humble narrator, Mark Folse. An open mic follows. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 11.

& Also on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Garden District Books hosts Lawrence Powell and his book The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans tracing New Orleans’ history in its earliest years from its founding through statehood. come meet Messrs. Iberville and Bienville and a host of other fascinating characters Thursday, April 12 at 5:30 p.m.

& Also on Thursday Maple Street’s Healing Center location will host Frank Perez and Jeffrey Palmquist will discuss and sign their book In Exile: The History and Lore Surrounding New Orleans Gay Culture and Its Oldest Gay Bar. Thursday, April 12 at 6 p.m., and at the Uptown location, Susan Haltom, author of One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place at 6 p.m.

& Rounding out an awfully busy Thursday, Octavia Books will present Vince P. Caire’s Louisiana Aviation: An Extraoordinary History in Photographs, at 6 p.m.

& Saturday Garden District Books features Jim Fraiser and West Freeman and their book The Garden District of New Orleans, an architectural and historical tour of the big easy’s cardinal suburb. Saturday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m.

& At the Maple Leaf Bar on Sunday, April 15 WHAT?

& The New Orleans Haiku Society meeting is on Monday April 16, 6 p.m. at Latter Memorial Library.

& On Tuesday, April 17 Octavia Books will launch Please local author Moira Crone’s new novel, The Not Yet, an adventure set in New Orleans of the future.

& Poets Andy Young, Jessica Henricksen and Andy Stallings will read at Antenna Gallery, 3161 Burgundy St., Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. Young is instructor in poetry at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Stallings is co-editor of THERMOS magazine and a creative writing instructor at Tulane University. Henrecksen has just published her first chapbook, Past the Breakers (Lost Hill Books, 2012). 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 17.

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