I’ve got strangeness that jingle jingle jangles…

Strangeness of the week. I find the song, and now this video, absolutely compelling. Unfortunately it’s a trailer for a game…and as games go it appears to be fairly predictable:…

Pulled off my shelves #9: “Have you studied the soft toes of geckoes?”

With each of these columns, I’ve attempted to interrogate an aspect of writing by exploring a series of books I’ve pulled from my bookshelves. The question has repeatedly been: what…

Pulled off my Shelves #8: “All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy”

In All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy, Phil Buehler attempts to document, assemble and continue Jack Torrance’s manuscript from Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film The Shining. Conceptually,…

Two Poems and a Conversation With J.R. Carpenter

I’ve Died and Gone to Devon England is a small country, unless you’re driving across it. From the M3/A303 you’d think the whole country was countryside. The deeper into Devon…

Pulled off my shelves #7: “Hence latent of satisfaction, relating singing of of bunch the effect.”

For the majority of my columns to date I have focused on the minimal, the smallest gestures—novels built of nothing but punctuation, novels built by erasing the majority of other…

Damian Rogers on Suzanne Buffam’s “The Irrationalist”

A few months ago, a friend’s father challenged me to defend poetry as a product in the marketplace — the demand left me sputtering about art, the relative insignificance of…

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