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‘Blink and The World…’ Gets Decorated

“Matt from Alberta submitted a photo of his ‘decorated’ copy of Blink/Blank. Thanks, Matt!”

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People Goodreads Giveaway

Lookout! – For your copy of People
We just mailed out 65 copies to the giveaway winners on goodreads. Thanks to all 444 people who entered!
Feel free to review it, people:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13076893-people-who-don-t-kno… Read the rest

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Win a Copy of Mike’s Chapbook

Win a Copy of Mike’s Chapbook

We have a giveaway for Mike’s chapbook ‘People Who Don’t Know Me Think I’m Somebody’ on Goodreads!
4 days are left to enter, so if you want one, be sure to visit the Goodreads page and click “Enter to win” (y… Read the rest

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Project Updates – End of the Year Wrap-Up

The view through my window
Here’s some updates regarding On Lives related projects:
The People Who Don’t Know Me Think I’m Somebody giveaway has begun on goodreads.
Dan completed a chapbook and then moved to Missouri where he is tr… Read the rest

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Coming Soon…

People Who Don’t Know Me Think I’m Somebody chapbooks + the chance to win a free copy on Goodreads!!! 

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Great Gatsby NES Game

What I like best about this (as in every NES game adaptation): non-sensical bad guys, non-sensical weapon, strange boss battles, 8-bit music and of course 2-D side scrolling action. My only regret is that it isn’t a little longer.
Check it out fo… Read the rest

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Person

Person

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Person is the best young-author-penned-book I’ve read.
I was somewhat relieved to read this book.
I was glad there is a person out there more fucked up than myself.
Pink = Person.
Probably.
I can’t imagine someone writing a book like this unless this is… Read the rest

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In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood is one of the best books I’ve read. This may or may not tell anything about my reading habits, I can’t really decide one way or the other. I’d say reading books is largely a subjective experience but I’d also say that any person reading this boo… Read the rest

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Explosion-Proof Premier Issue

Explosion-Proof Premier Issue

Explosion-Proof is a quarterly literary journal published by Fairweather Press. Their premier issue is out now and they’re also accepting submissions for Issue #2. Issue #1’s cover features a black and white photograph of the Empire State Bu… Read the rest

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The Coming Insurrection

The Coming Insurrection

Anarchy is obviously not a good thing.
I find it strange that people like Glenn Beck are so in fear of this book; it seems pretty clear that it was written by a bunch of dreamers, the sort of people who are more waiting for an insurrection to happen than to be t… Read the rest

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Assuming Size

Assuming Size

I received a copy of ‘Assuming Size’ in the mail, which is exciting, because it’s a cool little book. This chapbook features four poets from Ohio, two of which, Jordan Castro and Richard Wehrenberg Jr., are the authors of ‘thinktank for human bei… Read the rest

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A Book of Reasons

A Book of Reasons

A Book of Reasons is a memoir about a recluse. It is a narrative attempting to make sense of a distant brother’s nature, who upon dying, leaves the author his house.
John Vernon breaks his book up into sections which are each titled with one word, “Heat”, “… Read the rest

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Everything is Quiet

Everything is Quiet

The first thing I did when I received ‘Everything is Quiet’ by Kendra Grant Malone was read the blurbs on the back. Here’s one from Blake Butler:

“Kendra Grant Malone contains several hundred people. Likewise, her words seem to protect several hundred… Read the rest

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The Crying of Lot 49

The Crying of Lot 49

The Crying of Lot 49 is a novel by Thomas Pynchon. It is relatively short as compared to his other works, many of which I have tried reading, but found myself largely unable to.
The Crying of Lot 49 took me some time, and it is unique to me in that this is my seco… Read the rest

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long love poem with descriptive title

long love poem with descriptive title

I heard about Matthew Savoca on Bearcreekfeed, really liking the poems he had up there. I later noticed that Scrambler Books had released his book. I liked the cover and title and thought “I want that.”
As I waited for the book to come in the m… Read the rest

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On Moral Fiction

On Moral Fiction

John Gardner is a legend. He is touted as perhaps the best writer who has ever written about fiction, and the three main books in which he does this are The Art of Fiction, On Becoming a Novelist and On Moral Fiction.
On the back cover of On Moral Fiction, in t… Read the rest

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Post-Modern Halloween Costumes

 
Traditional Halloween costumes like cutting two eye holes out of a sheet to be a ghost have gone the way of the Tamagotchi. In 2010, Halloween costumes are about overly specific concepts designed to annoy your friends. The more esoteric your cos… Read the rest

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Halloween Stores

Everyday on my way to work, I pass a Halloween store on 1st Ave. Everything about the place screams temporary. Instead of a neon sign, there’s an orange banner hung above the door which half the time is blown inside out by the wind and rendered unreadable.… Read the rest

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“We’re From Brooklyn”

“We’re from Brooklyn,” is something I’ve been hearing a lot of bands spouting. The phrase deserves consideration; traditionally, when a person or entity declares they are from somewhere, they mean it (just like in the movie Cool Runnings when the lov… Read the rest

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USERLANDS

USERLANDS

I bought Userlands (New Fiction Writers from the Blogging Underground) off a used rack to see what the literary blogging scene was like in 2007. I wanted to see how writing that was blogged would fare in a published collection, and how writing from the in… Read the rest

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I’ve Got a Fever and the Only Cure is More Wood Block

I’ve Got a Fever and the Only Cure is More Wood Block

A wood block is a percussion instrument identified by its rectangular box shape and open sides. It can be struck with a drumstick or mallet to achieve a resonant ‘klonk’ or ‘donk’ sound, similar to the sound of knocking on a ta… Read the rest

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Aspects of the Novel

Aspects of the Novel

On the sly, I’ve been reading E. M. Forster’s, Aspects of the Novel (1927). I’m not quite sure what I think about this book.
E. M. Forster takes the title of his book very seriously. He goes as far as to say each “section” s… Read the rest

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5 More Fall Films

Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm takes place in suburban Connecticut around Thanksgiving time. As every member of this 1970’s family spirals out of control, pursuing drink, sex, or the unknown, there is some great footage of Elijah Wood, Christi… Read the rest

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White Noise

White Noise

White Noise is a novel by Don Delillo. I am currently reading it and the book is giving me some impressions.
First off, Greg Farrell recently informed me that Don Delillo personally discredits any of his own work prior to White Noise (1985). Farrell stat… Read the rest

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5 Fall Films

We like fall. Was our fall fascination birthed from watching great fall films? It’s possible. Here are 5 visually stunning films that you may not have considered renting this season.

Igby Goes Down, a Catcher in the Rye-esque tale of a young man d… Read the rest

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Umbrellas

Umbrellas must be one of the most left behind semi-personal objects a person can carry. Especially when it doesn’t rain often. A place like Binghamton, NY, where it is constantly raining, now this is a different story; an umbrella there becomes… Read the rest

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Quarters

Are quarters becoming the new pennies? I’ve been finding a lot of them on the ground lately. Pennies are still around, I see them all the time, but never do I pick them up.
On at least two occasions occurring some time in the past week, I have seen kids… Read the rest

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YCFTL Contest Update

Congratulations to Mark Friedman of New York, NY, who correctly answered one of three You Can Finish This Later contest giveaway questions. He correctly guessed the name a man screamed in the rain for 20 minutes as I ate dinner. The answer of course was m… Read the rest

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New Format, On Lives 2.1

We’ve been receiving a lot of flak from our Comics department, re: the lack of updates to onlives.net. After a few emergency nine hour meetings, our staff and webmaster have devised a workable solution to the problem. Without further ado, onliv… Read the rest

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Win a Copy of ‘You Can Finish This Later’

We’ve had more pep in our step than usual today at On Lives HQ, and it’s not just because autumn has begun to suffuse our city with freshness and possibility.
9.22.10 was the official release of our new chapbook,
‘You Can Finish This L… Read the rest

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