Monday, March 30, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
hooray! made it to Pittsburgh; a city i love. filled a notebook with writing on the 17 hr bus ride which featured a 4 hour layover in New York's Port Authority. Being in Port Authority is sort of like being incarcerated only in jail, there's a place to sit down. two if you count the toilet. sat in front of two overly pro-jesus renegades from Maine the entire way. breakfast at a roy rogers was goddamn awful. spit it all out. Pitt is wonderful. i've been here many times and dig it more and more. uneven architecture. grime. post industrial decay. friendly people. cheap parking. jerry's record shop. squirrel hill. carnegie art museum. cheap hot dogs. etc.
staying the night at the in-laws house in a small town in west virginia off a road that features a power plant every five miles for thirty miles. there is a constant sound of a very large machine drilling into the ground off in the distance. and train honks.
Tomorrow Aimee and I will drive around and take photos and visit the junk shops and cherokee trading posts.
keep in simple.
from the road,
posted 3:37 AM
Friday, March 20, 2009
i am running low on package inserts. very low. so here is my idea: if you have a book out, or if you have a press, or anything you want to advertise, made up some flyers, or some ads, and send them to me. its like free publicity! and everyone loves getting interesting inserts with their mail. the inserts should just be single page, nothing elaborate, and on light paper (no heavy cardstock). you can even just handwrite something and photocopy it. here's a list of what i think would be cool:
ads for presses
ads for book releases
drawings/art work (w/ website or contact info)
whatever you got. send as much as you like but keep in reasonable. nothing profane. email me for more info/ address.
posted 1:49 AM
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
some random updates!
all pieces of mail should be out of the office by tuesday. thanks to all who have ordered books from us either recently or in the past. every order helps with the next batch of books. if i may act like a tourist in a high speed car chase, let me say "this is all so very exciting!"
this week i'll be getting back to each and everyone of you who has submitting writing either to the ghost or to the mtn. i'm going to try and get the rest of the year for greying ghost set up in a logical manner and get all the mtn submissions up and posted. my apologies for all who have sent stuff and are waiting for a response. i would've liked to sooner but shit happens.
the next book on the plank will be "I AM IN THE AIR RIGHT NOW" by Kathryn Regina. it will be a colorful eye-popping display of manuscript prowess. one of the best things i've read in a good long while. i'm not saying that, i'm SAYING THAT.
i'm shooting for an 4/1/09 date. give or take a few days.
i'll be a short vacation: bus ride rendezvous with my wife. bringing nothing but a notebook and a pen. maybe some clothes.
i'm supposed to be working on a blog for work so if anyone wants to be interviewed about used books feel free to get in touch. if you have a book out or something interesting going on, we'll plug that but mostly i'll be asking you various aspects of used books. with lots of sarcastic, snarky humor. all are welcome.
that's all for now.
posted 3:48 AM
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
thank you to all who came out to the reading tonight. very nice to meet everyone and put some faces to some names. sold some books and trade for others. thanks to Robert Ostrom and Thomas Hummel who all brought their A games and who all made the trek up from Brooklyn. thanks to Eric Amling, also from Brooklyn, for reading and brinign cashews and subway picks. expect a greying ghost book from EA at some point. if you haven't read Split Level Igloo, do so. i'm interested in his next step. i had no idea they were all from Brooklyn.
Zachary Schomburg's The Pond and Thomas Hummel's Stands As Mediation are now both available for ordering on the WEBSITE. the pre-order packages will go out in the next couple of days. i'll put up some broadsides too once i figure out how many i have left.
don't forget about Zach's reading of The Pond in its entirety at powell's in portland oregon on march 16th. and also keep your eye out his next full-length Scary, No Scary to be released by the great great great Black Ocean.
posted 2:45 AM
Friday, March 06, 2009
don't forget that this upcoming tuesday, march tenth, at 7pm in the basement of brookline booksmith, you have the rare opportunity to hear THOMAS HUMMEL & ERIC AMLING & ROB OSTROM read their poetry for FREE! they are coming from all corners of the globe, hoofing it through rain forests and ghettos and in some instances, new york city. they are making the effort to get here, so should you. there will be plenty o'books for you to purchase, and maybe some beers afterwards.
i'll have fresh copies, hot off the printer of thomas's new greying ghost chapbook Stands As Mediation as well as some GG backlist titles and broadsides. i'll also have copies of Zach Schomburg's The Pond.
H E L L Y E S
MARK IT DOWN.
posted 3:16 AM