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“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”
— Neil Gaiman

The more that you read...

The more that you read...

the more that you read, the more you’ll know,
the more you know, the more places you’ll go.

Multiple tellings of a story

Great multiple tellings of a similar story, “I Come to Town,” by Ben Janse, as presented by Stace Budzko of Grub Street in Boston.

Photos: Steve Almond reads ‘Donkey Greedy, Donkey Gets Punched’ and Sam Lipsyte reads from ‘The Ask’

Steve Almond reads 'Donkey Greedy, Donkey Gets Punched'

Steve Almond reads 'Donkey Greedy, Donkey Gets Punched' at Newtonville Books, Newton, MA.

Steve Almond, above, reads “Donkey Greedy, Donkey Gets Punched” from Best American Short Stories 2010 at Newtonville Books in Newton, MA, Wednesday, March 16, 2011.

Sam Lipsyte also read excerpts from his latest novel, “The Ask.”

See more of my photos of authors.

The ‘Scandalous’ Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears

I saw Black Joe Lewis in Northampton, MA… what was it? last year? two years ago? They opened for Gomez. They were great! Just found out they have an album out today! Here’s the YouTube preview. Continue reading

“Tell the story you’re terrified of getting wrong.”
J. Tanner Cusick was told by Ben Marcus (via toddzuniga)

Scientifiction of the 1950s

Science Fiction Quarterly

Really unfriendly aliens

From life magazine:

“Not long ago, astrophysicist and world’s-most-recognizable-genius-scientist Stephen Hawking told a television audience that, while extraterrestrials likely exist, we Earthlings probably shouldn’t be too eager to meet them. Herein, some old-school visions of what we might be facing in the future, on our home planet and in the outer reaches of space. Enjoy. Or cower in fear. Whichever you prefer…”

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SGU returns with its final 10 episodes

Stargate: Universe returns with its final 10 episodes tonight on SyFy! Although the network has canceled the third series of this hit franchise, the show’s fate is still uncertain. Continue reading

“One drags around a bag of fears he has to throw to the winds every so often if he expects to take off in his writing.”
Bernard Malamud

‘The Way We Speak Now’ by Angi Becker Stevens

This week on Smokelong Weekly, a gem. The Way We Speak Now by Angi Becker Stevens

“The first word we lost was the name of that thing with the buttons, the one you speak into to talk to someone who is far away or at least not in the same room. The thing you call people with. We woke up one day and the word was just gone, no one anywhere could remember it. It even vanished from dictionaries, as far as we knew, …”

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