Fantastical, fabulist, fantasmatic, magical, magical realist, surrealist, science fictional, speculative, just plain weird, or what? — the agenda for 2016

Dear friends – There’s a lot of talk about literary borders these days: what is and is not something or something else. My friend R, who is a poet and performer and video artist says he’s HAD it with those boundaries and those arguments. "Who cares?" he says "whether it’s gothic or haiku or a … Continue reading Fantastical, fabulist, fantasmatic, magical, magical realist, surrealist, science fictional, speculative, just plain weird, or what? — the agenda for 2016

01/01/16 — coloring books 2015 finale

Friends -- This post ends this iteration of the coloring books project -- which was my concerted attempt to read, watch, listen to, and learn about artists and intellectuals of color and post about those artistic efforts and those cultural spaces during the year of 2015. That concerted attempt will not end, because if I've … Continue reading 01/01/16 — coloring books 2015 finale

Beautiful translators — China trip, 2 — coloring books 2015

We want to be in charge of our speech. Those of us who work with words for a living -- we want to control the message, the input and output of words, dancing themselves out in lines that kickstep from left to right, even when spoken.  The lexography of the Roman alphabet. Caesar writing "veni, … Continue reading Beautiful translators — China trip, 2 — coloring books 2015

visit to china 1 — ghost steps — November 21 2015 coloring books project

"Oh," he said, when I told him I'd fallen on the stairs of the creative writing center at The College of Mobile Telecommunications Chonqing. "I forgot to tell you about the ghost steps." "Is that why I kept on tripping and slipping?" I asked him. "Is this why there were thresholds on top of thresholds … Continue reading visit to china 1 — ghost steps — November 21 2015 coloring books project

a quick, somewhat silly mini-tour of some recent Chinese movies and tv — coloring books

Friends -- I am going to the PRC in a little less than a month, and as I scramble to acquire enough Mandarin phrases to amuse my hosts, I thought I would take a look at some recent tv and cinema coming out of China. I have watched the following: Empresses in the Palace -- … Continue reading a quick, somewhat silly mini-tour of some recent Chinese movies and tv — coloring books