Embracing the Geek: A Writers Journey Selected Poems 2010-2013. My first book.

My first book called “Embracing the Geek: A Writers Journey Selected Poems 2010-2013″ is almost ready to be available in PDF tonight.

I need to type in one poem that is still in journal, and then do formatting with my wife tonight.

The goal of the book is in the wonderful quote by Kurt Vonnegut in my 2nd favorite book of his (to Slaughterhouse-Five) “A Man Without a Country”:

“If you want to really hurt you parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”

So make something, anything. A pot at a pottery store, it may not be symettrical, it may crack, it may not hold water and need to be used for pens, but it will be your cup, that you made, with your hands. And it will be art.

Or like me and Lanna Lee you could blog every day. If you average 100 words a day it’s a novella, 250 words a day a full modern novel (365 pages). And the post can simply be “today f**king sucks. Ow!” That’s a blogpost you kept up your writing journey. And you will keep improving and if you use a blogging program like WordPress easily archive your work.

It’s also about gratitude to my writer’s journey. From 2nd to 4th grade I wanted to be a writer. I learned to create my work on a computer and let it flow. Then in 5th grade, I had a terrible, horrendous, not very good English teacher that thought me being on a computer was an abomination of his narrow worldview. These terrible teachers have tenure, and continue to infect students for decades. Meanwhile the amazing, creative teachers who inspire art, creativity and writing are on 1 year contracts and not hired on. There is both my amazing 4th grade Language Arts/English teacher and some of my friends I am thinking of here.

The book starts with the Vonnegut quote and then has a very long acknowledgment. If you are listed on it, congratulations! You have earned a free PDF copy of the book. I only have 100 copies of the book, signed and numbered so if you want one assigned (there are about 35/100 books unclaimed before even PDF release) please let me know on the blog, or my e-mail address edquinn at gmail dot com (to avoid spam), my Twitter feed at @rurugby or my Facebook at Edmund Charles Davis-Quinn.

Here is the acknowledgment:

This limited edition chapbook is designed for all the people who have helped me in my writing and poetry journey. So if you have made this list of people who are awesome, you have earned a free chapbook. I would love to do trade for the poets in the room, and to pass the gratitude forward for those who are not. And maybe even inspire you to write.
I first want to dedicate this chapbook to the love of my life, the wonderful, fabulous and amazing Lanna Lee Maheux. She is my rock, my partner, and makes me life immensely richer. I love you.
Next I want to dedicate this book to the radically inclusive and safe space, Rhythmic Cypher. The 2nd poetry slam from the amazing small city of Portland, Maine. This was a dream and vision of my good friend Tina “T Love” Smith, and had a difficult birth in an imperfect space. Now that it has found its true home at the amazing Dobra Teahouse in Portland, Maine at 7pm on Sundays, it’s one of the best poetry slams in America. A place where genderqueers, gays, lesbians, freaks of all size, shapes and colors, and those afflicted with madness can feel safe. Where a 16 year old with panic disorder can read a beautiful and amazing poem about her condition and feel safe. Where Toben Tilgenman can make an amazing poem about what it means to be a man who was born in a woman’s body. Where music backs the poets, and the poets back each other. It is a spectacular success and I am so happy it is part of my community.
Next I want to thank New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover for first creating her wonderful young adult romance “Slammed” that used the power of the poetry slam to make the beautiful story of woman loses dad, woman loves boy across the street, boy across the street has no parents so transcendant, thank you. My friend Gennyfer Hanley sent me a link with the free eBook of slammed, and I loved it wrote a positive review on Amazon saying I was a slam poet and how much I love the book. She followed my blog at ed2dq.com and we became friends.
While Colleen was writing the follow-up to Slammed this time ahead in the story and from Wil (the boy’s perspective) called “Point of Retreat” she happened to see my blogpost/poem “Write Poorly” about simply writing and turning off the editor. She printed it off, put it up by her computer and looked at it whenever she felt discouraged or needed to remember to just write. I plan to make my second chapbook called “Write Poorly” with 500 copies. It is amazing to me that my little poem on my often not that read blogpost that often gets less than 10 pageviews a day inspired an author so much. So much that she put it in her book “Point of Retreat” that is a bestseller that has been read and loved by hundreds of thousands of people. Her 3rd book “Hopeless” is the number two eBook on Amazon so far in 2013, behind only behind Nicholas Sparks’ “Safe House”. Bemazing. That fact is surreal and amazing, that I may have more page reads in 2013 than the absolutely incredible and amazing Andrea Gibson who was the number one seller of the best slam poetry publishing house in America, Write Bloody Publications in 2012. Just ridiculous, if you haven’t read Andrea Gibson’s work yet and live in Portland, Maine go to Longfellow books and get a copy of her work, it’s outstanding.
Next I want to thank the Port Veritas writing, slam and poetry community for showing me love, giving me a place to read, and encouragement. Wil Gibson is a force of nature, and him saying “Write Poorly” is the best thing I ever read meant a lot. I have seen Port Veritas go from Acoustic Coffee, to the much beloved North Star Café, to Wil’s House, to the Mayo Street Arts Center, to Blue, to the wonderful restaurant Local Sprouts, and to it’s current location at Bull Feeney’s upstairs every Tuesday at 7:30pm.
I would be incomplete without talking about the amazing contributions of Tricia Hanley to Portland’s poetry scene and craft beer community. Her little bar, Mama’s Crowbar in Munjoy Hill, has some of the best craft beer you will ever drink in a wonderful small place. It would be my regular if I lived on the hill, but alas I live in Westbrook. They also host a reading hosted by Ryan McLellan that is unmiked, and at 9pm on Mondays. I do wish the reading is earlier so I can attend more. Unfortunately, I wake up at 4am most Mondays. It’s a great place to read.
Next I want to thank the heroes, friends, and compatriots of my journey towards embracing my inner geek. My recently departed father, Henry Edmunds Davis who passed away very recently on April 1, 2013 at 66 years old to brain cancer. You are one of the nicest men and fathers any son could wish for. I expected you to live so much longer, as did my wonderful mom Christine Davis. Their marriage is the great love I have seen through my life and it’s so sad it’s over after 42 years. Mom, I love you.
I also want to thank my wonderful and insanely intelligent sister, Melinda Davis Layten, who is ABD (all but dissertation) in computational biology and SUNY – Stony Brook. Dad’s illness I think took a lot out of my sister and brother-in-law Robert Layten, and I hope my dad’s journey away from pain, suffering and cancer allows her to become the brilliant scientist she is meant to be.
Next I want to thank the people who I have known the longest growing up in Montgomery Township, New Jersey north of Princeton. This chapbook may have the longest acknowledgements ever and I will just name some of my good friends that made feeling like an outcast in school easier: Greg Seidel, Bill Dyer, Conrad Saam, Anthony Schubert, Ben Dalbey, Eva Hanna, Kayt Sukel (who has an amazing book called “Dirty Minds” about the neuroscience of sex and love), Beth Cooper, Laura Hahn, Susan Flora …
Teachers including: Cheryl Watson, Jay Prag, Mr. Juliano, Mr. Harry Brobst, Ms. Williams and so many others.
And of course fellow poets including, who are mostly performance poets. I am about 20% a performance poet, and 80% a writer. Many of these excel at both and include: Heidi Therrien, Greg McKillop, Beau Williams, Jen Jacques, Toben, Emma Bovril, Paulie Lipman, Rachel McKibbens, Andrea Gibson, Billy Tuggle, Ryk McIntyre, Tony Brown, Melissa May, Sam Sax, Denise Jolly, Zanne Langlois, Robin Merrill and the fabulous Nancy Henry.
There are so many others I can mention but this is already an over 1,000 word acknowledgement to a chapbook. To all the friends I have made in the amazing city of Portland, Maine. Twitter has been an amazing way for this geek to meet people so I must thank Chyrstie Corns, and .. for creating them.
Also want to thank my Twitter heroes and friends like Alex Steed, Alexis Lyon, Keith Luke and so many others who make Portland a jewel of American cities.
I can’t name all the people who are part of my journey towards acceptance, but thank you all so much.

The last line of the book is “Make art, it’s good for the soul.” And it is so true.

Thank you and with much love,
Edmund Charles Davis-Quinn

Blessed be.
Make art! Suck!

Essex County ****

Wonderful graphic novel trilogy about life on the farm near Windsor, Ontario by Jeff Lemire (across the Detroit River from Detroit, Michigan).

This is a graphic novel that says a lot in spare passages on the farm. It’s about lost ambitions, death, loss, family, hockey and heartbreak.

The spareness of it is what stands out to me. Interconnected stories mainly in one small town by the farm, and 2 family trees.

Highly recommended. I read good books.

Firehouse ***1/2

September 11, 2001 is now over 11 years ago, but still feels fresh.

Especially to anyone who grew up in greater New York City.

I grew up in Montgomery Township, New Jersey just north of Princeton, and from the top of Grandview Hill on a clear day, I could see the World Trade Center 50 miles away (could see the Turnpike Towers of East Brunswick much better about 20 miles away).

The World Trade Center was always the building I saw that let me New York City is coming as we approached the Newark Airport area on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Going to New York often meant going to places like the American Museum of Natural History in the Upper West Side at 81st and Central Park West, where we were long term members.

Not that far from the museum is Lincoln Center, and near that on 66th and Amsterdam Avenue and is the firehouse for Engine 40, Ladder 35. On 9/11 the house had one of the toughest days of any firehouse. 12 went down to the World Trade Center and only 1 returned, and he barely survived.

This is a book about these men, about their house, and about the camaraderie of firemen. They are all truly brothers. They live together, cook together, eat together, laugh together, sleep together, even do projects off hours together and look out for each other.

It’s a proud group of men. Proud of their job, proud of their children, proud of their wives, and generally very happy.

The experience made me think of the laughter, friendship and ribbing of the excellent drama “Rescue Me,” one of my favorite all time shows.

The book is devastating though. Eleven good men, with great lives and families crushed by the towers on that faithful day.

It’s a slow read, it’s an emotional read and I recommend it. Excellent reporting by David Halberstam.

Journalism ***1/2

Good and often difficult reporting.

I do think Sacco is at his best with book length journalism but a very solid work.

The story about poverty in India, refugees in Chechnya, and about African immigrants in Malta were particularly good.

Joe Sacco is one of the best journalists working in the world today. I wish more journalists were able to show themselves in their work, it leads to richer journalism.

I would recommend strongest his 3 major works: Palestine, Footnotes in Gaza, and Safe Area Goradze which are all amazing. Do expect with Joe Sacco’s works though that they will hit you in the gut. And frankly in the United States especially it is important to hear the Palestian view of things. The West Bank is an apartheid state as I talked about in an earlier blog post talking about Palestine and Guy Delisle’s “Jerusalem” and the “Politics of Palestine in Graphic Novels.”

Persepolis *****

Read “Persepolis” again this week. Some on Wednesday most of it today during a slow day at work.

It’s just a blockbuster book. One of those rare books that can change the way you look at the world. That you can see the story of the Iranian Revolution told through the eyes of a young woman in a liberal family.

Last week I talked about some of Marjane Satrapi’s other books in my blog. But, Persepolis is just groundbreaking. Honest, personal and a work of genius.

It joins Guy Delisle’s “Pyongyang” as two graphic novels that are in my top 10 books of all time.

It also lets me realize that as good as a year as 2012 as been for reading (and it’s been awesome) that 2011 was pretty amazing too in discovering Vonnegut including Cat’s Cradle and Slaughterhouse Five (and a ton of others) and of course this classic graphic novel.

Graphic novels are still developing as a form and authors as diverse as Guy Delisle, Alan Moore, Marjane Satrapi, Joe Sacco and Chris Ware are going to shape what it becomes.

If you haven’t given graphic novels a try, or just found “Maus” too depressing (I still haven’t gotten far with it) try Persepolis. It’s great. And if you aren’t a reader see the fantastic movie **** that Satrapi co-directed.

Books make me happy.

The 12 Books of Christmas

I have had a challenging year but a great reading year.

Here are 12 great books as gifts for the holiday season. Links are from amazon.com but pick you favorite bookseller.

1. Slammed/Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover: A great year for Ms. Hoover, a year ago she was working as a social worker. And wrote “Slammed” after work and late at night. Not generally a fan of romances, but definitely a fan of slam poetry. “Slammed” from a female perspective, the follow up “Point of Retreat” from a male perspective. Colleen has a new book being edited now and looking forward to it. And of course my poem “Write Poorly” is in “Point of Retreat” too since it helped her finish book 2, which I am very proud of.

2. Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey: Really in many ways for me this is a recommendation for Wool 1, which is my favorite of this series. I just loved the little novella and how constrained it was. I am still in Wool 3 so an odd recommendation in that way, but Mr. Howey is just a wonderful author. I also love his book “The Hurricane.”

3. Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney: I can never spell Mr. McInerney’s name right but love this book. Definitely one I need to read again. A story of being in the middle of the crazy 1980s in New York. Good movie, great book, one of my all time favorites.

4. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter Thompson: Gonzo at it’s finest. One of those books you have probably read already, and one of my favorites of all time, just great.

5. Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá: My favorite new book of 2012. Outstanding graphic novel, lyrical and beautiful. Looks at death as a way to look at life, very appropriate in this tough year I have head. This is one I don’t own so on my own wish list (checked out of library.)

6. Slaughterhouse Five/Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut: Can’t believe it’s only been since last summer I have really been reading Vonnegut. I read “Player Piano” and liked it. I love “A Man Without a Country” but it’s “Cat’s Cradle” that got me into reading Kurt Vonnegut. And it re-read well a few months later. Slaughterhouse Five read amazing well within a year, even though it’s the much harsher book. Two books that should be on anyone’s life reading list.

7. Who You Are by Nancy A. Henry: This one took me a while to find online. Just outstanding stuff and one of my three five star poetry books this year (also “Coney Island of the Mind” by Lawrence Ferhlinghetti and “Chicago Poems” by Carl Sandburg.) Here is my Goodreads review: This is a book about working with those society has tossed aside: Prisoners, Sex Offenders, Learning Disabled… Powerful, powerful stuff. I feel like should include a poem or two from both, but don’t want to offend any copyrights. Amazing and heartbreaking book. Really brave, heartwrenching. And it’s great to support a Maine poet and Maine poetry press.

8. Pyongyang by Guy Delisle: Sometimes it takes the sarcastic voice of a French Canadian animator to really make you understand a place. One of the books that proves the power of graphic novels, and one of my favorite books of all time. Actually finally bought a copy this year and have lent it to about 10 people who all loved it. Just outstanding and lets you know how truly weird North Korea is. Just amazing.

9. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi: Another book (and outstanding movie) that shows the power of the graphic novel. Just stunning. Let’s you know more about Iranian culture than almost anything I can think of. I hope the people of Persia and Iran get a better government. And I really, really hope we don’t start a war with Iran. From the perpective of an Iranian girl and young woman as the revolution comes to Iran. Just outstanding.

10. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl: I have read a ton of Dahl this year since finding a nice copy of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” at a thrift shop. This one is my favorite. Beautiful, lyrical and with tons of imagination. Amazing that this is one of his first books. Amazing stuff.

11. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak: One of my favorite books ever, and the one I have liked the longest. I am astounded how amazing this book is. I even read it on YouTube. Beautiful and amazing, and included in my post on “Picture Books.

12. A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean: Beautiful, concise and lyrical. Just an amazing book. One of the many (including “Wool 1″) that shows the power of the novella. One of my favorite books ever.

And if you are not sure what to get a bibliophile, I am sure they would love an Amazon gift card, a gift card to a local bookstore or donation to their or your local library. All make great gifts. Libraries especially deserve our love now more than ever.

Sing Your Own Song

I finished Catherine Cate Coblentz’s classic children’s book “The Blue Cat of Castle Town” (1949) last night. Decided to check it out of through Minerva at the library after my friend Pat Washburn decided to get a Blue Cat tattoo.

And it reminds us that in life we have to sing our own song. Good advice for anyone to be great at what we do and fashion beauty. Reminds me a lot of the great sushi chef Jiro from yesterday’s post.

Here is the river song the cat learns and teaches to bring a town full of beauty not money and greed.

Sing your own song, said the river,
Sing your own song.

Out of yesterday song comes.
It goes into tomorrow,
Sing your own song.

With your life fashion beauty,
This too is the song.
Riches will pass and power. Beauty remains.
Sing your own song.

All that is worth doing, do well, said the river.
Sing your own song.
Certain and round be the measure,
Every line be graceful and true.
Time is the mold, time the weaver, the carver,
Time and the workmen together,
Sing your own song.

Sing well, said the river. Sing well.

I am still learning my song.
It’s not been an easy road.
I admire those who have found a passion who are great at something.
Who turn a hobby into some money through sites like Etsy.
Who like my wife, decide they love something like podcasting and turn it into every week’s “Lounging with Lanna Lee.”

And there really is a blue cat of Castletown in a quilt by Zeruah H. Guernsey Caswell. It’s beautiful.

It’s a great book. Find it if you can. There is a version of it online, the book is off copyright, and I hope it’s gets published in paper and digital soon. It looks like there is a Kindle version available for 99 cents. And I give the book ***1/2.

After reading half the book again on Friday it goes up to ****. Had to get it on Kindle, after reading the library copy. It’s a fantastic book.

Not a Good Month for Reading

September has not been a good month for reading. I have literally worked 2 days this month at work with all of the FMLA unpaid leave for my dad’s brain cancer surgery and recovery.

I have been understandably frustrated, exhausted and tired.

I thought the best way to get back into the reading saddle was to read some juvenile fiction.

Checked out 3 books, 2/3rds threw one of them.

The one I should finish today or tomorrow is by the wonderful and amazing Shel Silverstein called “Lofcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back.” Not sure how I missed this one in my reading travels just a lot of fun, and very Shel Silverstein. Nice to see him do a longer narrative book. ***1/2

Also checked out “boom!” by Mark Haddon (who wrote the wonderful “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” which is a modern classic in my view.

And the potentially fun, “Star Jumper: Journal of a Cardboard Genius” by Frank Asch.

Other reading this month includes some personal sociology in the very cool books “Fat Sex” and the continuing reading of “Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation”. I am halfway through each of them. Been reading GO: TNG a piece at a time for a couple months now.

Literally the only book I finished this month is the John Steinbeck classic “Of Mice and Men.” Brilliant book, much, much sadder than I expected. ***1/2

And also loving Patricia Smith’s very dark poetry book about Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans “Blood Dazzler.” Poetry can do amazing things. ***1/2 Reminds me a lot in an odd way of Dave Eggers’ amazing “Zeitoun.” Both capture the soul of New Orleans well.

Have also read the first 30 pages of “Moneyball” by Micheal Lewis this week, which has been on the I should read this eventually list for a long, long time. I love “Liar’s Poker ****” but by and large don’t get that far with Michael Lewis.

That’s it for now, expecting to get more reading in as my head settles, and I feel back home again. Nice to be home.

Nice that my dad is improving. Hoping he can get back home soon and get his left side moving better. Glad his brain and mind is doing much, much better.

A Houseful of Books

I am preparing today to go to Allentown, PA to see my dad in the hospital.

His tumor has returned and does look operable now (possibly on next Monday, September 10th).

Not able mentally to do deal with the re-admission and make the long drive from Maine.

I am lucky to grow up in a houseful of books.

Today I prepared to return all the books I checked out of the library (around a dozen) and finished two books. Carl Sandburg’s “Honey and Salt” which I browsed through, and was solid. *** And “Skellig” by David Almond, a YA book I really enjoyed. Very clever, and imaginative with great characters. Look forward to reading more of Almond’s work in the future. ***1/2.

It’s funny. I am thinking about what books to bring for when I am at my parent’s house, knowing there will be thousands of books there. Once a reader, always a reader.

Going Gray

I am 38 now. I am going gray slowly all the time. I have been looking forward to it for a while. And I like how it looks.

It’s not so easy for women. There is a huge amount of money and a huge culture about dying hair. And to me gray is sexy. Look at someone like Emmylou Harris who looks fabulous with gray, Helen Mirren gorgeous, Judi Dench beautiful. But if you look at pictures of people looking good with gray hair, it’s usually men in the media. Even at a site called “Silverfoxes” it’s still 2 to 1 men.

Anne Kreamer in her book “Going Gray” talks about all the politics, media, and money in dying hair. There is literally billions of dollars spent. And in a lot of industries, it’s considered standard to dye hair. Despite the fact that there is an artificiality to it. And if you look at the back cover Ms. Kreamer looks FAR better with some gray hair. Fabulous vs. dowdy.

It’s just one of those things changed by advertising. And a very interesting book. ***1/2 (pg 138 of 206) (Warren PL/Westbrook, Me). Fyi, Westbrook used to have the Warren and Walker Libraries. The Warren library had private funding from the SD Warren paper mill (now Sappi) unfortunately it closed a few years ago and it’s collection is now part of Walker Library which is the public library in Westbrook, Me where I live.

Books finished this week:

Maine Poems by Richard Berhart: A poetry collection where I could tell the imagery was pretty but it mainly left me cold. I really enjoyed the long poem “Sea Storm” which pushed this to **1/2. I think Berhart would be a solid short story writer. (Warren PL)

Shakespeare Wrote For Money by Nick Hornby: A collection of Nick Hornby’s “Stuff I’ve Been Reading” columns from the monthly “Believer” magazine from August, 2006 to September, 2008. Includes some off months, and one “Stuff I’ve Been Watching.” Good stuff, so far have checked out one book from his suggestions the YA book Skellig which I will talk about later. Without question this column inspired my weekly blogpost. Thank you, Mr. Hornby. ***1/2 (Baxter Memorial Library/Gorham, ME/Minerva)

The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler: Easily the most fun book I read all week. I am lucky to be in a job at a call center where I can read while it’s slow. First person fiction is very dependent on a great central character and Virginia Shreve is a wonderful character. Just enjoyable, and anyone who has ever felt like an outsider will enjoy it. ***1/2 (Kindle) I think if you are a teenaged outcast would probably be ****. Good stuff.

More Kindle stuff:

The Magic Kingdom by Stanley Elkin: Very British so far. Elkin also has some absurdly long 50 word plus sentances. Enjoying the story about the dad who gave extraordinary measures for his son, who wonders if the sick should just have fun. Looking forward to where this is going. This is definitely not a book for everyone. 8%

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall: I have been reading this in pieces for a long, long time. Interesting stuff, not sure why I keep being distracted. Probably just my reading ADD. And you could also argue the book tries to do too much. Curious to see where it all falls. 48% ***

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck: Breezed through it one homeroom in high school. Ie quick skim. Enjoying it now. Steinbeck is one of the great American writers who deserves the honor. 16%

Really the Earth … dominated my reading on the Kindle this week.

Other stuff. Library +

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen: Someone at the call center let me borrow this. Don’t think I read it in school. Pretty decent. *** pg 60 of 195

Honey and Salt by Carl Sandburg: Good stuff, nowhere near as amazing as the great “Chicago Poems.” This came out in 1953, Chicago Poems in 1916. Sometimes being young and loud is a good thing. *** (Warren ML)

Ballistics by Billy Collins: Solid book of poetry. I think I am liking this the best of the Billy Collins book I am reading. *** 1/2 (pg 60 of 110) (Patten Free Library, Bath, ME/Minerva)

Skellig by David Almond: Recommended by Hornby’s “Shakespeare” book. Good stuff so far, Nick Hornby is right the immediacy of young adult fiction is just wonderful. ***1/2 (pg 34 of 182)

The Town of No by Wesley McNair: Good stuff, that I am going through too slowly. I have a lot of poetry checked out right now. pg 32 of 85 (Warren PL)

Nine Horses by Billy Collins: Another solid book of Collins poetry. “The Trouble with Poetry” is still my favorite Collins book. pg 77 of 120 (Walker PL)

Convinced my wife to buy “Gender Outlaws”(not on Kindle) and get “Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation” on the Kindle. Didn’t read much of it this week. But, it’s great stuff.

Questions About Angels by Billy Collins: I will finish a Billy Collins poetry book this week. I will finish… pg 56 of 91. Probably the weakest of the Collins book I am reading but still ***.

So that’s it. “The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things is a lot of Fun” and Nick Hornby’s “Believer” columns are just awesome. I hope other authors, writers do similar things. I can’t imagine this is the only “What I Am Reading” style post on the blogosphere.