Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thanks! Go Phils!
Friday, June 11, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
IN THE INTEREST OF SCIENCE I’ve been chasing down all appearances of the rare and notoriously wild “Phanatic” species in this city. Though one has yet to be credibly spotted outside Philadelphia, they’re apparently breeding/multiplying within these environs. I’ve photographed several, and will soon enough post those photos on this blog as proof. Phanatics are known to have a love of hotdogs, baseball, and the City of Brotherly Love. They are large, furry, somewhat goofy looking and usually green in color. Please report all sightings and/or encounters with this animal to this blog, so I can follow up.
CAUTION: Phanatics are known to be boisterous but gentle creatures, but can become hostile in the presence of New York Yankees logos. If you see a Phanatic—especially if you confront one face-to-face—to ensure your safety repeat over and over, “Go Phils! Go Phils! Go Phils!”
Monday, April 5, 2010
The project is a typical intelligentsia attempt to revive a moribund art. The same thing occurs in literature. An art form isn't connecting with the public, so they move farther AWAY from that public while attempting to engage it. Inept cluelessness. The intellectual placed over humanity, emotion, and art.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
-The guitar-wielding goatteed folk singer is much better than last year, when he was afraid to belt his songs out, and was frankly embarrassing.
-The flute guy is horrendous. He's got to go.
One man's opinion.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Here are the details:
"Toiling in Obscurity."
The Dive Bar
947 East Passyunk Avenue
Friday 3/26/10 at 7 pm.
Organizer Jaime Fountaine presents dynamic readings from:
poet Justin Audia
Jeremy Eric Tenenbaum
and Jaime, along with songs by
Emily and Micah McGraw.
The flavor of South Philadelphia? Find out!
For more info contact Jaime at
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Their recent choices for both film and book deal with the Mideast. They seem like extensions of U.S. foreign policy. Are there no stories in Philly to cover? No Philadelphia filmmakers or writers?
This is one more example that the Free Library is a high-up institution which ignores the city's own writers and artists-- instead acting to serve the needs of media monopolies and the local plutocracy.
At the same time plans continue to build a hyper-expensive new Parkway Library. (To hold more elegant soirees?) As neighborhood branch libraries are regularly closed for "staff shortages."
The poor get poorer while the rich get everything.
Life in America today.
(For more info on "One Film" see www.freelibrary.org/onefilm
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
A Summary for Potential Contributors to
Think of an early Beatles song. A pop story is tight, well-structured, and basic, with impact. Plot-driven or character-driven. Make it strong and keep it simple. A pop story is NOT pretentiously literary. It's written not for a writing professor, but for the reader-- any reader. This means no "well-layered" or "well-detailed" prose to hinder the connection between narrative and reader. Remember, you're telling a story. The story is all. This doesn't mean you can't at the same time evoke time and place. Read the work of George Simenon and see how he does it. A few daubs of paint will bring from readers their own memories of images, smells, and tastes. There are many styles of literary pop. F. Scott Fitxgerald was the ultimate pop writer. His style seems minimalist compared to the overwrought literary works of today. Fitzgerald was the greatest stylist of them all. Dumas was pure pop, but he wrote novels. Edgar Allan Poe, R.L. Stevenson, Jack London, and O. Henry wrote different kinds of short pop fiction. All were very good. One-hit wonders like "The Most Dangerous Game" and "The Lady or the Tiger?" were pure pop. In short, send your "serious" writing elsewhere. See if you have the imagination and the discipline to do great pop, which is what I'm after. (A writer with talent should be able to write both.) Provide works of surprise and wonder and we'll recapture an audience.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Well, there's me of course. There's Wred Fright. There's Ann Sterzinger, whose writing is always over-the-top enough to qualify as literary pop art. Possibly Tom Hendricks on occasion as well.
Who else? Let me know!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
I have several possibilities as opponents to my new character, murderous gangleader Fake Face, at the Pop Lit blog
Which should I go with?
Here are the choices.
1.) SENATOR CRUPT.
Rival to Fake Face in pure evil.
2.) BIG BOY.
Ex-cop, nephew and pawn of long-time Disrict Attorney who hates Fake Face.
Leader of gang of circus freaks controling a chunk of city territory which Fake Face wants.
4.) BIGGIE XXXX.
Rapper gangleader out to destroy Fake Face.
5.) VICTORIA VIXEN.
Out to seduce and snare Fake Face in order to take over city herself.
PLEASE PUT YOUR CHOICE, anonymously or not, here at Comments.
It takes fifteen seconds.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Philly writers need to change their servant-to-the-status-quo mentality. Soon, a pillar of the media machine will be based in our town. The cultural ground is shifting. THOSE WRITERS who don't see Philadelphia as a center equal to New York-- a newer and better center-- will miss the future.
I'm doing my part by establishing Philly as home base of a retooled short story art, beginning with the "American Pop Lit" blog at
Check it out!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
My aim is to put the American back in American literature.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
The better way to influence the system is to target, and if possible take over, the system's power centers, as I sought to do through the Petition to PEN at www.penpetition.blogspot.com
PEN, after all, is nothing but gesture politics; standing up for dissident writers halfway across the globe while ignoring dissident writers at home. Further, PEN's protests against select targets like Iran provide cover for the very imperialist wars and actions that writers are upset about.