I had a four day weekend and was able to finally finish Hill William, Scott McClanahan’s latest book. Hill William is a companion piece to the wonderful Crapalachia (which if you have not read, you should go out and get a copy and read it – quickly). McClanahan has this voice that’s welcoming, accessible, but knows how to punch you in the face at the right time, like the way Scott does to himself in the beginning of Hill William. I don’t want to give away the book because there’s so much honesty and truth and needed ugliness that a review would ruin. McClanahan’s work is consistently a wonderful experience. Go read Hill William, please. Get others to read it and then talk about it. It helped wash the horrible taste that The Circle left in my mouth so much.
I’ve been listening to Danny Brown’s Old a lot, especially 25 Bucks. From the interviews I’ve read, he deliberately separated the album out, frontloading the serious work and then digressing into the party songs (though there’s tinges of sadness even when partying in the songs). What really sells me on Brown as an artist is that he wants to be “the Arcade Fire or Bon Iver of rap“. It is one of my favorite albums this year, along with The National’s Trouble Will Find Me, Volcano Choir’s Repave, El-P/Killer Mike’s Run the Jewels, and Kanye West’s Yeezus. It’s been a really good year for music.
Saturday night, October 26, at Stardust Video & Coffee There Will Be Words presents its first ever Dead Poets Slam featuring the Lucky Funeral Tour. Come dressed as your favorite dead poet and compete against other dead poets. We use Portland Poetry Slam rules (audience applause) so please feel free to bring your friends and rig the game in your favor. Click here to add yourself to the Facebook invite.
Here is one of my prose poems disguised as a Yelp review of one of my favorite venues in Orlando. Thanks Literary Juice for picking it up.