The Glow is Gone: Mount Eerie/Phil Elverum

I kind of can’t stop listening to Mount Eerie’s album Lost Wisdom today.  This morning on the train I finished reading an interview with him in this month’s Believer (which is surprisingly and happily online for you to enjoy).  I’ve been a fan of Elverum for some time, mostly through his work under The Microphones moniker.   The interview also prompted me to go in search of music by the band named Eric’s Trip, who Elverum cites as a big influence.  In fact, Julie Doiron who sings and plays bass and guitar for Eric’s Trip is the very lady who sings with Phil on Lost Wisdom.  Mount Eerie has a Halloween show scheduled at Market Hotel in Brooklyn and another tba show in New York the following day.  He’s got a new double album for sale now, plus a whole lot of other neat stuff for sale here.   Thank you music, yet again, for making us less alone.

New POP featuring Erin Belieu is up now!


It’s that time again.  The latest POP is up now, featuring a great essay from Erin Belieu!  Thanks Erin!  And as always, thanks Coldfront!

Stay tuned as the next couple of months bring us essays from Craig Teicher and Matt Hart!

In quasi-related poetry news, there is this happening tomorrow:


I’m a little late in posting this but it doesn’t mean that the reading is going to be any less rad.   Hosted by the lovely lady duo of Cate Peebles and Amy Lawless, who could ask for a better way to spend their Saturday afternoon?  Not this girl.

Yay summer!  Yay biking in summer! Yay sun, finally sun.

A Book of Ages


So, I’ve also added the blog for A Book of Ages by Eric Hanson to my Google Reader recently.  I’m writing about it now because I just caught up on my reader reading.  Ideally, I’d like to do daily blog reading but for some reason I prefer to let things stack up a bit before I get on with it.

I think I probably came across mention of this book on HTMLGiant, which I am moderately sheepish about admitting.  But they do continually to prove themselves to be in the know of many neat literary things, and I for one appreciate that.

I am unfamiliar with Eric Hanson but think this book seems really neat, and is in fact “the perfect gift,” as it bills itself to be.   The book is “a witty and ironic collection of moments from famous lives- triumphs, failures, revealing anecdotes, odd incidents, crossed paths, reinventions, great partnerships, changes of heart and changes of mind- organized by year of age.”  For instance, did you know that on June 16, James Joyce fell in love with his future wife.  The day came to be known as “Bloomsday” and is the day that Joyce’s Uylsses takes place on.  It also happens to be the day that Syliva Plath and Ted Hughes were married. Hanson goes on to tell us that “they had known each other since February, when she met him at a party in Cambridge. When they embraced she kissed him and bit his cheek hard enough to draw blood.”

I want information like this waiting for me in my reader.  Neat, no?