My neighbor Jon Cotner just shared this video of his recent appearance, with his writing partner Andy Fitch, on Emily Gould’s Cooking the Books. In the vein of Adam Robinson’s rumored, but yet-to-be-aired, Culinary Genius, Gould’s show features writers in her kitchen. (She assures us the writers are famous, though, unlike Robinson.) Jon and Andy look to Basho as a literary model, and Jon also relies on his culinary advice: “Eat vegetable soup rather than duck stew.” After Jon and Andy discuss theories of skin degradation, Jon makes a vegetable juice (with lemon). Andy seems unimpressed, while Emily apparently enjoys it. The real highlight, though, is a montage-set-to-music of Jon shoving radiant vegetables into a food processor.
Congratulations to Jenny Zhang, Christopher DeWeese, and Rebecca Farivar for having their manuscripts selected for publication by Octopus Books 2011.
Congratulations also to finalists: Claire Donato, Julie Doxsee, Laura Eve Engel, Sasha Fletcher, Dan Hoy, Brenda Iijima, George Kalamaras, Kirsten Kaschock, Seth Landman, Linnea Ogden, Alexandria Peary, Craig Rebele, Rob Schlegel, S. E. Smith, and Melinda Wilson.
And in other Octopus news. . . .
#14 is live and features the following sixteen long poems:
The Water’s Piety in Doubt and Question by J. Michael Martinez
It is Especially Dangerous To Be Conscious of Oneself by Jeff Alessandrelli
Dwell-E by Brandon Downing
The Massachusetts Book of the Dead by Katie Peterson
Coney Island Avenue by Andy Fitch
Length of Fetch by Jesse Lichtenstein
A Geography of Pleasure by Amy King
Descend, Descend by Samuel Amadon
Vertigo and Bone Room by Julie Doxsee
from Rosalia by Molly Gaudry
The Kingdom of Blizzards by Michael Rerick
The Erotic Life of Art: A Seance with William Carlos Williams by Eileen R. Tabios
Topic Sentences by Dot Devota
We Know in 2010, We Survive by Claire Becker
The Personal History of Wind by Jennifer Denrow
Dark Highway by Zvonko Karanović transl. by Ana Božičević.
And the following reviews: