Big Other Reaches One Million Page Views!

One Million Dots (detail) / Robert Barry. 1968

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The Midnight’s Marsupium Defacement Project IV: (Erika deVries & Stacy Muszynski)

It’s been a while since I’ve posted these, so bear with me for a little background information again.  Earlier last year, Melissa Broder at We Who Are About To Die invited me to submit a “self-review,” and, shortly thereafter, I received (due to a software glitch) a batch of misprinted copies of my chapbook Midnight’s Marsupium (The Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2010).  I decided to use the opportunity to mess with some copies—erasing words, collaging images—as a way of commenting on my own text.  I had such a good time doing it that I asked some other people if they wanted to use the remaining copies however they saw fit: and The Midnight’s Marsupium Defacement Project was born.  Here are the past contributions:

Ryan Bradley, Sommer Browning, Anne Keefe, & Jared Schickling

The 9th Grade Edition

Eric Elshtain & J.A. Tyler

I’m happy now to present the latest round: erasures and redactions by Stacy Muszynski and a video by Erika deVries of her son doing a fantastic rendition of “Haibun 5” (it’s kind of an unintentional erasure). Enjoy!

[Note: The haibun form, a mix of poetic prose and haiku, was pioneered by Japanese poet Matsuo Bashō in The Hut of the Phantom Dwelling (Genjūan No Ki, 1690) and in his famous travelogue Narrow Road to the Deep North (Oku No Hosomichi, 1694).  The half-dozen haibun in John Ashbery’s A Wave (1984) were the inspiration for the pieces in Midnight’s Marsupium.]

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Big Other Contributors’ News, #23

It’s been a while since I’ve posted news of all our various goings on and whatnot. But everyone at Big Other has been up to all kinds of great things.

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Happy Birthday, Big Other!

With sites (especially blogs, I’d imagine) coming and going, resembling fairweathered friends with their weighty promises and concomitant lack of follow-through, and with evanescence and disposability, perhaps, being two of the internet’s primary characteristics, an internet year must be to an in-real-life year as what a dog year is to a human year. But it’s not for these reasons I’m happy to say that Big Other is celebrating its first year today.

A year ago, thinking about how frustrating it was to find a place that invited dialogue (and by “dialogue” I mean the concept formalized best, for me, by Paulo Friere, that is, a nexus that allows, encourages, fosters communication characterized by respect and equality, where diversity of thought is encouraged, where understanding and learning are privileged over mere judgment, although conclusions and sound and informed discernment, that is, sound judgment, and maybe even wisdom, may, in fact, result); thinking about how many blogs encourage stereotypes, discord, stupidity, inanity, macho posturing, and self-reflexiveness, blogs that are havens of groupthink, blogs that are really just another kind of mirror, mirror, on the wall, blogs that are really just digitized lint in an electronic navel; thinking about how I wanted something different from all that noise, I launched Big Other with the idea of it being what I, in some kind act of faith, called “an online forum of iconoclasts and upstarts focusing its lens on books, music, comics, film, video and animation, paintings, sculpture, performance art, and miscellaneous nodes and sonic booms,” a place to “explore how we are made and unmade by images, language, and sound; examine computer-mediated worlds; and dance along with various tumults, genre- and other border-crossings, trespassings, transgressions, and whatever, nevermind.” And I have to say that I haven’t been disappointed. Big Other has become all those things for me, and so much more, and by “so much more,” I mean, it has truly become a conduit for meeting many incredible people in person, and so, I really can’t wait to see what comes next for us.

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Big Other Contributors’ News, #22

J.A. Tyler has new pieces in Word Riot, Prick of the Spindle, decomP, and The Diagram, and three pieces at jmww:  HERE, HERE, and HERE. And a review/interview of PEE ON WATER, by Rachel Glaser appears in Rumble. And his novella INCONCEIVABLE WILSON was reviewed at The Collagist.

Northwestern University Press released Davis Schneiderman’s new novel Drain on June 30. More info HERE.

Stacy Muszynski is obsessed with liminal space. Read about it at jmww. More journeys at the owls.

John Madera‘s fiction: “Some Varieties of Being and Other Non Sequiturs” will appear in the Fall 2010 issue of Conjunctions. Check out a preview of the issue’s lineup HERE. His interview with Lance Olsen appears in Rain Taxi Review of Books, Summer 2010. He edited the flash fiction section of the Summer 2010 issue of jmww. Here’s a link to his introduction.

Michael Leong‘s e-chapbook of N+7 poems, The Great Archivist’s / Cloudy Quotient, was recently published by Beard of Bees Press.  Also check out his new poem “Epiphenomenal Epithalamium,” which will be featured for a week (along with an editorial exegesis) at LEVELER starting July 4th.
Paul Kincaid‘s review of Lifelode by Jo Walton appeared at Strange Horizons, as did his joint review of Cheek By Jowl by Ursula K. Le Guin and Imagination/Space by Gwyneth Jones. His review of Terminal World by Alastair Reynolds was at SF Site.

Jac Jemc has new poetry out in the new issues of La Petite Zine and Bone Bouquet.

A D Jameson has three new pieces online: “Whisper, Current, Gust” in alice blue review, “Lamentations 1” in Requited, and “The Walls of Uruk”, an excerpt from his forthcoming novel Giant Slugs, in Action, Yes.

Greg Gerke reviewed Kim Chinquee’s Pretty at The Rumpus.

Writer’s life: dicey life

https://i2.wp.com/www.infoniac.com/uimg/gamble-throwing-dice.jpgI write all day long. Rarely do I write my own fictions all day long, however. Those I save for sundown, or for when I’m supposed to be rockin the Zs. Responsible civic living has done its number on my head. No doubt.

I’m thinking about this a lot lately.

I was thinking about this back in December, when I asked Laura van den Berg (at ASF’s blog), What has been the hardest lesson–or the best–for you to learn in your writing life?

She hit it so quick it almost didn’t hurt: “Self-doubt.”

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