A man walks into a bar sits down stool spins him around so he stops face-to-face with the neat rows of bottles the whole holy chorus of browns/ambers/ochres/golds/yellows/crystals on each paper coaster a glass thunks and tinkles with ice-heaven-music the man shouts amen.
— Matt Tompkins, "A Man Walks into a Bar"
We’ve got a story in rounds today at apt!
In early summer 2011, we published a group of four poems by Liam Day, each inspired by a bus route in Boston. Since then, Liam has worked to produce a group of thirty poems, encapsulating the city’s history, then expanding beyond it, as the speaker moves within and without Boston’s city limits. We’re incredibly excited to announce that Liam’s book is now available to preorder, and the array of presale incentives include:
- a spread of AP poetry titles,
- a bus ride with Liam,
- Red Sox v. Yankees poems written just for you,
- a donation in your name to 826Boston,
- a one-on-one basketball game with the author (a former pro baller in Northern Ireland),
- and, for the flush and opulent-minded, a gala at the Boston Public Library wherein Liam will be named Honorary Poet Laureate of the MBTA, and will present a new poem dedicated to the donor. (Because who among us wouldn’t love to spend $5,000 in the name of literature?)
The presale will last through December 17, so get in now, and spread the word!
This book is going to be awesome.
Order it during the presale and get it for just $12—that includes shipping!
On Thursday night, we had the pleasure of visiting WORD in Greenpoint for the release party for Dolan Morgan’s That’s When the Knives Come Down. (Check out photos from the reading on WORD’s Tumblr, and a short video of Dolan’s reading on Instagram!)
If you’ve not yet had the pleasure of hearing Dolan read, we strongly encourage you to go to one of the following events:
Friday, Sept 5
Saturday, Sept 6
Akron, OH - Annabell’s Bar & Lounge - 6pm
The Big Big Mess Reading Series…Dolan reading with Natalie Eilbert and Caryl Pagel
Monday, Sept 8
Brooklyn, NY - Franklin Park - 8pm
Franklin Park Reading Series…Dolan reading with Marie-Helene Bertino, Scott Cheshire, and Justin Taylor
Hope to see you at one of the readings!
Randolph, Dolan, and I are reading in DC next Friday for the next Barrelhouse Presents event!
If you’re in the area, I hope to see you there. And even if you’re not, I hope you’ll spread the word!
Tonight in BK, Greenpoint’s own Dolan Morgan launched his new book, That’s When the Knives Come Down, in the excellent company of B.C. Edwards and Chelsea Hodson.
The Weekly WORD, Brooklyn
- On Wednesday, August 27th, at 7 p.m., May-Lan Tan (Girly), Chelsea Hodson (Pity the Animal), and Elizabeth Mikesch (Niceties) will take to the basement to share some of their deepest, darkest secrets … or maybe their genre-bending essays and stories. Either way, this is going to be great.
- Thursday, August 28th, at 7 p.m., we’re celebrating the release of That’s When the Knives Come Down by Greenpoint’s own Dolan Morgan. He’ll be joined by Chelsea Hodson (Pity the Animal) and B.C. Edwards (The Aversive Clause, The Standard Cyclopedia of Recipes). This is one night only, folks! Knives, cities, relationships, bodies, and absurdity for just one night!
- Sunday, August 31st, 2 p.m., marks the return of Gotham Writers Workshop. Hosted by Hasie Sirisena (Epoch, Witness, Bellevue Literary Review), this installment will focus on the fundamentals of writing craft. Don’t know where to start? Fearful of yet another false start? Don’t stress. Stop in. Your questions will be answered — and hey, you might even leave with some new pages in hand.
Say bye to August. Do it. Bye, August! Good. Hi, September. You’re looking nice. Hey, you look nice too. Want to hang out with us? Awesome, meet us at the bookstore. Don’t forget. In fact, you should sign up to receive text reminders about store events. For sure. It’s the only way.
The launch party for That’s When the Knives Come Down is tomorrow night at WORD in Brooklyn!
Come hear Dolan read alongside Chelsea Hodson and B.C. Edwards!
(Also, we’re making a rare NYC appearance, so if you’re there, we’ll hug the hell out of you. — CH & RP)
Be there for books and hugs!
"We keep the house half-lit because, once, they told us being inside a supercell feels like the world is ending, like the dark is trickling down."
— Elizabeth Breazeale
We’ve got a beautiful story this week at apt!
I love this story so much.
(Every day since Dec 15, 2013, I’ve been working on the fourth draft of a long (and getting longer) work-in-progress. The third draft had 52 chapters. It wasn’t a thing I could show to anyone because it didn’t make much sense. And the ending wasn’t there. It was there. It just wasn’t there. The third draft was around 95,000 words and 375ish pages. The fourth draft has 73 chapters. I’m 250 pages in. I’ve revised 14 chapters. It’s 500+ pages. I want to finish this draft by December 2015. I want someone else to be able to read it and understand what’s happening. I can do this.)
(I’ve also been working intermittently on a short story collection. It has six stories, all lengthy. It includes some experiments: a story about two sisters with an unhealthy bond—one works as a counselor, the other works [briefly] for NASA (100% done); a story about a woman who works in a meat packing plant and stops eating (99% done); a story that tracks a familial death drive over the course of three generations of women (100% done); a story about a guy haunted by his mother, tortured by his girlfriend, and worried sick about his grandmother (100% done, but 40% needs revision); a story about a flight attendant who wants to be a pilot and who regularly has sex with passengers (100% done, but 40+% needs revision) ; a fairly drastic revision of “The Mere Weight of Words,” retitled “Merely” (99% done). I’ll have to get both sixty-percenters up to at least 95% by May. I [think I] can do this.)
(I’ve been working diligently on four books (not mine). Dolan Morgan’s story collection, That’s When the Knives Come Down (just published on Aug 20), Liam Day’s poetry collection, Afforded Permanence (forthcoming from AP in December), the fifth issue of apt (dedicated entirely to long fiction (yay!), due in January 2015), and Susan McCarty’s story collection, Anatomies (forthcoming from AP in Summer 2015!). It’s been really rewarding. These books are going to kick ass, if they’re not already kicking.)
(I’ve designed the covers and interiors for Liam’s book and Susan’s book, and I’ve made the promo image for the October Literary Firsts reading. Soon, I will design apt 5. And that will be stunning.)
(Some syllabi revision. More fiction revision. Just in case you’re wondering how revising differs from writing—well, that’s tricky. Because I revise as I write, the actions are inextricable for me. But even if I didn’t revise right away, every new draft comes with new sentences, or old sentences with new words. So I like to think of revising as an opportunity to write again or to write brand new. So I’m always revising. I’m revising everything. To quote Randolph, “I’m writing the second draft of my life.”)
Awww, you tried so hard, but unfortunately I can’t hear you over the sound of my debt-free college degree and massive disposable income.
Last year, in total, British police officers actually fired their weapons three times. The number of people fatally shot was zero. In 2012 the figure was just one. Even after adjusting for the smaller size of Britain’s population, British citizens are around 100 times less likely to be shot by a police officer than Americans. Between 2010 and 2014 the police force of one small American city, Albuquerque in New Mexico, shot and killed 23 civilians; seven times more than the number of Brits killed by all of England and Wales’s 43 forces during the same period.Armed police: Trigger happy | The Economist (via kenyatta)
The explanation for this gap is simple. In Britain, guns are rare. Only specialist firearms officers carry them; and criminals rarely have access to them. The last time a British police officer was killed by a firearm on duty was in 2012, in a brutal case in Manchester. The annual number of murders by shooting is typically less than 50. Police shootings are enormously controversial. The shooting of Mark Duggan, a known gangster, which in 2011 started riots across London, led to a fiercely debated inquest. Last month, a police officer was charged with murder over a shooting in 2005. The reputation of the Metropolitan Police’s armed officers is still barely recovering from the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, an innocent Brazilian, in the wake of the 7/7 terrorist bombings in London.
In America, by contrast, it is hardly surprising that cops resort to their weapons more frequently. In 2013, 30 cops were shot and killed—just a fraction of the 9,000 or so murders using guns that happen each year. Add to that a hyper-militarised police culture and a deep history of racial strife and you have the reason why so many civilians are shot by police officers. Unless America can either reduce its colossal gun ownership rates or fix its deep social problems, shootings of civilians by police—justified or not—seem sure to continue.