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Writing Sites for Posting Work Online and Getting Good Feedback

Anonymous asked: I don’t think you answered my previous question. Do you or your followers know of any quality writing sites? I want to post my work online and receive good feedback.

Here’s a decently long list:

Plenty of Tumblrs also post writers’ work and give feedback:

More sources for publishing online and getting feedback:

Also, we have answered a question similar to this one before. You can find it here, though we’ve added all the links from that response to this one. Thank you for your question!

Did we miss one (or a dozen)? Tell us here!

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Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian Dettmer carves one page at a time. Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or dictionaries is relocated or implanted, only removed. Dettmer manipulates the pages and spines to form the shape of his sculptures. He also folds, bends, rolls, and stacks multiple books to create completely original sculptural forms.

Art by Brian Dettmer.

Hello ALL….

So….Here is a super SWELL interview with “Your’s Truly" (Ron Ulicny) that I did recently with the very cool Literature, Arts, & Culture Magazine: ANOBIUM….(on tumblr HERE)

http://anobiumlit.com/2012/08/02/wear-a-sturdy-helmet-an-interview-ron-ulicny-artist/

Check it out if you just happen to be a fan of my work or if you just plain ‘ol have nothing else better to do for a minute or two….Thank you so much to everyone for all your support….it keeps it going!!!….. :D

I got to talk about my personal top 5 albums, films, and books of the year for Anobium. Here are mine. Read the rest of the staff’s picks here

TOP 5 ALBUMS

1. Perfume Genius: Put Your Back N 2 It (Matador, 2012) – Mike Hadreas’ haunting ballads travel deep into the dark lands of trauma, abuse, and personal struggle, and emerge offering moments of light. A short, searing record that lingers long after the final strains fade.

2. Bat for Lashes: The Haunted Man (Parlaphone, 2012) – The production on Natasha Khan’s latest record is as stark and austere as its cover art. These songs vibrate with the intimacy of a woman processing a failed relationship and finding a kind of transcendence in its aftermath.

3. The Walkmen: Heaven (Fat Possum Records, 2012) – This album resurrects the urgency of 2004’s excellent Bows and Arrows, layered with a stately wisdom afforded by the intervening years. A dramatic slow burn.

4. The Tallest Man on Earth: There’s No Leaving Now (Dead Oceans, 2012) – Kristian Matsson’s follow-up to The Wild Hunt may displease purists with its lush instrumentation, but it is hard to resist this rhythmic, poignant, and urgent record and its elliptical and rapturous treasures.

5. Niki & The Dove: Instinct (Sub Pop, 2012) – This Swedish duo calls to mind the heat of Stevie Knicks and Kate Bush’s breathy abandon, without feeling retro or derivative. This debut album is fresh and thrilling.

TOP 5 MOVIES

1. Into the Abyss (Werner Herzog, 2011) – Herzog follows two men convicted of a triple homicide, one on death row and one with a life sentence. He offers a sober, quiet narration of the weeks leading up to one convict’s execution and the impact on the lives of those that the murders affected, including the families of the victims and the families of the convicts in the small Texas city of Conroe.

2. Of Gods and Men (Xavier Beauvois, 2010) – French film that tells the story of nine Trappist monks who were kidnapped and executed during the 1996 Algerian Civil War. They are beheaded in winter and the final sequence of the men being marched out in the snow is heartstopping. A somber, beautiful, provocative film about faith and war and ultimately, too, about love.

3. Rachel Getting Married (Jonathan Demme, 2008) – Kym’s arrival from rehab for the occasion of her older sister’s wedding reveals the complicated dynamics of family history and dependence. This is a sad, quietly incandescent film about love and forgiveness, loss and redemption.

4. Take This Waltz (Sarah Polley, 2012) – How does the fantasy of romance and desire compete with the domestic realities of a marriage after the honeymoon is over? A young writer struggles with her desire for a handsome stranger as her five-year marriage shows signs of collapse. A touching film about love and desire and the very human impulse to be seduced by the promise of the new at the risk of what is known.

5. Melancholia (Lars von Trier, 2011) – The title describes the emotional state of a young bride and is also the name of a rogue planet that is on a collision course with the Earth. A study of severe depression that is at turns absurd and terrifying. Released at the end of 2011, this film about apocalypse – in the grandest sense as well as on the scale of personal breakdown – seems a suitable film to haunt 2012.

TOP 5 BOOKS

1. Bluets (Maggie Nelson) Wave Books, 2009 – An urgent, pulsing book composed of 240 numbered fragments. An obsessive interrogation of love and its limits. A document of struggle and despair, but ultimately, a testament to a quiet resilience that allows the writer and the reader to move forward, even if haltingly: 
A warm afternoon in early spring, New York City. We went to the Chelsea Hotel to fuck. Afterward, from the window of our room, I watched a blue tarp on a roof across the way flap in the wind. You slept, so it was my secret. It was a smear of the quotidian, a bright blue flake amidst all the dank providence. It was the only time I came. It was essentially our lives. It was shaking.

2. Speedboat (Renata Adler) Random House, 1971, to be re-released NYRB Classics in 2013 – Darkly comic, energetic dispatches from a disjointed social reality of decades past that in many ways, resembles our own. A witty, abrupt, cool-eyed assessment of the people, places, and times of a young journalist in the late 1960s: 
Nobody died that year. Nobody prospered. There were no births of marriages. Seventeen reverent satires were written – disrupting a cliche and, presumably, creating a genre. That was a dream, of course, but many of the most important things, I find, are the ones learned in your sleep.

3. Alien vs. Predator (Michael Robbins) Penguin Books, 2012 – These poems are exuberant and fearless and sharp. They suggest an utter giddy freedom with their unexpected juxtapositions and high culture/low culture mash-ups. They are vulgar and witty. They are playfulness and swagger. There is bravado and importantly, there’s also great heart: 
The Smallest Accredited Zoo in the Nation
Let’s go to Laurie in our Eye in the Sky
for a look at traffic. Thanks, Don.
It’s an hour in from the Hut of Intelligent Design
to the saddest tapir in the nation.
Nothing left of the Sharper Image but ashes.
All fall down, Laurie? All fall down, Don.

4. Are You My Mother? (Alison Bechdel) Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012 – Beautiful graphic novel that explores the author’s relationship with her mother. It is heady, weaving in literary criticism and psychology, but its emotional power comes from a careful and rigorous treatment of her own motivations and actions and a great sense of empathy and compassion for her family members, who are presented as whole and complicated people. Haunting and memorable: 
My depression at age twenty-six lasted only a few weeks. But as a child I used to experience occasional fleeting pangs of a terrible sadness. They almost happened in church… As an adult, I have continued to experience these brief spasms of melancholy — and worse — on some of the rare occasions I’ve attended church… and also sometimes after sex.

5. Three Novels (Agota Kristof) in collection, Grove/Atlantic, Inc., 1997 – A trilogy of three short novels: the Notebookthe Proof, and the Lie. Stark and brutal, the prose is stripped of all sentimentality, which makes the descriptions of the horrors of wartime all the more shocking and haunting. These books interrogate the nature of identity and truth and the act of storytelling itself: 
One day we hang our cat, a ginger tom, from the branch of a tree. As he hangs, he stretches and grows enormous. He has spasms and convulsions. When he isn’t moving anymore, we cut him down. He lies sprawled on the grass, motionless, then suddenly gets up and runs off.  “Don’t worry, Grandmother, we’ll take care of the mice.” We make traps and down the mice we catch in boiling water.

WALLPIECE I-III, 2009. burnt sugar (liquid), Maple, MDF, swimmingpool coating.

80 x 60 x 3,5 cm.
35 x 45 x 3 cm.
120 x 90 x 4 cm.

An object whose volume consists of viscid burnt sugar, melted due to air moisture while being another work of art. Put on the wall immediately before the opening reception, the content slowly starts to flow out. exhibit view

Installation by Jonas Etter.

2014 IN REVIEW

I’ve written this post about four times, but tumblr keeps deleting my drafts. Alas. Here’s a recap of all of the films I watched in 2014.

104 movies (eck) / 52 weeks = 2 movies a week. Not ideal, but life got in the way, alright?

Bolded films are notable entries and include both new films and repeat viewings.

The best movie I saw in 2014 was GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE.

  1. THE MAESTRO: KING OF THE COWBOY ARTISTS (d. Les Blank, 1995, USA) 1/1/2014
  2. PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (d. Peter Weir, 1975, Australia) 1/2/2014
  3. THE HORSE’S MOUTH (d. Ronald Neame, 1958, United Kingdom) 1/3/2014
  4. AUTUMN SONATA (d. Ingmar Bergman, 1978, Sweden) 1/5/2014
  5. ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES (d. Adam McKay, 2013, United States) 1/12/2014
  6. MY DINNER WITH ANDRE – d. Louis Malle, 1981, United States (1/20/2014)
  7. THE PERVERT’S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY – d. Sophie Fiennes, 2013, United States (1/25/2014)
  8. METROPOLITAN – d. Whit Stillman, 1990, United States – 1/30/2014*
  9. SCHIZOPOLIS — d. Steven Soderbergh, 1996, United States – 1/31/2014
  10. BAD LIEUTENANT (d. Abel Ferrera, 1992, United States) 1/31/2014
  11. HARD EIGHT (d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 1996, United States) 2/2/2014
  12. SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK (d. Charlie Kaufman, 2009, United States) 2/2/2014*
  13. HOUSE (d. Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1977, Japan) 2/3/2014*
  14. THE HOURS (d. Stephen Daldry, 2002, United States) 2/3/2014*
  15. O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? (d. Joel Coen, 2000, United States) 2/7/2014*
  16. BABY MAMA (d. Michael McCullers, 2008, United States)*
  17. INTOLERABLE CRUELTY (d. Joel Coen, 2003, United States)
  18. THREE COLORS: BLUE (d. Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1993, France)*
  19. THREE COLORS: WHITE (d. Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1993, France)*
  20. FARGO (d. Joel Coen, 1996, United States)*
  21. SING A SONG OF SEX (d. Nagisa Oshima, 1967, Japan)
  22. THE LADY EVE (d. Preston Sturges, 1941, United States)
  23. WAITING FOR GUFFMAN (d. Christopher Guest, 1996, United States)*
  24. CLUE (d. Jonathan Lynn, 1985, United States)*
  25. NEBRASKA (d. Alexander Payne, 2013, United States) 3/7/2014
  26. DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (d. Jean-Marc Vallée , 2013, United States) 3/7/2014
  27. GREENBURG (d. Noah Baumbach, 2010, United States) 3/8/2014
  28. MARGOT AT THE WEDDING (d. Noah Baumbach, 2007, United States) 3/8/14
  29. WISE BLOOD (d. John Huston, 1979, United States) 3/9/2014
  30. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (d. Joel and Ethan Coen, 2013, United States) 3/15/2014
  31. VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS (d. Jaromil Jireš, 1970, Czechoslovakia) 3/15/2014
  32. BARTON FINK (d. Joel and Ethan Coen, 1991, United States) 3/15/2014
  33. A WIND FROM THE SOUTH (d. Daniel Petrie, 1955, USA) 3/16/2014
  34. REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT (d. Ralph Nelson, 1956, USA) 3/18/2014
  35. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (d. Martin Scorsese, 2013, USA) 3/25/14
  36. BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! (d. Guy Maddin, 2006, Canada) 3/27/14
  37. DEFENDING YOUR LIFE (d. Albert Brooks, 1991, United States) 3/29/14
  38. UNFAITHFULLY YOURS (d. Preston Sturges, 1948, United States) 3/23/2014
  39. MY MAN GODFREY (d. Gregory La Cava, 1938, United States) 3/29/14
  40. PUBLIC SPEAKING (d. Martin Scorsese, 2010, United States) 3/23/2014
  41. WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (d. Pedro Almodovar, 1988, Spain) 3/21/2014
  42. HEAVEN CAN WAIT (d. Ernst Lubitsch, 1943, United States) 4/12/2014
  43. LOUIE BLUIE (d. Terry Zwigoff, 1985, United States) 4/12/2014
  44. THE WAR ROOM (d. D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, 1993, United States) 4/15/2014
  45. THE NAKED KISS (d. Samuel Fuller, 1964, United States) 4/12/2014
  46. CITIZEN RUTH (d. Alexander Payne, 1996, United States) 4/19/2014
  47. REAL LIFE (d. Albert Brooks, 1979, United States) 4/19/2014
  48. THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO (d. Whit Stillman, 1998, United States) 4/28/2014
  49. SUBMARINE (d. Richard Ayoade, 2010, United Kingdom) 5/10/2014
  50. WE OWN THE NIGHT (d. James Gray, 2007, United States) 5/17/2014
  51. INTERIOR. LEATHER. BAR. (d. James Franco and Travis Morrison, 2013, United States) 5/17/2014
  52. TO BE OR NOT TO BE (d. Ernst Lubitsch, 1942, United States) 5/25/2014
  53. ALL ABOUT EVE (d. Joseph Mankiewicz, 1950, United States) 6/7/2014
  54. THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (d. Wes Anderson, 2014, United States) 6/12/2014
  55. BRINING UP BABY (d. Howard Hawks, 1938, United States) 6/17/2014
  56. HIS GIRL FRIDAY (d. Howard Hawks, 1940, United States) 6/18/2014*
  57. (UNTITLED) (d. Jonathan Parker, 2009, United States) 8/9/2014
  58. ANNA KARENINA (d. Joe Wright, 2012, United States) 8/1/2014
  59. HAROLD AND MAUDE (d. Hal Ashby, 1971, United States) 8/1/2014*
  60. GHOST IN THE SHELL (d. Mamoru Oshii, 1995, Japan)*
  61. NAKED LUNCH (d. David Cronenberg, 1991, United States) 9/1/2014*
  62. THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS (d. Sean Branney, 2011, United States) 9/1/2014
  63. NEVER LET ME GO (d. Mark Romanek, 2010, United Kingdom) 9/5/2014
  64. THE COUNSELOR (d. Ridley Scott, 2013, United States) 9/6/2014
  65. DAMSELS IN DISTRESS (d. Whit Stillman, 2012, United States) 9/6/2014
  66. INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE:THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES (d. Neil Jordan, 1994, United States) 9/12/2014
  67. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (d. Joe Wright, 2005, United Kingdom) 9/14
  68. AMADEUS (d. Milos Forman, 1984, United States) 9/15
  69. TAMPOPO (d. Juzo Itami, 1986, Japan) 9/16
  70. MALA NOCHE (d. Gus Van Sant, 1985, United States) 9/16
  71. ANDRE GREGORY: BEFORE AND AFTER DINNER (d. Cindy Kleine, 2013, United States) 9/17
  72. STAY (d. Marc Forster, 2005, United States) 9/23
  73. SEX AND THE CITY: THE MOVIE (d. Michael Patrick King, 2005, United States) 9/21
  74. CORALINE (d. Henry Selick, 2009, United States) 9/23/2014
  75. THE FAMILY STONE (d. Thomas Bezucha, 2005, United States) 9/23/2014
  76. RATATOUILLE (d. Brad Bird, 2007, United States) 9/24/2014
  77. LIGHT GRADIENT (d. Jan Kruger, 2009, Germany) 9/26/2014
  78. A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME (d. Errol Morris, 1994, United States) 9/21/2014
  79. INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN UNDER SUSPICION (d. Elio Petri, 1970, Italy) 10/9/2014
  80. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (d. Ang Lee, 1995, United Kingdom)
  81. THE MAGIC FLUTE (d. Ingmar Bergman, 1975, Sweden)
  82. THE CORPSE BRIDE (d. Tim Burton and Mike Johnson, 2005, United States)
  83. ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS (d. Louis Malle, 1957, France)
  84. A LATE QUARTET (d. Yaron Zilberman, 2012, United States) 10/19
  85. THE NOTEBOOK (d. János Szás, 2014, Hungary) 10/15
  86. THE NEW WORLD (d. Terrence Malick, 2005, United States)* 10/22
  87. ARMY OF SHADOWS (d. Jean-Pierre Melville, 1969, France)* 10/25
  88. HER (d. Spike Jonze, 2013, United States) 11/1
  89. SNOWPIERCER (d. Bong Joon-ho, 2013, United States) 11/1
  90. NIGHTCRAWLER (d. Dan Gilroy, 2014, United States) 11/2
  91. PLIMPTON! (d. Tom Bean and Luke Poling, 2014, United States) 11/26
  92. RADIO DAYS (d. Woody Allen, 1987, United States) 11/15
  93. GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE (d. Jean-Luc Godard, 2014, France/Switzerland) 11/19
  94. BIRDMAN (OR THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE) (d. Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2014, United States)
  95. THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE (d. Marie Losier, 2012, United States)
  96. UNDER THE SKIN (d. Jonathan Glazer, 2013, United States) 12/6
  97. FEAR OF FEAR (d. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1975, Germany) 12/6
  98. CHINESE ROULETTE (d. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1976, Germany) 12/19
  99. ALTMAN (d. Ron Mann, 2014, United States) 12/21
  100. KEEP YOUR RIGHT UP! (d. Jean-Luc Godard, 1987, France) 12/20
  101. PORTRAIT OF JENNIE (d. d. William Dieterle, 1948, United States) 12/15
  102. THE BLUES ACCORDING TO LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS (d. Les Blank, 1968, United States) 12/28
  103. SPEND IT ALL (d. Les Blank, 1971, United States)
  104. THE STORY OF FILM (d. Mark Cousins, 2011, United Kingdom) all year

2015 goals - less filler. Weirder, stranger, foreign, unknown, unrepeatable, unique, challenging, boundary-pushing and more challenging films on the table. Move past comfort zones, stop watching movies made without care or concern for filmmaking and storytelling. Double the number of movies overall. Learn more about the mechanics of film and question films on their usage. Watch all of the 70+ movies on my external hard drive. See more things at repertory cinemas and try to see the new films worth my time.

That’s all. More film writing (and other things) at ANOBIUM. Less here.

$100 AMAZON GIFT CARD CONTEST!

To correspond with our release of Sebastian’s Relativity by Jonathan Greenhause, we are giving away $100 in Amazon credit and a FREE COPY OF ANOBIUM: VOLUME 1 (which features writing from Jonathan Greenhause, Joe Meno, and many others) [MSRP $12]. You can use the Amazon credit to buy a Shake Weight™, a Guardian Angel (to promote organ regeneration), or a Twin Peaks VHS collection. You can use A:V1 to explore your inner-space or set your table straight.

Starting today, (Oct. 17, 2011) and ending on Oct. 31, 2011 at 11:59 PM (CST), you have four different ways to participate in the contest. Each contest option counts as one entry. [That means you can have up to four entries!]

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anobium reading

Yo, yo! Thrilling life event alert!

I’m super pumped that I’m going to be reading at the Anobium Vol. 2 Release Party.

Concise Details Here:

February 4th, 2012
Deagan Music (1770 W Berteau)

Annah Browning
Benjamin Goluboff
Jacob Singer
Joe Meno
and others <———- That one’s me!

Full Details Here

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“The erosion of cultures – and of “culture” as a whole – is the theme that runs through the last 25 years of my artistic practice,” says Québécois artist Guy Laramée. His four-page CV details only a portion of his artistic career, which has included exhibits, collections, essays, interdisciplinary performances, and sculpture, stands as a testament to his dedication to art as a style of living.

I first learned of Laramee’s work through his photogenic Great Wall project. For this project, Laramee carved sculptures and landscapes into the books (photos of which are interspersed in this piece) comprising a hundred-volume historiographic series about the so-called “Great Wall of America.”

I contacted Laramee to ask if he would be open to a conversation about his work, and the work of art in general. What follows is the first part of a four-part conversation culled from a month-long e-mail interchange between Laramee and I where we talk about ideology, culture, belief, and most importantly, existence.

Read the interview here.