If so, may I direct your attention to the October 1st edition of the New York Times‘ “Room for Debate,” in which sometime Unlikely contributor Dr. Ellen Brown and seven other clever analysts discuss the possibility of public banking for individuals in the US. Check it out, and look for more on public banking and Ellen Brown in Unlikely soon!
Archive for the ‘Miscellany’ Category
by: Lindsey Thomas
When the protagonist in Bud Smith’s short story “Scout” feeds his girlfriend’s “new puppy” a goat in the middle of the woods, I was hooked.
When I was working as an editor at Red Fez, this story stood out among the endless stream of submissions pertaining to hunting, bar fights, and sexual conquest, and the poetry written by Bukowski cultists/whatever awful style of poetry is created when a suicide note is cut up and sliced with erotica/excerpts of Led Zeppelin songs. Bud has an absurd sense of humor with a wide appeal based on pop culture, the plight of working people, strip mall culture and American decay.
Not too long after I read “Scout,” it appeared in Or Something Like That. This collection of short stories contains some of my other favorite Bud Smith stories. One of these is titled “Broadsword.” It’s about a D&D Master who loses his prized weapon and is compelled to carry around a scalding cup of coffee to throw in someone’s face in case he feels threatened. Mid-crisis, his mother rolls to the top of the stairs and says “Lets go get some soda, buy two get two free.” After he questions whether or not this is a healthy idea, she replies, “They already took my legs, I’d hate to live a life without carbonation.”
“Everything” is about a college student whose employment assignments sometimes include working as a clown or a princess to entertain children at birthday parties. Her father says he’s worried about her because “clowns usually become alcoholics.” She worries about diseases she could possibly contract from biting children or the injuries caused by boys on BMX bikes, who violently attack while she’s waving at cars and dressed in a giant cowboy helmet. Everything stops when the head is removed and they realize they are beating up a girl. At that moment, she considers the card in her pocket that says “Temptations.” After she is paid to wear a Cinderella costume at a child’s birthday, a kid’s mom tells her that she has great tits and asks: “Have you ever considered stripping?”
An unemployed man tries to make some extra money during the holidays by selling Christmas trees in his neighborhood in the story “Arboles de Navidad.” He doesn’t realize that one of the challenges of the business will include a homeless person who will steal trees and sell them for a fraction of the price across the street.
Although Or Something Like That is hilarious and very engaging, it is self-published and someone with a scrutinizing editorial eye will notice some rough patches. Bud’s strength doesn’t come from an MFA in creative writing or isolating himself in a Vermont cabin in to write an overbearing opus; but from his eye for the ridiculous details of everyday life.
Come meet Unlikely staffers Frankie Metro and Lindsey Thomas and former Unlikely staffer Jeffrey Spahr-Summers! Come hear great performances by Yuriy Tarnawsky, j/j hastain, Tom Bradley, and Marthe Reed! And come check out our brand-new Unlikely Books: pleth by j/j hastain and Marthe Reed and We’ll See Who Seduces Whom by David Aronson and Tom Bradley!
As for me, I fly in on Wednesday, and will be wearing pants all the way through Sunday! But I will have a good time anyway if I get to meet you there! If you’re really nice, I’ll show you what I’ve been working on: a stanza of “This Wasted Land” by Marc Vincenz and Tom Bradley, converted into an Android app! I even promise not to wiggle my eyebrows at you while you look at it on my phone!
See you somewhere,
Hello, wonderful humans! Thanks to the hard work of Jeremy Hight and Willis Gordon, there’s a great new multimedia issue up at www.UnlikelyStories.org, featuring:
Introductions to Steve Roggenbuck, Laura Beloff, and Kim Asendorf with short films and interviews
An in-depth interview with Joe Davis by Jeremy Hight
Collections of still images by Joe Davis and Kim Asendorf
Collections of still images by Casey Reas and Andrew Bucksbarg, with brief interviews
A collection of four videos by “Famous New Media Artist” Jeremy Bailey with a brief interview
Stephenson Muret’s one act play on Chelsea Manning, “A Case of Public Indecency”
Dan Bluemel on the LAPD’s decision to trap anti-war protestors
Rich Wink on the rise of the English Defence League
and Willis Gordon writes “890 Words in Favor of Sodomy”
And hey there! We are weeks away from the &NOW Festival in Boulder, Colorado, where we’ll be releasing pleth by j/j hastain and Marthe Reed and We’ll See Who Seduces Whom by David Aronson and Tom Bradley! The artists and I have talked, we’ve heard from the Festival organizers, and it looks like, barring further flooding, these events will go on as planned. Learn more about them at http://unlikelystories.org/blog/content/?p=857 , and I hope to see you there!
In a few days, and thanks to the excellent work of Jeremy Hight and Willis Gordon, we’ll have a new multimedia issue of Unlikely Stories: Episode IV for your pleasure. For now, though, please delight in the knowledge of three forthcoming events:
I’m helping to organize this great set of two twenty-minute poetry readings this Saturday night, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in downtown Lafayette, Louisiana. They’ll be during downtown Lafayette’s monthly Art Walk — specifically, they’ll be during Lafayette’s September Art Walk, which is always dedicated to the late, great area artist Elemore Morgan, Jr. If you come to Lafayette occasionally, this Saturday will be the time — the visual art museums and galleries will be pulling out great presentations, and we’ll have an exciting and unique Acadian poetry show.
Then we’ll hop into a plane’s cargo bay for:
Unlikely staffers Frankie Metro, Lindsey Thomas, and myself will be descending, along with a host of extremely Unlikely writers and artists, on the University of Colorado Boulder for the &NOW Festival of experimental fiction and literature! We’ll be stirring up all kinds of nasty trouble, including our Denver night of visuals, poems, and vocalizations. On the night of Friday the 27th, we’ll be at the Mercury Café with Yuriy Tarnawsky, j/j hastain, Tom Bradley, and Jeffrey Spahr-Summers!
On Saturday evening, the party will culminate at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Café with the release of two fantastic books, pleth and We’ll See Who Seduces Whom. Those books will be available from Unlikely Books soon, so if you can’t make it to &NOW, you should get ready to buy them, instead! They will make you happy in your soul.
See you in the funny papers, at least the ones that get filed with reader opinions,