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Slideshows from Poets & Writers Magazine
This month, Tin House Books is publishing Zak Smith's memoir We Did Porn. Featuring over a hundred drawings by Smith, who received a lot of attention for his 2004 series, "Pictures of What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's Novel Gravity's Rainbow," the new memoir chronicles his journey into the Los Angeles alternative porn scene.View the Slideshow
Inspired by the idea that bookshelves offer a glimpse into their owner’s personal life and interests, last year Australian artist Victoria Reichelt undertook a series of oil-on-canvas paintings based on photographs of random shelves and collections of books.View the Slideshow
Covers, photographs, correspondence from contributors, and other ephemera from the archive of Steve Luttrell, the founding editor of the Café Review, a twenty-year-old literary journal in Portland, Maine.
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Matthew Gallant, an English teacher at Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow, New Hampshire, wrote to us just before the new year with a story of how he struggled to get his students to do something constructive during the two days before Christmas break. Classes had been cancelled for more than a week due to power outages caused by a massive snow storm that had blown through the region.
"Since my classes had either just finished books before the storm, or had already been assigned work due after the official holiday break, I had two days to fill, using only my creativity, a photocopier, and any resources at hand," Gallant wrote. "I had just the day before received my January/February 2009 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, and was skimming the Small Press Points column when I happened across the section on Erasure. I had the magazine in my bag, deftly made 105 copies of page 18, passed it out to my students for our classes, read it with them, emphasized the important parts for understanding, and said, 'Go! It'll be collected at the end of the period.'" Below are some of the their erasures.View the Slideshow
As more readers choose a nifty gadget like the Amazon Kindle or the Sony Reader over a hefty new hardcover; a simple e-mail from a subscription service like DailyLit over a letterpress chapbook; or a flashy iPhone application such as Stanza over the soft dog-ears of a well-worn paperback, those who still appreciate and even celebrate those objects made solely of paper, ink, and glue will likely respond to the work of forty-nine-year-old painter Richard Baker.View the Slideshow
Despite its poverty and dispiriting censorship, Myanmar is a highly literate country. Last spring freelance writer Stephen Morison Jr. traveled to Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar, to visit its many bookstores and interview some of the local authors. He was there for only three days before Cyclone Nargis swept across the country, killing nearly 85,000 people.View the Slideshow
We asked readers to submit photos of their writing spaces. The creative habitats captured in these images reflect each writer's unique approach to finding inspiration, motivation, and focus.
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