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"People think I'm a writer of these very sad stories. Well, I wanted to write about something that was joyful and I wanted to write about how much people will sacrifice of their ambition in order to care for the people they love," says Chris Cleave, the best-selling author of Little Bee (2009), about his next novel, Gold, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster next summer.
The author of The Uncommon Reader (FSG, 2007) reads from "The Shielding of Mrs. Forbes," one of the two stories in his new collection, Smut, published earlier this year by Faber and Faber and Profile Books in England and forthcoming in the U.S. next month from Picador.
Kenneth Patchen's poem "A Biography of Southern Rain" is read over Billie Holiday's "Stormy Weather" in this moody video featuring some of the late poet's visual work. For more about Patchen's painted books, silk-screened broadsides, and "picture-poems," read The Written Image in the current issue.
A letterpress print by Richard Ardagh takes shape at New North Press in this short stop-frame video. For more examples of the punctuation mark in its many forms of contemporary usage, view Ampersands in the World. And read "Poets & Ampersands" by Kevin Nance in the current issue.
"He was so old-school he kicked dope strapped down in jail in West Hollywood," says author Jerry Stahl, who joins Henry Rollins and Amiri Baraka in this profile of the author of Last Exit to Brooklyn, Requiem for a Dream, The Demon, and The Room, now available as e-books from Open Road Media.
Director Marilyn Zornado presents an evening with the Insect Literary Society in this animated film featuring poems (read by Mr Spider, Mr. Dragonfly, Ms. Firefly, and Ms. Moth) from Inside the Rainbow Garden by Meme Marie Meyers, a poet from Portland, Oregon, who passed away last Tuesday.