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Performed by Steve Connell and Sekou Andrews, The Word Begins follows two men who discover "the power of words to define love, faith, race, and humanity in America." Directed by Robert Egan, the combination of theater, spoken word, and comedy show is playing at Brooklyn's Hip Hop Theater Festival.
Back in January we posted William Joyce and Branden Oldenburg's animated short film, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessermore. Now there's an interactive app that appears to capture all the magic and fascination of that beautiful story "of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor."
Hey, is that Bob Dylan? No, it's Dale Peck summoning his Subterranean Homesick Blues for the trailer for his novel The Garden of Lost and Found, the story of a young man who discovers he's inherited a building in New York City after the death of his mother, forthcoming from Mischief and Mayhem Publishing on August 15.
Wool, a science fiction series self-published last year by Hugh Howey and subsequently acquired by Random House UK for publication next January and optioned for film by director Ridley Scott and producer Steve Zaillian, is "the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge." The folks at Random House UK put together a pretty slick trailer; check it out.
On December 17, 1977, Charles Bernstein read poems from Senses of Responsibility and Shade on Public Access Poetry, a cable television series that aired in 1977 and 1978. While the quality isn't great in places (it was the seventies, after all), this and dozens of other clips offer a unique glimpse of poets such as Bernstein, Alice Notley, Ted Berrigan, Ron Padgett, and Bob Holman thirty-five years ago.
"I saw some shit that needed to be spoken, so I just said it." This and other priceless quotes are featured in this moving collage for an event by the Guild Literary Complex and the University of Chicago celebrating the life and work of pioneering poet Gil Scott-Heron, who passed away last May.
Julia Loktev's adaptation of a story by Tom Bissell (who was profiled in the magazine back in 2007) stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Hani Furstenberg as an engaged couple on a trek through Georgia, the country. The Loneliest Planet will open in theaters on October 26.
From the simple ("Carry a notebook everywhere") to the questionable ("Sing in the shower") to the essential ("Get away from the computer"), this motion graphics clip by Tofu Design is a pretty nifty reminder of ways we can stay creative during these long, hot summer days.
This student documentary project by Hanah Ryu Chung relies on interviews with individuals who are active in the Toronto print community, including Joanne Saul of Type Books, Stan Bevington of Coach House Books, and Michael Torosian of Lumiere Press, to explore the world of print and ask important questions about its future.