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Thursday, September 4th, 2008
6:24 am - I'm pretty stoked about this endeavor...
This one here.

It's the brilliant brain-fruit of Nic Sebastian, I cannot take credit for the good idea. It's partially in response to Stacey Lynn Brown's terrible experiences, and partially in response to Reb Livingston's challenge to poets to take their publishing destiny into their own hands. It's a good idea. A very good idea. And I am lucky and blessed to be a part of it.

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Thursday, August 21st, 2008
1:31 pm - Goodbye, Switzerland
I hardly knew ye.

Plane leaves at 10 am tomorrow, one connecting flight for which we have about an hour and a half to schlepp thru customs with baggage and cats, recheck all, and get on a plane to Austin. We arrive in Austin about 5 pm I think. First item on the agenda-- eat one or all of the following: a good rare burger, sushi, excellent tex-mex food.

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Sunday, August 17th, 2008
8:30 pm - Things I've done recently...
I spent Friday evening with the poet and translator Andrew Shields in Basel. We had a really nice time and I got to finally meet his lovely wife and hilarious kiddies.

I spent Saturday 'helping' Axel tape up boxes. By helping I mean watching.

Today I spent the afternoon with the poet Susana Gardner and her cute little girl Stella. I will miss these folks greatly when I leave.

I'm trying to sort books into mailable boxes. This involves schlepping and weighing and all manner of packing contortions.

I come back to the States on Friday.

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Saturday, August 16th, 2008
3:14 pm - Curls Gone Wild!
What happens when I brush my hair:

Also, what happens when you decide to go for a run in a rainstorm. The integrity of my poncho has been compromised, however, as it didn't keep me dry AT ALL.

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Friday, August 15th, 2008
11:43 am - I posted
a more in-depth and gushing ode to my love of Old Time Radio over at the Best American Poetry Blog, if anyone is interested.

Yeah, I'm guessing not. :)

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Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
3:01 pm - Especially for Rusty
Because, it's impossible to listen to this song and not be charmed into some kind of a mood that isn't the mood I was in previously. It's an incredibly clever and dirty song. Which I love.

But, this is also especially for the ladies. Because, inasmuch as I can tell from his trousers, this man is, um... yeah.

I think Barry Adamson is the second coolest man alive.

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Monday, August 11th, 2008
7:54 pm - Take the time
and listen to THIS.

As you may or may not know, I have a love- nay, lust- for old time radio programs. This is a program from a bit later than I usually like-- I most prefer programs from the war years-- but it's a dramatization of a Ray Bradbury story and it's one of my favorites.

If you like that one, this one is pretty creepy too.

But my favorite program is The Whistler. Here is a nice example of a typical Whistler program. It's hokey, predictable, overwritten, and wonderful, wonderful.

You have no idea how much time I spend listening to this stuff. I mostly don't listen to music, it's these programs.

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Sunday, August 10th, 2008
1:53 pm - That's MY Homegurl
who done won the Rollerderby Prize!

So you should all go and buy a copy of the new issue of Barrelhouse because it's awesome, and Louisa's awesome, and there's all sorts of awesomeness to be had all the way around!


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Monday, July 28th, 2008
1:02 pm - plans for the week
I've been not so much satisfying the 'explorer' side of myself lately. So I have two goals this week. The first is to go check out a castle that's been hanging out in the not too far away countryside for about 800 years. The second is to go to the Swiss Highland Games this weekend. If you know me, you know how hot I get thinking of sweaty kilted men tossing cabers. I'm beyond ready for that exhibition.

My sleep hygiene has been, in a word, atrocious. I'm not mainlining coffee or any other sort of stimulant, I simply can't sleep. More precisely, I can't fall asleep. Once I get tired enough, I can sleep until forever. For example, last night I didn't fall asleep until about 6 am this morning, and I woke at just about noon. Ok, not brilliant, but the way I've been not-sleeping, I'm counting it as a true success.

And this sort of off-kilter sleep is not conducive to dreaming. And I needs me dreams.

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
9:37 pm - Austin people--
I need a favor. The next time you go to Central Market or Whole Foods-- would someone please check and see if I can get Psyllium Husks there? The stuff I'm looking for looks like THIS.

I've bought psyllium in both powder and capsule form in the US before, but I'm looking for these specific little flea-looking black seeds. They work wonders and I _MUCH_ prefer them to the powdery nasty stuff. I haven't looked for them in the states excepting at the drug stores, and there you can only get the powder or the capsules which I find to be sub-par. So the next time anyone is at Central Market or Whole Foods-- could you take a moment and seek these out for me and see if they are readily available or if I gots to schlepp a bunch back with me? Hancock HEB might also have them, if they are to be had. They have a decent health-food section.

Some of you know this already, but for those who don't: I am moving back to the states in about a month. I've been looking for an academic job for a long time, and it's impossible to find one from not-in-the-states. Axel will be staying in Switzerland. It's ok. It really is all ok. Except for it being a major pain in the ass to move.

But: I'm trying to figure out what products I have grown used to and like I can also find in the states. Like: there is a pen I like here that I've never found in the states. So I shall stock up on those as well. Unfortunately, I won't be bringing my magic super coffee pot with me, which makes me sad, sad. Julie, don't you have one of those magic awesome coffee pots that you can use refillable capsules in? I am kinda remembering a post you made a while ago about it. What's the brand?

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7:52 pm - tardy in pointing to this...
This week, Reb Livingston is the guest blogger at the Best American Poetry Blog. She interviews No Tell Books authors, and asks them the questions you are jonesin' to know. Be sure and scroll through to catch all of her entries.

She interviews me here, and be sure and check back in on Friday when she will answer the questions that _I_ posed!

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Thursday, July 10th, 2008
9:05 pm - NECROPOLIS
for sale here !

Thanks to Neil Ellis Orts, my supportive and handsome editor-- this book has been a looooong time coming. Like, say, a man with ED.

(Too much?)


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Monday, July 7th, 2008
11:02 pm - I'm sooooo wicked...
Got me tickets to two more Nick shows on the american tour-- San Francisco, 19 and 20 September.

I actually have a spare ticket for 20 September (a sold out show!). Anyone want to join me?

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008
10:05 pm - On its way...

Clickity-click here for more information

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Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
9:35 pm - today's workout
was a kinda lame bike ride, but the day before i walked, and the day before i ran, so im trying to mix it up. i wasn't even going to go, but i decided i would go for as long as i felt like it, even if it was only ten minutes. because something is better than nothing.

doesn't the round part of my ride look kinda like france?

Media update: season 2 of The Facts of Life, and the movie Space Camp. Sigh. I know, I know.

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2008
3:57 pm - two things
First, a DIFFERENT pair of JWs came by this afternoon. So I gots more Watchtowers than I know what to do with.

Second, this article.

I fucking love Nick. And it's shit like this that makes me love him more.

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3:15 pm - got in trouble at the grocery store
was taking photos at the pretty new coop for a blog entry on the bap blog i was thinking of titling ''inadvertently funny food" when some guy who works at the store came up and wanted to know why I was taking all the pictures and told me for security purposes, i wasn't allowed to take pictures of anything with the price showing. Uh, ok.

This is how the terrorists win, Jill! By you taking pictures of food with prices!

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10:32 am - yesterday workout
no map, as i did it in the woods and it's too difficult to figure out on google earth. Mostly I ran / walked about in circles. I tried to stay in the shade, as it was 90 fucking degrees outside. I was gone for an hour and 20 minutes, of that, I jogged 52 minutes, with those 28 minutes of walking in betwixt. I worry that it doesn't count as exercise, but my sore, tired arse tells me otherwise today.

In other news, the Jehovah's Waitresses came to visit me this morning. Whatever. I chat with them, I take their watchtowers. I move on.

My hair is so freaking long and thick now that I cannot be bothered to comb it or fix it on a regular basis. No, really. I just smooth it down and bun it up, unless i am going out to someplace that isn't the grocery store. Seriously considering cutting it, but I won't because this is the most hair I've ever had and in the spirit of that, I'd like to see how far I can take this ridiculous jill-fro.

Media update:

The Thomas Crown Affair (original with Faye D and Steve McQ)-- nice.

I could never be your woman-- the best new film you haven't seen-- seriously, I liked this movie a lot. Paul Rudd and Michelle Pfeiffer. Really good. It went straight to DVD, so that's why no one heard of it. Very sweet and sexy.

Hustle and Flow. I am in love with Terrence Howard. Really I am. And I love this movie.

Perfume story of a murderer-- eh.

Semi-Pro (did I mention this one already?)-- eh. Best Will Ferrell movie ever? Talledega Nights. Hands down.

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Saturday, June 21st, 2008
9:04 pm - workout and media updates, number umpteen...
So I got up nice and early this morning (hmmm, 5:45 ish) but I decided to punt on a morning jog as Axel is out of town and it was nice to have the house to myself. So I tole myself I would joggity-jog later. At 5 pm I draped the ole running clothes on my body and went out. Holy fucking crap. It was HOT. This is Switzerland, people. Right, it's the solstice, longest day of the year, etc. But it's still Switzerland. It was in the upper 80s with 38% humidity. So 15 minutes into the jog, I turned it into a walk. I ain't even gonna bother with a map. I'm still sweating.

I also took a 30 minute bike ride, just to keep myself honest.

Media updates. I watched the Harrison Ford movie Firewall (dumb), and Will Ferrell's Semi Pro (also dumb but it made me laugh). While I ate supper (sorry Joseph :) ) I watched the first half of the original Thomas Crown Affair with -- hubba hubba-- Steve McQueen. Steve McQueen is my favorite movie star of all time. That man knew how to look good on a screen.

I also have been downloading more Phil Hendrie shows. Classic shows. Am I the only person (besides, again, Joseph) who thinks Phil Hendrie is the funniest motherfucker on the planet? Well, he IS. I used to be on his Wall of Female Listeners (I was number 35, if I remember correctly), though it's gone from his website now. One of these days I will write a long piece about my love affair with the radio, but not today.

In other news: Necropolis got sent to the printer!

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2:22 pm - Nick in Berlin
Singing Tupelo. This is really nicely filmed.

Same show, different cameraman. This is the song he dedicated to The Harlot. You can tell where I am standing cause I gets pointed at and growled at lots. :) I can't, unfortunately, find a video that includes the shout-out. Ah well.

I'm really really jonesin' to see Nick again, and sooner than September.

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