Friday, April 27, 2007
New Mexico ranked second. To find out who made it in the top 10, click here.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Read Toweill's entire review in a recent issue of GutCult.
To buy the book, visit the Red Morning Press website.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
The article cites this poem as an example of a body blazon:
by Thomas Hood
T'was in the middle of the night
To sleep young William tried
When Mary's ghost came stealing in
And stood by his bedside
Oh William dear, oh William dear,
My rest eternal ceases
For alas my everlasting peace
Is broken into pieces.
I thought the end of all my cares
would end with my last minute
But when I came to my last home
I didn't stay long in it
The body snatchers they have come
and made a snatch of me
Oh it's very hard those kind of men
won't let a body be.
The arm that used to take your arm
Is took by Dr. Weiss
And both my legs have gone
To walk the hospital at Guys.
As for my feet, my little feet
You used to call so pretty
There's one I know, in Bedford Row
The other's in the city.
I vowed that you should have my hand
and fate gave no denial
You find it there at Dr. Bell's
in spiritus and a vial.
I can't tell where my head is at
but Dr. Carpo can
As for my truck it's all packed up
to go by Pickford's van
I wish you'd go to Mr. P.
and save me such a ride
For I don't half like the outside place
he's picked for my inside.
The cock it crows, I must be gone
Dear William we must part
I'll be yours in death although
Sir Ashley has my heart.
Don't go to weep upon my grave
And think that there I'll be
For they haven't left an atom there
Of my Anatomy.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
POETRY: "Native Guard," by Natasha Trethewey.
Trethewey, a creative writing professor at Emory University, imagined the life of a former slave stationed at a fort off the coast of Gulfport, Miss., a former Union prison housing Confederate prisoners. The slave was charged with writing letters home for illiterate POWs and fellow soldiers. Trethewey, a Gulfport native who was a daughter of a black woman and white man, said she used the racial legacy of the Civil War to honor her mother and her personal history.--AB
Monday, April 16, 2007
Today’s topic: Makeready
Let’s say you get a quote from at printer for 500 books and 1,000 books. Let’s say the printer comes back to you and says they’ll print 500 books for $1,500 and 1,000 books for $2,000. Why does it cost relatively so little to print the extra 500 books?
One huge reason for the difference is the concept of “makeready.” Makeready is all the time and steps a printer takes to get the job set up and running. This includes getting the correct paper and printing plates on the press. Once that’s done, the pressman will start running the press, but the initial copies are waste (particularly on color jobs like book covers).
The reason is that when the paper starts running through the press and ink is applied, it takes time for the pressman to adjust ink levels to match the proof that the client (you) have approved. These “makeready” copies aren’t counted as part of your order. You typically never see them, but they are factored into the printer’s cost of doing business. Once the ink levels are up and the order is being printed, the quantity is a small cost for the printer. The presses run so quickly that it could take only minutes to print an extra 500 copies. The bulk of the cost is incurred by the printer up front, during makeready, and, except for paper costs, not so much during the actual printing.
Once the ink levels are up and the order is being printed, the quantity is a small cost for the printer. The presses run so quickly that it could take only minutes to print an extra 500 copies. The bulk of the cost is incurred by the printer up front, during makeready, and, except for paper costs, not so much during the actual printing.
The concept of makeready has a number of consequences for DIY publishers. For example, you can design a print job to run on your printer’s particular presses so you optimize factors like makeready. Or you can design a print job and then find the printer with the best equipment for that job. Not all presses run the same jobs equally, and not all printers are created equal.
The reason I thought about makereadies is because you rarely see the copies, but a printer my employer uses to print brochures recently sent us some with our regular job order. He probably did it by accident because makeready copies are generally unusable. They often look washed out, streaky and non-vibrant. For book publishers, this is mostly an issue with color covers, but even the black and white body of your books should have strong, crisp ink coverage.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Pain Fantasy, to be published by us imminently, will be Jason's second book. Check here often for updates.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Click here to read the story.
Click here to watch the actual music video.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Personally, I think he's overreacting. Even if you accept that National Poetry Month doesn't effectively support poetry, the idea that it actively hurts the genre is a stretch. In this essay, I think National Poetry Month is just a starting point for Bernstein, an excuse to criticize poetry that he doesn't like. What do you think?
Monday, April 9, 2007
Here's a writing exercise: Write a poem in which the speaker of your poem witnessed a murder but is afraid to reveal the identity of the killer.
Thursday, April 5, 2007
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Monday, April 2, 2007
On Tap: “Party Crasher: St. Patrick’s Day 2007”
Print Solutions: “Health Care Forms Undergo Revision"
P.S. If you’re having a party and live in the D.C. area, email me so I can crash it :)