Frisch & Co.: One of the often overlooked considerations in the debate over the format of books (i.e. physical vs. digital) is the notion of accessibility–not the ability to pull up any and every of one’s books as whim dictates, but rather the ability to obtain and read books from places hitherto unknown and unexplored. Face it: one’s local bookstore specializes in the least engaging literature, chosen and advocated primarily for the sake of landing an easy gain. So the real, most astounding feat that the eReader revolution has achieved is that of paving a super-highway to works like those offered by Frisch & Co., works that require quiet consideration and challenge customers with unfamiliar names. Since April 2013, Frisch & Co. has introduced a new English translation at an average rate of once every two months. Readers who had forfeited hopes for the continued legacy of writers like Kundera, Kafka, Nabokov, and Banti now welcome a new wave of inspiration from the likes of Ruotolo, Azaustre, Busqued, and Bravi. While bookstores and electronics companies, “purists” and tech geeks continue battling over the significance of the rises and dips in sales of any given format of “the book,” EJ Van Lanen–founder of Frisch & Co.–slowly pounds out the only significant promise books ever gave: introducing readers to new worlds. *the Frisch & Co. logo is the property of and used by permission of Frisch & Co.
Supplementary reading materials are available for Songs for Ascent. In all fairness, we should acknowledge that Songs for Ascent is really more like the supplementary reading material for millennia of exposition on the Psalms of Degrees. But at the moment we consider that acknowledgement a nuance. The attached page samples are excerpted from The Pilgrim Psalms, by Stephen Cox, 1874 (Daldy, Isbister, & Co. in London). Songs for Ascent is available in ebook or print starting October 1, 2013.
John is a giant. I’ve never met him so I can’t say whether or not he’s tall. I imagine he’s tall in the way that I imagine all horseback riding, Colorado roaming, legendary poets are tall. The thing is that he’s a fantastic poet. He makes his readers feel things. Not on purpose, I suppose. It probably happens because he knows how to say he’s feeling things and that kind of clairvoyance infects his readers. And boy, do I love the depth of his characters. If I could be reincarnated, I would want to come back as one of the characters in his poems. They all have amazing lives. Anyways, all of this is meant to lead up to the announcement that John has two book-ish releases on October 1, 2013. The first, his own, is a collection of poems and short stories about fatherhood, entitled Know When to Hold ‘Em–which I initially mistook as a manual on counting cards. Sorry, John. The other book-ish release is Davey’s Songs for Ascent. John inaugurates the book of devotional poems with a perspective on the collection. And for his contribution Davey is eternally grateful. October 1, 2013: Know When to Hold ‘Em and Songs for Ascent, with a foreword by John D. Blase. You can find out more about John by visiting his website, The Beautiful Due: The Gospel According to John. You can pre-order (and later order) his book from Amazon.
Featured advice this morning on the Procrastiwriter: Shanan Haislip collects and shares advice on protecting time for writing. Haislip shares advice from three writers, including Davey Jones.
The title Inaugural Poet only applies to five people–Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, Miller Williams, Elizabeth Alexander and… Richard Blanco. Richard Blanco presented “One Today,” which you can see here, at the occasion of President Obama’s re-election. Blanco–displaced with his family from Cuba to Madrid to Miami–garnered even more widespread popularity from his appearance in a rare role at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. Reedley College in Fresno County, California (but seriously, what are the odds that such a small, rural community…) has invited Blanco to read at their campus on Thursday, April 18, 2013, in the college gym starting at 7:00pm.
If technicolor discovered quantum physics, could come to understand movement and change and perpetual effects; it if endured radioactive poisoning long enough to forfeit the Nobel prize because the committee refused to recognize his wife; if it accidentally discovered champagne or that cats’ eyes were primed to respond to motion and the contours of objects; if it surved the Bolshevik Revolution by the loyalties of family and friends voraciously memorizing every poetic morpheme to give it later re-birth; if it found wonder in sonogram displays, grace in the bent corner of a used book; it would look just like Mako’s art. Almost as good, anyway.