Sunday, August 19, 2012


I finally got around to reading No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July.  She's known for her films, mostly, but who else is original enough in fiction to set a swimming lesson in a kitchen? 

Some favorite passages:

“It is terrible to have to ask for anything ever. We wish we were something that needed nothing, like paint. But even paint needs repainting.” 

“We don't really believe in mowing the lawn; we do it only to avoid unnecessary engagement with the neighbors.”

“Look at the sky: that is for you. Look at each person's face as you pass on the street: those faces are for you. And the street itself, and the ground under the street, and the ball of fire underneath the ground: all these things are for you. There are as much for you as they are for other people. Remember this when you wake up in the morning and think you have nothing.” 

“But, like ivy, we grow where there is room for us.” 

"That day I carried the dream around like a full glass of water, moving gracefully so I would not lose any of it."

And, one that's not from the collection, but about her writing:

“The idea that you might end up in a job that doesn’t allow you to be who you are, over the course of a lifetime, is still one of the most chilling nightmares to me. It’s a good metaphor for fears I have about losing my soul in some accidental, mundane way. So, to me, these jobs that my characters have are very loaded. They immediately suggest a complex character to me, a woman who is, say, a secretary, but also a vigilante on behalf of her own soul."

Yes, m'am. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

food reading

BBQ and Civil Rights in Selma, Alabama
Food and Memory: A BBQ Homecoming, by Tad Bartlett 

Vietnamese food in New Orleans and its origins linked to the fall of Saigon/immigration exile
by Rien Fertel

Thursday, August 9, 2012

city park's abandoned golf course route

Above are photos from a recent bike ride through City Park's abandoned golf course. It's overgrown and packed with cypress, oak, swamp, and lizards. So, yes, it's truly beautiful.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

the moth

Check out this super slick video about The Moth that premiered on the Carson Daly show

Sunday, August 5, 2012

finalist news

I recently got the news that I'm top-twenty finalist in the novel-in-progress category for Narrow Pilgrim in the 2012 William Faulkner -William Wisdom Competition. This prize is open to anyone, anywhere but is part of Words and Music, a New Orleans literary festival developed by Faulkner House Books. The finalists are culled from two cuts after hundreds of applicants and sent to an agent. Regardless of what comes of it, it's exciting to see my novel moving so far along the reader's hands and up to the final duel. 

Friday, August 3, 2012

unchained promo

Sit back and check this promo video of the past two Unchained tours. We've been tossing back cut after cut and here it is, at last, ready for the world. Also, I'm going on the September tour through NC, SC, TN, and GA. I swear that the thought of winding through the Appalachian trail in the Blue Bird is keeping me up at night. Can not wait! Our ongoing band, Shovels and Rope, has a new record out and the track Birmingham is free for a limited time on ITunes. It's the track playing toward the end of the video.

Unchained from Matt Perry on Vimeo.