Self-publishing: is it just the vanity press wearing a DIY mask? THIS IS NOT A TEST #46

Self-publishing – what is it? Why should you care? Well I don’t know, why should you care about anything? But if it doesn’t interest you, we also have renovations, elevators and what people write in them, pissing, the possibility of executing certain types of people (not you), housewives and uneducated dandies, being deemed worthy, Thomas Edison, the mimeograph, X-acto knives, The Nincompoop Quarterly, exposure for artists, Kinkos, anarchy, Achilles, amateurs, cream, burritos, lipstick, Amazon (not the river), pundits, gain, loss, Catcher in the Rye, Huckleberry Finn, Saturday Night Live and humanity as a whole.

Links mentioned in the episode:
mjp Books

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When are you too old to “rock”? THIS IS NOT A TEST #45

Rock and roll, who’s game is it? I can tell you. And what about Halloween? What’s up with that? Plus a love letter to Sonny Vincent, hate mail to prog rock, the joys of mindlessness, paternity suits, being the captain of your own pirate ship, walking a cat on a leash, interesting hats, true believers, flannel shirts, tar kettles, hallucinations, and Twitter. And yes, that is indeed a picture of Sonny wearing his Beatle boots with pajamas. As if to illustrate a point or something.

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Kill my boss? Do I dare live out the American dream? THIS IS NOT A TEST #44

The title is a quote from Homer Simpson, but don’t we find our truth in our comedy? While we talk about work we’ll also gossip about commuting, the skyway system in St. Paul, Bob Marley, counting songs, Greek philosophers, Martin Luther, farming, disease and death, Indians, craftsmen, the rise of the machines, factories, labor unions, computers, small printing shops, accountants, Walmart, pig farms, being a millionaire, meteors, getting a text during dinner, alien invasions, 16 weeks of vacation and stock options, gold watches and bite plates.

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Would you like to come up and see my etchings? THIS IS NOT A TEST #43

On tap today: collecting things, completism, Catcher in the Rye, TV Guide magazine, bottle caps, cat-eye sunglasses, Circus, CREEM and Rock Scene magazines, box rattlers, sealing things in hard plastic, View-Master, King Tut, silver dollars, binding sniffers, Mantle rookie cards, Electro Harmonix pedals, The Wormwood Review, The Wailers, Elvis tie racks, being no-nonsense and domesticating wolves.

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Rumors (not the Fleetwood Mac kind) – THIS IS NOT A TEST #42

Do you believe rumors? Of course you do. Where do they come from? Word has it we’ll also talk about kinescopes, spinning plates, being an eternal optimist, seeing ghosts, your Facebook feed, P.T. Barnum, Internet arguing, the liberal media, briefly trying to be good Lutherans, Rastafarians, being a feminist, a dictator’s stock in trade, pollen or tree droppings, faith, religions as rumors, salted fish, Mayor McCheese and coconut trees.

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Teeth: who needs ’em – THIS IS NOT A TEST #41

An oral history of my Teeth. Yes, teeth! Just one of life’s wonders and horrors that we all share. And you can’t talk about teeth without talking about Thunderdome, science and technology, surviving on 2 liter bottles of Coke and bowls full of jellybeans, stumps and crowns, implants (dental, not breast), royal decree, things you think are crazy until you do them yourself, being hypnotized out of your money, my psychology in particular or anyone’s psychology in general, being busy, going to Iceland, flying vs. the bus and the Grand Central Market downtown.

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The Guerilla Poetics Project – THIS IS NOT A TEST #40

An admittedly biased one-man oral history of the Guerilla Poetics Project, including tricky vampire doctors, sharks, unknown poets, databases, voting blind, Ginsu knives, explaining Netflix to a monkey, swag, pawn shops, mysterious collectives, going viral, human nature, ending strong, the extinction of retail book stores (maybe), vinyl LPs, The Beatles fan club and minor miracles.

Links mentioned in the episode:
Guerilla Poetics Project
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Bonus track! A list of all of the Guerilla Poetics Project poets:
Paul Adler, Kaveh Akbar, David Barker, Justin Barrett, Miles J. Bell, F.J. Bergmann, Luis C. Berriozabal, Ben Blackwell, Alan Catlin, Leonard J. Cirino, Glenn W Cooper, Christopher Cunningham, Jeff Fleming, Nathan Graziano, S.A. Griffin, Sharon Kessler, Karl Koweski, Richard Krech, Father Luke, Adrian Manning, C.O. Mccauley, Hosho Mccreesh, Brian Mcgettrick, Amanda Oaks, Bob Pajich, Kathleen Paul-Flanagan, Michael Phillips, C. Allen Rearick, Charles P. Ries, Owen Roberts, Ross Runfola, William Taylor, Jr., Dale Wisely.

 


New Mexico author & artist Hosho McCreesh – THIS IS NOT A TEST #39

An inebriated “interview” with author and artist Hosho McCreesh. Including discussion of telephones, Hot Pockets, the Guerilla Poetics Project, pre-established familiarity, Four Roses bourbon, apology and explanation, leaving your balls at Disneyland, buying fake purses in Juarez, all jobs are lousy, people who use typewriters are assholes, the shrinking world of the aging, binding books with Admiral Kurtz (a.k.a. Bill Roberts), writing running its course, being stuck on a tiny dust mote in a vast emptiness and lack of preparation.

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Hosho’s website (buy his book!)
Guerilla Poetics Project

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