Oh COME ON. MacBook Pro died again at the weekend. Now back up Powerbook 12" has kernel panics. Facepalm, headdesk, fail, fail, fail. &c.
Back in London from the Oxford Uni workshop. Bright minds! Good session. And the warm glow of supporting a brilliant initiative.
"You should come back next week - you're funny", so sayeth one of the young poets from my 'In Your Own Words' workshop at the weekend #RBKC
En route to Oxford University to run a workshop for the #poetry society at the behest of one of my Barbican poets, who happens to be chair.
“Someone once asked Somserset Maugham if he wrote on a schedule or only when struck by inspiration. “I only write when inspiration strikes,” he replied. “Fortunately it strikes every morning at 9 o’clock sharp.”” - Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
After a poem, Henry Bonsu asked if I look as good as / better than Lorenz Tate (Love Jones). What does he look like these days?
The Best American Poetry: British Poets, Day Four: The Entertainers [Todd Swift on AF Harrold, H Mort and yours truly] http://bit.ly/ckhrwG
“Is poetry effectively worthless because very few people pay money for it?” No, says Jen Woods in an open letter... http://bit.ly/bD2RMG
Check out the latest #RBKC post: http://ow.ly/2Sxpl - featuring the Poetry of Stone, as rendered by Mona Saudi...
"You believed that literature could not only entertain people but also change life and improve the world..." - Mario Vargas Llosa
Brick Lane is a ZOO these days. Everyone’s taking a picture of something…
Another afternoon on Brick Lane. Another shot of Lewis Floyd Henry. Looking back, it seems like I couldn’t shoot anything straight that day. Hm.
More Brick Lane. More Lewis Floyd Henry.
“…magazines were created to be experienced on paper, and they’ve been refined in paper form for way more than a hundred years. Magazines on paper are really good. Magazines on an iPad, at least so far, are a mixed bag. They’re convenient, I guess, but boy, some of the added features are either stupid or annoying. I mean, what does it say about the magazine form’s suitability for the Pad that there isn’t even a magazine category in the App Store?” -
David Granger, A Letter From The Editor
Esquire (first iPad edition)
The Esquire iPad app was launched last week, and I just picked it up today. I’m not traditionally an Esquire subscriber. It’s the kind of magazine I’d have flipped through in Smiths while waiting for a flight, or might have browsed through back in the days when Borders still existed. I always admired the content and production values from afar. To be fair, it’s been a while since I parted with cash for any magazines, as much as I used to love them (Grafik, Creative Review, Ambit, Bomb, Adbusters, Colors, Popshot, Purple, Poetry, &c…) - most of my reading has been replaced by the web. My RSS feeds provide me with all of the incidental non-book reading I can handle, and then some. But the iPad is bringing me back, thanks to really savvy design and interactivity. The Esquire iPad edition makes a really strong case for the future of the magazine, in a “the magazine is dead, long live the magazine” kind of way. It’s smart, easy to pick up and navigate through and, from what I’ve skimmed so far, a damn fine read. I’m wondering how much of a trend that might be - the number of iPad users who may not have traditionally been readers, but will buy into the magazine because app is well done…
Now, if Poetry would step up to bat with a similarly smart iPad edition, I’d be happy. And Monocle? Stop hating and get yourself into the app store…
“Be ruthless about protecting writing days, i.e., do not cave in to endless requests to have “essential” and “long overdue” meetings on those days. The funny thing is that, although writing has been my actual job for several years now, I still seem to have to fight for time in which to do it.” -
- J.K. Rowling, via AdviceToWriters
True. I’d say approximately 50% of the people I work with (as a writer) don’t seem to appreciate the space I need to actually generate the writing. Of course, I’m my own worst enemy. How many times have I looked at my diary and said “yes” to an appointment or meeting that messes with time I’ve put aside for writing? My inner “maker” is constantly battling my inner “manager” (see Paul Graham’s infamous Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule, which I find myself directing people to on a regular basis…)
Is that you in the spotlight? Images from the Limelight experience... #RBKC http://bit.ly/8Xlw09