Video: Saturday afternoon soundtrack provided by Shiwasu. Keeping it moving… http://t.co/bACbYY6X
Video: Hero (by Miguel Endara) http://t.co/2EYkIci9
What's this? Hip-Hop archives being aired on BBC2? Worth braving Vanilla Ice for the memories. I don't really watch TV, but...
Marked uptick in on/off-line activity? Getting back to my old (new?) productive self? Or am I just asking for another interruptive event?
"Pound (that rat) says somewhere that it is incredible to him that so many “poets” simply pick up a pen..." http://t.co/dMu5EDV1
“Pound (that rat) says somewhere that it is incredible to him that so many “poets” simply pick up a pen and start writing verse and call it poetry, while a would-be pianist knows full well how necessary it is to master scales and thousands of exercises before making music worthy of the name. Playing scales, for a writer, means reading. Is there any real writing that has no reading behind it? I don’t think so.”
Question from the students I worked with from Tampines Junior College today: what do we need to do to be writers?
Answer (from me): Read. Of course, you need to cultivate your voice. You need to explore what you want to say and why you want to say it. And yes, you need to develop a writing practise. Write regularly. Write hard, draft, redraft. But please, read. Study what you like and why, what you don’t like and why. Some of your most transformative learning experiences are waiting for you on the shelves of your favourite second-hand book store (or, dare I say it, on the faux shelving of iBooks, or the libraries of your Kindle app). Read. And read actively.
Photo: Sol Lewitt http://t.co/fA9WeUs5
The most amazing session with students from Tampines Junior College. The questions they asked about process, rhyme, form and structure...
Maschine Mikro for Christmas? Yes, please.
Soundcloud use for spoken word audio: timed comments allow for focused feedback at different points in the recorded work.
Currently at a CDR session on mobile music making.
"there’s a point just a few steps beyond belonging that is perhaps even more important: advocating...." http://t.co/c726DTat
“there’s a point just a few steps beyond belonging that is perhaps even more important: advocating. Belonging to a community means participating, observing, and generally being in attendance (either physically or virtually). But being an advocate requires stepping forward and helping to articulate that community’s needs, or advance their interests, or—when necessary—protect their rights. You need to both amplify and clarify the values of a community, not merely share them.”
- Represent / from a working library
Photo: Untitled (by Mark.Weaver) http://t.co/C4MDAOgQ
Photo: Kim Addonizio, ‘So What’ - via grammatolatry http://t.co/DwLgW91W
Kim Addonizio, ‘So What’ - via grammatolatry
Morning: worked on the ever-lovely Miriam Nash's debut pamphlet (watch for it). Afternoon: meeting with the Southbank. Now, Birmingham.
"We should be ‘reading for the sake of reading’ rather than ‘reading for the sake of having read." http://t.co/IDK83rnL
“We should be ‘reading for the sake of reading’ rather than ‘reading for the sake of having read.”
Alan Jacobs from The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction