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Books and Poems - Walking on the Edge
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Books and Poems
Dave and I got to go to Steve Raymer's book talk last night. It was great - Steve is very talented and had some interesting stories to tell about the photos in the new book. In case anyone is interested, the book has just arrived in print. It's called Images of a Journey: India in Diaspora, and it is a study of the Indian people and culture as they have moved and settled in so many parts of the world outside of India. You can see a sample of the book (and also get to the Amazon book purchase link via the "Store" page) on his website, HERE. The book was 4 years in the making, and definitely worth it!

Seeing some of the photos up on the big slide screen was really neat. Of course I got a copy of the book (signed by Steve), which I am going to take to the book festival next weekend so I can get Dr. Sanjay Gupta to sign near his picture. For some reason (though I'm not big on autographs) the idea of having two somewhat unrelated signatures in one book is cool to me.

The little reception afterwards was nice, too. They had wine and juice and Indian food, and we met several of Steve's friends, including the guy who travels around with him a lot "taking what I like to call the "Barb [Steve's wife] pictures - because she's always worrying that he's going to get hurt or shot or not come home this time." Also met Peter White, a retired National Geographic writer (sample article: HERE) and a few other NG related folks from Steve's days there. All very interesting and talented folks.

Since I'm going to the book festival, I figured I will also try to get to Charles Simic's (this year's Poet Laureate, and my sister's former professor at UNH) talk there. I'm going to bring a book of poems I have from him, but my absolute favorite, Eyes Fastened With Pins, is not in it, so I thought I'd print it out for an autograph. Just because I love it so much. I went looking for a printable copy, and I found this. I was kind of appalled. I mean, yes, we're all entitled to our views on poetry - but look what he DID to Eyes Fastened With Pins. And then to claim that the "edited" version is "better"??? He made it into a nothing bit of nothing by messing with it. ICK. When I have more time I'll have to check out this guy's "poems" to see if his original work has any merit. (ETA: O. M. G. - this is all part of a series where he tries to "rework" famous poets' poems to make them better. And every single one fails. Even if some of the originals are flawed, his are MUCH worse. Ew. This guy makes me angry.)

Hem. In nicer things, we are almost ready to start publicizing the 2009 North American Discworld Convention. Very exciting. We've gotten flyers together to go out to bookstores on Terry Pratchett's tour, so that they can have them for people to see. The theme is "The Turtle Moves!" and I made some flyers last night/this week with my very own turtle design. I think they look nifty! Hopefully a lot of people will see them. We'll have one for Terry at the book festival. The website for info will be up soon at http://www.nadwcon.org.

Exciting!

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chrryblssmninja From: chrryblssmninja Date: September 21st, 2007 11:59 pm (UTC) (current file)
OHMYGOSH that reworking was just awful.
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chrryblssmninja From: chrryblssmninja Date: September 22nd, 2007 09:04 am (UTC) (current file)
It's from thefunkyicon.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: September 22nd, 2007 04:21 am (UTC) (current file)
I KNOW. It's like hit-yourself-in-the-head-with-a-board awful. I'm wondering if this guy has ever been published in an actual magazine or book or whatever. Idiot.
chrryblssmninja From: chrryblssmninja Date: September 22nd, 2007 09:04 am (UTC) (current file)
ah, the wonders of the internet...
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 23rd, 2007 01:06 am (UTC) (current file)
Simic is the perfect candidate for Poet Laureate as well as Pulitzer: dull, generic and a total lightweight. And add Academia while you're at it.

I suppose it also helps his "career" to have relatives of his ex-students defending his bad poems in Live Journals.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: September 23rd, 2007 02:18 am (UTC) (current file)
Wow. Well, even though it's somewhat unlikely you'll know I responded since you didn't even bother to sign in (preferring anonymity for this kind of bitter comment), I'll respond briefly anyway, since from your antagonistic manner it's just possible that you're the kind of person who'd come back here to see what kind of response your comment got.

Clearly, since I am defending his poetry, it MUST be because I am a relative of his former student. Obviously I did this just to help his career, since my fairly unknown Livejournal is naturally a major forum for poetry critics. It couldn't possibly be, Anonymous Person, that I actually enjoyed this particular poem before I even had any idea that my sister had had a class with him, and thought that the way it was "edited" completely ruined it. It couldn't possibly be that I have any intelligence myself or that I know anything about poetry and know a bad job when I see it. It couldn't possibly be (and I don't usually mention this kind of thing, but I feel it's justified here) that I myself have won several writing contests, including one for poetry, have been the editor of a literary magazine, and am well-read enough to enjoy a wide variety of poets, including Simic.

I've never met the man, and my sister's rarely even mentioned him. It's not like I'm his damn PR person. So you should stop trying to imply that the reason I mentioned him in a positive light was because, somehow, I have a personal interest in him, and that that's the only reason I'd enjoy or defend his poetry. You might want to stop your assumptions, check your premises, and consider that he might actually be good at what he does.

And while we're at it, a little lesson in LJ etiquette - have the courtesy to identify yourself if you're going to make nasty comments on a personal journal. Otherwise it just looks like you are too much of a coward to stand behind your statement. Either that, or you're actually Dan Schneider and you didn't want anyone to know that you Googled yourself, found this journal, and felt the need to make yourself look better by demeaning my opinion.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 23rd, 2007 12:46 pm (UTC) (current file)
I'd say that your comments are far more nasty, aggressive and antagonistic.

"I myself have won several writing contests, including one for poetry, have been the editor of a literary magazine,"

This is what you're banking on? This literally requires a pulse and that is all. It means nothing. You also haven't bothered to defend why the original Simic poem is better than the rewrite, only offer up insults and tosses of emotion.

0 for 2

Lets see your criticisms of Schneider's poems. And to think this will be coming from someone who has won poetry awards!
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: September 23rd, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC) (current file)
Oh, for goodness sakes. Yes, perhaps I am somewhat aggressive. Because I don't appreciate random trolls who are too afraid to identify themselves coming over to my personal journal just to insult me. But why do you disparage me

"And to think this will be coming from someone who has won poetry awards!"

without even knowing me? Surely that is not the sign of a non-aggressive person.

Do you really think it means nothing to have been acknowledged as someone who can write? I mean, yes, clearly the most important thing is to actually be someone who can write, but the acknowledgement of an award does indicate something. I'm not banking on this, but I was noting it to indicate that, like Schneider, I have been recognized as such. Now, I would expect you to come out with something like, "Oh, then how come YOU don't have a poetry website" or some asinine comment like that. Well, because it isn't my career, because I didn't choose it to be my career.

I wasn't aware that I had to "defend the original Simic poem." After all, you didn't "defend" why you think Simic is dull and academic. Nor did you defend your assumption that I was sticking up for Simic merely because I knew him.

I would be glad to take the time to discuss Simic's poem at a later date when I am less pressed for time from my actual career, though I don't really think it would need defending from someone who understands poetry. I'd also be glad to discuss Schneider's poems, though I won't have time for awhile.

But I'm not worried. Since you are clearly monitoring my journal, as I predicted you would, I'm sure you'll see my discussion whenever I post it.

P.S. Since I don't know who you are, can I call you Dan?
zortrana From: zortrana Date: September 24th, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC) (current file)
I think you would be a rather lousy attorney if you weren't at least a little bit aggressive. But I'm just basing that on my having been an attorney since 1989, having argued before a state supreme court, and having been published in a state bar magazine, so I probably shouldn't bank on it.
*mocks anonymous*
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: September 25th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC) (current file)
Hee hee hee.

P.S. Your icon is funny, too.
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foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: September 22nd, 2007 04:29 am (UTC) (current file)
DO EEET. They're awesome. I love them. :)
From: virginia_belle Date: September 24th, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC) (current file)
Yikes. The rewrites are just PAINFUL.

B.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: September 24th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC) (current file)
I know. It really does make me angry and/or horrified.
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