Archive for February, 2011

New Jack Butler! Practicing Zen Without a License

faked by Monday, February 28th, 2011

All! I’m here to spread the word that there is a brand new Jack Butler book out right now: Practicing Zen Without a License. Here’s some of what the publisher’s website has to say about it:

Like zen, whatever you expect Practicing Zen to be, it will be different. Think of a source-book on the origins of zen, like the scholarly source-books that we use today to study zen’s origins in Chinese Buddhism and its coming to full flower in Japan. Such source-books are necessarily fragmentary, since much of the original writing has been lost. Now translate that source-book to the 25th century, and replace the fragments from China and Japan with fragments from the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the only remaining records of how a version of zen (called Easy) took over the U. S. Throw in a wildly humorous and semi-science-fictional version of history, and spice it up with anecdotes about and utterances by fictional zen masters, who quarreled among themselves.

You can get it at Amazon right now. My copy is wending its way Baton Rouge-ward and I’m looking forward to diving in to a book that is sure to be strange and disorienting—in the very best ways.


faked by Monday, February 21st, 2011

Polaroid 600 film, Smith-Corona typography, Jackson, Miss. 2007.

Are the Overnight Lows the best rock & roll band in the world? ARE YOU TRYING TO PICK A FIGHT OR SOMETHING MAN YOU WANT TO FIGHT OH WE’LL FIGHT



faked by Sunday, February 20th, 2011

PX600 Silver Shade. Mississippi State Fairgrounds, January 2011.

Got a blister on my finger
got it from a hammer.
What’s your favorite band
you wouldn’t know it.
What’s your favorite game
(Kid Icarus, but the
passwords were a joke).
Got knots in my stomach
didn’t need that malt.
Stagger Lee threw seven,
Billy swore he threw eight
blue lights Dopple
across the ceiling again.
Why does YouTube try to
autocomplete to “Last Caress” live,
nobody wants to hear that.
Want to reread the Kree-Skrull War
but can’t stand Rick Jones.
I got something to say, I got
something to say.

The Comics I Read Last Week: February 9-16

faked by Wednesday, February 16th, 2011


Self-promotion: “Randall Kenan Beyond the Final Frontier” in new SLJ

faked by Tuesday, February 15th, 2011



faked by Monday, February 14th, 2011

PX600 Silver Shade. Mississippi State Fairgrounds, January 2011.

Abandoned proto-Redboxes in the old Armory. Those slots held VHS cassettes. Never seen such a thing before.

The Comics I Read Last Week: Feb 3-8. Including Palookaville, The Other Side, and some Daredevils from 1988

faked by Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Yet another installment of my 2011 comics reading journal . . .


faked by Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

PX600 Silver Shade. Mississippi State Agriculture Museum, Jackson, Miss. January 2011.


faked by Saturday, February 5th, 2011

PX600 Silver Shade. Mississippi State Fairgrounds, January 2011.


Last Week in Comics: January 27-February 2

faked by Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Ahoy friends! This installment of my rambling roundup of the week’s reading is a little more scattered than usual, both because I have a sick girl here at home and because I read a whole bunch of comics this week. Not only was it a heavy week for all the mainstream Marvel/DC titles I buy, but I also attended Wizard World New Orleans and binged on the discount boxes, filling my bag with beat-up 70s and 80s comics and recent titles that I was curious about but didn’t want to shell out $4.00 for when they were new. I have actually never been to a comic book convention before, so have nothing to compare this one to, but I had a great time: it was very generous of pal Victor Gischler to let me hang out with him and crash in his room, and we ended up having drinks with James “Spike” Marsters, so, you know, it seemed like a pretty good con experience. OK, onward: