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OMG: there are book reviews in my gossip mag

November 10, 2010

And they’re written by an English Prof at PRINCETON!

Like most Life & Style writers, Dr. Chaudhary “specializes in postcolonial studies and critical theory. He has published articles on photography, film, travel literature, and contemporary theory.  He is particularly interested in Frankfurt school Marxism, visual culture, literary theory, and contemporary postcolonial literature and film. Ph.D. Cornell University.”


Taylor Swift…”maybe a poet”

October 26, 2010

In this commercial promoting her new album for Target, Taylor Swift discusses dreaming of becoming:

“a country singer, or maybe a poet, or a professional basketball player…well eventually I found my way.”


Snookin’ for a spot on the NYT best-seller list

September 30, 2010

Last week, one of my English professors asked, “So, is it SNOOK-I? or SNOO-KI?”

It’s like he knew this news was coming:

here’s the full press release:

Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books imprint announced today that it will publish a novel by Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, the breakout star from the hit MTV reality show Jersey Shore. Tentatively titled A SHORE THING, the novel will revolve around a girl looking for love on the boardwalk (one full of big hair, dark tans, and fights galore). A SHORE THING is currently scheduled for publication in January 2011.

Jersey Shore is the #1 original cable series among P12-34 and its second season is averaging over 5.7 million viewers. Polizzi has appeared on most major talk shows including The Tonight Show, the Late Show with David Letterman, The View, The Today Show, The Rachael Ray Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Chelsea Lately and more. She has also appeared in a variety of today’s most respected and popular publications such as The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone amongst others . The lovable, straight-shooting, pint-sized “Snooki” also has a diehard fan base with over 600,000 Twitter followers.

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi said: “I’m pumped to announce to my fans a project that I’ve been working on for some time. This book will have you falling in love at the shore. It’s ‘A Shore Thing!'”

Sunday Reminder: YOU SUCK

September 19, 2010

Lest you’re feeling good about yourself, or your current chapbook project, or your crush’s chapbook project, this afternoon, Vowel Movers is here to tell you what Elif Batuman is telling you in the London Review of Books:


She’s also saying:

“Why can’t the programme be better than it is? Why can’t it teach writers about history and the world, and not just about adverbs and themselves? Why can’t it at least try?”

poetry is full of tough decisions: example #5

September 12, 2010

why go to Harvard when you can get an MFA?

September 11, 2010

I’m definitely getting this statistic printed out and laminated so I can hand it to friends, family and other thanksiving guests who give me the WTF look when I tell them about my MFA: (read more:  Huffington Post “Six Myths About the Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts”)

I’m a poet, a temp and a pimp:

September 11, 2010

We love the show hung.  No one ever understood the plight of an MFA like Tanya Skagel!

At an open mic, Tanya tells the audience, “I’m a poet, a temp and a pimp”  And then she reads her poem, Phallus: