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Author: Adam Robinson

8 Notebooks

I cleaned my desk the other day. A couple months ago when I did that, I wrote a bunch of mini reviews about books. Similarly, I’ve compliled some random samples from the 8 notebooks on my desk. 1. This little Jetpack merch thing There are notes in here from a talk about how to charge for freelance work: A caricature artist charges $10 on the street—should it be the same price if you intend to use it for a logo? <—- Value Based Pricing Editing is different from collaboration. Then there’s a four-column grocery list written by Amy, which includes: 8...

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Monstering Is Hiring

Just received a notice from Monstering, a magazine with the tagline: “DISABLED WOMEN AND NONBINARY PEOPLE CELEBRATING MONSTERHOOD.” They are hiring. Applications are open indefinitely, and are restricted to disabled women and nonbinary people. Priority will be given to black applicants, indigenous applicants, and applicants of color. If you have any questions or need more information, feel free to contact Brianna Albers at, or check out Monstering’s official website here. Photo by...

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The Gawker question, some random thoughts

[Here’s how far I got with my post about Gawker getting shut down, from back in August 2016. I appreciate that I started with Htmlgiant …] At its worst, and I’m not one of those who think it was that bad, htmlgiant was not as bad as Gawker at its worst. But Gawker still did good stuff. I think...

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You, you drive off to face it like a Mark Rothko, smoking one and driving like into a Mark Rothko and it’s enough, then bada-bing, voilà: a story, a culture.

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Langston Hughes, “Let America Be America Again”

Excerpt from Langston Hughes O, let America be America again – The land that never has been yet – And yet must be – the land where every man is free. The land that’s mine – the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME – Who made America, Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain, Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain, Must bring back our mighty dream again. Sure, call me any ugly name you choose – The steel of freedom does not stain. From those who live like leeches on the people’s lives, We must...

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A Link Round Up for Ocean Vuong’s “Night Sky With Exit Wounds”

I’ve seen Ocean Vuong’s name around a lot (he’s a recipient of the Whiting Award) but never let it sink in. And then I received Night Sky With Exit Wounds as a Christmas gift. I’ve been dabbling in it, and relishing it, since then. I figure there might yet be a few other people out there in the world who, like me, need a little push in the right direction, the direction that leads to this poetry. I haven’t even read enough of his work, or read it well enough, to write a review, but how about a hearty recommendation? That I can...

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“San Francisco Mourning” by Julia Wendell

Barrett Warner sent us a video and I asked, what was the story behind it? Barrett: We’d been asked to San Francisco to read and so we were out over the election. Julia wrote the poem. The pics of flowers and city and Alcatraz were just off our phones. She wrote the poem and played piano and read the second part and I just read the first part. It was so weird blending a professional highlight with such a political low light … Trump winning, etc. Later he sent this introduction to the piece from Julia: Julia: I’m old enough...

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How to AWP

This is my tenth straight year at AWP (70th in dog years) so when I saw Dylan Kinnett’s tweet, I knew I couldn’t impart the breadth of my wisdom in 140 characters or less. I'm all set to attend #awp17 and it's my first AWP conference. Does anybody have any tips for how to go about it all? — Dylan Kinnett (@dylan_k) January 11, 2017 Here you go, Dylan. AWP is all about accelerated serendipity. In three days you’ll meet more people with your same weird tastes than you will in the rest of the year. Remember, they’re just as hungover as...

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I Made a Flamenco for Amy (And Here I Am Writing About Death & Co’s Cocktail Book)

This is called a Flamenco. Sherry, Genever, Orgeat, orange and lemon juice, angostura. I’m not a hero, I just did what anyone would do. Amy loved it. I found the recipe in my Death & Co book. That’s really the book that got everything started for me. I went to the B&N to find a good book about cocktails and saw it and the Dead Rabbit one, among dozens of others. I got overwhelmed and didn’t buy any. A couple days later I couldn’t stop thinking about the Death & Co book, so I went back and bought it....

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#InjusticeBoycott Update

I just rec’d this email from Shaun King, re the #InjusticeBoycott and I thought I’d just repost it here. Follow the links and get involved. GREAT work everybody! I mean that. We just completed Week 1 of Phase 1 of the Injustice Boycott and you all really nailed it. I wanna take a second to highlight many of our successes and thank each of you for participating. We launched on last Monday and grew our base to over 200,000 people in all 50 states and every major city in the country.  Fast Company & Sojourners & Colorlines wrote strong pieces on the launch of...

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A Message from Ferguson Public Library by Scott Bonner

Editor’s Note: A couple years ago Real Pants, like so many others, contributed funds to Ferguson Public Library as we saw them standing in a very important gap. Their director, Scott Bonner, recently sent this update, and I thought it worth sharing in full, not just hoping that readers will once again support the library (if not to Ferguson’s, perhaps your own; it does always seem best to think and act locally), but also because I think Bonner’s report is hopeful and of interest. You are amazing! Two years ago, we at the Ferguson Municipal Public Library were doing everything we could...

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Bookstore Article in NY Times

Jonah Engel Bromwich had a cool article called “What it Takes to Open a Bookstore” in the NY Times yesterday, about Greenlight Books in Brooklyn. The owners—Jessica Stockton Bagnulo and Rebecca Fitting—weren’t able to get a traditional loan when they opened their first location, so they hit up friends and family and raised about $75K. Now for their new shop, they went back to the well and brought in ~$225K from 95 backers. This is a model that has worked for a lot of other bookstores (an unfortunate necessity, apparently). Bromwich’s article lists some of them: The lessons from...

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Monstering Presents “Revolution Is an Act of Love”

Brianna Albers, the Editor-in-Chief of Monstering, a magazine for disabled women and nonbinary people, recently contacted us with this incredibly worthwhile call for submissions: Monstering has opened submissions for an anthology of essays, entitled Revolution Is an Act of Love, as a direct response—and, by necessity, in direct opposition—to the ableist rhetoric surrounding Donald Trump’s campaign. The -isms espoused by Trump and his supporters do not just endanger the wellbeing of disabled people; they endanger our very lives, and yet, narratives that center the effect of Trump’s election on us are rarely, if ever, prioritized. Revolution Is an Act...

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