Sunday, November 23, 2014

This Podcast Will Change Your Life, Episode Ninety-Seven - Being Human, starring the Brad King.

So human, and endlessly podcast. Not to mention WIRED magazine, the machinery of writing, sobriety, being an asshole, Dungeons & Dreamers, Catcher in the Rye, Hunter S. Thompson, swanky digs, and much, much more. So do hit it, it just might change your life.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The new edition of This Zine Will Change Your Life is live. All Brassieres. And full of Kaz.

The new edition of This Zine Will Change Your Life is live, and we are thrilled to have new poem, 30 Brassieres, by the Donna Kaz, and (almost) as always, photo action from Adam Lawrence, music curation from Jason Behrends and Executive Action prose love from Pete Anderson. We hope you enjoy this edition and we appreciate all shout-outs and links. Finally, please note, we are hoping more of you will submit comix, and music, novel excerpts, and art, and video, yes, video, and combinations there of. And most finally, The Affair, feeling it.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

These Books Will Change Your Life - Notes from No Man's Land by the Eula Biss and Bad Feminist by the Roxane Gay.

In a year that has been just stupid with essay collections, Once I Was Cool by the Megan Stielstra to name just one of the many acclaimed collections this year, we have read all kinds, including not just the Stielstras, but I Was a Fat Drunk Catholic School Insomniac by the Jamie Iredell and Slouching Towards Bethlehem by the Joan Didion. And yet with all this essay goodness in the air, we still must pause to note how truly accomplished Notes from No Man's Land by the Eula Biss and Bad Feminist by the Roxane Gay truly are in this suddenly crowded, and highly electric, genre. We could add, that celebrating two authors that seem to be everywhere right now is not so original or daring, but nor should their insane success overshadow what they are in fact actually doing.
In essence both are writing personal essays, that are not on the whole especially fraught with criticism, though both are doing that as well. Nor are these pieces specifically academic, though their works are constructed as such. Instead, what they are both doing is taking the personal and making it political, providing commentary on race, gender, class, violence, and the America as a grand experiment in democracy and equality. And it is in this that both are doing something not just wholly unique, but something the rest of us ideally could strive for: using the personal as a filter for seeking an understanding greater than our own lives, and examining that which makes the world around us tick. The policies and structures that control the world we exist in, and the motivations, simple, sophisticated, and unseemly, that drive them. They are arguably two of our great public intellectuals, and at their greatest moments, which are many, they challenge us to change lives, both ours, and those around us.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

There is Curbside Splendor catalog.

Though, if that's not enough, to celebrate all of this amazing catalogness, Curbside is offering $25 off any order of $50 or more at the Curbside store through this Sunday, November 16th. Nice, right? Indeed. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

This Podcast Will Change Your Life, Episode Ninety-Six - It'll Be Shite, starring the Bill Hillmann.

And man are we Hillmann. We are also podcast, Irvine Welsh, The Old Neighborhood, running with the bulls, hustling, Ernest Hemingway, boxing, gorings, street gangs, I-94 E, and so much more, that it will surely change your life, if even only for a moment.