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New Journal :: Projections

Published August 09, 2007 Posted By
Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that explores the ways in which recent advancements in fields such as psychoanalysis, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, genetics and evolution help to increase our understanding of film, and how film itself facilitates investigations into the nature and function of the mind. The journal will also incorporate articles on the visual arts and new technologies related to film. The aims of the journal are to explore these subjects, facilitate a dialogue between people in the sciences and the humanities, and bring the study of film to the forefront of contemporary intellectual debate. Published on behalf of The Forum for Movies and the Mind.

Coming in the Summer of 2007
Volume 1, Number 1

Ira Konigsberg, "Film Theory and the New Science"

Gilbert J. Rose, "On Affect, Motion and Nonverbal Art: A Case and a Theory"

Patrick Colm Hogan, "Sensorimotor Projection, Violations of Continuity, and Emotion in the Experience of Film"

Norman Holland, "The Neuroscience of Metafilm"

Torben Grodal, "Film Emotions, Valence, and Evolutionary Adaptations"

Silvia Bell, "Separation and Merger in Lovers of the Arctic Circle"

Reviews by:
Bonnie Kaufman, Jeff Zacks , Carl Plantinga and Cynthia Freeland

Adrienne Harris on Jonathan Caouette's Tarnation

An interview with Jonathan Caouette

Uri Hasson on what movies tell us about the mind

Submissions :: Indiana Review 5.08

Published August 09, 2007 Posted By
Indiana Review is planning to bring the funk in summer 2008. Issue 30.1 will feature a special "Focus on the Funk" section, with art, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that has a uniquely funky aesthetic. Funk has the power to move and re-move, and it also has the power to defy definition. So please don't ask what funk is (although the Godfather of Soul may be helpful). IR is looking for work that makes you want to jump back and kiss yourself. For more information, visit IR website.

Evangelical Video Games :: The Nation

Published August 09, 2007 Posted By
I'm not a video game fan, but I am interested in the shift in the attraction the younger generation has to symbols and visual graphics - the milennial literacy. It is this kind of reading/literacy that is being tapped into by Operation Straight Up (OSU), a government-sponsored (aka: You're paying for this), military support group.

Kill Or Convert, Brought To You By the Pentagon
By Max Blumenthal
The Nation
"The Pentagon endorses an End Times evangelical group that proselytizes among US troops, plans a 'crusade' to Iraq, and promotes a post-apocalyptic kill-or-convert video game."

And who's in the forefront of this promotional movement?

"Actor Stephen Baldwin, the youngest member of the famous Baldwin brothers, is no longer playing Pauly Shore's sidekick in comedy masterpieces like Biodome. He has a much more serious calling these days...'In my position, I just don't think I'm supposed to keep my faith to myself,' Baldwin told a group of Texas Southern Baptists in 2004. 'I'm just doing what the Lord's telling me to do.'"

Read the rest: The Notion

Submissions :: Call for Art - MacGuffin

Published August 08, 2007 Posted By
The MacGuffin, established in 1984, is a national literary magazine from Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan. Our journal is a 160 page 6” x 9” perfect bound collection of the best poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction that we receive. We also have artwork including black and white photos, prints, and drawings. We publish three issues yearly.

The Book Of Hopes and Dreams

Published August 08, 2007 Posted By
From Dee Rimbauld, Editor: The Book Of Hopes And Dreams is a charity, poetry anthology, published to raise money for the Medical Aid (Afghanistan) appeal of the Glasgow-based charity Spirit Aid, which is an entirely volunteer run organisation, headed by Scottish actor and director, David Hayman. As a volunteer organisation, Spirit Aid are able to ensure that 90% of all the funds they raise go straight to the projects they are involved in (unlike most of the bigger charities whose admin and advertising budgets swallow huge percentages of all donations). The Book Of Hopes And Dreams, which is a celebration of the human spirit (even in times of great adversity) has captured the imagination and hearts of some of the greatest living poets of our times; all of whom have freely contributed work to this anthology. There are contributions from Margaret Atwood, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, John Heath-Stubbs, Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Armitage, Tony Harrison, Alasdair Gray, Edwin Morgan, Penelope Shuttle, Anne Stevenson, Jon Stallworthy, Alan Brownjohn, Ruth Fainlight, David Constantine, Moniza Alvi, Cyril Dabydeen, Elaine Feinstein, Vicki Feaver, Michael Horovitz, Tom Leonard, Robert Mezey, Lawrence Sail, Jay Ramsay, Charles Ades Fishman, Geoffrey Godbert and Ian Duhig, amongst others.

The book costs
Along with the myriad ancient virtues of storytelling-giving pleasure, passing time, stimulating thought, connecting strangers — literature is a passport to places both real and imagined. In an increasingly interdependent world, rife with ignorance and incomprehension of other cultures, literature in translation has an especially important role.

Few literatures have truly prospered in isolation from the world. English-speaking culture in general and American culture in particular has long benefited from cross-pollination with other worlds and languages. Thus it is an especially dangerous imbalance when, today, 50% of all the books in translation now published worldwide are translated from English, but only 6% are translated into English.

Words Without Borders opens doors to international exchange through translation of the world’s best writing — selected and translated by a distinguished group of writers, translators, and publishing professionals — and publishing and promoting these works (or excerpts) on the web. We also serve as an advocacy organization for literature in translation, producing events that feature the work of foreign writers and connecting these writers to universities and the media.

Our ultimate aim is to introduce exciting international writing to the general public — travelers, teachers, students, publishers, and a new generation of eclectic readers — by presenting international literature not as a static, elite phenomenon, but a portal through which to explore the world. In the richness of cultural information we present, we hope to help foster a “globalization” of cultural engagement and exchange, one that allows many voices in many languages to prosper.

Words Without Borders is a partner of PEN American Center and the Center for Literary Translation at Columbia University, and is hosted by Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

Discussion Forums :: Brooklyn Book Talk

Published August 07, 2007 Posted By
Giving the residents of Brooklyn and elsewhere an opportunity to discuss books and literature, facilitated by staff of Brooklyn Public Library. Brooklyn Public Library's online book discussions encourage people to talk about books over the Internet. The discussion allows for debate and the sharing of ideas related to books. To participate in the discussion, simply click on the "comments" link at the bottom of a post and submit a comment. Currently under discussion: Grief by Andrew Holleran; upcoming for September: Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri See more: Brooklyn Book Talk

Lit Mag Mailbag :: August 7, 2007

Published August 07, 2007 Posted By
Volume 30 Number 3, Spring 2007

Bellingham Review
Volume 30 Numbers 1 & 2, Spring/Fall 2007

The Hudson Review
Volume 60 Number 2, Summer 2007

The Journal of Ordinary Thought
Spring 2007

Number 55, Summer/Fall 2007

The MacGuffin
Volume 23 Number 3, Spring/Summer 2007

The Massachusetts Review
Volume 48 Number 2, Summer 2007

Michigan Quarterly Review
Volume 46 Number 3, Summer 2007

The Midwest Quarterly
Volume 48 Number 4, Summer 2007

The New Centennial Review
Volume 6 Number 2, Winter 2006

One Story
Issue Number 91, 2007

Parthenon West Review
Issue 5, 2007

Rock and Sling
Volume 4 Issue 1, Summer 2007

Skidrow Penthouse
Issue Number 8, 2007

Volume 35 Number 2, Spring 2007

The Drummstick

Published August 06, 2007 Posted By

Got Doc's CD in the mail and didn't think much of it until I took a closer look at what exactly this "drummstick" is that he plays. This is some incredible technology! You can check out more at his site: and see other YouTube clips of him performing with other musicians.
If you haven't been reading along as each story has been released, the full
Issue 21 is now available featuring stories by: Gretchen McCullough, Kay Sexton, JSun Howard, Amelia Gray, Dan Capriotti, Sung J. Woo, Terry White, Paula Bomer, Clifford Garstang, Emily M. Z. Carlyle, Joel Van Noord, Anthony Neil Smith, Laurie Seidler, and Josh Capps. Issue 22 will start in a week or so, with a new story released every 2-3 days.

Submissions :: Young Writers

Published August 06, 2007 Posted By
Attention Young Writers: Submit your work to be read at an upcoming live production!

If you are between the ages 14 and 21 and enjoy writing, please submit your poems, stories, or essays to be considered for reading at an upcoming live production of A River & Sound Review.

"Writers may submit up to three poems, or an essay or story up to 1,000 words in length. Selection of the work will be based on the literary merit of the submission and its appropriateness for our program. Due to our production schedule and limited staff, it may take us up to three months to notify you of our acceptance of your submission."

See submissions page here: Young Writers Submissions for A River & Sound Review

For more information about opportunities for yount writers, visit NewPages Young Authors Guide.

Sunday Elegy

Published August 05, 2007 Posted By
The Dead Bird Elegy
By Martha Henry
Most of us have our own ways of avoiding the idea of death, if not the actual event itself. But we also have ways of confronting death, usually in a sideways way, like Zombie movies or estate planning. Then there are the traditional Buddhist methods, such as meditating on the uncertainty of the time of death or hanging out with fresh corpses in a charnel ground. Me, I take photographs of dead birds.

Read the rest, or listen to the the MP3 version, on tricycle: the independent voice of Buddhism.

What's on YOUR iPod?

Published August 04, 2007 Posted By
How about FREE audiobooks? LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Their goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books. They are a totally volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project. Download HEAVEN for the literati! LibriVox also welcomes volunteer readers and listeners for editing recorded works and maintains a strong community among its regulars with message boards and podcast updates.

In Memoriam :: Aura Estrada

Published August 03, 2007 Posted By
"New Directions mourns the loss of Aura Estrada, essayist and reviewer, wife of Francisco Goldman, and a great friend who helped us publish Roberto Bolano in the United States. One of our finest Spanish language fiction readers and advisors, Estrada died on July 25 in a surfing accident off the coast of Mexico. Her reviews appeared in many publications, including Bookforum and Boston Review, which published her review of two recent New Directions books in its July/August 2007 issue. A brilliant essay by Aura Estrada on Bolano and Borges can be read on the Words Without Borders website."

Book Sale! Coach House Books

Published August 03, 2007 Posted By
Who can resist a sale, especially when it involves books, and especially from a really cool small press? "The Scorching Summer Sale has been extended through August! Purchase any two Coach House books from the website and receive a third book absolutely free! (The free book must be of equal or lesser value than the two purchased books.) Simply place an online order for two books of your choice, then send an e-mail to with your name and selection of third book. Act quickly. The sale ends August 31."

Awards :: Wallace Stevens Award

Published August 03, 2007 Posted By
Charles Simic has been selected as the recipient of the 2007 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. The $100,000 prize recognizes outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry. The Academy's Board of Chancellors, a body of sixteen eminent poets, nominates and elects the Wallace Stevens Award recipient.

Books :: War Poetry

Published August 02, 2007 Posted By
The Baghdad Blues by Sinan Antoon
Published by Harbor Mountain Press

"Baghdad Blues shares with war poetry, especially that of World War I, the sense of underlying shock and horror at the human cruelty and waste. But, Antoon’s poetry is more nightmarish. It starts with enormous schizophrenic intimations of a self caught between repression, fear, and resignation under a dictatorial role, to end up amid scenes of horror that have become the legacy of the 2003 invasion and occupation. Sinan Antoon’s Blues snatches its images from among metal, armor, deserted places, explosions, to build up an identity for an Iraqi soul in a world which is drifting fast into horror which Joseph Conrad-Kurtz’ cry cannot fathom or reach. As befitting the title, sound summons its power from everything in Iraq: from the dictatorial decrees and their demand for appreciative applause, to the air, sea, and land bombardments and explosions. The agonized soul has to cope up with these by its music, its beats of the heart as it perceives all from a hole somewhere, a hole that might offer a glimpse, perhaps of hope, that the poet calls Baghdad Blues."
—Muhsin al-Musawi
Professor of Arabic Literature at Columbia University and Author of Arabic Poetry: Trajectories of Modernity and Tradition and Reading Iraq: Culture and Power in Conflict

Lit Mag Update :: StoryQuartely

Published August 02, 2007 Posted By
StoryQuarterly announces that our new system for receiving submissions year-round is now online. Also, the SQ Fiction Contest is accepting entries until September 30 and offers a First Prize of $2,500, a Second Prize of $1,500, and a Third Prize of $750. Additionally, ten Finalists will each receive $100. The new issue of SQ is also online, featuring:
Charles Johnson’s short story “Night Watch, 500 BCE”
Steve Kistulentz’s short story “Reykjavík the Beautiful”
Gary Buslik’s short story “Don’t Open That Door”
Elea Carey’s short story “First Love, Last Love”
Darrach Dolan’s short story “Riot”
Golda Goldbloom’s “Wyalkatchem Stories”
Skip Horack’s short story “Bluebonnet Swamp”
Hannah Pittard’s short story “Pretty Parts”
Emily Rapp’s short story “November”

Contests for Anthology :: Press 53

Published August 02, 2007 Posted By
Press 53 will hold eight category contest from now until March, 2008. Winners of each contest will be published Fall 2008 in the Press 53 Open Awards Anthology. Categories will be judged by eight award-winning & industry professional judges. Categories include: poetry, flash fiction, short-short fiction, genre fiction, short fiction, creative nonfiction, novella, and young writers.

Submissions :: North Central Review, IL

Published August 02, 2007 Posted By
The staff of the North Central Review invites you to submit to the national, undergraduate literary journal published by North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. The North Central Review considers all literary genres, including short fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction, and mixed-genre pieces, for two issues annually. The submission deadlines for the Fall and Spring issues are October 15 and February 15, respectively.

Job :: Sarah Lawrence College, NY

Published August 01, 2007 Posted By
Sarah Lawrence College seeks established nonfiction writers to fill two half-time tenure-track positions beginning in the fall of 2008. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate nonfiction-writing workshops, regular individual tutorials with students, and supervision of M.F.A. theses. We are looking for candidates with an M.F.A. or equivalent, at least one published book, teaching experience at the undergraduate or graduate level, a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching, and a willingness to participate actively in the nonfiction-writing program and the academic life of the college.

Please send a letter of application, a C.V., samples of writing, and three letters of recommendation to Nonfiction Search, c/o Rosemary Weeks, Faculty Assistant, Sarah Lawrence College, 1 Mead Way, Bronxville, NY 10708. Applications should be postmarked by November 15, 2007.

Contest Winner :: Lynne Thompson

Published August 01, 2007 Posted By
Perugia Press publishes one collection of poetry each year, by a woman at the beginning of her publishing career. Beg No Pardon by Lynne Thompson, winner of the 2007 Perugia Press Prize, has just been released. Visit Perugia Press website for details and ordering information.

Submissions :: Palabra

Published August 01, 2007 Posted By
Palabra: A Magazine of Chicano & Latino Literary Art invites submissions of short fiction, poetry, short plays and novel excerpts. Looking especially for work that pays attention to language as much as content, takes literary risks and explores new territory in Chicano & Latino literary art.

Photos :: Buddha Project

Published July 31, 2007 Posted By
Lens Culture: Photography and Shared Territories
"The Buddha Project encourages people worldwide to participate by submitting photos of found Buddha, sacred Buddha, ancient Buddha, kitschy Buddha, handmade Buddha. An archive of hundreds of Buddha images may well generate good karma for everyone involved, viewers and contributors, alike. As of July 12, 2007, there are 318 photos in the collection. Please participate by contributing your images of Buddha. Notice Buddha in your surroundings and share your discoveries with others. It will make you feel good. Guaranteed."

New Online Journal :: Delmarva Poets

Published July 31, 2007 Posted By
The first issue of the Delaware Poetry Review, an online magazine featuring new works from the Mid-Atlantic region, is now available. The inaugural issue features 23 poets. The Delaware Poetry Review was formed when the editors of five well-respected, award-winning journals in Delaware, Virginia, and Washington, DC (Bay Oak Press, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Bogg, Delmarva Quarterly, Delmarva Review, and Gargoyle) decided to collaborate on a new project together. Read it here: Delaware Poetry Review

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