April 9, 2013
The documentary filmmaker Les Blank—responsible for such titles as A Poem is a Naked Person, A Well Spent Life, and In Heaven There is No Beer?—died Sunday at age seventy-seve
April 5, 2013
A round-trip from New Orleans to Austin totals $52 if you take the overnight Megabus: a relatively luxurious double-decker with power outlets in every seat, extremely suspect Wi-Fi, and direct routes that avoid the billion Greyhound stops. On Monday at 9:30 p.m., I board a royal blue Megabus parked on Bienville Street in the French Quarter. At 9:45 p.m., the bus departs on schedule. Precision in public transit is exceptional in our fair city, so I am encouraged.
March 27, 2013
In Spartanburg, SC The Hub City Writers Project is creating two new opportunities for poets and writers. One is the New Southern Voices poetry prize, which will award $1,000 plus publication through Hub City Press to a poet who has published no more than one book of poems and currently resides in a southern state. Poet D.A. Powell will select this year’s winning poetry collection. The second opportunity is The Writers House residency which will bring in one writer from anywhere in the country to live and work for either a 9 month stay or a summer residency.
March 21, 2013
Between the vast expanse separating the film industry capitals of Los Angeles and New York City is a town called Batesville, Arkansas. Home to the modest Ozark Foothills FilmFest, in its twelfth year this spring, Batesville hosts one of the few small-town film festivals in the country. This year's focus is "the female face of indie film."
March 18, 2013
Gleason reviews Kristofferson's new album, Feeling Mortal, in the Spring issue of the Oxford American, describing it as an "album-length meditation on the inevitable tapering of life." Here are ten Kristofferson classics as performed by the songwriter himself and a few of his famous friends and admirers.