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A Journal, some Coffee and an Idea

All you need is paper and pen. Capture those thoughts. Create! It's energizing, cathartic, fun! Wherever you are, whatever your situation, you have a way to express yourself that you can enjoy and share with others. It lasts as long as you want. It's as private as you wish. You can create your world as you like it. What more could you ask for?

There are formulas for fiction, schematics for documentaries, rules of the road. There are also no rules you have to follow, if that's what you want. e.e. cummings hated capitalization. Hemingway wrote short, terse sentences. Bukowski splattered his pages with profanity.

This group is for people who love writing. It's a place to share tips, ideas and ask questions. Feel free to bounce your snippets off your friends here. Invite people you think would enjoy discussing the art and magic of writing. You only have the moment, that's guaranteed. Nothing else is for sure...

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Atmospheric Disturbances

Started by Michael Levin. Last reply by Michael Levin Jan 21, 2009. 2 Replies

Atmospheric Disturbances, by Rivka Galchen explores the consensus view of…Continue

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Get the Word Out - Places to Write

Started by Michael Levin. Last reply by Michael Levin Oct 12, 2008. 2 Replies

The Sun* has a section called "Readers Write", which invites readers to "address subjects on which they're the only authorities." The Sun publishes essays, interviews, fiction, and poetry."The Sun is an…Continue

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Write on...

Started by Michael Levin. Last reply by Michael Levin Jun 26, 2008. 2 Replies

I write because writing slows down the pig pen of my mind. Remember that image? That whirlwind of dust? Do you ever feel like it's all just a big mess and the only way to calm it down is to capture it in words?Continue

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The Vivid Man, by Bert Woodall

Started by Michael Levin. Last reply by Sh'mal Ellenberg Jul 30, 2009. 1 Reply

When George Tilley first moved to the small town in the low mountains he sometimes felt out of place, conspicuous even. But he was never anywhere near as conspicuous as the old guy George was watching cross the street.This man would have been…Continue

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The Weekend I Quit Hitchhiking, by Bert Woodall

Started by Michael Levin. Last reply by Sh'mal Ellenberg Jul 3, 2009. 1 Reply

The taillights of the black Cadillac disappeared and the sudden quiet gave way to an ambient, deafening screeeee. Treefrogs or cicadas in the dark trees resumed a clattering conversation interrupted when the now vanished car pulled off onto the…Continue

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McSweeney's is a website about writing

Started by Michael Levin. Last reply by Ellen Bush Dec 16, 2008. 1 Reply

I just discovered a website called MSweeney's. It's about writing. I'll paste in two excerpts I read there that are very powerful.A N E W E X C E R P T F R O M M c S W E E N E Y 'S 2 9The convicts came from the…Continue

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Writer, Publish Thyself!

Started by Michael Levin Nov 13, 2012. 0 Replies

(Photo from Powell's)Self publishing is coming of age! First, we had parchment and pen. Then, the printing press came along. Ever hear of Zines? They're basically books self published using easy means…Continue

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zinelibrary.info | revolution in the streets!

Know what a zine is? It's a self published mag usually on paper, and this is a prime example about bicycle touring: http://zinelibrary.info/files/DIYBikeTour.pdf

Janis Joplin

Janis had reached a peak in her career when she died but there was a lot more down inside her than even she realized. She was intelligent enough and certainly talented enough to have done any number of interesting projects. Janis gave people a sense that they were important, that their lives could matter. She showed them a way to transcend a life that was stifling them and her audience knew instinctively that she was on their side in their struggle to escape mediocrity.

writing poetry

She is part romantic, part bad ass; part Mary Oliver, part Charles Bukowski; part musician, part poet, and unafraid of letting all these parts of her show. On Friday, September 9th, Kim Addonizio celebrated the paperback release of her most recent book, Lucifer at the Starlite at the Beat Museum in North Beach, an appropriate venue considering her non-conventional reading style.


The 12th annual Litquake festival launches into the stratosphere this coming Friday evening with our diabolical opening party, The Devil’s Lexicon: Litquake’s Nod to the Dark Side of Literature! Come join Litquake authors, donors, staff and fans for a truly dastardly evening of devil horns, demonic cocktail specials, top-flight literary schmoozing, and much more! The Verdi Club, a vintage Italian social hall, is located at 2424 Mariposa in San Francisco.

Wherever You Go There You Are

Book review: Wherever You Go There You Are, by Jon Kabat-Zinn is a good book explaining one man's view of meditation...Meditation can be as simple as you like. Basically, we know meditation is all about clearing our mind for a time. It's hard to not think about anything. So, we search for some guidance. Zinn's book "Wherever You Go There You Are" satisfies me as a well-written, knowledgable guide to understanding and practicing by a degreed MD practitioner who happens to be a clear thinker and writer, too.

Parker - "What Is Poverty?"

You ask me what is poverty? Listen to me. Here I am, dirty, smelly, and with no "proper" underwear on and with the stench of my rotting teeth near you. I will tell you. Listen to me. Listen without pity. I cannot use your pity. Listen with understanding. Put yourself in my dirty, worn out, ill-fitting shoes, and hear me...Others like me are all around you. Look at us with an angry heart, anger that will help.

Join Dave Matthews in protecting wilderness | The Wilderness Society

Beyond his incredible international music legacy, Dave Matthews is a conservationist who has championed environmental causes for years. That’s why we’re so happy to announce that Dave is one of the newest members of The Wilderness Society’s Governing Council. We'd like to share a special poem written by Dave...

What’s a Super Duper Injunction, or 祸从口出?

CNN just aired a story about injunctions. An injunction is a legal term that means you’re prohibited from doing something. A media injunction prohibits the media from mentioning some forbidden topic. A super injunction prohibits even talking about the injunction...

Doctor Sax

The novel begins with Jackie Duluoz, based on Kerouac himself, relating a dream in which he finds himself in Lowell, Massachusetts, his childhood home town. Prompted by this dream, he recollects the story of his childhood of warm browns and sepia tones, along with his shrouded childhood fantasies, which have become inextricable from the memories...


The essence of haiku is "cutting" (kiru).[1] This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas[2] and a kireji or 'cutting word' between them, a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colours the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.[3]

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Comment by Michael Levin on April 20, 2009 at 9:59pm

Comment by Lois Hudson on February 21, 2009 at 12:14pm

They whirled below me, happy, heartless, free,
While I was left alone, all to myself,
They danced, they sang, they even called to me;
I did not hear them, standing on my sheslf
Of sorrow, hanging high upon a wall
Of solemn, rigid wood; I watched that crowd
Below me, gliding through their spacious hall,
I would not join them, I was much too proud.
But suddenly the nailed shelf gave way,
I left it and went reeling through the air,
I fell amidst the others, shattered clay,
I looked about, then soon became aware
That once I was too high upn a wall
To feel the joy of others in the hall.

Lois Hudson
Comment by paul bridgman on February 20, 2009 at 7:40pm
a little diddy i wrote a long time ago
still waiting on that wish

I look into the well
I've tossed my coin
I watch the ripples swell
With my wish they are gone
Comment by Lois Hudson on February 6, 2009 at 1:52pm
I just read your article on Being Slow. Being Slow can be so worthwhile when roasting the wonderful coffee you describe. I want some now...
Comment by Ellen Bush on January 30, 2009 at 11:04pm
Lois, I enjoyed your poem! Keep up the good work!
Comment by Lois Hudson on August 31, 2008 at 7:42pm
Marley and Me by John Grogan Funny and touching. Love of life.
Comment by Zach Lutz on August 8, 2008 at 2:11am
Will post soon, but I just had to say...love the HST pic. Never change it. :)

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