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Quiz! How well do you know your Truman Capote insults?

Oxford University Press has compiled a list of Truman Capote quotes describing various literary moguls of his time. Can you match the names to his descriptions?

The Queen's English

Check out Giles Harvey's post on the New Yorker's Book Bench about the difference between British and American English and the way we treat the speakers of each. As Harvey points out, people are often quick to dismiss certain evolutions of language as slang or impure, when really it just shows how language use changes over time. Which is why literature has changed so drastically from Shakespeare's day, and why we celebrate this fact with indie magazines and small presses. What's the fun of language if you can't experiment with it?

A Slumber Party Massacre

ACM is hosting a Printer's Ball after party on July 30, 2011 at Beauty Bar on Chicago Ave. The theme is Slumber Party Massacre. Intrigued? You should be. Check out our Facebook invite for more information. And don't forget to RSVP to the Printers' Ball.

Author vs. Author

Flavorwire has compiled a list of the 30 best author insults over the years. Check them out and file them away for future use...you don't have to be Nietzsche to refer to someone as a hyena.

Check it: Chicago, caricature-style.

Check out Rob Funderburk's (the man behind the artwork of ACM 50) rendition of our event, The New Chicago Style, last Thursday.

TONIGHT!

Friends, we have a special evening planned for you! The Chicago Cultural Center reading is absolutely free. Doors for the panel discussion and afterparty opens at 8 pm, but we don't expect to get it started it until 9 pm. The Chicago Reader listed us as a recommended event! We're pumped. If you click through to the rest of this post, you'll see a flier for the after party.

Curbside Splendor Literary Magazine Review by Josalyn Knapic

On the cover of Curbside Splendor Issue 1, Spring 2011, there are soft white lights from blurred black streetlamps. An allusion to the cover art as well as the content, it is simple yet alluring. This newly developed literary magazine publishes fiction and poetry. It hails from the Chicago neighborhood, Logan Square. Edited by Victor David Giron, this semi-annual magazine brings to light urban (and sometimes sub-urban) settings.

Photography is intermixed within the text. The black and white images capture urbanization¾ through photojournalistic city landscapes, abstraction, and close ups. All photos are taken either by designer of the magazine Karolina Koko Faber or by photographers: Garrett Holden, Michael San Filippo, and Eirik Gumney.

This magazine can be defined from a poem entitled, “What We Talk About When We Talk About the End,” in which Ally Malinenki writes, “It goes in different directions. I try to stay away from the panic.” Each story or poem takes the reader in some new direction while exploring the "panic" of life, whether it is meeting your death somehow on Rue de Nil in opening story "Second-Hand Blue," meditating on city streets in Frankie Metro's poem "Kingsley Ave.," or living as children struggling during the month of Ramadan in Farah Ghuznavi's story "Waiting for God."

These different directions also take us into fiction winners of Curbside’s 2010 Winter Short Story Award Opportunity. Brandon Jennings “Doc the Fifth” is the first place story of a soldier in the Iraqi War. Second place winner Yovani Flores introduces us to a Puerto Rican father’s kitchen habits in “El Lloron.” Third place story “Onida” by Michael San Filippo takes us through young adult's troubled relationships.

Everything in this issue begs to have the reader understand what it means to share stories (tragedies or successes) with people that are close to us. They also show how strangers can influence our lives. That's what being an urbanite is all about, lives intersecting other lives. The casualness of the issue gleams what all of us are looking for: meaning in the obvious, the routine, and the fascination in the behavior of people. Curbside Splendor focuses on appreciating the substance of what it means to be urban.

Check it: the best of Chicago readings

CBS Chicago's Mason Johnson reviews the top literary readings in the city. Check it out (and then check them out in person) to see if you agree.

“[H]ere I’ll stay, enchanted”: a review of Anthony McCann’s "I Heart Your Fate," by Jennifer Moore

Anthony McCann’s third collection of poetry reveals a preoccupation with how we encounter, experience and process the world around us. He places emphasis on processes of perception and modes of discovery, and the objects in McCann’s view are charged with vitality: material is imbued with life, the inanimate is animated. And though at times what’s seen is threatening or ominous, these poems are ultimately celebratory, and the world is one in which “it’s nice to be held while watching the waves.”

 

In the opening poem of the collection, “Post-Futurism,” we glimpse the early stages of the processes of reflection, which mark most of McCann’s poems: “When I was young, life/ was instrumental and/ through experience (in life)/ (through which I poured myself)/ I passed through various/ Containers of/ pre-dawn excellence” (3). The speaker’s way of discovering his surroundings involves gathering tactile and sense impressions, as in “Samuel Taylor Coleridge,” in which events are as-yet-unfulfilled:

A list of friends and our very own...

Just of ahead of Printer Rows Lit Fest (we'll be there, of course, come say hello!), New City released Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago 2011. It's a list (no way!) of Chicago's literary stock. ACM's own Editor-in-Chief, Jacob S. Knabb, clocks in at 42.