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1984: The Book: The Production

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A few weeks ago, a friend of mine brought to my attention an off-broadway production of every high schooler's collective favorite dystopian future novel, 1984. I, not being one to miss such a heroic attempt at live-action, low-budgeted adaptation, sought to buy tickets to see a Saturday matinee performance of it. At a paltry $25 per ticket (plus applicable convenience charges), this 80-minute uninterupted spectacle of postmodernism is well worth the price of admission.

Without spoiling too much, this envisioning of the 1949 George Orwell novel does a more-than-adequate job at capturing the disconnected, lonely feeling of Winston's troubles throughout the course of the story. Naturally, minor details are cut in favor of cramming the main plot points into something that's just barely under an hour and a half, but the important bits are there. It's done by a group of artists known as the Godlight Theater Company, who have worked on similar adaptations of other novels such …

hunter poetry workshops!

Dear Hunter Writers,

The Olivetree Review is launching a new section to their publication. The Olivetree Review's Poetry and Fiction Workshop. This is a completely voluntary intiative and will be unconventional to the regular workshop classes you may already have. The goal here is to take an intimate look at the works submitted. So, you will get a chance to communicate what you're trying to say while getting 100% feedback on what you wish to write about. This meeting will happen twice a month on a Friday.

If you'd like to participate, send your work to olivetreeshoppe@gmail.com by the Monday deadline.
We will accept submissions the Monday of the appropriate workshop. This is the schedule for the remainder of the Spring 2009 semester.

Poetry Deadline: Monday 4/6 ----------------Workshop Friday 4/10

Fiction Deadline: Monday 4/20 --------------Workshop Friday 4/24

Poetry Deadline: Monday 5/4 --------------- Workshop Friday 5/8

Fiction Deadline: Monday 5/18 -------------- Workshop Fr…

day for night. DON'T ARGUE.

Tomorrow: Tuesday March 24th:
Heather Armstrong of www.dooce.com is reading.
I love her blog: writing, photography, lapsed mormonism. Good stuff. She makes a living off of blogging - and - apparently - putting together a book whose pages I will pick up and graze/gaze on.She's at Barnes and Noblez. The one in Chelsea. It's free. And it's at 7pm.
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Do you want to see Alyssa Milano on Wednesday? Want a signed copy of a book she "wrote?" Then google it yourself,cause I'm not posting it here.
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Lifted from Bluestockings.com :
Saturday, March 28th @ 7PM - $5 Suggested
Open Mic: Ya-Ya Network “NYC Sex Education”
The Youth Activists - Youth Allies Network (Ya-Ya) is welcomes Breasts Not Bombs to lead a discussion on sex education in New York City. Sex education in public schools intends scare young people away from sex. Come discuss methods of staying sex-positive in a sex-negative societ…

Places to go besides the 68th street "bistro."

Hungry?
Nosh on some words and take off your sweater:

Thursday: March 15th at 6:30pm
Steven Greenhouse
@The Tenement Museum Shop
108 Orchard St (at Delancey St)
212-982-8420
Subway: F to Delancey St; J, M, Z to Delancey–Essex Sts

A FREE event!
Whats going down:
Where is Eugene Debs when you need him? American labor has been under assault for years, and Greenhouse discusses the plight of blue-collar citizens in his book, The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker.

RKOMMENTARY:
Feeling shafted? I've been meaning to visit the Tenement Museum for awhile. My class was recently in a documentary about Anzia Yeserskia (should be released to festivals by the end of the year and on PBS in about a year - I'm the one that makes a remark concerning one of the characters in Bread Givers and then stupidly eyes the camera, ruining the shot- it'll probably get cut)
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Saturday: March 21st @ 8pm
The one, the only:
Paul Muldoon
Ripping it up @ the Bowery Poetry Club
30…

Poetry Contest Goodness

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Going out about town? For your consideration:

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Feel like getting out and doing something instead of watching Law and Order or following Lance Armstrong's Twitter?

Wednesday March 11th:

National Book Critics Circle Reading 2009
6 PM
Tishman Auditorium, The New School
66 West 12th St (Between 5th and 6th Aves)
The Circle presents awards for the year’s finest books.


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Thursday March 12th:

New York State of Mind: An Evening of NYC Fiction and Poetry
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St (between Bleecker and W 4th Sts)
http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com
Tickets: $12 (includes one drink)

Norman Beim, Perry Brass, Robert W. Cabell and others will be on hand to discuss literature and the future of publishing.

(seems like this could be interesting but get grim...personal aside: condolences to my Godsister on her lay-off)
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Also on Thursday:
@ the 92 street Y (Lex and 92nd)
Rae Armantrout and Cole Swensen
Tickets are $10 if you'r…

"ID Me" - National Writing Contest - 1st Generation Press

1st Generation Press, Inc., a New York-based independent publishing house committed to discovering the unconventional and the unexpected, is proud to present its 1st annual "ID Me" contest. Open to all college students at both undergraduate and graduate levels. "ID Me" seeks original, unpublished nonfiction memoirs exploring the theme of "identity."

The top twenty authors will be published in an anthology and the top three authors will receive cash prizes (first place: $250; second place: $100; third Place: $50). Each of the top twenty authors will receive a complimentary copy of the anthology upon publication.

A short cover letter, a current copy of education transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable), and an entry fee of $10.00 (in the form of a check or money order only, made out to "1st Generation Press, Inc.") must accompany each submission. All submissions must be typed, between 6000-15000 words, 12pt Times New Roman font. Please …