Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Maybe you consider yourself “secular” — an atheist, perhaps, or at least agnostic, and generally just completely unconcerned with God or religion or church or any of that. It’s not like you’ve “left” the faith or killed God; he never existed in the Brooklyn you call home. Indeed, in the circles you run in, matters of spirituality or transcendence just never arise. The existential world is flat. You’re over it. Let’s move on. Sure, we’re all trying to “find” significance or “make” meaning and vaguely trying to figure out just what the hell this is all about. But c’mon: that doesn’t mean we’re going to entertain fairy tales. Which is why you’re constantly puzzled by all these people you read about in the Times or the New Yorker who are, like, super religious — who can’t imagine that God doesn’t exist. They seem to inhabit some other universe than your own. Jamie Smith, How (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor (via eerdblurbs)
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Nice review of The Second Sex in Booklist, not that you can read it online. In part:

Robbins’ first book of poems, Alien vs. Predator (2012), captured a large audience with its young, fresh voice rich in nuance, melancholy, and audacity. His second title possesses even more attitude, more self-deprecation, more wisdom. The book is rock ’n’ roll, political and not, timely, and lyrical. These 36 poems reveal Robbins’ critical eye as he takes in the peripheral and delivers tough revelations. “Sonnets to Edward Snowden,” which addresses the complex query “Who is the United States?”, is a standout.

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A new episode of On Stage at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe is up! It features clips from Integrating Influence: A Poetry Reading and Discussion, Say It to My Face: Confronting the Comments Section, and Hey Ladies! Live. You can listen (and subscribe!) on Soundcloud or iTunes. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

UPDATE UPDATE: Now it works again for some reason.

UPDATE: The song stopped working here for some reason, but it can be found on Shannon’s blog here.

Shannon McArdle, formerly of the Mendoza Line (one of my favorite bands), has made a song of my poem "Country Music," to be included on her forthcoming album, A Touch of Class. Proud to premiere it here.

"Country Music"

Engineered by Clint Newman. Masterfully performed by Clint Newman (guitar, drums, shaker) and Bob van Pelt (bass). Interpreted and performed by Shannon McArdle, Shandelion Music (BMI).

lyrics by Michael Robbins

(N.B. The poem, as it appears online at The New Yorker, is misprinted without stanza breaks. It should appear in quatrains.)

© Shannon McArdle & Shandelion Music
lyrics © Michael Robbins

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