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“The Coen brothers make two kinds of movies: ones that obsess over the existence of evil and ones that muse on it, accept it merrily, and plow on.” -Dana Stevens

Serious :

A Serious Man (2009)
No Country for Old Men (2007)
The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)
Fargo (1996)
Miller’s Crossing (1990)
Blood Simple (1984)


True Grit (2010)
Burn After Reading (2008)
The Ladykillers (2004)
Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Barton Fink (1991)
Raising Arizona (1987)

“Moreover, this is something that drives me insane when we talk about how illegal downloading is the enemy of all things good and noble and pure. The thing I didn’t say during that speech because I knew I had lost the audience, but that I really wanted say was, look. I understand if I say, “people want to download our work,” your kneejerk response is going to be “then pay me for it.” Everybody wants to be paid for their work, if for no other reason than so they can keep doing it. But for the love of God, give me 1/16 of a second between saying that and your kneejerk reponse to take in and revel in the fact that people all over the world are hungrily downloading our stuff because they have a hunger for it and they want it. I wanted to say, I guarantee you that down the street, at the poetry convention, no one is giving this speech. No one is talking about illegal downloading because no one downloads poetry. They all want what we do, and they want it internationally, and they want it now.”

[Legally¬†download Atsuro Riley reading poetry from his debut “Romey’s Order” here]


“I was more concerned with committing on paper a variety of abuses, such as overwriting. I will spare everybody a detailed discussion of all the overwriting that occurs in these stories, except to mention how distressed I am at the number of tendrils that keep showing up. I still don’t even know for sure what a tendril is. I think I took the word from T.S. Eliot. I have nothing against tendrils personally, but my overuse of the word is a good example of what can happen when you spend too much time and energy on words alone.”

11. Thetis’ Heel : Hester Knibbe (May)

10. The Two Times I Loved You Most in the Car : Dorothea Grossman (Mar)

9. Love Poem : Dora Malech (Nov)

8. Feeling the draft : Bob Hicok (Oct)

7. Impromptu : J. Allyn Rosser (Feb)

6.¬† God’s Promises : Paul Hoover (Jun)

5. Testament : Connie Voisine (July/Aug)

4. Erstwhile Harbinger Auspices : Matthew Zapruder (Sept)

3. Lark & Merlin : Tom Pickard (Dec)

2. H1N1 : Robyn Schiff (Apr)

1. A Hymn : Fanny Howe (Jan)

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