No Buts About It

Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons are problematic. So is the word many of its critics keep using. Over the past two years, I’ve become obsessed with buts. One T. The conjunction. Buts have always been around, but lately they are too visible, to commonplace. In the two days since the Charlie Hebdo killings, I’ve tried to kick this […]

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Toxic? A Response to Robert Boucheron’s Article in The Review Review

Lighten up. Seriously. Pretty sure we’ve read that somewhere. Oh wow. My designer and I are going to make blackout poetry of this article during lunch, and I can already tell it will be AMAZING. But first, to engage with the text itself: #5. No search results Internet search engines cannot find the magazine by […]

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What is an “Indie” Press?

When anyone can upload a Word .doc and call it an E-book, what are we “independent” from? Yesterday on Twitter, eBookNoir asked a question: @eBookNoir “Indie” is more of an umbrella term, comprising self-pub and small press. — Bicycle Comics (@BicycleComics) July 15, 2014 We had a lengthy back-and-forth on Twitter, but to summarize my […]

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The Completely Effable Business of Poetry

I’m not wild about linking to William Logan’s article, but even MY MOM is cutting it out of the New York Times and MAILING it to me: I’ll save you the bother of reading it. Every New York Times op-ed with a headline such as “Nobody Buys Poetry Books Anymore” is the victim of poor […]

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Teaching Iambic Pentameter in Schools (update)

National Poetry Month is a month away, but we’re seeing a pronounced uptick from teachers requesting our iambic pentameter worksheets and our sonnet puzzles. Two things: We will only E-mail answer keys to teachers/professors who provide a bona fide .edu or .org E-mail address. If we can’t find you with a quick Google or LinkedIn […]

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How to Make a Poetry Anthology for Amazon Kindle: An HTML and EPUB Primer

It’s time for anthologies without apologies. The Yellow Buick Review is a groundbreaking new poetry anthology. It is also totally fake. The poems of the first issue (spoiler alert!) are the first seven paragraphs of Lorem Ipsum nonsense text. It’s available now for all major E-reader platforms. We worked really, really hard on it. Which […]

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The Venn Diagram of Internet Stupid.

There’s stupid, and then there’s Internet Stupid. Internet Stupid is way worse, but fortunately, it’s curable if caught early.

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A Startup Idea Whose Time Has Come

Artie went to TWO different startup pitch events today. This is what happens inside his cartoon/poet brain when he spends this much time around technically-minded people. For the record, the people at American Airlines were very gracious and took it all in stride.    

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A Style Guide for a Poetry Anthology

Anthologies are some of the hardest books to edit, all the more so when we’re not technically the editors. From the freewheeling, unscripted barbaric yawp of the modern poetry slam, we aim to create a professional, printed book that can hold its own with any other anthology out this year. That can be a tall […]

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Amazon Announces Kindle Indenture: Print & Digital Editions, Plus Two Hours of Domestic Help from Beloved Authors.

SEATTLE–Sep. 5, 2013– (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon today introduced Kindle Indenture: a new program that gives customers the chance to buy–for $1.99–the Kindle edition of print books they have purchased new from Amazon. Additionally, members of Amazon Prime will be able to bundle up to two hours of household labor from participating authors for just $9.99. Over 20,000 […]

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