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InDigest 1207 Tonight

Attention New Yorkers!!

Tonight is InDigest 1207, again. We've got two great readers tonight: James Hannaham, author of God Says No [McSweeneys, 2009] and Ricardo Alberto Maldonado, who has a couple of poems that will appear in the very next issue of InDigest.

As always, the revelry starts at 6pm and the reading will start at 7pm at (le) Poisson Rouge on Bleecker.

There is a new issue of InDigest - And a New Site For You to Check out

Dear Readers and InDigest Enthusiasts,

After months of hard work by our small and dedicated staff and a designer/programmer team whose talents are innumerable, InDigest is back and by far better than ever. With a new monthly column by Alex Lemon, poetry by Matt Hart and Rodrigo Toscano, fiction from J.C. Hallman, Poet Ada Limón and Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff InDialogue, and so much more, this welcome-back issue is amazing, and we feel, well worth the wait.

In other news, InDigest 1207 has been happening all along and will continue tomorrow night at (le) Poisson Rouge in New York City with the writers James Hannaham (author of God Says No from McSweeneys) and Ricardo Alberto Maldonado. You can also consider this reading a preview of December's Poetics section of InDigest, in which Maldonado's poems will appear. As with all 1207s there will be a happy hour starting at 6pm, with the reading starting around 7pm. This 1207 will also be a celebration of the new site, so get there early and help us celebrate.

Now back to the new issue. Enjoy!

InDialogue: Ada Limón and Will Sheff
The poet Ada Limón sat down with Will Sheff of Okkervil River in a conversation that "spirals into more of an ethereal dialogue about the struggles of the artist’s life and how one attempts to remain anchored in a world of constant over-stimulation." Also, we've reprinted our interview with Reverend Billy, "Beware the Shopocalypse." He's the Green Party candidate for Mayor of New York City, so we thought it appropriate.

Erratica: A New Monthly Column from Alex Lemon, as well as columns on Art, Theater, and Books.
We are very pleased to have past Poetics contributor Alex Lemon back with a new monthly column, "A Visit to Planet Lemtron." Alex's memoir, Happy, one of the most anticipated books of the year, is due out in late December. You'll also find new columns on Theater and Art, as well as your old favorite, Bedside Stacks. It's like coming home again, isn't it?

Music: A Tour Diary from Peter Silberman of The Antlers & Two New Music Columns.
Peter Silberman gives an inside look at the strangeness of touring: "By now we’re starting to think alike. Making the same movements, wanting the same food, reacting to things the same way. We call it 'tour brain,' and the further in we get, the harder it is to divorce." Also: Two music columns premier, discussing Zak Sally's debut solo album, "Fear of Song," and just what makes "Someone Great" by LCD Soundsystem such a great song.

Poetics: Featuring Poems by Matt Hart, Rodrigo Toscano, Isaac Sullivan, and Fredrick Zydek.
From Matt Hart's "Waking Fit":

At last the dawn. The dawn cuts up.
And I can almost breathe again. The breath
goes smoke again. It’s a smoke like balloons
when they’re clearing their throats.

And, for the first time on InDigest, watch a poem!

Narratives: Stories from J.C. Hallman and Nonfiction from Charles Greene.
Two stories from J.C. Hallman's collection The Hospital for Bad Poets (Milkweed Editions) and an essay on the influence of tv on identity and race, "My Life on TV."

Gallery: The work of Alexandra Compain-Tissier
Paris-based illustrator and painter Alexandra Compain-Tissier’s work is both classic and perhaps low-fi in style, but modern in context. It’s not shiny or computer generated, like so many of her contemporaries. Her work weaves between the worlds of fine art and illustration, ranging from painting exhibitions, editorial assignments, music videos, and creating shoes and perfume bottles for a massive department store campaign for Saks Fifth Avenue.

As always, thanks for reading,

David & Dustin
InDigest Editors

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What We've Been Reading

I'm not reading a whole lot right now, as it's the midterm season and I'm just doing a lot of school work. However, I did finish In Cold Blood and I'm nearly done with The Beginning of the Fields, and neither book has disappointed.

I think the most interesting thing I've read recently is a short story by David Foster Wallace called "Good People." It was published in that creaky bastion of glossy high lit, The New Yorker, sometime in 2007. I'm a big fan of David Foster Wallace's writing, having read most everything he's written (save for his 1990 co-authored nonfiction book, Signifying Rappers, and his nigh-impossible to find book on infinity, Everything and More.) The story is exceedingly simple and incredibly sincere and heartfelt. I don't want to say too much about it, as the discovery of the conflict and the characters is surprising and moving. But it made me mourn the loss of a man and a writer who was clearly moving into new and interesting territory.