Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The art of list-making

BBC News - The art of list-making

1) Start with a personal experience of list-making - like the time I wrote a list of things I didn't want to do that day. It was long.
2) Statistics on the wider use of list-making (include witticism on the nature of stereotyping and statistics) - should 25% of post, no more or single Rhodesian males between 27 and 29 years of age will get bored.
3) Add a picture - get more hits that way.
4) Sign up to Google Analytics to tracks radical increase of hits.
5) Conclude by writing a list as part of the discussion of lists. This is a defining moment and will be sure to increase hits even further.
6) Check the latest stats of hits.
7) Check again.
8) Reinforce to readers that it's not all about the hits. It's about the quality, the art. I write for me and me only. If someone else likes what I write, that is great, but essentially I'm here to please myself. Or at least organise myself. My thoughts. Organise my thoughts. Rationalise my thoughts. Make sure I don't get off topic. Focus I guess you could say. Yes focus. I like that.

Poetry Daily: A Dozen Rainy-Day Couplets, by Killian O'Donnell

A cool Irish poem.

Poetry Daily: A Dozen Rainy-Day Couplets, by Killian O'Donnell

Thursday, April 15, 2010

David Foster Wallace's first ever poem

David Foster Wallace poem that he wrote when he was six.
God I hope no one ever does that to me.

Rae Armantrout wins Pulitzer!

Rae Armantrout has won the Pulitzer with her wondeful book Versed.
Congratulations to her!

It was one of the better books I read last year. See here for my thoughts on it at the time. Although, having just read the post, I appear quite scathing. Must remember to be more balanced in the future. It really is a beautiful book.
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