THE WEEK: MARCH 19-23.

EDITOR’S PICKS:

Ben Marcus & Ryan Britt
http://greenlightbookstore.com/event/ben-marcus-ryan-britt
03/19/2012-03/19/2012
7:30pm-

Our ongoing Blogger/Author Pairings series features conversations between authors and bloggers who share territories, passions, and preoccupations. New York City-based author Ben Marcus discusses his new novel, The Flame Alphabet, with blogger Ryan Britt, a teacher at The Gotham Writers’ Workshop and staff writer for the popular science fiction and fantasy blog, Tor.com and Tor’s series “Genre in the Mainstream.” In The Flame Alphabet, the most maniacally gifted writer of our generation delivers a work of heartbreak and horror, a novel about how far we will go, and the sorrows we will endure, in order to protect our families. Both morally engaged and wickedly entertaining, a gripping page-turner as strange as it is moving, this intellectual horror story ensures Ben Marcus’s position in the first rank of American novelists. The event is hosted by series curator Ron Hogan, creator of the seminal literary blog Beatrice.com.

ECSTATIC MUSIC FEST: DAN DEACON WITH NOW ENSEMBLE & THE CALDER QUARTET
http://kaufman-center.org/mch/event/new-sounds-live-dan-deacon-now-ensemble-the-calder-quartet
03/20/2012-03/20/2012
7:30pm-

Dan Deacon (pictured) returns to the Ecstatic Music Festival after last year’s sold-out show, this time writing a series of new works for acclaimed chamber groups NOW Ensemble (“a deft young group gaining attention,” New Yorker) and the Calder Quartet (“outstanding,” New York Times), both for the individual ensembles and for the two together in a mini-chamber orchestra.

Crystal Fighters, Tubetops, Antoine Karl & The Woofgang (DJ Set)
http://glasslands.blogspot.com/
03/19/2012-03/19/2012
8:30pm-

Crystal Fighters, Tubetops, Antoine Karl & The Woofgang (DJ Set)

Heidi Julavits: The Vanishers
http://www.centerforfiction.org/calendar/heidi-julavits-the-vanishers/
03/20/2012-03/20/2012
7pm-

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Sigma By Pamela Murray Winters.

They watch you on the box in Cyprus, worship you sextile
in the American board room. In ancient Rome,
they draped themselves over you to await the platters.

In Mega Man videogames, children fire on you.
In the fleshly world, Smith and Wesson hold you
in stinking hands and fire on others.

You bond in chemistry, deviate in statistics. You’re
volatile in the marketplace, sporty in Germany,
a busy beaver in computability theory. You’re a guitar,

the great Martin’s budget line, established the same year
lithium was prescribed to stabilize the psyche
and four kids died in Kent. Are you expedient?

How many bros and bras fly your flag? In Brazil,
you were carried in the Pajama Putsch, a right-wing attack.
Here, you’re too often the shape of the outline

of the bent body of some dumb sick kid
looking to be liked, looking to be alpha.


Pamela Murray Winters is a native of Takoma Park, Maryland. Her poems have appeared or will appear in Gargoyle, Gettysburg Review, JMWW, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Takoma Park Writers 1981, and other publications. She works at a major scientific association. Her natural habitat is the front row of a Richard Thompson concert.