February 23, 2009

This is neat: Drew McWeeny of HitFix.com posted his Sundance "Mystery Team" review. It is insanely positive, and it would have been very cool for anyone to have written it, but it has additional meaning for me because for many years, the dude wrote under the alias Moriarty on Ain't It Cool News, which if you were a internet-addicted movie geek in high school in the early two-thousands was simply the joint. The news and reviews on the site in general were wildly disparate in terms of accuracy and quality but his reviews were consistently well-written and trustworthy. It's like a tiny forgotten deity from my past came out of the woodwork to endorse something me and my friends have put the last year and a half of our lives into. Psyched! Thank you very much, Drew.


Also cool: Got this e-mail from my friend Tim today. We were in an improv group together in college, and now he teaches high school here in New York.

So I'm teaching 11th + 12th grade English, and we're starting a poetry unit, and I put a folder of over 100 random poems at each table and kids just rummaged through them for twenty minutes or so looking for poems they really liked. At the end of the period, I asked them to just write me a short note and let me know what their favorite poem was and why. 2 of the 70 or so kids who did this today wrote down a poem I'd called "Untitled," by DC Pierson (the one that starts off "When I was a child I liked to / lay in bed Saturday mornings." That's 2 kids out of 70 who chose your poem over Pablo Neruda, Nikki Giovanni, Walt Whitman, ee cummings, Langston Hughes etc! Crazy!

Anyway I thought that'd sound cool to you.

That totally sounds cool to me! I plan to put a sticker reading "1 in every 35 American high schoolers prefer the poetry of DC Pierson to that of better-known and indisputably superior poets!" on the cover of my first collection. I would also like the cover to be a photograph of me standing on Walt Whitman's grave, mean-mugging the gravestone while holding up a gaudy gold chain that's around my neck as if to say, "What up now?"

Seriously though, this made my day. It is a crazy huge honor that you included me, Tim. (Poem in full here.)


According to a forthcoming biography, ODB had schizophrenic delusions of being haunted by a gay ghost named Christoph.

I have heard a number of stories from people who've lived in New York longer than I have about seeing ODB around everywhere. Apparently he was kind of a fixture. All of the stories have one thing in common: ODB was on the street, and ODB was barefoot.

They don't make 'em like that anymore.

Posted by DC at February 23, 2009 09:47 PM
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oh my god, he compared it to pee wee's big adventure! i would be on cloud 9.

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Incidentally, I used that poem as an example in my really stupid Writer's Craft class.

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