“A writer’s notebook is not a diary. Writers react. Writers need a place to record these reactions. That’s what a writer’s notebook is for. It gives you a place to write down what makes you angry or sad or amazed, to write down what you noticed and don’t want to forget. A writer’s notebook gives you a place to live like a writer.” - Ralph Fletcher

 


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Another lazy #Caturday for @Bodhi519 at #njpoet HQ. #poet #cat

Another lazy #Caturday for @Bodhi519 at #njpoet HQ. #poet #cat


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Young computer geniuses who embrace the logic of private property and corporate power, who launch start-ups and seek to join the 1 percent before they’re 25, are the heroes of our culture. Those who use technology to empower the public commons and to challenge the intertwined forces of corporate greed and state corruption, however, are the enemies of progress and must be crushed.


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#ProTip for the Internet #writer: drop the URL every chance you get. #njpoet

#ProTip for the Internet #writer: drop the URL every chance you get. #njpoet


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Mercury in Retrograde on Friday the 13th [whatever that means] #njpoet #photography

Mercury in Retrograde on Friday the 13th [whatever that means] #njpoet #photography


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Not Here For The Fame...

Them: "You should write a book!"

Me: "You already read my essays and other posts on my blog. Why does it need to be in a book? I've considered a book but it is not a particular goal at the moment and I don't want to explain why that is, but I can assure you that structural inequality is a factor."

Them: "You should teach at a college!"

Me: "Are you hiring? Because I cannot hire myself and stick myself on a campus; I am sure they would call security."

Them: "You should be on MSNBC!"

Me: "Did I state that I want to be on television? Or is that *your* dream? Can people just tweet MSNBC and demand to appear there and then pop up on a show?"

Them: "You should do public speaking at events that Whites approve of, like TED or TEDx."

Me: "Did I state that I want to do public speaking? I mean, in multiple posts I made my goals and audience clear for Gradient Lair, I am unclear about the ambiguity."

Them: "Well how do you expect your message to get out there then?"

Me: "Out to whom? The thousands who share it daily, the hundreds of thousands who view it every month? Who else, since my primary target are other Black women? Do you mean 'out there' to Whites so that you can finally view my work as valid once it has their blessing?"

Them: "But...don't you want to be seen, to be famous for your work?"

Me: "No."

Them: "Well, if not here for fame and mainstream approval, will you do this project for me for free? I mean you don't care about money either then, right?"

Me: "Um, exploitation of labor is OPPRESSION and CAPITALISM, the things you supposedly also hate."

Them: "Then what's the point if it's not for fame?"

Me: "When you learn the answer to this question, then you'll know everything."


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What can we writers learn from lizards, lift from birds? In quickness is truth. The faster you blurt, the more swiftly you write, the more honest you are. In hesitation is thought. In delay comes the effort for a style, instead of leaping upon truth which is the only style worth deadfalling or tiger-trapping.

Ray Bradbury


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How do you ensure ‘greater worker insecurity’? Crucially, by not guaranteeing employment, by keeping people hanging on a limb that can be sawed off at any time, so that they’d better shut up, take tiny salaries, and do their work; and if they get the gift of being allowed to serve under miserable conditions for another year, they should welcome it and not ask for any more.


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PANEL: DISTRIBUTION TRENDS

DESCRIPTION: Players from both the traditional and emerging worlds of distribution…


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Why We Share What We Share

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By now you’re probably familiar with the story regarding Lisa Bonchek Adams and her detractors, The Kellers. I am firmly on Team Lisa, not only because we once shared the most lovely afternoon in the company of some seriously amazing women (watch your feet, here come the names): Rosanne Cash,…