Monday, April 27, 2015

At The Five-Two: "Con Man" by Joe Barnes

© by Gerald So | | 6:00 A.M.

This week, Lineup alum Joe Barnes offers "Con Man":

30 Days of The Five-Two comes to a close this week. I hope you've enjoyed. If you're inspired to do a writeup on any of our poems, email it to me, and I'll include it in this or next year's tour.

Monday, April 20, 2015

At The Five-Two

© by Gerald So | | 6:00 A.M.

This week, Robert Cooperman confronts the Religious Right with "Facts":

We are two-thirds through 30 Days of The Five-Two. If you're inspired, submit to guest editor Karen Petersen by May 15 to be published June 8.

Monday, April 13, 2015

At The Five-Two: "Man Stalked Woman..."

© by Gerald So | | 5:45 A.M.

This week, a poem by A.J. Huffman with audio reading by me:

We're about halfway through 30 Days of The Five-Two. If you're inspired, join in anytime.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Netflix's Daredevil

© by Gerald So | | 4:30 P.M.

I happened to be mostly free today, so I watched all thirteen episodes more or less back-to-back starting shortly after 3:00 A.M. Eastern. I'm quite the Daredevil fan, so this review may not be very objective or entirely spoiler-free, but I will try. The moment I heard about it, I knew I'd be watching this show, so I avoided any hype or reviews beforehand.

I found the performances excellent across the board, particularly Bob Gunton as the Kingpin's mouthy accountant, Leland Owlsley, and Toby Leonard Moore, as Fisk's scarily loyal right-hand man, James Wesley. On Team Good, Matt, Foggy, Karen, and Ben Urich each followed their own leads to intricate storylines. No one seemed secondary nor did they team up too quickly. In the same way Daniel Craig made me forget anyone else had played James Bond, Charlie Cox and company washed away 2003's choppily cut Daredevil movie. (I thought the director's cut too long by comparison.)

I'm sure Daredevil fans are watching, but if you're looking to be properly introduced to the characters, this is the Daredevil we fans want you to see.

Monday, April 06, 2015

James O. Born Interview

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Career law enforcement officer James O. Born's new novel, Scent of Murder, on sale tomorrow, focuses on K-9 police work. Preparing to tour for the book, Jim made time to answer my emailed questions.

At The Five-Two: Dennis Weiser

© by Gerald So | | 5:30 A.M.

We're up to Day 6 of 30 Days of The Five-Two, and our Poem of the Week is "Entrepreneur's Primer":

And posting to The Five-Two at noon today, Charles Rammelkamp's commentary on Roger Netzer's "You Didn't Mean to Kill Anyone".

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Back to Noir at the Bar NYC, Sunday, April 12

© by Gerald So | | 10:15 A.M.

At the invitation of friend and organizer Thomas Pluck, I'll be reading at Noir at the Bar NYC Sunday, April 12, 6:00–9:00 P.M. at Shade, 241 Sullivan Street, along with Julia Dahl, Dan Krokos, Pluck, Alex Segura, S.A. Solomon, Jeff Soloway, Clare Toohey, and Rich Zahradnik.

Apropos of national poetry month, I'm reading three of my poems, from Noir Riot and BEAT to a PULP, including one about that good drinker Charles Bukowski. I will also have three copies of Silver Birch Press's NOIR Erasure Poetry anthology for you to win. I look forward to meeting everyone.

Speaking of, 30 Days of The Five-Two continues today with B.V. Lawson musing the musicality of six poems.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

30 Days of The Five-Two

© by Gerald So | | 2:30 P.M.

No fooling. It's time for another 30 Days of The Five-Two blog tour.

This year I've made it as spontaneous as a blog tour can be. Most days feature a Five-Two poem that may inspire you to join the tour with a blog post or comment. If you are inspired, email G_SO at YAHOO dot COM and I'll link to your post on the schedule.

It all starts with Catherine Wald's hardboiled creation story, "Eve Shrugged".