Justin Jacoby Smith is an organizer, web geek, Buddhist, and poet.

stuff I've read this year

Flesh and Blood Poems by C.K. WilliamsIf Walt Whitman had lived through the Cold War, he would have written this book.

The Inmates are Running the Asylum by Alan Cooper Software sucks cause it's designed by technologists instead of humanists.

Reading the OED by Ammon Shea There are a lot of really, really awesome words in the history of the English language. Forgive my matrisation, but armed with this book you'll rarely find yourself engaged in psittacism ever again.

Hamlet: Poem Unlimited by Harold Bloom Hamlet isn't as transcendent as Harold Bloom says it is. But it's pretty fucking good.

Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky Belsky's productivity system isn't so different from GTD & the others, but his focus on action above all else is a refreshing wake-up call to keep your head out of the clouds.

Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain This is Cain's Steinbeck imitation, but I prefer him when he's writing like a dime-store hack. Give me Postman Always Rings Twice any day.

The Virtual Embodied: Presence|Practice|Technology edited by John Wood I should know better than to waste my time with outdated anthologies of tech think pieces.

The World Doesn't End Poems by Charles Simic I don't get you, man.

Archy & Mehitabel by Don Marquis A poet reincarnates as a cockroach & befriends a cat. They commandeer their owner's typewriter for long whimsical narrative poems about their adventures in 1920s New York. So fun.

Against the American Dream Essays on Bukowski by Russell Harrison Bukowski did something rare and special, and nobody before or since can touch him. But he's kind of like the Phish of poetry--I'm a little embarrassed to be a fan.

After Dark, My Sweet by Jim Thompson Oh look, it's the template for every Cohen Brothers movie.