Forecast for the Future

"Every individual without exception bears a potential writer within himself. The reason is that everyone has trouble accepting the fact that he will disappear unheard of and unnoticed in an indifferent universe, and everyone wants to make himself into a universe of words before it's too late. 

Once the writer in every individual comes to life (and that time is not that far off), we are in for an age of universal deafness and lack of understanding."

- Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

Saturday, January 5, 2008

The Next Four Weeks of Hyperliving / Manifesto, Pt. II

Ok, first things first: as Week O winds to a close, I will now post the Hyperliving schedule for the next four weeks.

Week 1, Jan 6-12: Talk to a stranger and try to have a meaningful conversation
Week 2, Jan 13-19**: Write a different type of poem each day (suggestions requested)
Week 3, Jan 20-26**: Make a different themed 60 min. cd mix each day (themes requested)
Week 4, Jan 26-Feb 2: No music listening for the week

Pre-Planning Notes:
Week 2 -- There aren't a million types of poems out there, but there are many. I'd love some suggestions from folks about which I should choose among the sestinas, sonnets, limericks, villanelles, odes, et al. This is also a great project for others to take part in, especially since I never write poetry while many of you actually do.
Week 3 -- This might be the most fun/punishing week for me of them all as making mixes is one of my favorite things to do, but I like slaving and obsessing over the details. Would love it if anyone wanted to submit to me via email/comments any particular themes you would like me cover (anger, love, cities of the world, things Brian Eno has been associated with, quiet sounds, etc). When I'm done I'll post the tracklisting and a zip file of the mix.

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Secondly, I've gotten some great suggestions from folks about possible weeks, so keep them coming. I've had a few different thoughts since posting that initial sample of 25 (i've changed a few since then so check it again now) and it's become clear to me that, as much as possible, I want each of these weeks to be meaningful in a certain way and give me something interesting to say. I welcome any thoughts you have.

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2 comments:

elizabeth said...

you should certainly sestina, sonnet, and villanelle. if i were you i would also pantoum and cento. and what about other kinds of poems, beyond formal considerations? an aubade to keep your ode company?

ebad said...

I think you should only eat foods of one color for one week. Then you will also poop only that color. Beets are a good place to start.

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