Posted by League Commissioner on May 31, 2012 0 Comments
Walt "Wally" Whitman, the erstwhile center fielder for the American Canons and pitcher for the Cosmic All-Stars, turns 193 today.
While very much the crafty veteran, the joy and exuberance with which Whitman takes the field while platooning with R.W. Emerson is evidenced in every bare-footed step he takes in the outfield grass.
In celebration of his birthday, we're presenting an excerpt from his little-known poetic homage to his American Canons teammate and captain, Ahab.
from "O Captain! My Captain!"
O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful season's done; The team has weatherd every series, the penant we sought is won; The trophy's near, the fans I hear, the scoreboard us exulting, While follow eyes the final strike, the bleachers are rejoicing: But O heart! heart! heart! I think my eyes do fail, Where on the mound my Captain stands, He's pitching to a whale.
O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the cheers; Rise up–for you the crowd goes mad–for you they chug their beers; For you they clap and chant your name–for you bleachers are a-crowding; For you they call, the waving mass, their eager faces turning; Here Captain! dear pitcher! With an arm as if a wish It is some dream that on the mound, Youre throwing to a fish.
My Captain does not answer, he thinks only of the hitter; My pitcher does not hear my voice, he sends forth his final splitter; The season's ended safe and sound, the final road-trip done; The last game, then on a plane, come in with penant won; Exult, O fans, and blare, PA system! But I, surprised and sick, Watch my Captain dragged from the field, Attached to Moby-Dick.
Posted by League Commissioner on January 24, 2012 0 Comments
This past weekend we had the pleasure of meeting Los Angeles-based artist, Monster Kat.
We were strolling through the Hollywood Farmers Market when we noticed the wonderful piece of artwork pictured below. Monster Kat paints her creatures on pages from vintage, recycled books. Each monster painting is unique and some even come with a "name" and "character trait." You can visit her site monstertrocity and browse through the current monster paintings in her library.
This project reminds us a bit of one our favorite book/art-object crossovers, Tom Phillips' amazing The Humument. We suppose we owe The Humument a post of its own. We'll get on that...
Posted by League Commissioner on November 24, 2011 0 Comments
This week we posted an article on our blog pairing books and beers. Dogfish Head's brewmaster Sam Calagione was kind enough to give some suggestions, and we asked around the web for suggestions. We're pleased to tell you about three of our favorite pairings, and we're awarding each of the three suggesters a free Novel-T:
#1: Posted by Jeff Stern
Fullsteam’s Carver Sweet Potato Lager with Raymond Carver’s short fiction, Abita Turbo Dog with John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King and Rogue Dead Guy with Doug Dorst’s Alive in Necropolis.
I went for actual style/feel pairings rather than strictly going for the best pun.
#2: Posted and Tweeted by Va_YetiFan (@RVABrewspaper) @dogfishbeer @Novel_Tshirts Hunter Thompson's The Rum Diary & @AveryBrewingCo Rumpkin. Both get weird and seductive.
#3 Tweeted by Jay Paul Daly (@sub3marathon)
How about Bell's Two Hearted and Poe's A Tell Tale Heart? @Novel_Tshirts: beer/book pairings prizes for gr8 answersbit.ly/tm0Rp0
Winners should send us an email at info(AT)novel-t.com and we'll be pleased to reward you with your prize!