April 25, 2008
As part of NEXT/GOFFO, The Green Lantern is setting up shop on the 7th floor of the Merchandise Mar from April 25th to the 28th, featuring a preview of NY artist Amanda Browder, and her installation piece “Arc de Triumph.” If you happen onto the 7th floor, come over to the GOFFO neighborhood, stop at “Old Country” (courtesy of Old Gold: my favorite downstairs wood-panel gallery ever), the wood-panel bar around the corner, get a drink. You can look out the window where we are–which is nice, because the fair is on one floor, with back-to-back booths and little to no breathing room. In our neighborhood, the 7-401’s,
it’s like going to an undiscovered neighborhood and finding good Polish food. So come, look out the window, take a breather and stare at the little people on the street way down below, take a break from
fluorescents and soak in some sun. Pretend it’s California. GOFFO’s got a swanky set up between the lot of us, an avenue of good times and reading material, sexy prints and projects.
Browder is a superstar. A co-host of BadatSports, she’s installed a herd of plush rocks, sewn and stuffed by hand. They’re sitting right now on top of a black and white tiled floor with a navajo blanket on the wall behind them that’s cut out like an arc; and a drippy painting hung like a diamond above it. All I’m saying is,
it’s just a whole lot of RAD RAD RAD.
The Green Lantern will also have its inventory of books available, including “God Bless the Squirrel Cage,” the last Chicago copy of “Urbesque,” “Sketches,” “Lust & Cashmere,” “Phonebook,”
“Paper&Carriage No.1,” 3 vinyl MALE records, an essay about ice-bound Englishmen who made their own newspaper, zines (free), and a listening area for The Parlor.
It’s the first time we’ve ever participated in a fair. Noah Singer of Imperfect Articles was kind enough to invite us (thanks Noah!), and it seems like a pretty wild scene. I can’t help feeling like the happy fool, walking around kind of anonymous, not knowing who’s who, but like a ghost feeling entitled to watch the frenzy.
Amanda Browder will show at the Green Lantern between May 30th and June 28th, in an exhibition called “CYCLONE.”
The Green Lantern Gallery, located on Milwaukee Avenue will keep it’s regular hours, (FRI 12-5, SA/SU 1-6) for Shannon Stratton’s show, “Restless.”
April 12, 2008
Many of you may not have heard about this yet, but we’ve recently discovered a website called “Myspace.” It’s a tiny little thing, but we hear it’s growing.
You can find us there at: http://www.myspace.com/greenlanternpress.
Stop by and make friends with us. Let’s help get this “Myspace” thing off the ground.
The Green Lantern. The avant-gardiest.
April 12, 2008
When I was in high school, my buddies and I would invent bands. We’d spend entire periods filling notebooks with album covers and track lists and liner notes. Between classes, especially at lunch, we’d exchange what we drew and offer suggestions for improvement. Although none of us knew how to play any instruments, I have the feeling that if any of these bands saw the light of day, they would have been unstoppable.
Sometimes the Green Lantern website feels like one of those notebooks—all book covers and descriptions, but no actual books. I can assure you, though, the books are real. Honestly. They’re right here on my bookshelf.
We’re currently working on getting a Paypal account up and running, but it’s way more involved than any of us expected. In the meantime, if you’re craving yourself some Green Lantern, here’s a few ways of getting our books into your hands:
1. Amazon. Everything on the website is available through Amazon.
2. Your local bookstore. We’ve just sent a few cases to our distributor, SPD. Hopefully, they’ll be finding their way to your local, independent bookstores some time soon.
3. Contact us. If you’re an agoraphobe with a disabled Amazon account, write Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m sure he’ll help you out.
Until then, we’ve got some big, fancy ideas for the website. Along with the regular, olde fashioned paper editions of the books, we’ll be offering all of them as downloadable, print-on-demand files, with your choice of covers to dress them up in. Selected titles will be available as mp3s as well. Better yet, the print-on-demand and audio versions of the books will be available free of charge (though no one will stop you from donating a little something, however small).
You’ll be the first to know when it’s up and running. Until then, we’ll do our best to keep ourselves easy to find.
April 10, 2008
My name is Alcide Bava and I will be updating this page from time to time. Although I will be doing most of the posting here, you’ll probably find something from everyone else on the Green Lantern staff, too. Caroline Picard is the director of the press. Say hi, Caroline!
Lily Robert-Foley is the assistant editor. If you see any book reviews, they’re probably written by Lily. Say hi, Lily!
Lily: Hi, Lily!
Stop that. Nick Sarno is the senior editor. Say hi, Nick!
Nick: Fine. Hello.
First of all, you may have noticed that the link that lead you here was “Blog Thing*”. Believe it or not, we weren’t trying to seem too cool for school. We just called it that because we couldn’t think of a better title. It was there to serve as a placeholder. The asterisk was there to accentuate its placeholderness.
We probably just could have called it a blog, but most of what you find here will be news about the press, information on upcoming events, release dates and previews–that sort of thing. You know, news about the press. And yes, we could have just called it the news page too, but the aforementioned book reviews, the possible links to stuff we find interesting and the occasional rant seem too, well, bloggy to be called news.
I believe, some time back in December, someone suggested calling it “Blews,” but we didn’t think the world was ready for that yet.
We all spent the past seven months sitting at a table, in a windowless room, trying to think of a good name for this page. Eventually, we knew we had to get on with our lives. So here we are.
At the Blog Thing*.
For now, let this be a little introduction, or an extension of the introduction posted way, way back in October. From here on in, I promise you won’t have to wait an autumn and a winter to get a little news out of us.