Sometimes it's easy to forget that Ad Hominem is only three months old. As 2010 winds to a close, I'm happy to say that we reached our end-of-year goal of 100 "likes"...a month ago! Even more incredible is that we managed to double it in the time since, with a grand total of 202 as of 3:00PM December 31, 2010. Should we shoot for 500 in 2011?
Of course, all of the likes, diggs, and tweets aren't just little trophies: all of these are just ways of quantifying the amount of exposure received by the artists we feature here, and that's what's really important. The fact that in three months we've received almost 10,000 page views means that the twenty or so artists we've featured in that time have picked up a few new fans, a few more people that will recognize their name or their work, a few comments on their story/poem/painting etc.
All in all, it's been an incredible ride.
Wow, what a week! Ad Hominem is receiving unprecedented traffic, largely thanks to our friends at Duotrope's digest.
Even better, our inbox is also overflowing with art! In the past few days, we've already encountered dozens of folks that we think deserve a little publicity. Expect lots of updates, full of beautiful, high caliber work of all varieties. A couple of very talented and accomplished poets, William Doreski and Charles Scharwath, start us off this week, but they're also just the tip of the iceberg. Soon, we'll post a very special poetry multimedia experience, not to mention some stunning visual art. Stop by on hump day...you won't regret it!
An extra big shout-out and "thank you" to Matthew Wallace, who, without any reason to do so whatsoever, revamped our logo out of the kindness of his heart. Maybe it was the Christmas spirit. Maybe it was the fact that he and his friends at Fairwell Design finally got tired of laughing at our old logo, which was designed by yours truly in MS Paint because screw Photoshop.
At any rate, I must say I'm in love with the new look. Matthew and Fairwell are also big supporters of the arts, so please do check out their site, www.fairwelldesign.com, and buy some new threads!
Three days before our month-a-versery, it was a pleasant surprise to see that we've already surpassed our 2010 goal of 100 "likes." Thank all of you so much for your support!
In other news, stay tuned for new fiction from Patrick S. McGinnity, available at midnight.
Well, in case you haven't already noticed, Ad Hominem isn't having any trouble coming up with content in the second month of its existence. This is largely thanks to the talented and hardworking artists of Floyd County (or, the artists associated in some way with the Jacksonville Center for the Arts).
FloCoiMo is a response to NaNoWriMo. The event encourages raw, unfiltered productivity from its participants, except instead of limiting the scope to novelists it opens the invitation to artists of every variety. FloCoiMo and the Jacksonville Center for the Arts are both on facebook, so please do check them out if you're interested in learning more. And of course, you can always visit Ad Hominem's page, which chronicles the efforts of FloCioMo's participants, too.
Even though it's plenty as it is, FloCoiMo isn't the only thing going on around here this November. Be on the lookout for an exciting new musician interview, not to mention some wonderful poetry and fiction from some very talented authors.
Well, it's the week of Mike's birthday in the month of Ad Hominem's birthday, so the time's ripe for reflecting. Twenty-five days old and we're not doing too bad. We've been blessed with poems from Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, Jeanne Larsen, and Brittany Mason, not to mention a short story by Eleanor Levine, all of whom are artists that have been through their knocks and have much more prestigious necks of the woods in which to showcase their work. We are humbled and grateful!
And then, of course, there's Paul Curreri. If you can imagine picking your favorite song on the radio and e-mailing someone saying, "Hey, wanna chat?" only to have them actually write back, well, it's almost surreal now that I think of it.
And we're just getting started. Michael Keenan will grace us with his poem, "The First Autumn" this Wednesday, closing out October and making one helluva opening month. So thanks to all of you for your support, for your likes/diggs/reddits etc, for putting up with my constant facebook updates, and, well, for being you. There are simply too many wonderful artists out there that simply don't get enough attention, and for our small part, we'll do what we can to keep the word out and alive.
If you happen to be in the DC area tonight, there's no better time to check out Sabbath Night in the Church of the Piranha. Edward Falco, the author, will be sticking around after the show to chat for a while. It's going to be a good time!
Today, acclaimed poet Jeanne Larsen releases her latest endeavor, Why We Make Gardens, a collection of poems that Molly Peacock lauds as both “luscious” and “incisive,” and R. H. W. Dillard describes not only as clever and wise, but as gardens in which “to wander again and again with wonder and renewal.”
Of course, here at Ad Hominem we immediately noticed that many of the poems were just plain sexy. The collection contains a poem called “Garden of Sex II.” Interpret that as you will.
Along the way, Jeanne Larsen explores the full depth of the human (botanical?) experience: creation, and compromise, and triumph, and shopping malls. And she explores it all through beautiful, meticulous language. And there are two sex garden poems. Two of them.
Read "Paradise Garden"