"Love is what we call the situation which occurs when two people who are sexually comptatible discover that they can also tolerate one another in various other circumstances."
--Marc Maihueird

"It will make you feel young again" --The New Yorker
  < september 2003 >
Autumn comes creeping in and a new school year starts. Although I haven't been in school for over seven years, it's still a convenient way of keeping track of the years, and how I tend to think of time on a large scale.

We had some big technical glitches in August, but now all seems to be back on track. This month we feature a review of Garrison Keillor's new novel "Love Me", with a special bonus, some select quotes from his Salon.com column "Mr. Blue" (A pseudonym that also plays a big role within the novel, a case of art imitating life.)

Read and Enjoy!
--Kirk, Blender-Keeper     

A Note On The Rapture To His True Love - Thomas Lynch
A lovely piece, the result of a formal exercise meant to dislodge writer's block.

These Black Shoes - Darwin
A study of two soles.

Suspended Belief - ThoughtFull
Few pieces manage to evoke a certain sense of loss the way this one does.

...Of People Who Know What They Want - Garrison Keillor
From his new novel "Love Me", this month's featured review.

...Of Old Folks Who Know Better - Maggie Mink aka RennieLorca
Another take on Shakespeare's sonnet. Neither Brave - Nonitta
Where to find the courage of romance?

Overlap - Ani Di Franco
Submitted by Chances. I've always loved this lyric, though I found out the hard way that it's not a magic spell.

Venus And Her Martians - Leela
A nicely told tale.

Butterfly Sky Diving With Him - B.K.
This month's best title I think.

All Parts Reason - Ali
I liked this work's well-crafted lines.

just got unlucky - libs0813
The story of a night.

...this long weekend - libs0813
A jumble of words that hit a nice note on the ending.

Mornings - Meredith
Slice of life.

water clock - Madison
Illustrated poem. I loved the line "Our passion arms stretch wider / than our Pavlov hearts allow"

Thoughts During Psych Class - Chrissy
Good use of detail in this melancholy work.

There - deevaa
Just the spot.

"LOVE" Defined - Champagne
This month's top-of-the page quote.

Untitled - red ivy
Best opening line this month.

Cigarettes - Star of David
Reminds me of a dream image I had once, two lovers smoking, face to face, the cigarettes sharing their fire. Seemed very romantic at the time...

??? - Akash
Akash generally writes with oddly enigmatic but evocative small works.

Spaghetti Sauces - CordovaGirl
Prego, Ragu, and an issue of tissue.

Leo's Perspective - Misti
Inspired by her recent trek to Acoma Sky City, where there is no electricity or running water.

Blender Review
A review of Garrison Keillor's new novel "Love Me", plus a special addendum, "The Best of Blue".

Heart on Sleeve Corner
319 more heartsongs sent to the Blender last month.

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