"It would be difficult to come up with a better symbol for romantic love than roses. Because it is beautiful and smells lovely, yes, and because the petals feel like soft skin, but mostly because they hurt like hell if you're not careful. This is why I am completely opposed to thornless roses. Roses without thorns are the floral equivalent of the word 'luv'."
--Lore Sjöberg, "The Book of Ratings"

"It will make you feel young again" --The New Yorker
  < september 2005 >
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A really great set of Front Page Picks this month, I guess the heat of August got some people movin'. Plus, this month's Featured Artist Review looks at the lovely sound and lyric of Sara Shansky...well worth checking out!

Read and Enjoy!
--Kirk, Blender-Keeper     

Mileage - Sara Shansky
This month's Featured Artist...a mystery "spoken word" track from one of her albums.

Doorway - sassy
A meditation on doorways.

playing in the shadows - kluless
A tribute to August passion.

Constant Drama - cryingshame58
Advice for Drama Queens and Kings.

silent revenge
thursday's bread
Two by ladyinwaiting. Nothing grates like a current happy relationship of an ex-...and the sheer lovely quirky specificity of the latter work really makes it stand out.

Lonely I'll Be
till angels come
Two by i'm just him. "ijh" (as I like to call him...otherwise I feel like I'm misclaiming authorship) has this terrific gift for packing a creative wollop into a tiny space.

Years - Ali
A haunting song of loss.

It's Close - Jennifer
Interesting...I'm sure the first time I read this I misread a "definitely" into the last line. I'm not sure which one I like better.

almost cheated - chris
I need to get to the desert someday.

always a beginning - darwin
Darwin's evolved quite a good prose style.

Art - wistful
I don't know much about art. Sometimes I don't even know what I like.

good news, bad news - aparajita
Humans are complex. We can handle contradiction.

We Always... - Kirk
Slight twist on an old idea.

Confession - JD
"For G"/

Can You Believe It's August
October All Year Round
Two seasonal works by B.K.

Untitled - blakey
Smoke 'em if you got 'em.

Featured Blender Artist Review
Sara Shansky, independent singer-songwriter...great stuff!

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

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