Q: Jensen Beach, Jensen Beach. Might you let us in on the origin of your name? Are you really a town in southeast Florida?
A: I am a town. And I have been to me. This past May I was in Jensen Beach. I took pictures of signs and restaurant menus. I told everyone I came across what my name was. Most people responded very strangely to this. A woman at a gift shop where I was buying some shirts with my name on it asked if I was from Jensen Beach; and I thought about this for a second. How strange to be named after the place where you are from. I suppose this must happen but it seems strange. And it seems an odd first thing to ask a person when told he shares a name with the city you are both currently in. “So, are you from here?” the woman asked.
"Yes," I said. "Born and raised. I haven’t been back for many years, though."
"I just moved here," she said.
"That’s probably why you don’t know me." Then I paid for my shirts and left.
The shirts are pretty cool, too. They change color in the sunlight. My kids love them.Ninth Letter Arts & Literary Journal Featured Artist No. 32: Jensen Beach
Because I think it’s a nice idea, I tell my son that this is the weather factory. He’s five and, as far as I can tell, still believes everything I say.
It’s been a decade, give or take. I went looking into the Hobart archives and the oldest story is from March 2002. Over ten years!
In the coming days and weeks we have more of these “from the vault” pieces where we want to highlight some of our favorite stories from the archives and give them a bit of a second life; a series of short, “craft-based” interviews focused onthings other than fiction, like skateboarding and thrift stores; a few food & drink pieces, including a monthly bourbon review; interviews with “non-readers”; movie reviews; lots of ideas we’ll probably come up with later; and even poetry(!!).
For this, our launch, a handful of us editors looked back at some of our favorites from the Hobart archives:
- Elizabeth Ellen looks back at Tao Lin’s “The Novelist” from Aug./Sept. ‘04
- Matthew Simmons looks back at Amy Minton’s “Overhanded” from May ‘07
- Jac Jemc looks back at Spencer Dew’s “The Exit Colony” from October ‘04
- Jensen Beach looks back at Glen Pourciau’s “Belly” from October ‘08
- Aaron Burch looks back at two Aaron Gwyn shorts from early ‘02
Thanks. We hope you like.
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You could do a lot worse than to basically just follow Nat’s tumblr and then read everything he reads. He knows the deal.
April was a high quality month of reading.
these came out last year, earlier this year, and in the future.
finished strong with Strange Cowboy last night.
it is fucking amazing and so are all the rest.