Call for 'writing on writers'!

     PageBoy invites you to submit original work in any form on the theme "writers on writers." Please consider writing something on your favorite author, or your least favorite author; or on an author you feel deserves more attention, or on an author you feel deserves less.    
     Homage/essay/elegy/interview/rant/criticism/limerick/etc. will all be considered for publication in our upcoming, ninth issue. Subjects can be well known or little known, widely published or not at all, so long as the piece itself is interesting enough. Work should be submitted by Nov. 15th.
     We look forward to reading your work,
         - PageBoy Crew


Those Divine Words

     "Writing is spooky. There is no routine of an office to keep you going, only the blank page each morning, and you never know where your words are coming from, those divine words."
     - Norman Mailer.


Painting Badly

Montagne Sainte-Victoire painted badly by Cezanne
     "The most admirable thing in the life of Cezanne was his perseverance in painting badly."
          -from an obituary of Cezanne in Le Soleil.


A Pitcher of Wine Forever

Chaucer, drunk as a chamber pot
     King Edward III gave Chaucer an annuity of 20 marks in 1367, calling him dilectus valettus noster (our beloved valet). By the end of 1368 Chaucer was an Esquire. Six years later, however, Chaucer received his greatest accolades from the king: a pitcher of wine per day for the rest of his life!
       -from Lives of the Poets, pg. 56 (Schmidt)


No Idea What I'm Doing

Francis Bacon has no idea what he's doing.

     "I think that you can make, very much as in abstract painting, involuntary marks on the canvas which may suggest much deeper ways by which you can trap the facts you are obsessed by. If anything ever does work in my case, it works from that moment when consciously I didn't know what I was doing ... It's really a question in my case of being able to set a trap with which one would be able to catch the fact at its most living point."
          - Francis Bacon


Keep Starting

Gorky's Garden in Sochi ... unfinished?

     "When something is finished, that means it's dead, doesn't it? I believe in everlastingness. I never finish a painting - I just stop working on it for a while. I like painting because it's something I never come to the end of ... The thing to do is always to keep starting to paint, never finishing painting."
     - Arshile Gorky.