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Apr 2, 2010 @ 6:00:00 am

Dial-A-Poet John Giorno

Celebrate National Poetry Month by dialing up Ubuweb's digitized version of Giorno Poetry Systems Dial-A-Poem Poets. It is well worth the dime.

You might think that higher e-book prices would benefit writers, but if you do the math, you find that publishers collect the extra dough.

Does a writer's life get any better than a cushy Cullman Center fellowship? An ornate office at the 42nd Street library, a $60,000 stipend, access to the library's vast research collection (presumably unhampered by the NYPL's Kafkaesque bureaucracy), and the right to call yourself a Scholar (with a capital "S"). This year's winners have been announced; they include fiction writers Mary Gaitskill and Wells Tower, New Yorker writer Larissa MacFarquhar, and historian Annette Gordon-Reed, among others.

The Awl's Choire Sicha pretty much sums up our feelings on the redoubtable iPad, due out tomorrow: "a gigantic iPhone that doesn't make phone calls, and basically looks like a thumbprint and hand grease analyzer."