On page seven of issue seven, the professor character refers to the spaces that have grown up under the Trees as “interzones,” an obvious reference to William S. Burroughs, but the professor characterizes these interzones negatively, saying, “Nothing good grows in the shadow of a Tree.” Lots of things grow in the shadows of the Trees over the course of the first 8 issues of Ellis and Howard’s graphic novel, not all of them bad. The community under the Chinese Tree, for example, seems to be the sort of utopian interzone Burroughs had envisioned, a place where one can “live differently . . . be comfortable and safe” and not “work for a living.” But can one think of Burroughs’ visions as utopian, or does he mix utopia and dystopia in much the same way Ellis then does: The bad gets worse and the good gets destroyed (every place in The Cities of the Red Night that starts out living under the Articles eventually sinks into depravity, right (or do they start out depraved?)?)? It’s not yet clear what destruction means in the case of Trees. It might mean just that, or it might mean rebirth, which could, if one is honest, be much, much worse.
On page 106 of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, one can find the following paragraph:
Of course he knew. They'd all been telling him so his whole life. When Tina liked Park instead of Steve in grade school, Steve had said, 'I think she feels safe with you because you're like half girl.' Park hated football. He cried when his dad took him pheasant hunting. Nobody in the neighborhood could ever tell who he was dressed as on Halloween ('I'm Doctor who.' 'I'm Harpo Marx.' 'I'm Count Floyd.') And he kind of wanted his mom to give him blond highlights. Park knew he was different.This paragraph could be about me growing up, and not simply because I dressed up as Harpo Marx one Halloween. I identified quite a lot with all the characters in this book, though I’ve never been a girl or a parent, and that’s one of the many things this book does really well: it makes emotions everyone has and situations everyone has some experience with feel deeply personal. It’s also really well-written, with clear, clean prose and a (mostly) tight plot. Plus, for reasons I cannot explain, I really, really like the way the title could also be an intersection in a town somewhere and probably is.
Considering that the book is, in part, about a) 18th century pirates and b) a 20th century private detective (pirate police?) perhaps the fact that I read a pirated copy of this book is justified? I’m going to say no, because the hallucinatory effects of the (cut-up) prose were often mitigated and/or undermined by the thought that maybe what I was reading was simply uncorrected OCR scanning. Then again, the fact that I read a pirated electronic copy scanned from a paper book dovetails nicely with the fact that the book is also in part about the transmigration of the soul.
1. Der Mensch erscheint im Holozän by Max Frisch I wish I had written this book: Small chunks of text, lists, images, repetition, and in the end, there is a landslide, but not the one you expect. I wish I had written this book, but I didn’t, so I wrote about it instead. 2. HHhH by Laurent Binet Another book I kind of wish I had written: A strange mixture of fact and fiction and meta-versions of both in small, relatively easily digestible bits all of which work together to prove that David Shields (see also) read the signs all wrong: It’s not reality we want—it’s fiction (or it’s fantastic reality, which is also fiction). It’s strange: I don’t remember many details of the story, but I remember the book. I remember being intrigued by it more than liking it. I remember thinking that intrigued by might be more important than liking. 3. Violenzia by Richard Sala I read Violenzia at least twice last year. I also read Sala’s work Super Enigmatix (link) as it was posted this last year. Both Violenzia and Super Enigmatix (as characters) are agents of chaos, not unlike the Joker in the Batman universe, but there’s something about a) the “flatness” of Sala’s drawing, b) the sureness of his lines, and c) his color palette which makes his chaos more insidious. In fact, those three things work together to create an almost Lynchian effect: The innocent, colorful, flat world you (think you) know is seething underneath. 4. The Robber by Robert Walser I read The Robber as research for an article I wrote for 3am Magazine, but didn't discuss it in that article. In an oeuvre spectacularly concerned with walking, this book feels as though it has given up the physical act of walking for a more fervent intellectual version—walking in tight mental circles. So much of what I’ve read of Walser just begs for a biographical reading, and all I want is to reject that impulse. Very nearly every sentence in Walser’s final (known) novel is itself a novel.
“Often the inflexible bends in its secret interior, and it is the rule of the immobile to invoke a longing, a motion, and it moves in its circle and comes over to look at him yet cannot catch a glimpse of him, but at least it's made the effort. Those who perambulate take on a task for those unable to do so, and it is always the stony that one seeks to soften and the soft degenerates into stone.”5. Bluets by Maggie Nelson I had a number of lengthy discussions with two friends who also loved this book. My position is that, although the book reports (on) emotion, it is itself not emotional. That is not a value judgment. This is yet another book I wish I had written. More than HHhH, it is making a gesture toward David Markson’s work which I find well nigh irresistible. I think I read Markson, Perec’s Life A User’s Manual and parts of Tristram Shandy for the first time all within the same 9-month period and was infected by the idea that everything is composed of parts and that the connective tissues between those parts can be left out and the “story” will still make sense (or even more sense(s)). While reading Bluets, I also made the following playlist of songs mentioned (obliquely or directly) in the book:
Let X=X—Laurie Anderson
Mood Indigo—Duke Ellington
I Get A Kick Out Of You—Ella Fitzgerald
Pirate Jenny—Nina Simone
Famous Blue Raincoat—Leonard Cohen
Lady Sings the Blues (1956 Studio Version)—Billie Holiday
Red Dirt Girl—Emmylou Harris
This project (to keep track of everything I read in 2014 that wasn't a book) was begun on 13JAN14 (after much logistical wrangling which never really got sorted out to my satisfaction), and though not exactly abandoned mid-April, it was certainly not as obsessively updated as hoped. I present here an unedited, and rather difficult to read copy of the list I kept. How will I quantify facebook? What about tumblr? Very likely every post @ postsecret.com achewood.com London Shop Fronts Bad Machinery Hobotopia The market for Bibles never ends http://hyperorg.com/blogger/2014/01/08/what-blogging-was/comment-page-1/ Ecstasy — Lajos Gulacsy http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shanell-mouland/dear-daddy-in-seat-16c_b_4585865.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009 http://www.wg-gesucht.de/wg-zimmer-in-Bonn-Zentrum.4265525.html http://boingboing.net/2014/01/13/the-west-virginia-chemical-spi.html#more-279751 http://www.avclub.com/article/celebrate-the-may-december-romance-with-stephen-ma-200800 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OpenCulture/~3/u_45GNEZlFc/jerry-seinfeld-and-louis-ck-in-small-cars-and-big-yachts-getting-coffee.html http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OpenCulture/~3/AUfsEVnvLHI/discover-cy-endfields-microwriter-the-worlds-first-portable-word-processor-circa-1980.html http://boingboing.net/2014/01/14/tom-the-dancing-bug-president.html http://boingboing.net/2014/01/13/theory-of-dick-pic-excellence.html#more-279705 http://thehairpin.com/2014/01/what-ive-learned-from-my-side-job-critiquing-dick-pics http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/245738#poem http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/177314 http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/245738#poem http://www.dailydot.com/opinion/steven-moffat-sexism-sherlock-doctor-who/?utm_campaign=SharedPost&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=TumblriOS http://www.themillions.com/2014/01/dumbest-thing-ever-scribbling-in-the-margins-of-dan-browns-inferno.html “There’s a purity of intent and a lack of self-consciousness that I wish I could achieve when I was experiencing pleasure” (David Foster Wallace) Lawyers helped daughter with tooth-fairy affidavit for lost tooth http://boingboing.net/2013/10/23/bani-garu-problems-from-the-s.html (+ pp2-3) http://boingboing.net/2014/01/15/photographer-snaps-lightning-a.html#more-280273 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OpenCulture/~3/rZ9Pft9cats/quentin-tarantino-impersonates-his-idol-elvis-presley.html http://jessstoner.com/2014/01/15/news-from-the-states-of-the-union-alabama/ http://boingboing.net/2014/01/16/the-valley-of-the-elves-ph.html#more-280759 https://elliepritts.exposure.so/the-valley-of-the-elves http://boingboing.net/2014/01/16/david-lynch-interviewed-by-mik.html http://www.pedalmn.com/Article/minnesota-winter-biking-photos http://www.everyday-genius.com/2014/01/tc-tolbert.html http://biblioklept.org/2014/01/17/hercules-robert-walser/ http://biblioklept.org/2014/01/18/mt-sinai-kafka/ Witching Hour http://www.starherald.com/news/local_news/couple-finds-work-in-tanzania-rewarding/image_7c184357-8101-5c72-b35d-90347155ca94.html?mode=nogs “The Young Housewife” — William Carlos Williams One paragraph of http://books.google.de/books?id=yFGKn-rXAFQC&pg=PA81&lpg=PA81&dq=hayden+white+%22no+lasting+psychic+mastery%22&source=bl&ots=SZKea2NuYZ&sig=67_geLzhiOdNX6rgwlocWtzkFpc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=BEncUtqDCoPKtQbAyoGYBw&ved=0CCgQ6AEwAA http://theamericanreader.com/micro-review-on-dodie-bellamys-cunt-norton/ http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20140120-the-movie-david-lynch-never-made David Bowie’s Final Gig as Ziggy Stardust Documented in 1973 Concert Film The Problem with Facebook: “It’s Keeping Things From You” Watch The Bicycle Trip: An Animation of The World’s First LSD Trip in 1943 The evangelical masculinity of ... Allen Ginsberg? The Bloatee: http://www.achewood.com/index.php/index.php?date=09072005 http://u4931p2996.ilyke.net/definitely-the-most-kicka-and-coolest-president-in-the-world/44982 http://www.salon.com/2014/01/15/the_most_scathing_questions_from_michelle_rhees_doomed_twitter_qa/ http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/Top_10_ways_to_ensure_your_best_people_will_quit_47779.aspx Google’s Music Timeline: A Visualization of 60 Years of Changing Musical Tastes Germany's 10 tackiest souvenirs for tourists News from the States of the Union: Alaska! Pheromone Bouquetoil on linen24" x 20"2012http://gregoryjacobsen.com http://thisiscalledthewalk.wordpress.com/booklets/ http://slowrobot.com/i/49073 http://www.cracked.com/article_20791_6-actors-who-thought-they-had-made-totally-different-movie.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=012314 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OpenCulture/~3/vySP5VqsdAI/read-allen-ginsbergs-poignant-final-poem-things-ill-not-do-nostalgias.html http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/4653426?ncid=txtlnkushpmg00000037 http://hollywoodlife.com/2014/01/24/justin-bieber-after-dui-arrest-instagram-pic-michael-jackson/ Chapter 4: “The Modernist Event” in Figural Realism by Hayden White A New Free eBook Every Month from the University of Chicago Press “Odysseus” — Robert Walser (which felt/read as though it had been written within some sort of Oulipean constraint) http://www.faithstreet.com/onfaith/2013/11/07/5-churchy-phrases-that-are-scaring-off-millennials/25149 http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/rollingstone/article/Afghan-Whigs-Plan-Beast-of-a-New-Record-First-5178880.php http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/01/27/the-woody-allen-allegations-not-so-fast.html Mathias Svalina http://www.themorningnews.org/article/league-loves-all-women http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/30/garden/sometimes-asparagus-is-more-than-asparagus.html http://boingboing.net/2014/01/31/the-wire-creator-david-simon-o.html http://boingboing.net/2014/01/31/why-old-people-complain-about.html#more-284242 http://boingboing.net/2014/01/22/codex-seraphinianus-hands-on.html http://boingboing.net/2014/01/30/watch-this-13yo-girls-video.html http://boingboing.net/2014/01/30/frosty-eats-raccoon-the-story.html#more-284015 http://www.salon.com/2014/01/21/how_supertramp_got_involved_in_one_of_the_weirdest_911_truther_conspiracies_ever/ http://la.curbed.com/archives/2014/01/breathtaking_joshua_tree_supervillain_lair_for_sale_for_first_time_1.php http://www.buzzfeed.com/alisonvingiano/this-tumblr-user-shows-her-horrific-anonymous-messages-in-a?bffb&s=mobile http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OpenCulture/~3/4t1TO_xGqD4/read-ezra-pounds-list-of-23-donts-for-writing-poetry-1913.html "Don’t think any intelligent person is going to be deceived when you try to shirk all the difficulties of the unspeakably difficult art of good prose by chopping your composition into line lengths." http://biblioklept.org/2014/01/30/white-horse-charles-olson/ http://www.npr.org/2014/02/01/268995033/sam-cooke-and-the-song-that-almost-scared-him?utm_content=socialflow&utm_campaign=nprfacebook&utm_source=npr&utm_medium=facebook News from the States of the Union–Arkansas! Is delayed until Friday. News from the States of the Union: ARKANSAS! http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/4681440 (paper and pen note taking ostensibly better than laptop) http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/fourteen-books-read-time-takes-watch-super-bowl-2/#the-rundown http://shelf-life.ew.com/2014/02/02/jk-rowling-hermione-harry-not-ron/ http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/02/02/268381983/marijuana-laced-treats-leave-colorado-jonesing-for-food-safety-rules?sc=17&f=1001 http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/02/02/270204651/sap-discovery-could-turn-syrup-making-upside-down?sc=17&f=1001 Peripatetic Pussycats Gertrude Stein on Football RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman (Biblioklept—I didn’t watch the videos, couldn’t) Charlie Brown, existentialist placekicker http://www.esquire.com/blogs/culture/hoffman-junod?src=soc_fcbks http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/marx-was-right-five-surprising-ways-karl-marx-predicted-2014-20140130 http://ergophizmiz.blogspot.com/2014/02/ergo-phizmiz-shoots-peas-on-wfmu.html http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FutilityCloset/~3/zvTcwcTQM30/ http://biblioklept.org/2014/02/03/the-volcano-is-dark-malcolm-lowry/ http://biblioklept.org/2014/02/04/extract-from-kafkas-letters-to-milena/ http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OpenCulture/~3/uvIOe4i3ihg/teddy-roosevelts-10-rules-for-reading-seek-enjoyment-spurn-fads-read-what-you-like.html http://blog.ted.com/2013/04/26/25-life-hacks-you-didnt-know-you-needed-but-do-probably/ http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2014/02/07/273020865/a-typewriter-in-the-grass-and-the-beat-generation-on-the-edge http://io9.com/heres-the-first-recorded-instance-of-the-f-word-in-eng-1519247071 http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/feb/07/gary-shteyngart-little-failure-extract https://www.behance.net/gallery/STAR-WARS-80s-High-School/9671051 http://dreamsofspace.blogspot.de/2014/02/as-we-were-flying-on-rocket-story-1961.html http://dreamsofspace.blogspot.de/2014/02/as-we-were-flying-on-rocket-story-part.html https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baader-Meinhof_phenomenon The Haunting Final Portrait of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Part of Victoria Will’s Civil War-Era Photo Collection David Foster Wallace’s Sharp Letter to His Editor: “Don’t F with the Mechanics of My Piece” An Artistic Portrait of Stephen Fry Made From His Own Bacteria Learn To Pick Locks, With The MIT Guide To Lock Picking (1991) http://www.esquire.com/blogs/culture/sundance-tintype-portraits-2014#last-slide On Leaving the Sea by Ben Marcus “William S. Burroughs was a high modernist and a writer of complete trash” 100 Point William Burroughs Riff http://vague-terrain.com/2014/baltimores-high-zero/ Blog outing online racists causes a stir http://www.openculture.com/2014/02/song-written-on-mans-butt-in-bosch-painting.html (followed immediately by “I Hate Music” by the Replacements coming through on the shuffle) Valentine’s Day Wishes from Thomas Bernhard http://www.npr.org/2014/02/16/274773496/first-listen-beck-morning-phase?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=share&utm_medium=facebook http://www.shortlist.com/cool-stuff/this-weeks-issue/an-ode-to-hairy-female-armpits http://blog.bestamericanpoetry.com/the_best_american_poetry/guest_bloggers/ http://boingboing.net/2014/02/18/robocop-in-review.html?utm_campaign=moreatbbmetadata&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=boingboing.net http://xkcd.com/1331/ (frequency) http://logger.believermag.com/post/77199182433/not-van-ronk-von-schmidt http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/how-moss-shower-mat See Ottoman-Style Posters of Star Wars, The Godfather, Scarface and Other Classic Movies 4 Things To Know About What's Happening In Ukraine: http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/02/19/279673384/four-things-to-know-about-whats-happening-in-ukraine?sc=17&f=1001 http://boingboing.net/2014/02/19/facebook-buys-mobile-messaging.html The RoboCop Rule: When Remakes Have More Killing, But Less Goretheatlantic.comLike a lot of films today, the recent update of the 1987 original trades subversive carnage for sanitized violence that asks… http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2014/02/19/writing-the-lake-shore-limited/ http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/legal-blow-keystone One YouTube user just made Full House a lot more macabreavclub.comShooba doo bop bow wow! http://horselesspress.com/horse-less-review/horse-less-review-16/from-strange-fish-something-fierce-by-brandi-homan/ http://jessstoner.com/2014/02/19/news-from-the-states-of-the-union-california/ http://boingboing.net/2014/02/25/its-complicated-the-social.html#more-247277 http://www.themillions.com/2014/02/how-to-write-short-stories-like-law-and-order.html The Curious Story of How Bootlegged Hollywood Movies Helped Defeat Communism in Romania Matthew Kirkpatrick's Believer article about the floating McDonald's http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/179909 (Bernadette Mayer, "Be strong Bernadette") http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/if-i-ruled-the-world-daniel-dennett/#.Uw8bzHms1ub http://www.theweeklings.com/sbeaudoin/2014/02/26/the-50-most-drug-addled-albums-of-mania-dissipation-and-beauty/#comment-133708 "03595" by Kate Greenstreet in DQ 48:2 "Post Hole Digger" by Jason F. McDaniel in DQ 48:2 "Inside a Map of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Arm" by Carrie Oeding in DQ 48:2 http://biblioklept.org/2014/03/01/martyrdom-of-saint-erasmus-william-h-gass/ http://biblioklept.org/2014/03/02/i-like-the-delete-key-best-william-h-gass/ “Home Movies: Alexander Payne, High Plains auteur” by Margaret Talbot in The New Yorker 28 OCT 13. Watch Steven Soderbergh’s Creative Mashup of Hitchcock and Gus Van Sant’s Psycho Films David Foster Wallace and the search for grace in solipsism "Sometimes I think that principal difference between those who are in general cheerfully-inclined and those who are not is that the former know better than to even countenance their own bullshit for one instant.” "Morning Phase" von Beck: Willkommen in einer anderen Welt Ukraine-Krise: Putin, Hitler und die Clinton http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gôg http://biblioklept.org/2014/03/07/an-excerpt-from-karl-ove-knausgaards-my-struggle-ii-a-man-in-love/ http://boingboing.net/2014/02/09/heres-what-youve-been-mi.html http://boingboing.net/2014/02/09/a-masterful-long-take-brings-t.html http://boingboing.net/2014/02/16/truedetective.html http://boingboing.net/2014/02/23/true-detective-drops-more-hint.html http://m.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2014/02/le-promeneur-solitaire-w-g-sebald-on-robert-walser.html http://biblioklept.org/2014/03/09/scolds-schlemiels-schnorrers-schnooks-schmucks-schlumps-william-h-gass/ http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OpenCulture/~3/9-69Z9kvOX0/maurice-sendak-illustrates-the-hobbit.html http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FutilityCloset/~3/5qXh2PdPE6Y/ http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FutilityCloset/~3/-KdVeVIZMl4/ http://biblioklept.org/2014/03/10/library-rules-william-h-gass/ http://americanshortfiction.org/2014/03/10/contest-announcement/ http://sz.de/1.1908928 http://boingboing.net/2014/03/02/after-youve-gone-sets-e.html http://jessstoner.com/2014/03/11/an-explanation-for-the-delay/ http://biblioklept.org/2014/03/11/sad-postcard-in-a-sad-book-gasspancake/ http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OpenCulture/~3/jFun6RX9Djg/watch-cult-films-for-free-night-of-the-living-dead-plan-9-from-outer-space-more.html http://sz.de/1.1909315 http://www.sueddeutsche.de/kultur/wes-anderson-die-sind-viel-reicher-als-ich-1.1909643-2 http://www.openculture.com/2014/03/let-stephen-sondheim-teach-you-how-to-sing-send-in-the-clowns.html http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/11/pronunciation-errors-english-language http://boingboing.net/2014/03/10/true-detective-ends-its-first.html http://global.christianpost.com/news/satan-worship-in-the-church-hbos-true-detective-sheds-light-on-shocking-practice-115922/ http://danielsilliman.blogspot.com/2014/03/how-atheist-movement-lost-americas-most.html http://boingboing.net/2014/03/13/djs-plunder-raymond-scotts-a.html#more-291972 http://biblioklept.org/2014/03/13/how-to-recognize-a-work-of-art-roberto-bolano-on-translation/ http://boingboing.net/2014/03/14/tony-benn-secret-mounter-of-i.html http://biblioklept.org/2014/03/12/marty-hart-watches-the-star-wars-holiday-special/ “Form the habit of taking some of your solitude with you into society” (Schopenhauer) “Nouns” — Tom Clark http://www.openculture.com/2014/03/animated-video-features-werner-herzog-discussing-his-childhood-adventures-20th-century-rage.html http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/douthat/2014/03/10/the-failure-of-true-detective/ http://www.theguardian.com/books/2006/nov/18/1 (George Saunders, “Realist Fiction”) Architects Dress as Famous Buildings They Designed in Vintage 1931 Photo Watch David Brenner (RIP) Make the First of His 158 Appearances on The Tonight Show in 1971 http://www.bbc.com/news/health-26527266 (Secretion secrets: things you didn’t know about ear wax) Sound Language (a note on Ernst Havlik’s (1981) Lexikon der Onomatopoien in Futility Closet) http://boingboing.net/2014/03/10/arthurs-chu-jeopardy.html http://boingboing.net/2014/03/18/mind-bending-animated-gif-illu.html http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2014/03/kill-itunes-drm/ http://www.openculture.com/2014/03/hunter-s-thompsons-edgy-1990s-commercial-for-apples-macintosh-computer.html Let Us Explore The Pocket Calculators of Many Lands love (the mereological report) Fred Phelps, Sr., 1929 - 2014 Titanic: The Nazis Create a Mega-Budget Propaganda Film About the Ill-Fated Ship … and Then Banned It (1943) Episode #3 of Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson: “When Knowledge Conquered Fear” (US Viewers) http://www.sueddeutsche.de/panorama/vermissten-zahl-nach-schlammlawine-in-den-usa-steigt-extrem-an-1.1921147 http://danielsilliman.blogspot.de/2014/03/gods-not-dead-music.html http://boingboing.net/2014/03/24/cheap-thrills-a-movie-thats.html#more-294072 http://www.kcet.org/living/food/midnight-snack/midnight-snack-camilos-with-maria-bamford.html http://blogs.westword.com/showandtell/2014/03/peter_strange_yumi_collage_100.php “Died” — Ben Marcus Flann O’Brien’s Complete Novels (Book Acquired, 3.24.2014) Erdrutsch in den USA: "Wir wussten, dass es passieren würde” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto-antonym http://boingboing.net/2014/03/25/lying-with-cameras-how-a-smal.html http://boingboing.net/2014/03/25/oh-no-ross-and-carrie-podcast.html http://50watts.com/Light-Issued-Against-Ruin http://biblioklept.org/2014/03/26/the-brain-may-be-regarded-as-a-kind-of-parasite-schopenhauer/ Kind aus Schlamm gerettet Mapping the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ http://www.openculture.com/2014/03/julia-child-shows-how-to-edit-videotape-with-a-meat-cleaver.html http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/2367/the-art-of-fiction-no-113-max-frisch https://greenlanternpress.wordpress.com/2008/09/27/man-in-the-holocene-by-max-frisch/ Secularization and the siege of the Branch Davidians In that deep love, include me too. Ram Dass / Fierce Grace http://truecrimecases.blogspot.de/2012/08/manuel-cortez.html Young American Großeinsatz der Feuerwehr in Iowa George R.R. Martin Releases a Free Chapter From The Winds of Winter: Read It Online Another Moby-Dick (Book Acquired, 3.29.2014) http://www.georgerrmartin.com/excerpt-from-the-winds-of-winter/ List with No Name #45 http://boingboing.net/2014/04/06/game-of-thrones-picks-up-as-th.html Riff on William Shakespeare http://blog.yupnet.org/2014/04/26/qa-with-eryn-green-the-2013-winner-of-yale-series-of-younger-poets/ http://logger.believermag.com/post/84134073964/the-little-nicholson-baker-in-my-mind?utm_campaign=SharedPost&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=TumblriOS [Here, sometime in April, I seriously started slacking on this project.] Carl Sagan Writes a Letter to 17-Year-Old Neil deGrasse Tyson (1975) J.R.R. Tolkien Snubs a German Publisher Asking for Proof of His “Aryan Descent” (1938) http://www.salon.com/2014/04/28/lydia_davis_i_kind_of_like_the_fact_that_my_work_isn’t_for_everybody/ http://www.entrecomics.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/tny_spiegelman_2000_02.gif http://jessstoner.com/2014/05/02/news-from-the-states-of-the-union-delaware/ http://io9.com/the-weirdest-things-you-never-knew-about-the-making-of-1571016187 Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow http://www.everyday-genius.com/2014/05/julia-cohen.html http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/21/books/tibetan-peach-pie-a-tom-robbins-memoir.html?_r=0 http://www.openculture.com/2014/05/watch-world-war-i-unfold-in-a-3-minute-time-lapse-film.html http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/11/joe-sacco-the-great-war-interview.html http://www.openculture.com/2014/05/thomas-dolby-explains-how-a-synthesizer-works.html http://blog.bestamericanpoetry.com/the_best_american_poetry/2012/02/fuck-them-by-michael-robbins.html?fb_action_ids=10152816932382802&fb_action_types=og.likes Such Sweet Thunder: Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn’s Musical Tribute to Shakespeare (1957) “The Ache The Ache” Julia Cohen Arda Collins Bittersweet Reminiscences of The Life Aquatic Curation and Creation in Only Lovers Left Alive, Jim Jarmusch’s Vampire Film (This Is Not) David Foster Wallace’s Annotated Copy of Ulysses Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Die Bundeswehr http://www.critical-theory.com/professor-of-the-year-if-you-dont-give-me-any-of-your-shitty-papers-you-get-an-a/ http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/05/27/your-princess-is-in-another-castle-misogyny-entitlement-and-nerds.html http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/03/28/daniel-dennett-rapoport-rules-criticism/ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/06/04/the-second-largest-religion-in-each-state/?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost http://www.dimthehouselights.com/post/87994215373/jodorowskys-dune http://www.blogcitylights.com/2014/06/09/5-questions-with-eric-baus/ http://www.boaatpress.com/connorgrogan http://www.boaatpress.com/jessica-comola http://www.everyday-genius.com/2014/06/ben-gross.html http://27bslash6.com/interviews.html http://boingboing.net/2014/06/10/vermeers-paintings-might-be.html http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/elitist-superfluous-or-popular-we-polled-americans-on-the-oxford-comma/ http://thefeministwire.com/2014/06/4-poems-andrea-rexilius/ http://ghostproposal.com/issue4/danbeachyquick.php http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/15376/sexism-at-texas-boys-state http://www.vox.com/2014/7/7/5876415/star-wars-seemed-more-like-alien-in-its-initial-trailer?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=mattyglesias&utm_content=monday http://the-toast.net/2014/07/15/slavoj-zizek-gets-hair-cut/ http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/a-critique-of-roberta-smiths-critique-of-james-francos-new-film-stills/ http://biblioklept.org/2014/08/06/the-inhumanity-museum/ http://biblioklept.org/2014/08/07/the-crystal-crypt-philip-k-dick/ http://biblioklept.org/2014/08/06/the-headless-corpse-love-kills-penguin-pig-got-rheumatism-nagged-bible-reader-slays-wife-william-gaddis/ http://biblioklept.org/2014/08/04/the-top-franz-kafka/ http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/philosophy/against-happiness-why-we-need-a-philosophy-of-failure
1. Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins 2. Transmetropolitan vol9: The Cure by Warren Ellis & Darick Robertson 3. Transmetropolitan vol10: One More Time by Warren Ellis & Darick Robertson 4. I Have Blinded Myself Writing This by Jess Stoner 5. The Next Monsters by Julie Doxsee 6. Stoner by John Williams 7. Card / Clip by Kirk Keen 8. Rooms by Marthe Reed 9. Before He Let Them Guide Sleigh by Jeff Hecker 10. A Wooden Leg: a novel in 64 cards — text by Leni Zumas drawings by Luca Dipierro (x2.5) 11. Der Mensch erscheint im Holozän by Max Fischer 12. Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences by Lawrence Weschler 13. Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis 14. My Friend Dahmer by Derf 15. HHhH by Laurent Binet 16. nulls by Pattie McCarthy 17. Buddy Buys a Dump by Peter Bagge 18. Apocalypse Nerd by Peter Bagge 19. Violenzia by Richard Sala 20. LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien 21. Train Dreams by Denis Johnson 22. Are You My Mother by Alison Bechdel 23. Nevers by Megan Martin 24. Isle of 100,000 Graves by Jason 25. Werewolves of Montpelier by Jason 26. The Robber by Robert Walser 27. Athos in America by Jason 28. Hey, Wait . . . by Jason 29. The Iron Wagon by Jason 30. The Living and the Dead by Jason 31. Violenzia by Richard Sala 32. Jakob von Gunten by Robert Walser 33. Low Moon by Jason 34. Kind One by Laird Hunt 35. Lost Cat by Jason 36. The Last Musketeer by Jason 37. Like Oysters Observing the Sun by Brenda Sieczkowski 38. The Stars Below by Zack Smith & Rich Ellis 39. Gamz im Ernst! by Lewis Trondheim 40. Die Farbe der Hölle by Lewis Trondheim 41. Slaloms by Lewis Trondheim 42. Pat Boon: “Happy End” by Winshluss 43. Against Conceptual Poetry by Ron Silliman 44. Super Negra by Winshluss (though I don’t think I can claim to have read this; it’s in French and I sussed out a percentage of the story by looking at the pictures) 45. Bluets by Maggie Nelson 46. Smart Monkey by Winshluss 47. Pinocchio by Winshluss 48. Welcome to the Death Club by Winshluss 49. Schottenfreude by Ben Schott 50. Bluets by Maggie Nelson 51. The Book of Joshua by Zachary Schomburg 52. Alan Mendelsohn, Boy from Mars by Daniel Pinkwater 53. The Education of Robert Nifkin by Daniel Pinkwater 54. Les Frères Chapuisat: In Wood We Trust by Estelle Dorsaz, Sacha Georg, Emmanuelle Lequeux, and Arthur de Pury 55. The Periodic Table by Primo Levi 56. Postlude by Haldon Lockly 57. This Coming Fall by Matthew Winston 58. The Imagination of Lewis Carroll by William Todd Seabrook 59. The Mundane History of Lockwood Heights by Allen Kechagiar 60. The Wallcreeper by Nell Zink 61. Sara or the Existence of Fire by Sara Woods 62. LOTR: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien 63. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 64. Meow, Baby! by Jason
0. While Listening to Henry Plotkin 1. I was cold and sweating. I was sweaty cold. As I warmed, the sweat cooled, making me colder as I got warmer. I stopped the bike to photograph a tree, and the gear slipped as I slowed. My feet nearly slipped off the pedals as well. I had trouble keeping the bicycle upright between my legs. I rode all the way around the tree once to find the angle that best combined form and color. Perhaps I should have photographed the tree from multiple angles. As it was, what I felt was the best angle included the bums on the bench in the distance. When I initially rode past them, one of them was speaking in a voice made of gravel. Gravel always “crunches.” Breakfast cereal always “crunches.” First I was cold and sweating, but now I’m just cold. 2. Having just read a poem, an unfinished poem by Michael P. and being struck more than once, I mean a chord within me was—and but now also listening to exceptionally accomplished modernist music by an eleven-year-old—and wanting to continue the striking poem, continue examining my own beliefs and/or continue adding and modifying the existing structure so that it changes without changing, standing in a river, buying but never opening a box of colored pencils, wanting to make the joke “pencils of color,” but knowing better, and also being aware of the ease with which I just couched that joke like I thought you wouldn’t notice, like how his eye is on a slow journey to his chin, how I probably over-sharpen my pencils and too soon, like how characters allow us to do and say things . . . even though how is this not also a character, and the inability to write without thinking about a reader and being judged by that reader so that I would be forced to admit that yes, in fact, there is a God. Yes, there is, in fact, a God. There is also a button on my desk, a mother-of-pearl button shiny and opalescent on one side, mottled red and brown on the other and I always think of blood and I always think of blood. “Bloody Buttons” would not even be a good name for a band. My belief that I have something to say and it’s important. My belief that I have nothing to say and it isn’t important. Or rather that I have something to say and it isn’t important when what I really want is to have nothing to say and for it to be important. My belief in hope. My belief in pencil sharpeners. My belief in my essential unbelievability. I mean, that I should not be believed. Not because I am a liar, but because, perhaps, I don’t even know I’m not telling the truth. So much of this is philosophy for neophytes. and then what seems to have been out of rhythm resolves itself into the larger complex of sounds. Complex of apartments. 3. My writing feels stalled in the same way my life feels stalled. Trying to make something new and interesting from something that’s been done and overdone. Writing about writing for Christ’s sake. I mean look at this! Or maybe always on the cusp of something and never pushing or working hard enough. Not having a practice. What is a practice? Going into private practice. 4.
'In Turkey, a man brought home a goat to sacrifice for Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice-which celebrates Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son for God-and stored it on his roof until, on Wednesday, it fell off, landing on and killing his 13-year-old son, who was playing below. "In fact," the man said, "there is nothing at all to say."' From the always interesting Harper's Weekly Review
and you think nothing is happening here but you are wrong about things that are happening only but very very slowly
map 1: §18 --> I §81 --> §18 --> Bif B §146 --> Bif B §147 --> Bif B §148 --> Bif B §149 --> Bif B §150 map 2: pp. 75, 253, 254, 75, 76, 77, 384, 385, 386, 387, 388, 389, 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395
Memories and curiosities are shoved aside more and more rapidly as obsolete, in a "stock rotation" that affects not only books in bookstores, films in theaters, and the music on "Walkmans," but also, and at least as rapidly, yogurt brands, ideas, opinions and convictions, scientific theories, animal species, friendships, loves (77). To live, and to live as a unified whole, requires that one be able to think a continuity of being, it requires the certainty (illusory but persistent) of having lived without interruption. And this certainty itself requires a setting, a framework, a background both geometrical and temporal, without discontinuities. For a "self," the real beginning of life isn't birth (which, strictly speaking, is as internally unthinkable as death)—and is even very distant from birth (384-5). But how does one recognize oneself? I am not at all certain that I don't actually have to depend for this recognition on those external memories provided by photographs, and a certain number of photographs can constitute an ordered documentary sequence, punctuating the years at not-too-distant intervals: stable witnesses to time, much less subject to doubt than internal memories, but far more indifferent. (And this is independent of the fact that photographic representations look at you from the outside, and present a different face from the one that we see in the mirror.) (390)I would say I still don't know how it is I haven't ever finished Swann's Way by Proust, considering particularly how beautiful Lydia Davis' translation of it is, but the year-long pause in this project easily answers the question. (In a sense, the interruption in this project constitutes an interruption in my life. (There are those who would like to believe that my current residence in Germany is an interruption of my life. (Now might be the time to trot out that beautiful line from a John Lennon song ("Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" from the album Double Fantasy (the album, incidentally, that introduced me to Yoko Ono's music, which, these days, I find far more interesting than Lennon's solo stuff (For the longest time, I considered myself (if one takes Tom Robbins' assertion that there's only one relevant question when trying quickly to ascertain something about someone else's psychology; that question being "Who is your favorite Beatle? (a question which becomes less and less relevant as the years go by)) to be a John person (the rebel!), but now, after both coming to terms with the fact that Abbey Road's B side is awesome because of Paul (and in spite of John) and familiarizing myself with Paul's "early" solo work (McCartney II came out ten years after the Beatles had split), I realize I've been a Paul person (the cute one?) all along.), probably because there always seems to be some larger conceptual concern behind her work (whereas John just wanted to make Rock-n-Roll (not, in and of itself, an unworthy goal, just not where my interests lie))) that has become both cliché and somehow twee (Lennon? the rebel? twee?): "Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."))) But, obviously, a work like The Loop (or a project like the great fire of London) could not exist without Proust's initial plumbings/dissections of memory. The problem with an assertion like "one cannot understand Roubaud's masterwork without having read Proust" is that it creates a slippery slope: One cannot understand Proust without having read X; one cannot understand X without having read Y; one cannot understand Y without having read Z; Z = the whole of classical literature (all the Greeks and all the Romans).
I will . . . refrain from entering the race to break the record for "earliest memory," into which autobiographers have thrown themselves ever since some first pioneer among them came up with the idea and decided that he possessed this "thing," a "first memory" (I don't know who this was, or even when it happened: who is the author of the "first memory"? (a written memory, that is)) (Robert Graves seeing Queen Victoria at the age of one, or Tolstoy in his little bathtub at two, are among the most ridiculous I have ever read) (392).A question I regularly (and uselessly) ask myself is where did it start to go wrong? If we could just put "Come Together" and "Something" on a different album, get rid of "Maxwell's Silver Hammer," "Oh! Darling," and "Octopus's Garden" altogether, and turn the A side of Abbey Road into a 25-minute version of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)," the world would surely be a better place.