Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Golden Coach into the Future

Golden Coach Diner, where Smithson had lunch on his famous New Jersey drift (in "A Tour of the Monuments of Passaic, NJ") is now a Dunkin Donuts. Not too bad a fall into the future. I'm at a donut shop now, and this morning I heard someone asking "do you have, you know, those mini-donuts, the holes." At least Dunkin Donuts has a name for these. Although I think Smithson would like the idea of going to a donut shop and asking for a box of holes. "Can I have a thing that is a hole in a thing it is not?" They should be called do-nots, or do-knots.

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Sunday, March 07, 2010

To What xxTUNE Dance in this IM MENSE?. .

David Lyle's letter to Dr.Williams Dec 1 1939 . . . elapsed writing time for letter Lyle notes as 5.5 hours, but then also the letter has been expanded on April 9 1939 before sent out . . . questions of the Tao, swastika . . . symbol as "real substance" . . . the "continuous realism of the Hebrews" is based in their monism . . . "the central problem is of the particular. . HOW do we KNOW anything at all . ." . . . "the TAO symbol is the wiring diagram of the source of human energy" . . . Lyle's profession as a radio operator and engineer comes through in his technical metaphors, as in "BREAKING thru humanity. IE.. to break thru every anthropomorphism...every inadequate concept and its ensu-ing inadequate operating custody...." . . . more a child of cybernetics than of the modern machine world, he rightly but completely oddly puts the Hammond Organ as the new paradigm of consciousness, NOT the cinema . . . "topologically fotographing the idea behind this country called America. . . in terms of the running Hammond Organ basic underlying second by second simultaneously as moving image all and/or any ever happened. . . happening . . . and ever will happen event structuring of man. . or men" . . . Hammond Organ tones being generated by oscillation, on/off, discrete signals whose parameters are controlled in real time and also based on a system shared with missile control devices, also invented by Hammond . . . "to make a map of the sea (of human energy)" a constant refrain, as is the attempt to situate imagism as a break-thru to a system that structures events closer to the re-al substance "And since Arnold ask the real substance question as . . . To what TUNE dancein this immense? . . . ." Or is it TONE? I wish I could go back and time and buy Lyle a new typewriter ribbon . . . the plectrum does not weave by itself . . . "Utmost permanence can be transferred directly to the uses of calculus and asymptotic curves in MATH . . . . transferred dirrectly to the swastika being asymptotic to the symbol area formerly known as ONE nation . . . W hat is oneness.and where is re-al substance....." . . . I think I had a sense this morning in bed of what this math looked like, and then I woke up a little more (proving its reality) . . . "Math signs closest to imagist operating of central nervous system." . . . "Behind any and/or all of the above areas. . there must be an imagism law. . which is continuous. . testable and checkable by anyone, once they know HO W TO SEE it. . ie, once they know HOW TO EXPERIENCE the ART of knowing. . . . either directly or thru others. . . as on a busman's holiday. . ." "The right question being Shakesspere's 53rd sonnet. . . What mmmmmm is YOUR RE-al SUBSTANCE, whereof are you made, T hat millions of strange shadows on you tend?" . . . and you must imagine the substance fading out with the lapsing ink of the ribbon the cross-outs (mmmmm) the penned-in corrections and misspacings . . . a loveable but maddening text, so hard not to want to include, but so hard to completely transcribe . . . Lyle himself, in a sense, his symbol or re-al substance . . . "As continuous imagism . . . all disguises have been stripped away, it is ALWAYS and EVER-y-WHERE (Where is your re-al substance?)" . . .

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Saturday, March 06, 2010

1014 E 24th St.

This is where David Lyle lived. His method of information-sculpting was one of Williams' main inspirations for Paterson, and I've been told by acquaintances of Lyle that there were boxes and boxes of his "great work" back in the garage. Can someone please just go knock on the door for me, and ask to see if there is anything still in the garage???

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