Sunday, August 30, 2009

Los Ladrones, part 6: The Jack Spicer Episode

nb: The Torrent is unleashed October 1.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Summer Reading

Looking back, I feel like I didn't get a lot of summer reading done, termiting along with a bunch of my own scattered projects, but I decided to categorize what was done under the general heading of Williams-related, and non-Williams related, with nuances in-between. Also included are sincere revelations as to how much was eventually read:

Williams related:
--Michael Golston, Rhythm and Race in Modernist Poetry and Science (here and there; a couple of the first chapters then skipping to the last.)
--Alice Notley, "Dr. Williams' Heiresses" (I've tried to read this thru a couple times, but this was the first time finishing it. . . . it's short but dense.)
--Charles Olson on Paterson V (in The Collected Prose of Charles Olson, in which, honestly, he has more interesting things to say about Moby Dick than about Paterson.)

Somewhat Williams related:
--Alice Notley, The Descent of Alette (all)
--Bill Luoma, Works and Days (all)
--Hesiod, Theogony & Works and Days (all)
--Close Listening: Poetry and the Performed Word (ed. Bernstein) (still working on it; most)

Can be related to Williams with a stretch:
--Victor Hugo, Dieu (started. savoring; also saw Pierre Henry's version at his house a couple weeks ago. Awesome!)
--rereading Peter Lamborn Wilson on TAZ (and what pray tell ever happened to the concept of "affinity group" . . . not even coopted and travestied by mass culture. Just disappeared.)
--William Gibson, Spook Country (started, not sure if will finish; really just mining for the locative media references)
--Ignacio de Loyola Brandao, Teeth Under the Sun (almost done)

Not related to Williams
--Gary Lutz, Stories in the Worst Way (a handful of ministories left before I had to return it to ILL)
--Roxanne Carter, Drown: A Novella (all)
--reread some Donald Barthelme, some Angela Carter stories
--Oulipo: A Primer of Potential Literature (ed. Motte)(working through; skipped the "mathy" essays)
--Michel Foucault, Death and the Labyrinth: The World of Raymond Roussel (started, enjoyed a couple chapters, put down; will probably pick up again but not soon.)
--Raymond Roussel, Locus Solus (also enjoyed a couple chapters, but not sure how much of this I could read at once without big committment to Roussel-world; I think I like the idea of Roussel more than the actual reading of him for long stretches. Come to think of it, this is the second time I've tried to pick up Locus Solus.)
--Raymond Queneau, Exercises in Style (misplaced before completely finishing; wondering whether to use it for students; still need to look up some of those rhetorical terms.)
--Christian Bok, Eunoia (all)
--Eugene Ostachevsky, Iterature (all)
--Elizabeth Young, Aim Straight at the Fountain and Press Vaporize (halfway)
--Kenneth Koch, 1000 Avant-Garde Plays (most)
--Kenneth Koch, Selected Poems (recalled by the library when I was 1/4 thru)
--Kenneth Koch, Rose, Where Did You Get That Red? Teaching Great Poetry to Children (an unexpected used-bookstore find that provided good after-bath reading as well as after-semester reflecting on teaching, during June.)
--Robert Duncan podcast lectures
--Gertrude Stein's Making of the Americans read by Gregory Laynor. (worked well on shuffle, interspersed with some of the 45s out of James Brown's lable "People Records" that I finally digitized in June.)
--rereading (after 25 some years) Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange (and this time got annoyed and put it down after a couple chapters.)
--James Joyce, Finnegans Wake (occasional dips)
--lots of printed out pdfs and magazine articles that I took to the gym, got wet, threw out, and now have forgotten. (note to Jeff Bezos.)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Paterson Datum no. 41