Saturday, June 12, 2004
23 - Mark Wallace: Writer and Self in the Work of Nick PiombinoOf all the poets associated
with language writing, Nick Piombino focuses most directly on
the problem of the individual, both as writer and as source of
experience. While the theoretical focus of most language writers
can be said to be socialist and materialist, Piombino's use of
psychoanalytic theory and his experience as a practicing psychoanalyst
marks him as different in focus while at the same time his work
is closely related to language writing.
New York Times > 'Dylan's Visions of Sin': It's Alright, Ma
(I'm Only Reading)
Visions of Sin'' -- a volume perhaps ipso facto to be regarded
as either the most intimidating rock-critical treatise ever published,
or the silliest, or both.
Friday, June 11, 2004
is a collection of
found photographs. found at fleamarkets, thriftshops, some are
scooped up from streets and alleyways, fallen from an overstuffed
bag or torn pocket. others turn up in a cabinet's hidden compartment,
found while wandering the rooms of an abandoned house. now the
photos exist by themselves, lost in time. time tales does not
want to reveal their mysteries. time tales asks to be the new
home for lost photos, a resting place, for the nameless and the
Berry interview: Sojourners MagazineI don't think that being the strongest country
in the world can necessarily make us the most secure country.
And the fact remains that we're destroying our country ourselves.
It's easy to get the idea that
we're stationing troops all over the world to protect our right
to destroy our own country. I think that if you were seriously
interested in security, you would make the country secure in its
regions. You'd make it possible for the people to eat with far
less public transportation. To do that you'd have to think in
a different way. And we've got to face the likelihood that the
people in charge are simply not capable of thinking that way.
They've never thought in that way. Their doctrine is maximum force
relentlessly applied. That's the doctrine of war. But it's also
the doctrine of industrial agriculture. It's the way the industrial
and a bit
later..If you're a writer
and you are at all inclined to speak as a Christian in some way,
you realize very quickly that the conventional language is pretty
much useless. It takes a long time to get past that, or it has
taken me a long time. People in conventional Christianity have
spoken lightly and sometimes frivolously of God for a long time.
It's a word that needs to be used sparingly, in my opinion.
Any religion has to have a practice.
When you let it go so far from practice that it just becomes a
matter of talk something bad happens. If you don't have an economic
practice, you don't have a practice. Christians conventionally
think they've done enough when they've gone to the store and shopped.
But that isn't an economic life. It isn't an economic practice.
If you take seriously those passages in the scripture that say
that we live by God's spirit and his breath, that we live, move,
and have our being in God, the implications for the present economy
are just devastating. Those passages call for an entirely generous
and careful economic life.
Thursday, June 10, 2004
New York Times: on Ricks on Dylan
)The book pays
no attention at all to Mr. Dylan's life - no mention here of his
famous shift from acoustic to electric guitar, of his conversions
from Judaism to Christianity and back again, or of his recent
appearance in a Victoria's Secret commercial - and is more interested
in the form of the songs than their content.
from time to time it's good to drink
too much coffee and listen to gun club's fire of love...
but one should not try to make pomes under those influences
here's rain so there's no walk this morning...
we'd melt.. but the plants i put in yesterday seem happy enough...
was hoping to do more today but... it can wait. i guess.
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
of a new book on PavementMalkmus
was the spokesperson for Slacker Nation, obliquely referencing
their love of snarky irony and fears of adult responsibility.
His lyrics, fractured and disjointed, reflected his iconoclastic
method of songwriting, in which narrative was nowhere to be found,
replaced by a grab-bag of clever one-liners and puns. Lazy critics
lumped Pavement in with other 'slacker' bands like Superchunk
and Swell Maps, but Malkmus owed more to the love of language
for its own sake found in contemporary poets like John Ashbery.
Tuesday, June 08, 2004
ah... this blug made it onto fait
accompli's recent crush list
... grazie... check out some of
the spots nick has found
dom and i cut out early from the current
carmelite shindig... our regional meeting... it was fine and always
good to reconnect with old friends but i was antsy and ill-at-ease
over a stupid dream about the cat... do you believe this?... the
cat's culinary issues... digestion issues... a dream...
upon return i find her just as happy
and healthy as ever in a long time... because i'd left her a bowl
of dry food... not a smudge of that old nasty canned stuff anywhere...
we'll renew that battle in the morning...
but the a/c is out and the house is all mugged up
an stinky... well i'll just open some windows... i will
Monday, June 07, 2004
in the car this morning i heard a radio
add for Wendy's Hamburgers that parodied the opening of Ginsberg's
Howl... wondering about their target... who'd get it? who'd care?
what's the intersection of Ginsberg readers and Wendy's patrons?
my old pal sean keefe... off in australia...
plea for east timor
... talks about the australian province's
Carmelites are located in two parts of the country - Dili, which
is the capital, and a parish in a remote area called Zumalai.
The distance between Dili and Zumalai is about 100 miles, but
takes more than 6 hours by four wheel driven vehicles due to the
conditions of the roads between the two.
Education is an important link to a better future
in East Timor. A usual classroom in a rural area, where a school
can be found, usually is made up of 40 to 50 students. Most of
the schools do not have enough books, pens, or paper. Computers
are not useful because there is no electricity. A student is lucky
to get a ninth grade education. The only way for a student to
get any type of higher education is to go to Dili and board there
while he or she attends school. Very few families can afford for
their children to get an education. Therefore, the country's future
is doomed to be ruled by an elitist few while the majority of
the population is locked into a future of poverty.
Sunday, June 06, 2004
New York Times > Magazine > Encounter: Proceed With Caution
(free registation may be required)Unlike Bill McKibben or Wendell Berry, two authors
Joy admires who have written with passion about how technology
threatens to devalue our day-to-day lives, Joy has made a point
of not pursuing the moral, religious or political dimensions of
his argument. ''I'm focused on truly catastrophic danger, where
we must act,'' he wrote to me in a late-night e-mail message.
up... to begin june... finally.... mostly pictures
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