READING WALLACE STEVENS IS LIKE…

Scarriet

Here’s how the game works.

Let’s start with Homer. 

Reading Homer is like...You are 22.  It is mid-summer.  You are playing the board game Risk with young and old family members, drinking ouzo, eating lamb on a large, open-air porch.

Reading Wallace Stevens is like…You are 60.  It is fall.  You are squeezed into a little uptown Manhattan jazz club, slightly buzzed, but hungry.  An elegant stranger looks you up and down and it seems they are going to speak to you, but they only end up giving you a snooty look, and turn away…

Reading John Ashbery is likeYou are 20.  You are talking to your favorite English teacher in a bar who you happened to run into by accident, for the first time outside of school.  You are drunk on 2 drinks; he seems sober on 12.  He’s really cool, and he sure can talk, but you keep waiting for him to…

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WE HAVE TO GO BAAACK

the illustration of a. fienemann

Just re-watched the Lost season 5 finale tonight.  2 weeks left until the season 6 premiere.  So excited!  Anyway, I drew this a while ago – just a fan comic about the season 3 finale.  The last line just lends itself to hilarity.

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The Spoils: April 2013

A bookstore sale allowed me to pick up loads of titles this month, namely, the first seven titles in the list below. The last three came from a much-delayed online order.

  1. The Pirates! In an Adventure with Communists by Gideon Defoe (third book in a series but this and the fifth book on the Romantics are the ones I’m really interested in)
  2. The Dream Archipelago by Christopher Priest
  3. The Stain on the Snow by Georges Simenon (published in the US as Dirty Snow)
  4. Midnight Plus One by Gavin Lyall
  5. Before, During, and After: Poems by Hal Sirowitz
  6. The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein by Peter Ackroyd
  7. The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard
  8. The Winter Sun: Notes on a Vocation by Fanny Howe
  9. The Lion Bridge: Selected Poems 1972-1995 by Michael Palmer
  10. Thread by Michael Palmer (reviews from Jacket 2, Lana TurnerThe Constant Critic, Poetry magazine, and Publishers Weekly)
  11. Conjunctions 37: Twentieth Anniversary Issue (Fall 2001)

Three Guys One Book on Harriet the Spy

Three Guys One Book on Harriet the Spy

Something’s off with the comments section on TG1B, so this is what I wanted to say:

Three points:

 

First, Fitzhugh wrote two sequels which I’ve never read: The Long Secret and Sport (there are also sequels by other writers but I’m not interested in those).

 

Second, one of the best bits about Harriet the Spy I’ve read compared it to, among other titles, John Le Carré’s A Perfect Spy as a thematic equivalent, almost a childhood version. 

 

Third, as is obvious, I loved this book, so thanks for writing about it here!

The Spoils: March 2013

March was a dry month for buying and reading books, mostly because I was working on my thesis and had little time for shopping and reading. Still, I’m grateful a friend gave me my first Bukowski: War All The Time: Poems 1981-1984.

I also managed to pick up a copy of William Gibson’s Johnny Mnemonic: The Story and the Screenplay. While I’ve read the story several times, since my battered Burning Chrome paperback gets reread relatively often, I’ve never seen the film. I bought the book on a whim: it was cheap and I’ve always been curious about it, after seeing so many mail-order forms for it attached to old paperbacks.

And now…suddenly there’s news about a possible Johnny Mnemonic TV series

Aphorisms from Mark Leidner, whose Beauty Was The Case That They Gave Me I loved.

THERMOS

This month, poet and old friend of THERMOS Mark Leidner has published a book of aphorisms, called The Angel in the Dream of Our Hangover. Put out by Sator Press— a self-made pay-what-you-will indie publisher— the book is available right now. Go get it! Here’s a selection of work from inside:



the purpose of love is to gain so much of one person’s trust, that when they are dying you can tell them it will be okay, and they will believe you



the period of time beginning halfway into the previous second, and ending halfway through the next, is what is known as the “fiscal second”



early on in his career, the poet sold his soul; he then spent the rest of his life trying to redeem it; as a result, he was highly motivated, and all of his ambition was sincere



missing someone is like what the…

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The Spoils: February 2013

Five titles from Birds LLC, who published Partyknife by Dan Magers, one of my favorite books published 2012 (the other is Alien vs. Predator by Michael Robbins):

  1. The Trees Around by Chris Tonelli
  2. Goat in the Snow by Emily Pettit
  3. The French Exit by Eliza Gabbert
  4. Either Way I’m Celebrating, poems and comics by Sommer Browning
  5. Kings of the F**king Sea, poems by Dan Boehl, images by Jonathan Marshall

So far, the only Birds LLC title I don’t have is the just-released Rise in the Fall, with poems by Ana Božičević and art by Bianca Stone. I’ll most likely order that when they also release The First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather.