From Bishop To Deane

“The Nit Pickers” is Ward Sutton’s new Drawn To Read (a book review in comic form) about the “centenary editions” of Elizabeth Bishop’s poems, prose, and correspondence with The New Yorker.

(I’m trying not to get excited over the title of Bishop’s “In The Village” for reasons that have little to do with her, although I was thrilled to have discovered a poet named Nichola Deane while looking for links about Bishop.)

Aside from an abiding interest in Romantic poetry (an area I’m currently pondering), Deane has nine blog entries about Nick Cave (she also has PJ Harvey‘s official site on her blogroll), once interviewed Clive James on F. Scott Fitzgerald, has a poem-cycle about Lee Miller in Jean Cocteau’s Blood of a Poet, and counts Bishop, Patti Smith, and Maya Deren among her triptych of influences. They’re certainly on mine, too.

Nick Cave on Love Songs

I’ve just caught up on some recent discussions about Cave. In light of the sometimes-heated exchanges that have taken place, many of which I agree with despite being a big fan, perhaps now is not the time to shift the focus away from those substantial discussions in favor of Cave’s remarks on the love song.

Still, here it is as a lecture, a version that contains slightly more typographical errors than its more polished reappearance in The Guardian (parts one and two). I so want this, almost as much as I want to see his Gladiator 2 screenplay filmed.