Saturday, September 25, 2021

Shop Talk


(Emcee notes in bold)

From a review of The Counterforce by J.M. Tyree, a discussion of Thomas Pynchon’s novel, Inherent Vice. The reviewer is Justin St. Clair who writes almost an aside about his students’ trouble with the demands of reading an intentionally “difficult” novel.

And this, I fear, is what’s afflicting many of my students. They don’t find postmodern fiction palatable. They’re offended by its lowbrow humor, its willingness to subvert even sanctioned causes, its tortuous sentences, its cringeworthy sex scenes, its refusal of closure, and the demands it places on its readers. “Difficulty is elitist,” one told me recently.

From footnotes 15 and 17 in BABELLBAB by Heriberto Yepez

Even though a poem is just an efficient collection of lines. No need to feel poems have to be considered Sublime Objects of Desire.

Poet listeners in reading shouldn't look at the face of the poet when she/he reads. They should see the page from which (S)(H)e is reading. That is her/his true face: the page.

The future of poetry will be publicity.

I’ve been to the library recently.

A Wild Surmise, by Eloise Klein Healy
Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
Imago, by Octavia L. Butler
Soft Science, by Franny Choi
Wind in a Box, by Terrance Hayes
The Committed, by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Latinx Photography in the United States, by Elizabeth Ferrer
Labyrinths, by Jorge Luis Borges
Keeping An Eye Open, by Julian Barnes
Broad Strokes, by Bridget Quinn
Glittering Images, by Camille Paglia

And some links to sites of interest.






  1. Lots of great material! I saw the film Inherent Vice which was good at times with great sense of time and place. Interesting how young people have changed since our time or have they? Subtlety and Irony is too much trouble just the "facts ma'am".

    Herbert Yepez: His quotes give me some video ideas with your material. Must put on list of video projects to have you read material and create a "video white page" to write on.

    What a list of books! Paglia and Borgus and Morrison are familiar.

    Went through the list of links: Link Dinh. Don't agree on most his topics of discussion highlighted, yet found small portions of them with a hint of truth to it.

    Postcards from the End of the America Empire: Wonderful! Sharp intentness color, crisp subjects, and themes.

    Ghedalia Tarzartes: Interesting reading about, but musically not so much. I didn't have the patients for it. Although one piece Gasimolo Tango sounded like something Mariene Dietrich would do.

    Musique Concrete: I have bookmarked in the Randy file for later reading.

  2. Glad you liked so much of it! especially End of the Amer. Empire. and yes I believe I'm ready for some more collab.