Instead of Sewn Inside Myself Forever

April 7, 2015 § Leave a comment

“[And] I couldn’t disagree with those sheep because I would run away from me, too, if I was a sheep and not me and even if I was me, I’d still like, some mornings, to be the thing running far from me instead of sewn inside myself forever.”
Catherine Lacey, Nobody is Ever Missing (2014)

Object in the World

April 6, 2015 § Leave a comment

Donald Barthelme, “Not-Kowing,” Not Knowing: The Essays and Interviews of Donald Barthelme (1997)

Mallarmé’s work is also, and perhaps most importantly, a step towards establishing a new ontological status for the poem, as an object in the world rather than a representation of the world.

The Bugles of Silence

March 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

Léon Bloy, “Le Musicien du silence” (1893)

I [the composer Pouyadou] could point you to important pieces written for a set of completely voiceless trumpets that I call the bugles of Silence, after the model of the unrecoverable buccins that once overthrew the walls of Jericho [via].

He Lived at a Little Distance from His Body

March 25, 2015 § Leave a comment

“He lived at a little distance from his body, regarding his own acts with doubtful side-glasses.”
James Joyce, “A Painful Case,” Dubliners

Sam Lipsyte

March 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

“I know who you are,” she said.
“That makes one of us,” I said.
Sam Lipsyte, “Nate’s Pain is Now,” The Fun Parts (2013)

The Other Novel

March 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

Lydia Davis, The End of the Story

I’m afraid I may realize after the novel is finished that what actually made me want to write it was something different, and that it should have taken a different direction. But by then I will not be able to go back and change it, so the novel will remain what it is and the other novel, the one that should have been written, will never be written.

Faulkner and Failure

March 21, 2015 § Leave a comment

William Faulkner, “William Faulkner, The Art of Fiction No. 12″ by Jean Stein, The Paris Review 12 (Spring 1956)

None of my work has met my own standards.

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