Monthly Archives: January 2011

a / the / this / that

What is it with these little words? Why do I, on revision, so often find myself switching or removing these from otherwise-unaltered lines? Am I just lazy, or do these variants really change what a line means so greatly? And … Continue reading

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Exercise: Annotate

an entire book, completely, all the thoughts, memories, everything. Any book, it doesn’t matter. Give it away. This would be intimate.

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Coal Mountain Elementary. Mark Nowak

A collection of documents, artfully edited. On the one hand, what control, not to intervene. On the other, I miss words, miss personal weakness. Maybe I miss irresponsibility.

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Nazi Literature in the Americas. Roberto Bolano

Q: Does amorality offer some added possibility in artwork? It’s a question that would never occur to me—practically word salad, really—but one I think Bolano raises (here and elsewhere). Is it just me, or does he (in 2666) flirt with … Continue reading

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