Saturday, November 14, 2009

 

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Friday, November 13, 2009

 

 

Recently Received

Books (Poetry)

Ryan Adams, Hello Sunshine, Akashic Books, New York 2009

Sherwin Bitsui, Flood Song, Copper Canyon, Port Townsend 2009

Adrian Blevins, Live from the Homesick Jamboree, Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, CT 2009

Ana Božičević, Stars of the Night Commute, Tarpaulin Sky, Grafton, VT 2009

Neeli Cherkovski, From the Canyon Outward, R.L. Crow Publications, Penn Valley, CA 2009

Jeff Clark, Ruins, Turtle Point Press, New York 2009

Alison Hawthorne Deming, Rope, Penguin, New York & London, 2009

Graham Foust, A Mouth in California, Flood Editions, Chicago 2009

Amy Gerstler, Dearest Creature, Penguin, New York & London, 2009

Matt Jasper, Moth Moon, BlazeVOX, Buffalo 2009

Amy King, Slaves to Do These Things, BlazeVOX, Buffalo 2009

Hayden Saunier, Tips for Domestic Travel, Black Lawrence, Brooklyn 2009

Jordan Stempleman, Doubled Over, BlazeVOX, Buffalo 2009

Terese Svoboda, Weapons Grade, University of Arkansas Press, Fayetteville 2009

Novica Tadić, Assembly, translated from the Serbian by Steven Teref & Maja Teref, Host Publications, Austin 2009

Anne Valley-Fox, How Shadows are Bundled, foreword by V.B. Price, U. of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque 2009

Liz Waldner, Play, Lightful Press, New York 2009

 

Books (Poetry Anthology)

Billy Collins, Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds, Columbia University Press, New York 2010. Includes Elizabeth Bishop, David Bottoms, John Ciardi, Amy Clampitt, Robert Creeley, Emily Dickinson, Annie Finch, Carol Frost, Linda Gregerson, Linda Gregg, Eamon Grennan, Daniel Halpern, Seamus Heaney, Bob Hicock, Brenda Hillman, Edward Hirsch, John Hollander, Mark Jarman, Dorianne Laux, Marianne Moore, Carol Muske-Dukes, Howard Nemerov, Mary Oliver, Linda Pastan, Sylvia Plath, Stanley Plumly, Lawrence Raab, Kay Ryan, Delmore Schwartz, Charles Simic, Gary Snyder, Gerald Stern, Wallace Stevens, James Tate, John Updike, David Wagoner, Robert Penn Warren, Richard Wilbur, James Wright, many more.

Mark Weiss, The Whole Island: Six Decades of Cuban Poetry, UC Press, Berkeley 2009. Includes Nicolás Guillén, Eugenio Florit, José Lezama Lima, Virgilio Piñera, Samuel Feijóo, Gastón Baquero, Eliseo Diego, Cintio Vitier, Fina García-Marruz, Lorenzo García Vega, Carlos Galindo Lena, Francisco de Oraá, Roberto Branly, Roberto Fernández Retamar, Fayad Jamís, Heberto Padilla, José Álvarez Baragaño, César López, Antón Arrufat, José Kozer, Miguel Barnet, Belkis Cuza Malé, Nancy Morejón, Luis Rogelio Nogueras, Lina de Feria, Delfín Prats, Excilia Saldaña, Raúl Hernández Novás, Amando Fernández, Soleida Ríos, Lourdes Gil, Reina María Rodríguez, Abilio Estévez, Iraida Iturralde, Ruth Behar, Ángel Escobar, Ramón Fernández Larrea, Roberto Méndez, Rolando Sánchez Mejías, Ismael González Castañer, Juan Carlos Flores, Pedro Llanes, Sigfredo Ariel, Frank Abel Dopico, Alberto Rodríguez Tosca, Omar Pérez López, Antonio José Ponte, Heriberto Hernández, Pedro Marqués de Armas, Damaris Calderón, Alessandra Molina, Carlos A. Aguilera & Javier Marimón. Translated by many hands.

 

Books (Other)

Archestratos, Gastrology or Life of Pleasure or Study of the Belly or Inquiry Into Dinner, translated by Gian Lombardo, Quale Press, Williamsburg, MA 2009

Tony Green, Poussin’s Humour, Paravail, Somerset, UK 2009

Kevin Killian, Impossible Princess, City Lights, San Francisco 2009

Brian Kiteley, The River Gods, FC2, Tuscaloosa 2009

Red Pine, Lao-Tzu’s Taoteching, with Selected Commentaries from the Past 2000 Years, Copper Canyon, Port Townsend, 2009

Aram Saroyan, Door to the River: Essays & Reviews from the 1960s into the Digital Age, Black Sparrow, Boston 2010

Helen Weaver, The Awakener: A Memoir of Kerouac and the Fifties, City Lights, San Francisco 2009

 

Journals

Gerry Mulligan, no. 1, Red Hook, NY, 2009. Includes Stephen Jonas, Mary Ferrari, John Godfrey, Rae Armantrout, Jack Collom, Simon Pettet & Elio Schneeman, Raymond Queneau, Steve Malmude, Tony Towle, Lewis Warsh, David Rattray, more.

Aufgabe, no. 8, Brooklyn 2009. Includes Matvei Yankelevich, Thomas Campbell, Thomas Epstein, Keith Gessen, Peter Golub, David Hock, Yuliya Idlis, Christopher Mattison, Max Nemtsov, Eugene Ostashevsky, Natasha Randall, Stephanie Sandler, Simona Schneider, Zachary Schomburg, Elena Fanailova, Dmitry Golynko, Linor Goralik, Sergey Kruglov, Dmitry Kuzmin, Kirill Medvedev, Anton Ochirov, Andrey Sen-Senkov, Aleksandr Skidan, Maria Stepanova, Dmitry Vodennikov, Sergey Zavyalov, Igor Zhukov, Tatiana Zima, Olga Zondberg, Diane Ward, Kimberly Lyons, François Turcot , Nathalie Stephens, Karen Weiser, Ari Banias, Alan Mills, Dolores Dorantes and Jen Hofer, Phil Cordelli, Corina Copp, Matt Reeck, Nathan Austin, Elisabeth Whitehead, Akilah Oliver, Geoffrey Detrani, Sarah Gridley, Damaris Calderón, Laura Sims, Tyrone Williams, Rachel Levitsky, Tim Peterson, Xochiquetzal Candelaria, Inti García, Román Luján and Brian Whitener, Paula Koneazny, Eduardo Milán, Garrett Kalleberg and Laura Solórzano, Suzanne Jacob, Dana Ward, Jasper Bernes, Paolo Javier, Catherine Mavrikakis, Alan Davies, Kimberly Lyons, Noah Eli Gordon, Trish Salah, & Margaret Ronda

 

Still a big stack of books
waiting to be noted here



Thursday, November 12, 2009

 

Alas, it turns out that I’m a better forecaster of Project Runway than I am of baseball. To wit:

If I had to guess today (and that’s why I’m writing this), I would project an all-female finals consisting of Althea Harper, Carol Hannah Whitfield & – most likely to win – Irina Shabayeva.

I posted that sentence here on October 15, and I turned out to be exactly right. Not that it was as easy as it seems in retrospect. Althea sort of fell apart on the final challenge and was nearly taken out by Gordana Gehlhausen. The other final contestant eliminated on the cusp of going to Fashion Week was Christopher Straub (the Shakopee, Minnesota, designer who deserves the Where’s Andre? award for the contestant most likely to shed tears at the eensiest provocation). Straub was, to my eye, no better than the third strongest of the male designers & even he seemed to shocked to be, in his words, “the last boy standing.”

All three of the finalists had made it top the top three in at least six of the show’s twelve episodes to date. Shabayeva – “Meana Irina” to at least one of her competitors – has finished in the top three seven times, winning three episodes, Althea has been in the top three six times, winning twice & Carol Hannah has also been in the top three six times, winning once. No other designer won more than once, nor finished in the top three more than three times, and the two who managed that were Gordana & Christopher.

So the three showing at Fashion Week had 19 of the 36 top-3 finishes. I still think Irina is going to win – I think she’s heads above the other two women, and if you don’t believe me, check out her collections on her own website. One could reasonably argue that she’s the best female designer the series has had to date. But it’s a feature of the competitive pressure and simple constraints of Project Runway – the final challenge included a “tour” of the Getty museum that lasted all of 30 minutes(!) – that none of her designs for the show have come close to what she can do working by herself.

Which may be one reason why this has been the most tepid season Project Runway has ever had. They really need to rethink the challenges. One wonders what will become of this show if its standard sink any lower. Runway has been a huge hit, at least by basic cable standards, and there are now knock-offs of it in 13 other countries. But as Tim Gunn likes to remind his protégés, they need to make it work.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

 


Alexei Parshchikov 2008 (photo by Eugene Ostashevsky)

Back in the early 1980s, before I had heard such names as Zhdanov, Kutik, Iskrenko or Kondakova, I twice used the term “realism” to describe what has come to be known as language poetry, first in Ironwood in 1983, as the title to a selection of poems by my peers. My preface to In the American Tree, published in 1986, is entitled “Language, Realism, Poetry.” In both instances, I was trying to underscore the fact that there was nothing un- or anti- realistic about this new American writing, but rather that it was questioning, here directly, there obliquely, much that we had been taught to think reactively about realism, and indeed about the real.

When I learned through Lyn Hejinian that there was a group of poets in the then-Soviet Union who were known as “metarealists,” I was immediately intrigued. The realism I got, and also the meta-. Metarealism is one of those terms – social formalism is another – that I have always thought could have just as easily, and just as accurately, been deployed to characterize language poetry.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

 

Photo by David Highsmith

A polished apple for David Melnick

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Secret © treaty leaks – & it’s bad

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Murdoch’s plan:
block Google search

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What’s going on in Russian poetry?

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Bolaño, Inc.

Not a rebel

Bolaño for beginners

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My original 1979 talk on The New Sentence,
all 3 hours & 4 minutes of it,
or divided into two 90-minute sessions
(part one) (part two)

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Lydia Davis & Jonathan Lethem
in Philly, Nov. 12

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Keith Waldrop reading
& in conversation
with Charles Bernstein

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Bay Area Lit Scene:
Books & Bookshelves

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Ange Mlinko: linguistic currency

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& who’s offended by Anne Frank?

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Rodrigo Toscano
on the financial meltdown, the bailout & poetics

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Close listening aloud:
Alice Notley

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The Nook takes off

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Seattle bookstores
go in for Espresso
(the book machine, that is)

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Robert Kelly:
The Will of Achilles

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Georg Trakl & James Wright

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Nov. 14:
Stanza’s virtual vispo festival
will be online

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The beauty of Black Sparrow

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Paul Evans’ The Door of Taldir

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Bob Grenier at Kelly Writers House
October 27
Audio / Video

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The poetry of Juliana Spahr

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Ed Ruscha’s On the Road

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The Bone Church,”
a poem by Stephen King
in an unusual venue for poetry

But it’s uptown for his fiction

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Marjorie Perloff
Nov. 12 in NYC
on Wittgenstein’s Voice

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The Stokes-Whibley Natural Index of
Supernatural Collective Nouns

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Ann Lauterbach: 2 poems

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Talking with 109 authors
(rob mclennan’s
12 or 20 questions, second series)

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Publishers Weekly
very male “top ten” list

The list in question

Oh yeah?!?

Great Books by Women Writers in 2009
includes 63 books poetry!!

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The futurisms of American poetry

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Miami Book Fair cuts poetry

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Babies “cry in mother’s tongue”

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John Ashbery:
The blather is profound
& beautifully formed

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Arkansas novelist Donald Harrington has died

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David Antin: two proverbs

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Philip Levine & Hank Lazer

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Keats speaks

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The Project for Innovative Poetry (PIP)
index

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Kristen Wiig
reading the early poems of
Suzanne Somers

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Great cities need great libraries

A library success story

Libraries – where the action is

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What is narrative in poetry?

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$455,000 for Byron’s
letters to Hodgson

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The Poetry Hotel

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The future arrives this week at Yale

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A profile of Gary Lawless

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Chris Pusateri on Peter Jaeger

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Charles Bernstein recommends books by
Sarah Dowling, Joel Bettridge & Norman Fischer

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The firm behind
all the e-readers

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Sherman Alexie
@ the Free Library of Philadelphia

Talking with Alexie

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Talking with Benjamin Harrell

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Talking with Colson Whitehead

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Poe in context in Texas

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Two poems by David Lehman

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Public libraries & the internet

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Radio still has the broadest reach

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Poetic Arts Performance Project
audio archives

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Bram Stoker’s pal, Walt Whitman

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The Governor General’s shortlist

The Quebec Writers’ Federation shortlist

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A real scribe

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Megan Burns on Summer Brenner’s I-5

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Proust can change your life

Many madeleines later

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The Proust Questionnaire Portraits

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Nov. 16 in Paris:
Jerry Rothenberg & Jean-Pierre Faye

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Poetry blog battle
“to the death”

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The poetry of Abu Nuwas

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“the most unjustly forgotten poet
of the 20th century”

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How to publish a literary journal

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International Poetry Nights
in Hong Kong
Nov. 26-29

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Poets & Writers MFA program rankings

Why people don’t like them

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Talking with Cory Doctorow

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Harold Bloom on Samuel Johnson

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Talking with Paul Muldoon

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Slow Motion Hiroshima

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No place like Holmes

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A new translation of The Tin Drum

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Dean Young’s intentions

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Allison Benis White:
Self-Portrait with Crayon

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Nicholson Baker
reading in Philly

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Black Face & the Poetry Foundation?

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The book thief

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Caducity in life

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The prosody of Richard Powers

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The Huntington inherits
Octavia Butler’s papers

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Saving the papers of Siegfried Sassoon, maybe

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Poetry, music & the spoken word
at the White House

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Sestina: “Terminal Étude

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Mary Karr,
playing Anne Sexton writ small

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The future of journalism

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A new volume of Eliot’s letters

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Talking with Gore Vidal

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Rick Marlatt on Charlie Simic

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The Impac long list

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Reading Louis Zukofsky

& here

Considering the Big Picture

LZ & the hidden dangers of haiku

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Barbara Kingsolver’s Lacuna

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Lauren Bans is my rival

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Barnes’ Maupassant

Complicity

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Paul Auster’s Invisible

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David Kirby on Amy Gerstler

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The braggart of Oz

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Talking with Annie Freud

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Gerald Stern, force of nature

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Marion Ettlinger’s author photos

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Talking with James Ellroy

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Yet another set of literary awards

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Francis Bacon, Rob Halpern

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Following the road to the Nambikwara

A Claude Lévi-Strauss gallery

Sontag’s Lévi-Strauss

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Strucuralist villanelle

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Talking with Philip Roth

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Bennett’s Auden, Auden’s Bennett

Bennett’s Gielgud

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Elie Wiesel speaking at a John Haggee event

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Federal stimulus for the arts?
No cause for nostalgia

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Classic art, classic porn

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The other side of feminism

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New paintings by Susan Bee

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Discounts for
Richard Foreman’s Idiot Savant
with Willem Dafoe

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Steve Benson:
Views of Communist China (1977)

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Tan Lin’s Chalk Playground

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3 Backyards

The video

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Talking with Peter Blegvad

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The Red Book Dialogues
at the
Rubin Museum of Art

Jung’s vispo

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Tom Clark:
Thinking about George Schneeman

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Mary Ann Caws:
Surrealist Painters and Poets

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Jenny Diski on Roman Polanski

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Yoko Ono:
Imagine Peace

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Peter Whitson Warren
has died

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LA Times obit for Nancy Spero

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Baryshnikov & Ana Laguna
in Santa Monica

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Lets gentrify Florence

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Josh Harris:
Warhol of the Web

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Steampunk

With good reviews

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Dominic McIver Lopes:
A Philosophy of Computer Art

Talking with Lopes

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Avant-Guide to NYC

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Yacov Gabay:
Interiors & Jerusalem

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Women of the Bauhaus

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Art, architecture & anxiety

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Urbanism: Master Plans

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AG3:
The Third International
Arakawa & Gins
Architecture & Philosophy
Conference

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On John Cage’s Silence

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Living Electronic Music

Electronic & Experimental Music

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Tom Waits is the devil

Tom Waits podcast

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Even the birds are chained to the sky

“He makes William Shakespeare
look like Billy Joel”

Hark! The Herald Dylan Sings

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Taylor Mitchell has died

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Thelonious Monk

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The Tao of Wu

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100 most outrageous quotes in music

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Ward Sutton’s cartoon history
of Bruce Springstein

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Bay Area Punk

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How preserve modern dance?

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Minima Moralia
(When I started blogging,
this was my model)

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Special thanks to Don Wentworth
for lots of these links
& to Lynn Behrendt for updating
the 1,200 names on the blogroll

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