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Archive for September 2007

News that stays news

From a post at a recent discovery, Luna Park, highlighting a special issue of the photography and literature magazine Double Take on the 9/11 attacks:

One of the most surprising and disturbing pieces in the issue was written in October 1958 by William Carlos Williams, about a child from Paterson, New Jersey playing with building blocks. W.C.W. tells how the child built a tower with the blocks meant to suggest “those huge buildings in New York City where a cousin of his dad’s worked.” As W.C.W. watched, the child knocked the building down. “What happened?” Williams asked the young boy. “Someone real mean came,” the boy says, “and he got his way.”

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Written by Dave Lovely

September 29, 2007 at 10:47 am

The Shining Path

A snippet from Onetti’s The Shipyard:

Galvez was still smiling, head tilted back. Larsen spat out his cigarette, and the three of them sat staring out into the black winter’s night, at the path reflected like silver filings, at the persistence of the scattered stars calling out to be named.

Larsen, the shipyard’s manager, has been drinking with Galvez and Kunz, the only other employees. Galvez has just stated that he can have Petrus, the yard’s owner, sent to prison whenever he chooses.

This is a novel full of glinting gun-metal passages like this – Larsen, a giant of a character, who fills your mind from the instant you meet him, at one point returns a gun to his shoulder-holster “sadly, as if afraid of cutting himself on it”. Onetti’s prose is like that, too.

Written by Dave Lovely

September 28, 2007 at 10:28 am

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The Writer’s Brush

Ongoing at the Anita Shapolsky Gallery in New York, an exhibition of paintings and drawings by a long list of writers who were (or are) also artists, including Walter Abish, John Ashbery, Elizabeth Bishop, Jorge L. Borges, Douglas Coupland, Jim Crace, E.E. Cummings, Lawrence Durrell, Günter Grass, Jonathan Lethem, William Saroyan, Kurt Vonnegut, and more….

The exhibition is based on Donald Friedman’s book The Writer’s Brush: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture by Writers, published this month by Mid-list Press.

Written by Dave Lovely

September 26, 2007 at 1:14 pm

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Conversation

“So …been doing anything?”

“Oh, just, y’know, brain scanning the fruit fly…”

According to Dr Mary O’Connell of the MRC Human Genetics Unit, who led the research, the brain cell loss that affects humans in conditions like Alzheimer’s, also affects insects.

“In the autumn, bees and wasps often develop erratic behaviour before they die”

via Conscientious

Written by Dave Lovely

September 24, 2007 at 3:34 pm

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Conversation

“So …been doing anything?”

“Oh, just, y’know, brain scanning the fruit fly…”

According to Dr Mary O’Connell of the MRC Human Genetics Unit, who led the research, the brain cell loss that affects humans in conditions like Alzheimer’s, also affects insects.

“In the autumn, bees and wasps often develop erratic behaviour before they die”

via Conscientious

Written by Dave Lovely

September 24, 2007 at 3:31 pm

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Eye Eye

Juan Carlos Onetti keeps a beady eye on things. From Pablo Dotta’s film “El Dirigible”, which recounts what happens when an airship appears in the skies over Montevideo.

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And I’ve just begun to read The Shipyard

Written by Dave Lovely

September 17, 2007 at 11:09 pm

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The hills are alive…

A somewhat hallucinatory image:

Haselberg, Tyrol, photochrom print c. 1905, from the Library of Congress

Written by Dave Lovely

September 15, 2007 at 8:59 pm

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