The places we have known do not belong only to the little world of space on which we map them for our own convenience. None of them was ever more than a thin slice, held between the contiguous impressions that composed our life at that time; the memory of a particular image is but regret for a particular moment; and houses, roads, avenues are as fugitive, alas, as the years. - Marcel Proust

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday, September 6, 2010

The MFA, or self-discipline is paramount.

Letters of recommendation
GRE Scores
Personal Statements
Intellectual Statements
Teaching Statements

Thursday, August 12, 2010


here is the tiny loft for the bed and other things

this is the hallway and kitchen, bathroom on the left

this is the main room/living room
this is my door

this is just outside my door, in the hallway

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

Saturday, June 12, 2010

At the month 6

(mostly in order):

David Madden - Revising Fiction
D.H. Lawrence - The Virgin and the Gipsy
John Steinbeck - The Red Pony and Travels with Charley
Italo Calvino - Invisible Cities and Difficult Loves and The Castle of Crossed Destinies
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Jeffrey Eugenides - Middlesex
GK Chesterton - Heretics
Soren Kierkegaard - The Modern Library Collection of...
Paul Auster - Man in the Dark
Arthur Schopenhauer - On Pessimism

Surely this cannot be it. I can say the 90 percent of this has occurred in the last month and a half. So where have I been? January through March was an awful stretch. Little reading, writing, enjoying. Much anxiety and velocity. Dark, early nights. Depression. Heart aches. I am pleased with my progress.

This Kierkegaard book has been a steady, faithful companion.

And now for Korea (I have still to hear from GSU regarding funding, which I take as a less than good sign), and of which books I will choose. Allowing for space, I am planning on these:

The Collected Stories of Anton Chekhov
The Complete Stories of Eudora Welty
You Can't Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe
The Red and the Black by Stendhal
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Last Gentleman by Walker Percy
Swann's Way by Marcel Proust

And a toss up between Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago and Certain Things Last by Sherwood Anderson.

The prospect of such a shrunken library frightens me, but this will make for some relaxed, albeit close, reading.

Lately, I've come across a terrific collection of audiobooks at

It simply requires registration and you have complete access to Saul Bellow, Richard Ford, Jeffrey Eugenides, John Updike, George MacDonald, Elizabeth Strout, whoever. It's quite overwhelming. Highly recommend!!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

It has been a time!

  • Read Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck, a birthday gift from Nicole. Thank you!
  • Finally sent all my paperwork to Korea
  • Still waiting to hear about funding at Georgia State
  • Left facebook
  • STILL reading Modern Library Kierkegaard collection, and STILL enjoying!
  • Received a haircut
  • Eating a lot of carbohydrates
  • Drinking more coffee
  • Swimming nude
  • Getting 2 for 1 24 0z cans of miller lite at the gas station with Anthony...right now!!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Saturday, March 20, 2010

lancelot du lac

in a dream I was death’s carriage mosquito
bringing you a slow-acting tablet of finality.
you, a diseased commoner of Bresson’s,
a ruddy peasant fishing a lake of glass coke bottle
terrariums filled with curling purple vines.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Saturday, March 13, 2010

typewriter and maps


The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography

By Katharine Harmon

Maps can be simple tools, comfortable in their familiar form. Or they can lead to different destinations: places turned upside down or inside out, territories riddled with marks understood only by their maker, realms connected more to the interior mind than to the exterior world. These are the places of artists' maps, that happy combination of information and illusion that flourishes in basement studios and downtown galleries alike. It is little surprise that, in an era of globalized politics, culture, and ecology, contemporary artists are drawn to maps to express their visions. Using paint, salt, souvenir tea towels, or their own bodies, map artists explore a world free of geographical constraints. "

but i appreciate geographical constraints. constraints is not a pleasing word.

Google book preview:

thank you vick

also, a job interview tomorrow 2 pm
to remind myself

Thursday, March 11, 2010

books on books

At the library, I checked out books on books.
I told myself a long time ago to stop this.
But I feel I've earned it.
I have been looking over David Madden's (who I respect very much)
Primer of the Novel for Readers and Writers.
He lists, in chronological development, each type of novel.
Also reading Forster's Aspects of the Novel which,
although composed 40 years prior to Madden's work,
pokes fun at such cataloging.
But I have always enjoyed a catalog.

the picaresque novel
the comic novel
the satirical novel
the epistolary novel
the novel in diary form
the novel in journal form
the memoir novel
the autobiographical novel
the personal history novel
the confessional novel
the lyrical novel
the biographical novel
the roman a clef
the novel of character
the novel of manners
the sentimental novel
the didactic novel
the religious novel
the romantic novel
the gothic novel
the southern gothic and grotesque novels
the fantasy novel
the occult novel
the historical novel
the chronical novel
the popular novel
the pop novel
the western novel
the detective novel
the spy novel
the tough guy novel
science fiction
the love novel
the antiquarian novel
the naturalistic novel
the novel of realism
the novel of domestic realism
the novel of formal realism
the pornographic novel
novels of the soil
the regional novel
the novel of small town life
the local color novel
the ethnic novel
the philosophical novel
the thesis novel
the social chronical novel
the problem novel
the propaganda novel
the novel of social criticism
the utopian novel
the anti-utopian novel
the radical novel
the socialist novel
the proletarian or protest novel
the political novel
the topical novel
the nonfiction novel
the psychological novel
the psychological romance
the novel of psychological realism
the novel of consciousness
the novel of psychological fantasy
the symbolic, allegorical novel
the anti-hero novel
the pure novel: a not-yet-realized-type

there is also a maddening and informative chronology of novels

David Thomas Broughton - A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Monday, March 8, 2010

centaur in a labyrinth

lately at work i've been jotting notes onto post its and stuffing them in my pockets. i thought i'd share some.

maybe i just finished a track meet in my mind, backwards, in heels, and didn't even place
maybe why i am averse to communicate
why does a year old used once jar of horseradish frighten me so
like the battery breath of wet tongues?
why can't machismo ruled men learn love to like Mary plastered to the back windows of their waxed,chromed up and out pickup trucks so Albuquerque entrepreneurs wouldn't get rich marrying off Mexican women to lonely American bank mangers?
why do border guards thank me for barbeque?
"the best in my life"
could i walk drunk through mall traffic on a distant future holiday in the absence of environment, nothing to breath, a nod to the cameras before i indict unsuspecting motorists, but its 4 am, now.
a coked out suv driver with a hard-on blasting dee-lite 4am sunday on the way to my apartment complex, could this be the new faction of believers who back me?
kissing roomfuls of showered women wrapped in downy bear towels?
why are all the people i know joining the military? is it possible for the island of Cyprus to be taken solely by those i could call bros?
would i expose myself to scrutiny and be asked to withdraw
while waiting for a pipe cleaner wire of clarity to tie off my situation

Friday, March 5, 2010

Broken Glasses

My glasses broke right before Taekwondo yesterday.
I've ordered a new pair of frames off this website,
which I recommend for buying or just nosing around!
Very interesting!

Here is what i ordered:

Saturday, February 27, 2010

they are better than zoos

i took my niece to the aquarium this week. it was a terrific time! here are some pictures.

Friday, February 26, 2010

i told you i was freaky

clips from the trip last fall

Thursday, February 18, 2010

sum an din

our wine. grape blend. sliver of kombucha bottle in back. doing beer this weekend. GOOD

fried tofu, soba, kimchi

yogurt brownies (not pictured)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

William Goyen

My favorite story of his is a 4-page short titled "Arthur Bond"

This, I highly recommend.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Some of my favorite albums.

Reaching Quiet, "In the Shadow of the Living Room"
2002, Mush

Bill Callahan, "Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle"
2009, Drag City

Why?, "Alopecia"
2008, Anticon

David Lynch, "Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity" (audiobook)

Philip Glass, "Solo Piano"
1989, Sony

The Go-Betweens, "Before Hollywood"
1983, Rough Trade

Shugo Tokumaru, "Exit"
2008, Almost Gold
shugo.jpg image by MCafee

The Vaselines, "The Way of the Vaselines"
1992, Sub Pop

I will eventually do more with this page.