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

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: