Last gasp, first gaps. Conditioned by my sense of an ending.
Hands outstretched in the darkness, finding no one. Lily Briscoe wept.
A mother is the original objective correlative. "An especial temptation for that most dangerous type of critic: the critic with a mind which is naturally of the creative order, but which through some weakness in creative power exercises itself in criticism instead." "The Mona Lisa of literature." The suprematist black square of literature. The useful urinal of literature. The video installation of book trailers. One and three chairs. One and three Hamlets, "like the sonnets, is full of some stuff that the writer could not drag to light, contemplate, or manipulate into art."
"as if, given the sequence of events, these words were automatically released by the last event in the series."
"because it is in excess of the facts as they appear"
"his disgust is occasioned by his mother, but that his mother is not an adequate equivalent for it"
He is dead and gone, lady, he is dead and gone.
"he cannot understand; he cannot objectify it, and it therefore remains to poison life and obstruct action"
Too much of water hast thou.
"it is just because her character is so negative and insignificant"
Well, my lord.
"it is less than madness and more than feigned"
Ay, my lord.
"the buffoonery of an emotion"
Ply his music.
"under compulsion of what experience he attempted to express the inexpressibly horrible"
His purse is empty already; all's golden words are spent. We should have to understand things which Shakespeare did not understand himself.
Which the Earl of Oxford understood.
Most likely one proceeds without plan, in pieces, looking forward to the moment of abandonment.
This is gonna be a loooooong post. What follows is a freely edited transcription of my notes from the Zukofsky/100 conference at Columbia t...
Thursday, September 29, 2011 Berlin. Fog of sleep deprivation coloring an otherwise perfect blue autumn day a sort of miasmic yellow i...
Trained it down to DePaul's Loop campus this morning to take part in a panel, "Why Writers Should Blog," alongside Tony Trigil...
Elif Batuman has amplified her criticism of the discipline of creative writing (which I've written about before ) in a review-essay tha...
My title is taken from the comments stream of an article recently published by The Chronicle of Higher Education , David Alpaugh's "...
Farewell, Barbara Guest .
In one week Lake Forest will hold its commencement and I'll take off my professor's hat for the summer. A few weeks later, in June, ...
Yes, Ithaca is home. Arrived yesterday evening in hallucinatory blue skies, the local climate of gentle hippies and spaced-out kids immediat...
"During that opening performance, I had seen and heard more acutely and complexly than ever before during a programmed aesthetic event...
In a misguided effort to make procrastination more efficient, I've launched a second blog devoted entirely to the journey of my novel i...