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Entries from October 2011

High Street 4.4 — Radio Stars and Hemp TV (cont.)

October 31st, 2011 · No Comments

“Art’s project is fundamentally meliorative.  The aim of meditating about the world is finally to change the world.  It is this meliorative aspect of literature that provides its ethical dimension.” — Donald Barthelme, “Not-Knowing” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) High Street 4.4 — “Radio Stars and Hemp TV” (cont.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street 4.5 […]

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High Street 4.3 — Radio Stars and Hemp TV (cont.)

October 30th, 2011 · 1 Comment

“Art cannot remain in one place.  A certain amount of movement, up, down, across, even a gallop toward the past, is a necessary precondition.” — Donald Barthelme, “Not-Knowing” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) High Street 4.3 — “Radio Stars and Hemp TV” (cont.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street 4.4 — “Radio Stars and Hemp TV” […]

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High Street 4.2 — Radio Stars and Hemp TV (cont.)

October 29th, 2011 · No Comments

“Art is a true account of the activity of mind.  Because consciousness, in Husserl’s formulation, is always consciousness of something, art thinks ever of the world, cannot not think of the world, could not turn its back on the world even if it wished to.” — Donald Barthelme, “Not-Knowing” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger, emphasis in […]

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High Street 4.1 — Radio Stars and Hemp TV

October 28th, 2011 · 1 Comment

“In reality, as we know, everything is always quite different.” — W. G. Sebald, Vertigo High Street 4.1 — “Radio Stars and Hemp TV” is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street 4.2 — “Radio Stars and Hemp TV” (cont.))

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High Street 3.10 — Downhill Racing (fin.)

October 27th, 2011 · No Comments

“Art is always a meditation upon external reality rather than a representation of external reality or a jackleg attempt to ‘be’ external reality.” — Donald Barthelme, “Not-Knowing” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) High Street 3.10 — “Downhill Racing” (fin.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street 4.1 — “Radio Stars and Hemp TV”)

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High Street 3.9 — Downhill Racing (cont.)

October 26th, 2011 · No Comments

“When computers learn how to make jokes, artists will be in serious trouble.  But artists will respond in such a way as to make art impossible for the computer.  They will redefine art to take into account (that is, to exclude) technology–photography’s impact upon painting and painting’s brilliant response being a clear and comparatively recent […]

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High Street 3.8 — Downhill Racing (cont.)

October 25th, 2011 · No Comments

“The combinatorial agility of words, the exponential generation of meaning once they’re allowed to go to bed together, allows the writer to surprise himself, makes art possible, reveals how much of Being we haven’t yet encountered.” — Donald Barthelme, “Not-Knowing” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) High Street 3.8 — “Downhill Racing” (cont.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: […]

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High Street 3.7 — Downhill Racing (cont.)

October 24th, 2011 · No Comments

“The world enters the work as it enters our ordinary lives, not as world-view or system but in sharp particularity.” — Donald Barthelme, “Not-Knowing” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) High Street 3.7 — “Downhill Racing” (cont.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street 3.8 — “Downhill Racing” (cont.))

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High Street 3.6 — Downhill Racing (cont.)

October 23rd, 2011 · 1 Comment

“If the writer is taken to be the work’s way of getting itself written, a sort of lightning rod for an accumulation of atmospheric disturbances, a St. Sebastian absorbing in his tattered breast the arrows of the Zeitgeist, this changes not very much the traditional view of the artist.  But it does license a very […]

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High Street 3.5 — Downhill Racing (cont.)

October 22nd, 2011 · 3 Comments

“Art is not difficult because it wishes to be difficult, but because it wishes to be art.” — Donald Barthelme, “Not-Knowing” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) High Street 3.5 — “Downhill Racing” (cont.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street 3.6 — “Downhill Racing” (cont.))

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High Street 3.4 — Downhill Racing (cont.)

October 21st, 2011 · 2 Comments

“Not-knowing is crucial to art, is what permits art to be made.  Without the scanning process engendered by not-knowing, without the possibility of having the mind move in unanticipated directions, there would be no invention.” — Donald Barthelme, “Not-Knowing” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) High Street 3.4 — “Downhill Racing” (cont.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: High […]

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High Street 3.3 — Downhill Racing (cont.)

October 20th, 2011 · No Comments

“Play is one of the great possibilities of art.” — Donald Barthelme, “After Joyce” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) High Street 3.3 — “Downhill Racing” (cont.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street 3.4 — “Downhill Racing” (cont.))

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High Street 3.2 — Downhill Racing (cont.)

October 19th, 2011 · 2 Comments

“What makes the literary object a work of art is the intention of the artist.” — Donald Barthelme, “After Joyce” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) High Street 3.2 — “Downhill Racing” (cont.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street 3.3 — “Downhill Racing” (cont.))

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High Street 3.1 — Downhill Racing

October 18th, 2011 · 2 Comments

“Unhealthy fantasies in a darkening room, resented sins.” — W. G. Sebald, After Nature High Street 3.1 — “Downhill Racing” is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street 3.2 — “Downhill Racing” (cont.))

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High Street 2 — How to Get to High Street

October 17th, 2011 · 3 Comments

“A full apprehension of man’s condition would drive him insane.” — Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death High Street 2 — “How to Get to High Street” is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street 3.1 — “Downhill Racing”)

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High Street 1 — Breaking and Entering

October 16th, 2011 · No Comments

“All that we can do in the face of that ineluctable defeat called life is to try to understand it.” — Milan Kundera, The Curtain High Street 1 — “Breaking and Entering” is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street 2 — “How to Get to High Street”)  

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High Street 0 — Preface

October 15th, 2011 · No Comments

“Man is so constituted that he reserves his strongest curses for the very things that keep him together and keep him alive.” — Thomas Bernhard, Concrete (trans. McLintock) High Street 0 — “Preface” is posted today, at the top of the sidebar to your left. (Tomorrow: High Street 1 — “Breaking and Entering”)

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Consistency

October 14th, 2011 · No Comments

“The artist’s effort, always and everywhere, is to attain a fresh mode of cognition.” — Donald Barthelme, “After Joyce” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger)

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For your pleasure we offer kick-boxing or skeet-shooting

October 13th, 2011 · 1 Comment

“Sometimes I think that there will be a place in the future for a literature the nature of which will singularly resemble that of a sport.  Let us subtract, from literary possibilities, everything which today, by the direct expression of things and the direct stimulation of the sensibility by new means–motion pictures, omnipresent music, etc.–is […]

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It’s around here someplace

October 12th, 2011 · 1 Comment

“Many people actually like reality, and very often choose to live in it.” — Herzinger, Not-Knowing

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You can count on that

October 11th, 2011 · 3 Comments

“A man whose mouth stinks has no mistress; no woman would put up with it; any woman would find a way to let him know he stinks and would force him to rid himself of that fault.” — Milan Kundera, Slowness (trans. Asher)

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Sing it, brother

October 10th, 2011 · 4 Comments

“People always think that a man’s fortunes are more or less determined by his appearance, by the beauty or ugliness of his face, by his size, by his hair or lack of it.  Wrong.  It is the voice that decides it all.” — Milan Kundera, Slowness (trans. Asher)

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Getting it right

October 9th, 2011 · No Comments

“[Henry] James was the most consummate artist American literature has produced. He was fastidious by nature and by early training. He had studied his art in France as men study sculpture in Italy, and he had learned the French mastery of form. Nowhere in his writings may we find slovenly work. His opening and closing […]

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Tags: High Street · Lit & Crit · The Cambridge History of English and American Literature

Reason without rhyme

October 8th, 2011 · 4 Comments

This week I’m posting copies of the poems I had published in the first decade of the Third Millennium (by the reckoning of the Christian Church and the Western post-industrial democracies).  These poems were all written between about 1998 and 2005. This is pretty much the end of my previously published work, which I’ve been […]

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Unpacking the object

October 7th, 2011 · No Comments

“According to [Henry] James, a short story was the analysis of a situation, the psychological phenomena of a group of men and women at an interesting moment. Given two, three, four different temperaments, bring them into a certain situation, and what would be the action and reaction? The story was a problem to be solved. […]

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What men want

October 6th, 2011 · 3 Comments

“If a woman tells me: I love you because you’re intelligent, because you’re decent, because you buy me gifts, because you don’t chase women, because you do the dishes, then I’m disappointed; such love seems a rather self-interested business.  How much finer it is to hear: I’m crazy about you even though you’re neither intelligent […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Milan Kundera

How fast is your neutrino?

October 5th, 2011 · No Comments

“Any new possibility that existence acquires, even the least likely, transforms everything about existence.” — Milan Kundera, Slowness (trans. Asher)

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The soul of contention

October 4th, 2011 · 3 Comments

“Hawthorne added soul to the short story and made it a form that could be taken seriously even by those who had contended that it was inferior to the longer forms of fiction. He centred his effort about a single situation and gave to the whole tale unity of impression. Instead of elaboration of detail, […]

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It’s as simple as that

October 3rd, 2011 · No Comments

“The source of fear is in the future, and a person freed from the future has nothing to fear.” — Milan Kundera, Slowness (trans. Asher)

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Rimbaud packed it in before he turned 21

October 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

In November of 1975 I was 17 years old and began writing poetry.  The following year I had four of my poems published in two very obscure magazines.  In 1978 I had another published in another very obscure magazine.  It was another ten years before I had another poem published, again in an obscure magazine, […]

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