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Thoughts about affiliation and militarism

Driving to work a couple days ago, listening to the Democracy Now! headlines and barking out echoes and ripostes, as I tend to do, early in my morning, to get my voice in shape, to stay alert to Amy Goodman’s

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The unthinkable as the slaughter of schoolchildren

This was a so-called military school in which children were slaughtered mercilessly, and as well as I can understand its project from news sites, this meant it was a school devoted to service to families of the military regime in

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The American Psychological Association, detention and torture, and the news

I can understand anyone’s becoming quite tired of looking into, discussing, and organizing thoughts about the issues relating to the American Psychological Association [APA] and America’s role in civil rights violations in Guantanamo and elsewhere, particularly as the tightly held

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I know what I’m thinking

And it is that I like playing what’s on the CD player in random order not because life is random (sometimes I wish it were, at least for a few moments, just to see) but because it gives the lie

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Notes on revision and evasion

These are two excerpts from February 2014 correspondence with Cathy Wagner about how I revise and improvise my writing: No, usually I do little or no editing, myself. In recent times (books like Open Clothes or Blue Book) I indicate

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December film viewing

I borrowed schizopolis and cosmopolis from netflix at the same time to watch them as a double bill, back and forth if necessary, over a week or two’s time. although the latter was more cinematically engaging and personally challenging and

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the new electric Dylan of 196x

Listening to Joan Baez sing this while I’m washing dishes before washing my face before bed, I think how Dylan’s Edie Sedgwick romance and Warhol superstar Factory loomed in the film once Cate Blanchett was transmitted into his body and

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Property

“Possessions sat lightly upon her; she once said to me that she was no more concerned with their existence than she was with her own.” –taken from p.184 of John Bayley’s memoir of his relationship with Iris Murdoch, called Elegy

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Community

I commented today in facebook in response to a question about writing and community, Mark Wallace asking “Writing in community. Writing outside of community. Writing inside and outside of community. Writing neither inside nor outside community. And? Or? Plus, the

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The return of “Aesthetic Tendency and the Politics of Poetry”

25-year-old essay starts over With technical help from Tom Mandel, I have restored the text of a 6-person collaborative essay by Carla Harryman, Lyn Hejinian, Barrett Watten, Bob Perelman, Ron Silliman, and myself that appeared in Social Text 19/20 in Fall 1988.

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