At the moment I am reading or rather as user interacting on screen with Illya Szilak’s multi-media digital novel: Reconstructing Mayakovsky. (See her Huff-Post blog: “The Death of the Novel: How E-Lit Revolutionizes Fiction”). I am reading & rereading the PDF of Sarah Gridley’s Loom (Omnidawn, April 2013), a gorgeous book-length pastoral meditation/postmodern allegory — “rouging silver and wildly cold.” I stare at the photographs, illustrations & text of Tan Lin’s uncanny memoir Insomnia and the Aunt (Kenning Editions) — “As any mathematician can tell you, lovers like drapes are feeble signs of a light that can’t come in, for the minute a TV show or a person becomes memorized (the worst form of recognition), it or she ceases to exist in any meaningful way. A dumb TV show is the most beautiful TV show.” I am also rereading three books: John Stilgoe’s elegant & profound essay Shallow Water Dictionary: A Grounding in Estuary English — “In the shallows the oarsman pulls precisely.” Kafka’s Blue Octavo Notebooks – “Evil is the starry sky of Good.” & Wittgenstein’s On Certainty — “If a blind man were to ask me ‘Have you got two hands?’ I should not make sure by looking.”
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