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My toddler twins love Dr.Seuss’s GREEN EGGS AND HAM. They love it on the couch. They love it in the chair. For me, the lexical spareness, syntactic repetition and serenity of the passengers as the train crashes sea-ward strike a chord of barrenness, obsession and numbness, like, say Sly’s Riot…, Clipse’s Hell… or Radiohead’s Kid.

Regarding music, I’m reading Robin D.G. Kelley’s AFRICA SPEAKS, AMERICA ANSWERS: MODERN JAZZ IN REVOLUTIONARY TIMES for a review. Here, I will only quote his quote of Ghanaian musician, Guy Warren, on the assumption that all Africans can play drums: “…just because you come from America, it doesn’t mean to say you can play baseball.

To unwind, I cleave skeevers and harvest nirnroot: I am a Dark Elf in a world of burly Nords, my left hand is lightning and my right, a war ax. A dangerous place is Skyrim. THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM OFFICIAL GAME GUIDE teaches me how to cope with lycanthropy and strengthen my clan, which happen to be themes in my manuscript, PATTER.

GEORGE TSYPIN OPERA FACTORY: BUILDING IN THE BLACK VOID is a mythopoetic text in which Tsypin presents his design work through a nexus of the four elements, Russian Constructivism, architecture and a million fluorescent lights.

I stay caught between digging George Herriman’s work and giving up. KRAZY KAT 1925-1926: THE COMPLETE FULL-PAGE COMIC STRIPS with its barbed ink strokes and that single, ritualistic joke won’t let me leave or laugh, though comics—disposable yuks—should facilitate both. How does he make the medium do that?!

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Published Jun 07, 2012 - Comments Off on What I’m Reading Now… by Douglas Kearney

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