Sep. 13th, 2017


Sep. 13th, 2017 01:32 pm
monk222: (Noir Detective)
"Donald Trump’s core competency is not dealmaking with powerful counter-parties. It is duping gullible victims."

-- David Frum


“I had nothing else to do. Writing gave me something to do every day.”

-- William S. Burroughs


Sep. 13th, 2017 06:41 pm
monk222: (Primal Hunger)
Ed "Too Tall" Jones was 6-foot-nine. Maybe he still is. I'm watching a 1978 Cowboys game. They are playing the Patriots. He just swatted down a Patriot punt.

I've decided I can watch two football games at the same time, with one from the 70s or 80s on YouTube when I am playing around on the Net, and the other game on the big-screen from the current season when I am eating my meals. The games have a different texture to them. The camera shots and graphics are better today, but those old games have a golden aura about them.

I have just about given up on baseball. I'm not sure if I will catch the big play-off and championship games in October. I am planning on it, but ... it is scarcely more than a gesture to keep my horizon broadened. In the springtime and through August, it might prove useful to have an interest in baseball. It is a long time between football seasons.
monk222: (Effulgent Days)
Some of the contemporary poetry that I am liking a lot, by Lawrence Raab and Billy Collins, are little more than personal snapshots of a life, or brief reflections, or pensées, and it occurred to me that literary diaries can work too, such as Sylvia Plath's journals. And it does feel right. Maybe Pessoa's "Disquiet" will also work well enough. Other such works do not readily come to mind, but I am looking for them. Prosey poems or poetic prose (albeit bite-size like poems), either works for me. Yes, it might even be time to bring out my very old copy of Nietzsche's "Beyond Good and Evil", and maybe I will actually finish it this time. Ah, but if truth were a woman...

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September 18, 2017

I've had to drop Sylvia and Nietzsche. Despite the colorfulness of the writing, as well as its small bite-size sections, the works didn't flow smoothly enough for me. So, the non-non-fictional part of my reading life is back to straight poetry.


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