What have you been reading this summer? I just read:
Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writing of Daniil Kharms
ed & tr Matvei Yaklevich
Woodstock, NY: Overlook Press
Many stories end in a single incident of senseless violence (beaten to death with a stick or a cucumber or folded in half and thrown out with the trash). Or they're composed of repetitive violence by "good people fighting each other." The lack of a conveyed premeditation or afterthought is coupled with a mundanity that is simultaneously terrifying and inuring.
I've also been reading The Cubist Poets in Paris.
This collection has an incredibly weak introduction as well as descriptions of the poets included in the collection, but it's still good to read the work of Pierre Albert-Birot, Apollinaire, Blaise Cendrars, Cocteau, Sonia Delauney, etc.
My friend Michael Leviton has a new music video for his song, "I'm Shaking":
Bob Vila' Wiki page tells me that it needs more info, so we've added a few details. Feel free to contribute/expand:
Bob Vila spent a year in rehab for his addiction to Merriam Webster dictionary entries. He has, to this day, stayed sober with the help of his sponsor, Webster. He is planning a cooperative crossover with Kingston Charcoal to introduce a self-lighting charcoal. He will be sending an email blast your way soon.
Happy Birthday, Mathias!