Monday, July 06, 2009

Odds and ends of writings in my library

There's a large book about mystical Shi'ite theology printed in Iran, the "Rukhnamah" by Supramat Turkmenbashi, who was the complete totalitarian dictator of Turkmenistan and who required questions from the Rukhnamah to be on drivers' tests, then the St. Petersburg dialogues by Joseph de Maistre, which are much less violently reactionary than his writings on the French Revolution and are actually interesting, if out of print. Another one is "Dust: a Creation Books Reader", which is a decadent and extreme collection of fiction stories from the fringe literature publisher. What else is either picturesque or picaresque?

I don't know. I do know, however, that when I'm depressed or life isn't going so well I retreat to the company of severely misanthropic writers. Early 2007 was one of those times and during it I read "Fable for Another Time" by Celine, written in prison in Denmark, "Mysteries" by Knut Hamsun, the crime novel "Fantomas" by Allain and Souvestre, "The Exploits of Doctor Faustroll, 'Pataphysician" by Alfred Jarry (which is a fun book), "The Wild Ass's Skin" by Balzac, read a lot of "The Banquet Years", about the early 20th century French Avant-Garde by Roger Shattuck, which was depressing because of the grinding poverty that they all lived in, Did I read "Moravagine" by Blaise Cendrars during that time? Maybe, but it's not all dark...

Maybe I should memorize "A season in hell" by Rimbaud like Robert Mapplethorpe did. Maybe I should read the poem(s) in the first place.

:Oh yes, during that time I also read "In the Realms of the Unreal: 'Insane' writings", which is a compendium of writings by people who are Schizophrenic or have other, similarly extreme, mental disorders. Interesting stuff.

*on edit: I get thinking about all this stuff and I get ideas like writing a story that's composed purely of punctuation marks and single, double, triple, etc... combinations of letters that don't form words but who suggest different syllables and associations.


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