My experimental procedure, wherein I would take a line of text from Roussel’s original French version of Locus Solus (available at Gutenberg.org) and paste it into the online program so that I could then immediately sample the garbled and glitched auto-translation into my own narrative universe was something very much akin to the spirit of the original Rousselian work itself. Roussel had a very specific procedure for writing his books, something he outlined in the posthumously published How I Wrote Certain of My Books. The original title of the Afterword included in my version of Locus Solus was titled How I Rewrote One of His Books.
By Mark Amerika.
Waldrop’s language has the rare ability to accommodate the reader’s interpretations while maintaining its own strange character. I’ve come to understand Waldrop’s oeuvre as exercises in simultaneity, a desire to enact in-betweenness. In resisting a totalitarian language, she proposes that the presence of a gap does not negate the existence of a garden.
Miriam W. Karraker reviews Gap Gardening by Rosmarie Waldrop.
between you and me i actually think i could fall for your demolition / recall my share of mortgage a friend injected at a fixed rate / teenage years returning with a dream of home / the back half built of something with a shelf life of canned fruit / so we coughed and coughed to hack up our tangible architecture / a viscous skeleton standing for air / blue pink / sinking hands / plughole eyes / i’m so still in the face of it i feel you dislodging inside / bearing earth from around your foundations in search of blood waving its little white dress / as long as need be / the life led there to be spent /
By Alex Houen.
Mental life is prospective, marked by possibilities and plans. There is, to be sure, that famous “problem of consciousness” that allegedly inserts a permanent gap between all things physical and all things mental. But even if the gap were filled – perhaps by one of the endless surprises yielded by quantum physics – there would remain the differences among persons in the matter of their plans; the different incarnations of the same person over the stages of life. Consciousness is the open shutter. Mental life is the actual or imagined plot, often unfolding in ways not anticipated by the author.
Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Dan Robinson.
Like Barthes, what I enjoy in reading is not directly a text’s content or even its structure. To be with the one I love and to think of something else: this is how I have my best ideas, how I best invent what is necessary to my work. Every word is a Pandora’s box from which flies out every possibility of signification and perception; recombinant theory continually opens the text, refusing to describe or solve the qualities of discourse.
Joel Katelnikoff on his Inhabitations.
Roiphe’s own pre-occupation with the subject of mortality stems from a life-threatening case of pneumonia when she was twelve. Her memory is vivid: "I forget how to breathe. I am being pulled underwater. The taxi driver carries me into the emergency room because I’ve passed out in the cab." Roiphe compares herself to a soldier unable to re-attune to civilian life, always mentally drawn back to a point of danger and trauma. This sense that early intimations of mortality can lead to a lifelong sense of trauma is largely borne out by Roiphe’s subjects.
Thom Cuell reviews The Violet Hour by Katie Roiphe.
Only to mention one more thing;
that box you got me. It fulfilled
this problem, that you looked for the outside-in
and got the inside-out. Not much use
I hate to say. I hate also to give this concept back
and credit impulse more than common sense
my dear Fanny.
By Mischa Foster Poole.
As quickly as the bubbles went flat on the celebratory champagne toasting the news of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, doubts set in. Many Japanese believe the benefits will be negligent given the country’s recession-hit economy. Others are of the opinion that money invested in the games would be better spent aiding those whose lives were destroyed in the Fukushima disaster. Sadly, it seems like in other cities that have played host to the Olympics, those who will suffer first are those already at the very bottom of society. They are the most disenfranchised social group who would never reap any benefit from the tourism or injections of corporate sponsorship promised. In Tokyo, as everywhere else, this means the homeless.
Chris Low looks at hidden poverty and Tokyo.
I think I look at time as more of a circle than a straight line. Some people are very fixed, section their lives off, but I have never been that way. I do find it interesting how things change, but also how they repeat. People’s problems remain the same. I’ve always liked social history, listening to stories. That’s a big part of our education, really. What shapes us. So it feeds into what I do, makes the experience of writing exciting.
Andrew Stevens interviews John King for 3:AM.
A plausible compatibilism – what I describe as critical compatibilism – must accept free will pessimism. It is important to note, however, that critical compatibilism and free will pessimism do not propose a solution to the traditional free will problem – as that depends on finding a way to satisfy or at least respect the exclusion requirement. Since critical compatibilism accepts free will pessimism, and free will pessimism involves rejecting the exclusion requirement, critical compatibilism involves rejecting the free will problem as it is generally understood. The morality system – which is deeply embedded in our Western, Christian culture – is highly resistant to this entire picture of the human predicament. Free will pessimism is, however, the truth about our condition and circumstances with respect to moral agency.
Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Paul Russell.
Picture: Billy Childish