Thursday, February 26, 2015

Perhaps Emily's Datebook Holds the Clue to the Mystery of the Seven Swans Under the Upas Tree

  • Just bought ticket for Swans, March 25, 2015, Soundstage, Baltimore. General Admission, get yours, I can be the taxi from DC.
  • UPDATE! I bought a ticket for Earthgirl which I figured she wouldn't use, here was the conversation: I bought tickets for Swans in Baltimore in March, they're the band you always scream at me to turn off when they come on in the car and the show is standing only, wanna go? to which she said - and this is a direct quote - "no fucking way." Ticket now belongs to Richard! and since the show falls on his birthday, the ticket is a birthday present! So, Mr Alarem, Hamster, anyone else, get yours!
  • Parable of the Swans.
  • OK, I need type out this DUH to be rid of it: Notice how the Washington Post and New York Times, just to name two, in both reportage and op-eds, have not only just discovered how batshit nuts the American Right is but begun to troll the batshit nuts American Right? Post-midterms, lame-duck president, POTUS 16 gearing up, coincidence? Who do you think Triskelions want managing the next four years of incrementally increasing shittiness, a loyal Democrat or a batshit crazy Republican? Here's what batshit crazy Republicans are good for: getting Triskelion tools like Hillary Inevitability elected.
  • Yeah, well.....
  • Almost time now.
  • A conversation about Evan Dara's Flee. I've never read any Dan Chaon. Worth it? 
  • Denton Welch? Library has one copy of Maiden Voyage in Special Collections, which means fuck that, and none of the consortium schools has it. Interlibrary Loan it is. Spinal tuberculosis?
  • Knausgaard's North American travels part one. I don't get the fuss over Knausgaard (and after trying to read this piece of cliches and self-absorption I don't get the fuss more than ever), many smart people do, so I blame me.
  • John Ashbery and the poetics of the Art World.
  • Yes, I've posted the Ashbery below, I like it, plus it has the word Swans in it which gives this post it's title.
  • the laws of night and honey....
  • Arvo Part.
  • Sun Kil Moon's "Possum."
  • Robyn Hitchcock!


John Ashbery

A hears by chance a familiar name, and the name involves a riddle of the past.
B, in love with A, receives an unsigned letter in which the writer states that she is the mistress of A and begs B not to take him away from her.
B, compelled by circumstances to be a companion of A in an isolated place, alters her rosy views of love and marriage when she discovers, through A, the selfishness of men.
A, an intruder in a strange house, is discovered; he flees through the nearest door into a windowless closet and is trapped by a spring lock.
A is so content with what he has that any impulse toward enterprise is throttled.
A solves an important mystery when falling plaster reveals the place where some old love letters are concealed.
A-4, missing food from his larder, half believes it was taken by a “ghost.”
A, a crook, seeks unlawful gain by selling A-8 an object, X, which A-8 already owns.
A sees a stranger, A-5, stealthily remove papers, X, from the pocket
of another stranger, A-8, who is asleep. A follows A-5.
A sends an infernal machine, X, to his enemy, A-3, and it falls into
the hands of A’s friend, A-2.
Angela tells Philip of her husband’s enlarged prostate, and asks for money.
Philip, ignorant of her request, has the money placed in an escrow account.
A discovers that his pal, W, is a girl masquerading as a boy.
A, discovering that W is a girl masquerading as a boy, keeps the knowledge to himself and does his utmost to save the masquerader from annoying experiences.
A, giving ten years of his life to a miserly uncle, U, in exchange for a college education, loses his ambition and enterprise.

A, undergoing a strange experience among a people weirdly deluded, discovers the secret of the delusion from Herschel, one of the victims who has died. By means of information obtained from the notebook, A succeeds in rescuing the other victims of the delusion.
A dies of psychic shock.
Albert has a dream, or an unusual experience, psychic or otherwise, which enables him to conquer a serious character weakness and become successful in his new narrative, “Boris Karloff.”

Silver coins from the Mojave Desert turn up in the possession of a sinister jeweler.
Three musicians wager that one will win the affections of the local kapellmeister’s wife; the losers must drown themselves in a nearby stream.
Ardis, caught in a trap and held powerless under a huge burning glass, is saved by an eclipse of the sun.
Kent has a dream so vivid that it seems a part of his waking experience.   
A and A-2 meet with a tragic adventure, and A-2 is killed.
Elvira, seeking to unravel the mystery of a strange house in the hills, is caught in an electrical storm. During the storm the house vanishes and the site on which it stood becomes a lake.
Alphonse has a wound, a terrible psychic wound, an invisible psychic wound, which causes pain in flesh and tissue which, otherwise, are perfectly healthy and normal.
A has a dream which he conceives to be an actual experience.   
Jenny, homeward bound, drives and drives, and is still driving, no nearer to her home than she was when she first started.
Petronius B. Furlong’s friend, Morgan Windhover, receives a wound from which he dies.
Thirteen guests, unknown to one another, gather in a spooky house to hear Toe reading Buster’s will.
Buster has left everything to Lydia, a beautiful Siamese girl poet of whom no one has heard.
Lassie and Rex tussle together politely; Lassie, wounded, is forced to limp home.
In the Mexican gold rush a city planner is found imprisoned by outlaws in a crude cage of sticks.
More people flow over the dam and more is learned about the missing electric cactus.
Too many passengers have piled onto a cable car in San Francisco; the conductor is obliged to push some of them off.
Maddalena, because of certain revelations she has received, firmly resolves that she will not carry out an enterprise that had formerly been dear to her heart.

Fog enters into the shaft of a coal mine in Wales.
A violent wind blows the fog around.
Two miners, Shawn and Hillary, are pursued by fumes.
Perhaps Emily’s datebook holds the clue to the mystery of the seven swans under the upas tree.
Jarvis seeks to manage Emily’s dress shop and place it on a paying basis. Jarvis’s bibulous friend, Emily, influences Jarvis to take to drink, scoffing at the doctor who has forbidden Jarvis to indulge in spirituous liquors.
Jarvis, because of a disturbing experience, is compelled to turn against his friend, Emily.
A ham has his double, “Donnie,” take his place in an important enterprise.
Jarvis loses his small fortune in trying to help a friend.
Lodovico’s friend, Ambrosius, goes insane from eating the berries of a strange plant, and makes a murderous attack on Lodovico.
“New narrative” is judged seditious. Hogs from all over go squealing down the street.
Ambrosius, suffering misfortune, seeks happiness in the companionship of Joe, and in playing golf.
Arthur, in a city street, has a glimpse of Cathy, a strange woman who has caused him to become involved in a puzzling mystery.   
Cathy, walking in the street, sees Arthur, a stranger, weeping.
Cathy abandons Arthur after he loses his money and is injured and sent to a hospital.
Arthur, married to Beatrice, is haunted by memories of a former sweetheart, Cornelia, a heartless coquette whom Alvin loves.

Sauntering in a park on a fine day in spring, Tricia and Plotinus encounter a little girl grabbing a rabbit by its ears. As they remonstrate with her, the girl is transformed into a mature woman who regrets her feverish act.
Running up to the girl, Alvin stumbles and loses his coins.
In a nearby dell, two murderers are plotting to execute a third.   
Beatrice loved Alvin before he married.
B, second wife of A, discovers that B-3, A’s first wife, was unfaithful.   
B, wife of A, dons the mask and costume of B-3, A’s paramour, and meets A as B-3; his memory returns and he forgets B-3, and goes back to B.
A discovers the “Hortensius,” a lost dialogue of Cicero, and returns it to the crevice where it lay.
Ambrose marries Phyllis, a nice girl from another town.
Donnie and Charlene are among the guests invited to the window.   
No one remembers old Everett, who is left to shrivel in a tower.   
Pellegrino, a rough frontiersman in a rough frontier camp, undertakes to care for an orphan.
Ildebrando constructs a concealed trap, and a person near to him, Gwen, falls into the trap and cannot escape.


  1. about "batshit crazy republicans" - in a book i once read in the last half of the twentieth century it said "no matter how much the lunatics act out in the ward, they don't break the tv set"

    similarly, i suggest that any "bat shit crazy republican" serious enough to get within striking distance of the nomination, no matter how "bat shit crazy" they really are or pretend to be, will be compliant with the owners' agenda on the things that matter to the latter

    president huckabee? president scott walker? president bush the third? maybe

    who knows if it's good or bad?

  2. Swans quoting the Commodores' 'Brick House' on 'Oxygen'...that I like!