Rest in Peace, Don Joyce. Negativland gets plenty of play here.
Two very good interviews appeared yesterday, David Thomas (whose music occupies one of two permanent seats in My Sillyass Deserted Island Five Game) and William Vollmann (whose novels would be in the innermost circle of rotating authors if I played My Sillyass Deserted Island Five Game with novelists which, thank Baal, I don't, mostly). Please remember, as in Thomas' music and Vollmann's novels, while what both are saying in the interviews is true on one level, on other levels each is dicking with you.
Whom would you want to write your life story?
And here you are after 40 years, a truly influential, seminal band.
Everything I’ve done has been a failure.
Is that why your new box set is called Elitism for the People 1975-1978 (3)? Would you have liked Ubu to have been massively successful?
Of course! Are you insane? We don’t sit around thinking: “How can we do stuff that nobody’s going to like?” We’re a pop band. We’re just not a very good pop band! That’s the fundamental problem. We’re too self destructive. We get really close at times and then we flip off, because we can’t be bothered to go with the whole thing. If I was massively successful, you have no concept of how dangerous I could be.
- Siegfried has returned as twitter avatar. 24 hours without was 23 more than I thought I could take. (The returning Siegfried comes with red aura, btw.)
- UPDATE! Arthur Silber's Loss, and Rededication.
- Tired of bleeding.
- Cimmerian Hypothesis.
- The Democratic nomenklatura and #BlackLivesMatter.
- The life and death of the political author.
- What Tom did on his summer vacation.
- What is "not writing"?
- The inhabitants of the street impressed me peculiarly.
- WWE Stalin-airbrushes out the Hulkster, brother. Whatcha gonna do when Vince McMahon airbrushes you!
- Reminder: motherfucking Inevitability.
- Excellent site for streaming recent comtemporary music.
- Sally Timms on The Mekons and poetry.
- Shoot me: Ride plays 930 on Sept 17 and Jesus & Mary Chain on Sept 27. Um, no.
- However, Destroyer is playing 930 on October 5, and that's a YES!
- Alice Notley's witheringly brilliant poem on MFA programs (posted today because I remembered it after finding it while looking for another Notley poem).
I SUPPOSE THIS IS ALL A LEFTHAND PATH
Detective Hardwood looks like Batman this morning
pouty cupidy mouth
and a lot of black sculptural clanking
the statuary in my mortuary,
the Masonic Hall having burned again in dreams
but everyone still keeps skipping towards it
it's a hollow a round shell
my life as the shape of the ways I've been fucked
by prevailing thought & practice
all the conscious and unconscious sexisms
selfishnesses affluences assumptions suppressions in drift
GET RID OF ALL CONTROLS—is what the Soul keeps screaming.
I look up someone grins
you're a bloody feral wolf-face I like you.
I sleep-walked in a dream to a man's apartment—
a man I'm doing business with—
I forgot, but how could I? how I'd gotten there,
and when I die will I remember all such forgotten things
GET RID OF THE CONTROLS
I want to
I apologized to the man for not adhering to office hours
it was four a.m. Office hours are better he said.
Don't arrive anywhere in your sleep
don't mix up night and day
soul and detective. No.
There must be so much to reclaim
because I'm so limited
They broke your day
they fought it you
forgot how advantageous
to be fit with god and not see eye
you forgot gold sun brilliant
in this story
go in conscious.
That queen that Assyrian woman
was so cruel and that never
occurred to her ... but
those eyes saw raw smells and gods everywhere dusty
this dust I was truly assembled from
at least as you, we are communally
If you say you'll hurt me, do you
really mean me
I can't be, can I, hurt?
“Hut Sut Tut Mut there's gonna be a wedding”
I dream that's a song. Wake up with, in my head,
“They say don't go
on Wolverton Moun-tain” (“Her tender lips/are sweeter than hone-y”
I have a drop of blood on a front tooth
I kind of don't mind—
This the list of what we've done:
It was different structure we killed it
put beasts in the refrigerator
and that was almost as bad as my own enslavement.
Then I saw Christ's blood pumped into a rejuvenating mummy.
This great sickness we're part of apple clot
and can you really chew it detective
Oh sure I can, I'm Robert Mitch-ham.
you've broke your own sto
I'm sort of hysterical
the E is it for hope, cutting
the E might be for Hope
and bloody, the bloodiest is Hope.
Where are the E's of exactness?
E is my middle name