Thursday, March 7, 2024

Causes Pursue All Wobbly Deeds

Latest novel I've failed: *Huckleberry Finn,* was attempting a reread ahead of Percival Everett's *James* release next month. Other novels I've failed in 2024: McElroy's *Hind's Kidnap,* de la Pava's *Lost Empress,* a reread of Barth's *Sot-weed Factor,* Levin's *Mount Chicago,* Katz's new translation of Fyodor's *Brothers Karamazov,* and at least three others I can't remember and can't be bothered to go find. Today's headshot, gouache and acrylic ink

My eyes suck but are not the problem. I haven't watched a movie or television show in at least a decade not out of some performative moral protest but because they bore the fuck out of me and I'd rather listen to music and read poetry and novels instead and, as Life in the Clusterfuckocene saturates, overwhelms, and dominates my head, I now read three pages of a novel cognitively then ten more pages obliviously before awakening from the clusterfuck's miasma to realize I retain nothing of those ten pages and discover I have no desire to read further. It's not boredom, it's not disinterest, it's, I've told you this three times (I can't imagine rereading Vollmann's *Dying Grass,* quite possibly my favorite novel ever, where that telling you three time gag is from) I am being reprogrammed by clusterfuckaires and not only do I not resist, I'm a solipsistically greedy addict, it's kinda dark in here

"You have to vote for the Democrats; they’re the only thing preventing fascism"
White House attempted to hide arms shipments for Israeli genocide
"What’s happening to people isn’t just this death and dismemberment and hunger. It is a total denigration of their personhood."
Palestine And The Worthlessness Of The Western Liberal
Today in Rhetorical Questions: Why is the US administration only pretending to pressure Israel?
"This is genuinely the quiet part out loud of most admonishments from liberals"
"Neoliberal warmonger tries to take a poem and frame it as a mental illness to dunk on the left."
"Rachel Maddow is a perfect example of the liberal "upright sodomite" imperial lesbian. She spent her entire career ignoring Israel/Palestine. Now it's her shining moment: pushing genocide entirely out of the conversation in the name of *saving democracy.*"
"Western leaders are experiencing two stunning events: defeat in Ukraine, genocide in Palestine. The first is humiliating, the other shameful. Yet, they feel no humiliation or shame"
IDF celebrates the destruction of Gaza’s nonprofit Society for Deaf Children
Our swearing is a good barometer of the sensibilities of our culture
The Constitution Turned Upside Down
Professional Democrats creating a police state, always
The Arctic Ocean could be ‘ice-free’ within the decade
The Torturers’ Poor Memories
Tibbutz Be’eri Rejects Story in New York Times October 7 Exposé: “They Were Not Sexually Abused
The Desire to Be Visible
Why Has the White Working Class Embraced Trump?
Today in Rhetorical Questions: Why is Oklahoma making it easier for pedos?
I, for one, have always been a spiritual lesbian
Today in Rhetorical Questions: Why is New York Times campaign coverage so bad?
Mandate of reviewersRobber Barons
Unknown Language #17Frederick Flying Cows?
A friend gifted me *Graffiti on Low or No Dollars* yesterday and am eager to start and fail it, the author interviewed here
Lyn Hejinian’s Counterlife


Lyn Hejinian

    Once a poignant catalyst was lodged in the Y of a tree
    No, not a poignant catalyst  - the poignancy of the catalyst, like the catalyzing of the poignancy, came later
    A bee landed on a fallen peach
    A beloved man struck a table with the flat of his hand
    A sailor reached terra incognito without water and found it overrun with sheep

                        Causes pursue all wobbly deeds


  1. last night I watched environmental documentary film "endgame 2050" - musician moby expresses opinions in it

    paraphrasing, he says something like "if people are really this evil and stupid, maybe it's just as well that our species becomes part of the mass extinction we're causing'"

    sofia pineda ochoa, physician turned filmmaker, met a white cow when she filmed - with permission - for two days at a slaughterhouse - clearly an artisanal slaughterhouse, not a big corporation's massive operation

    their personal encounter is one of the emotional highlights of the film

    maybe i will watch the film again, maybe i will show it to missus charley [who is away this week], maybe i will write about it, maybe i will write to the filmmaker

    one thing i did do this morning is look up the following passage

    Ecclesiastes 3:18-21 (ESV):

    18 I said in my heart with regard to the children of man that God is testing them that they may see that they themselves are but beasts. 19 For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity. 20 All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return. 21 Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down into the earth?

  2. you could also look at