Attention Span 2009 – Melanie Neilson
Stacy Doris | Cheerleader’s Guide to the World | Roof Books | 2006
Classic texts over the top Mayan, Tibetan, New Jerseyan for the reader-gamer. Also enjoyed re-reading Doris’ Knot, Conference, and Paramour recently.
Manny Farber | Negative Space: Manny Farber on the Movies | Da Capo Press | 1998
“this exciting shake-up movie is made up in progressive segments, each one having a different stylistic format, from fixed camera close-up of a comic-porno episode (‘…and then she sat in a saucer of milk…’) through the very Hawkslike eye-level dollying past a bumper- to-bumper tie-up on the highway…”
Rob Fitterman | Rob the Plagiarist | Roof Books | 2009
Brilliant. Conceptual Mardi Gras and the big hijack extraordinaire.
Benjamin Friedlander | American Poetry in the Age of Whitman and Dickinson | Blog | 2009
Ben’s findings, archiving and overflow “on their way to a book” give immense reading pleasure. I’m staying tuned to read what BF has to say on how keyword searching has changed our relationship to literature, redefining “canonicity.”
Nada Gordon | Folly | Roof | 2007
I laughed, I cried, I came, I went, I like it, I like it, I like it.
Jane Grigson | Jane Grigson’s Fruit Book | Antheneum | 1982
Apple strudel to watermelon sherbet, recipes plain and fancy for forty-six different fruits. Rediscovered and reunioned with this book in June, on blueberry stained pages is a favorite berry pie recipe (adapted from Elizabeth Lambert Ortiz’s Mango Pie), poetry of lowbush and highbush blueberries.
Jessica Grim | Vexed | Online from ubu editions since 2002; recently published in print by BlazeVox | 2009
Brian Kim Stefans: “sensual reverie with documentary relevance. The musicality of Grim’s poems is understated, the words delicately gathered, such that the poems occasionally seem given over to indeterminacy and chance, but in fact each one has a formal perfection that illustrates an underlying lyrical integrity.” Amen.
Todd MacCarthy | Howard Hawks: The Grey Fox of Hollywood | Grove Press | 1997
The engineer as poet. Started reading this after weeks of watching HH pictures with my sons in our family Movie Club. McCarthy focuses with great and admirable detail on the films. Fresh discussions of overlapping dialogue in the romantic comedies though ultimately I enjoyed Joseph McBride’s Hawks on Hawks more.
John Ruskin | The Poetry of Architecture | Wily and Sons | 1873
“Shelley has caught the feeling finely the house is penetrated to its corners by the insolence of the day”. More reading about “negative space” this time in the chapter about Giotto and his works in Padua.
Kim Rosenfield | re: evolution, with an introduction by Sianne Ngai | Les Figues | 2008
There will be repercussions after reading this book. I really like the noirish spawning and smooth switcherooing in technique and style. Tabula rasa/Population cage/Withstanding the wear and tear of modern “tempos”/Natural heredity of the body/Inheriting the wisdom/Of people who’ve never met in the first place.
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