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Attention Span 2011 | Tim Conley

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Roland Barthes, trans. Kate Briggs | The Preparation of the Novel | Columbia | 2011

Not a guide to writing a novel, but rather an extended, meticulous meditation (these are Barthes’s teaching notes) on getting ready to write a novel—and if that sounds more than a little Proustian, it is, it is!

Robert Duncan| The H.D. Book| California | 2011

“The crux for the poet is to make real what is only real in a heightened sense.” Duncan making it real. It’s about time this came into print (handsomely so and well-edited)… now if only Lisa Jarnot’s biography would likewise materialize.

Adrian Johns | Death of a Pirate: British Radio and the Making of the Information Age | Norton | 2010

A. David Moody | Ezra Pound: Poet: A Portrait of the Man and His Work, Volume 1: The Young Genius 1885-1920 | Oxford | 2007

George Oppen | New Collected Poems | New Directions | 2008

I have come late to Oppen and am staggered, staggering through him. “No ideas but in things” has been translated, transmuted into the not dissimilar but no less vibrant “no narrative but ourselves.” The world slows with this reading.

Álvaro Mutis, trans. Edith Grossman| The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll | NYRB Classics | 2002

Frances Stonor Saunders | The Woman Who Shot Mussolini | Metropolitan | 2010

Is it the (indelible) mark of insanity to attempt the assassination of Il Duce (who had such a knack for surviving many such attempts)? Besides unfolding a fascinating history, Saunders casts a powerful light on the disturbingly habitual institutionalization of differently-minded modern women.

Aram Saroyan | Complete Minimal Poems | Ugly Duckling | 2007

To my mind, the missing link between Louis Zukofsky and bpNichol. “Poem Recognizing Someone In The Street” has become one of my mental tattoos.


Tim Conley is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Brock University in Canada. His most recent books are Nothing Could Be Further (2011), a collection of short fiction, and the anthology Burning City: Poems of Metropolitan Modernity (co-edited with Jed Rasula, forthcoming in 2012).

Conley’s Attention Span for 201020092008. Back to 2011 directory.

Attention Span 2010 – Tim Conley

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Javier Marías, trans. Margaret Jull Costa | Your Face Tomorrow, Volume Three: Poison, Shadow and Farewell | New Directions | 2009

If you’ve read the first two, you’ve read the third; if you’ve not read any, what are you thinking?

Tom McCarthy | Remainder | Alma | 2006

Francis Carco, trans. Gilbert Alter-Gilbert | Streetcorners: Prose Poems of the Demi-Monde | Green Integer | 2004

Irregular moments of flânerie, economically and sharply framed. “It seemed to me as if a new sensibility had penetrated me.”

Lara Glenum | Maximum Gaga | Action | 2009

You know that party you went to, thinking you knew someone there, but it turned out you didn’t know anyone at all and you couldn’t believe what people were saying and wearing? And you were a little scared, sometimes more than a little, and long afterwards you look back on that party as perhaps one of the best parties you ever went to. This book is that party.

Vanessa Place | La Medusa | FC2 | 2008

Normally my interest dampens at the scent of a rewriting of Ulysses, and Place’s novel fits the bill, though with a very American apocalyptic sensibility and conclusion. But it’s the bubbling springs of language that make this book special: this novel is alive in a way that so many are not.

Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, trans. Joanne Turnbull | Memories of the Future | NYRB Classics | 2009

Svetlana Boym | The Future of Nostalgia | Basic | 2002

A rich investigation of cultural displacement, a redefining of “nostalgia.” Those Moscow girls make me sing and shout.

Richard Overy | The Morbid Age: Britain Between the Wars | Allen Lane | 2009

Although deserving of a quibble or two, this history of British anti-war sentiment and activism offers a nice counterpoint to the usual Churchillian bluster.

More Tim Conley here. His Attention Span for 2009, 2008. Back to directory.

Featured Title – The Poem of a Life by Mark Scroggins

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Mark Scroggins | The Poem of a Life: A Biography of Louis Zukofsky | Shoemaker & Hoard | 2007 | Goodreads | LibraryThing | 4 mentions in Attention Span 2008

scroggins-zukofskySometimes, all you need is a firm grip from a friend to make it across slippery ground. With Zukofsky, Scroggins is that friend. (Benjamin Friedlander)

Illuminating and exemplary. To those writers I know who cannot even imagine why one would read a “literary” biography, I say: read this and see. (Tim Conley)

Also mentioned by Joel Bettridge and Kit Robinson.

Written by Steve Evans

June 2, 2009 at 11:56 am