what is there to say in such a space except that one exists or seems to exist or dreams they exist? what is there to say except perhaps that one sleeps and wakes, one breathes and breathes, one either inhabits a body or doesn't, meaning that it's unclear too many including this one whether one inhabits a body or is a body? but let us take the premise as true that one is a body and does not, in fact, inhabit a body. because if one inhabited a body, there might be something to say in a space such as this - one might be able to say all sorts of things about the thing which inhabits (the thing which inhabits was born a ukelele player, for instance), but if this is not the case, as perhaps many suspect, then what is there to say in such a space except that one's body moves through the world or doesn't, one's body goes on existing or doesn't, one's body occasionally eats thai food, and in the same way, body-like, one's thoughts and feelings are bandied about in the world until they aren't or until they are, like the body, the same as the world, which they always were.
I don't know. I feel sort of sick if I don't write, though.
there comes some point or some moment, which is less a moment and is more a remembrance or something, in which every book read is authored by the one reading it - not to say anything like when one reads a book one creates it with the author; but more like: there comes some interstitial space during some reading or non-reading in which one knows that all the words in every book were written by the same author and that author is no one and you.
still, there are names, often stupidly.
DFW, Dogen, Delillo, William Gass, Joy Williams,Sam Lipsyte, Hemingway and those guys, Denis Johnson, Jane Bowles, Frederick and Steven Barthelme, Jean Rhys, Basho, Gordon Lish, Hakuin, Yasunari Kawabata, PKD, James Salter almost always, David Mitchell, Susan Minot sometimes, Peter Matthiessen one book, Saramago sometimes, McCarthy mostly, Leve, Tao Lin, Blake Butler, Suzuki not DT, Ariana Reines, Jon Leon, Ellis sometimes, Nicholson Baker, Evenson, I don't know, some names.
dude! thx for the wall post. ha, yeah, i was just typing gibberish, though trying to write something halfway storylike! thanks for checking it out, man, and reaching out. keep at that novel, dude. d
Welcome to the Prick of the Spindle group. It's good to have you with us.
hey man, love yackballs and can't wait to read your novelesqe piece. also, yeah, i think the msnbc piece is "out of rotation" - hopefully it will be archived? if so, i'll send you a link. great seeing you around here. d
hola, hope you post your Prick of the Spindle piece and then cross-post in their office. That story is amazing.
Alan, thank you for your kind comments on my story Damn Sure Right - how is it i just saw them? Oh well, thank you so very much!
Yes, check out Pancake. He was an interesting writer. Only one, slim volume of stories out. Poor guy killed himself before he managed to get much published. Like Toole, his success came posthumously. Fond of Padgett Powell or Barry Hannah? Could imagine you digging those dudes as well.
ah, gotcha, the paper submissions! Man, I need to try some of that again. I am strictly an e-sub sort of guy these days, but I shouldn't let that stop me from subbing to places that require paper subs.
Good luck with everything. Hope you can post some stuff on here down the road. Still picture that turkey getting "Norwooded" instead of through the uprights. Classic image. David
bring some more heat!
Hey man, how goes it? Any more of Meridian to post?
Brilliant story in Prick of the Spindle. DAMN. So many great lines. I hyped it up to a zoetrope office I'm in. I love the grand gestures angle. Brilliant.
thank you for contributing to the weirdness that is my wall. i'm totally rolling with it. i am hoping for new comments, such as "the scarf you are wearing in your picture creates the illusion that you have a very short neck," and "i hope that you will write a story about a platonic competition for sitting on your lap. i promise i will mark it as a favorite." i'm sure you can do better than those -- i'll look forward to seeing your efforts!
hey alan: thanks for writing nice stuff about my stories. just wanted to memorialize that on your wall since people (i.e. barry) only put weird stuff on mine. anyway, you are very generous with the compliments and you are seriously welcome to use those lines. no stealing necessary. just a shout-out in your pulitzer for literature speech. deal?
still in the burg. crazy year. finally have time to check out fictionaut. graduate in 9 days and after that, jobless! good times. how's TN?
great blog dude. just linked it on mine. your current post about certain words is great.
hey man, check out the revised marionettes if ya can. curious what you think of the Steve Himmer-inspired edits (along with the helpful edits you provided to get me going on the right track). thanks man. david
thanks for your comments on "flares". it just got accepted!
oh man, i had to delete "creatures" because it's getting published (!!). I thought this was the polite thing to do, but felt sad seeing all the nice comments go away, too. anyway, it's a finalist in Opium's 500-word memoir contest and coming out in next issue (may). I will just have to write more, i guess. it never ends, huh?
Alan, thanks so much for your kind comments on "Cracking Open." I really appreciate it. Congratulations on your own endeavors and accomplishments. Well done!
thank you. I'm so glad you like the blog. I hope people use the prompts! They don't tell me...
Thank you, Alan for favoriting Damn Sure Right and for your comment. I'm glad you got what i was trying to accomplish w/ the detachment. That makes me happy.
Thanks Alan. It's an old one, but I still sort of like it.
Ha! I got my bachelor's degree at ETSU and my master's at the Center for Writers. Small world. I'm in New Jersey now, but I really miss East TN and the South in general. Do you know John Morefield?
thanks man! GREAT comments to my new story. Definitely help a lot.
thanks for your nice comments on the hamburger story. i read 3 miss. fictions in hobart and loved it -- so happy to see you here so i won't miss your stuff!
(you have a lot of cats).
by the way, great story up in Elimae. Glad to be in the issue with you. Your story crushes. Give him more room to eat, please, his mother said to her. Beauty!
Thanks, Alan, I really appeciate the kind words about my stories. Very cool. Looking forward to reading more of your great stuff. David
Hi Alan! Thanks for the comment on Creatures. I'm glad you laughed at that line. It's ridiculous.
Looking forward to reading more of your stuff here (and elsewhere)!
thanks for checking out dickey dew.
im a huge fan of hobart and a huge fan of your story.
I feel sort of sick if I don't write, though.
F, I wish I'd written that (or better yet, ever even contemplated phrasing it like that). Nicely played, sir.
the king will fall to a stray arrow
so many arrows