Professor at Kyushu University. Singer for the band Chattering Man.
Why does anyone do anything? For me, it's necessity, like food, sleep. I create, therefore I am.
Ever-changing/evolving. Some favorites include: Alain Robbe-Grillet, Kobo Abe, Franz Kafka, the Surrealists (Breton, Crevel, et. al.), Marie Redonnet, Thomas Bernhard, Georges Simenon, Brian Evenson, J.L. Borges, Adolfo Bioy-Casares, Yoko Tawada, Angela Carter, Vladimir Nabokov, Samuel Beckett, Sherwood Anderson, Patricia Highsmith, Jim Thompson, etc. etc.
Have enjoyed your stories from Japan a lot, espcially the writer hermit's hovel and the crab claws. Thank you so much for the kind comment on Repatriation.
Thank you for the comment on 'Musica.' It's very loosely based on the myth of La Loba - 'The Wolf Woman.' (When one's tired, if very lucky they may encounter La Loba in the desert, and she breathes life back into their bones. Something to that effect.) - Apparently there's a version of that tale in most countries myth/folklore. I'm glad it read as faintly universal or familiar.
Ah, you said it - & in public! Someone else said it via message earlier today. xxx
Hi Marc! I love your comments on Wrong Nail Polish. Thanks so much.
Marc, thanks for reading/commenting on WHITE and Unintended Consequences. You give good comment ;^) Looking forward to reading your words. Peace...
Dear Marc, thanks for such an indepth read of In Unison and your comments. It is tragic, was written during a tragic period in my life. Thankfully that has past and I got at least one good poem out of the ordeal. I see you are in Japan. It has suffered greatly. I used to go there when I was a tour guide. Have a photo of Kamakura Buddah on the fridge. He's very spiritual. Take care!
Thanks, Marc for your comments on "Consolations...,"and "2011, What I Wanted." My son just finished his doctorate in lit at Brown.
Thank you very much for the comment on 'The Arms of the Forest.' It's drawing on the bare bones of some of The Sleeping Beauty story (so, yeah: Brothers Grimm.) Some details I changed, but mostly I was working with the idea that in the original the protagonist is passive and very much at the mercy of her story. I wanted to make her more active within it - play around with her relationship to the narrative and to the forest itself.
Hey, Marc. Big thanks for reading "A Story" and for the kind words.
Thank you v. much for the comment on 'Blind' :)
Hi Marc! Thanks for liking my latest.
Marc, thank you for reading Survivor and the Cutting Edge. I'm honored. Peace...
Just wanted to tell you I enjoyed The Truth, it has an unusual, almost surreal tension that made me come back for another serving this am. Laughter at the end is the release of the tension at the karmic realization. Good stuff. Peace...
Thanks very much for the comment on my story. (It's not actually meant to make sense - hence a Shiva plus a wake, and a pyre plus a drowning...But it may be that that works against it.)
Your name is familiar to me, so I'm thinking I may have read some of your writing in Sein Und Werden if you've had writing in there before?
And now I'm going to read some more of it.
Thanks, Marc, for your comments on "Zen Society of Cleveland." Now, stop the runaway horses, eh?
I chainsmoke, drink a fifth of bourbon and watch spaghetti westerns - only thing that works for me. Just kidding of course, in actuality I tend to be very sober, some alcohol is okay while writing but not too much, can't listen to music at all, don't smoke anymore and write on a laptop at the kitchen table, no dusty garret plastered with Rimbaud posters for me...so boring, no?
Marc, thank you for reading my story "Eggshells" and for your comment. I'm glad you liked the story! I just downloaded your ebook and read your "Eggshells". Well done! I love your sharp images, especially the description of the wife's bangs in her face and the whole end paragraph. Also, the mundane conversation really made me laugh. The story in general is hilarious but also deep. I look forward to reading the rest of your book.
Thank you for reading and commenting on Otherworld. Its part of a series, a chapbook I'm working on. Its based on my Peace Corps experience in Armenia.
I noticed that you are a second year MFA student at Brown. I'm starting my MFA at Fairfield University in December. I see, too you are teaching at Brown. Do you have an MA and PhD? Or having/working on an MFA is sufficient to teach at a university/college?
Thanks again for the invite. I'm going to update with my famous profile pic now. :)
Glad to see you here, Marc.
Good to hear from you, Marc!!
Welcome, welcome, Marc! Good to have you with us over at the Prick of the Spindle group.