i live by a salt marsh.
i prepare pianos.
i make entertainments.
i walk a wonder husky.
i drive in circles.
i like to make stuff.
round 1: alain robbe-grillet (jalousie) michel butor (mobile) georges perec (life: a users manual, species of spaces) raymond queneau (children of clay), jacques roubaud (great fire of london), william gaddis (recognitions), william h. gass (tunnel).
round 2: joyce. beckett. proust. olson sometimes, pound other times. mei mei bursenbrugge's sphericity. some susan howe but i forget which. w.g. sebald.
Thank you, Stephen, for the generous comparison of "Linear A" to the late work of Max Ernst. I am grateful.
Appreciate the kind words on my story "Three Endings," SHK. It means a lot coming from you. Happy New Year!
Stephen, thanks for your thoughtful musings on "What Some Boys Do." Grateful indeed.
Re: Aflame. Stephen: I loved your suggestions. I'm big on extra periods, but I've never deleted a comma. What freedom! I think it makes a big difference. Thank you so much for taking the thought and time.
Thank you very much xx
thanks for reading my piece, stephen! i wasn't so sure of it at the onset either ;)
Stephen, thanks for reading Cactus, and thanks for the comment, too - I appreciate both very much. fos.
Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed the Nick Pop thing. I'm dead chuffed. x
I totally adore your 'About Me'. Thanks for your comment on Temp. P. (I like to be reminded I'm not the only one who's walked barefoot & skinted/no map!) x
You know, the young temperance lady was sort of foxy, now that you mention it. Thanks, Stephen, for the read and the star!
Thank you very much for reading and commenting on Early Summer! Very glad to hear you liked the exterior and the interior, for me its much the same, that's why I indulge in my addiction to descriptions! :)
You're right, it is a high rise, but maybe more organic than JG Ballard's landscapes (which scare me a lot).
I appreciate your read, comment, and star (?) for "The Bicycle." The support on this site is fabulous.
Hey, Stephen! Thank you for commenting on "Nothing Between Us." Yes, very very unpleasant folk in this one. :)
bienvenue à paris! (well, in an fnaut sorta way.) glad to be in contact, stephen, and looking forward to reading more of your work.
Hi Stephen, thanks for the recent read and comments on 3 Short Shorts. Glad they struck a chord.
Stephen, thanks for your read and comments on "Drive"!
Oh, my God, another bond trader story! My favorite!
Thanks again, Stephen, for the good meaty comment on "Tiger Milk<" your perceptions very interesting, much appreciated. On another note, I'm laboring (not by virtue of boredom but bad French) through La Vie:Mode d'emploi, though a long road to go, Liking it though.
Hey, Stephen! Thank you for taking the time to read and leave such an interesting, perceptive comment on "The Language." Much appreciated. Hope you're doing well.
Thanks a lot for the comments to Repatriation. I may some day experiment with more maximalism, but I may like simplicity too much.
BTW, What are "ado-boys"? Adonis-boys? Adidas-boys? :)
Stephen, thank you - your comment meant a great deal to me, touches on what concerned me most about the story. Though I don't miss FB itself, I do miss our political exchanges. Hope all is well.
Hello, Steven. Thanks so much for the fav on "The Mariner's Daughter." I look forward to reading more of your work.
Stephen, thanks for the comment on "The complete, unabridged contents of an abandoned diary found in Memphis." You're right, grit is my preferred and natural environment, though I've been away from it for a while. It's like riding a bike, though. Once you're there, you never forget.
Hey Stephen, thanks for the great comment on Table Thoughts. I really appreciate your feedback. Fos.
Thanks for commenting on "Semi Tiresias," Stephen. Tiresias could foresee the future--he just forgot what was going to happen!
SH-K, Your comment touches on one of my biggest concerns with the story and as such, I am happily relieved. And, as always, much thanks!
Hi Stephen, thanks for what you said about Misplace Emotions. You seem to get the story just the way I intended, and that doesn't happen very often. fos.
Thanks for faving "Addictions." Loved the Roland Kirk piece.
Thank you, Stephen, for the fave and the comment on "David Foster Wallace meets the sage Lao Tse in a strange place."
Thanks so much for your generous comments on "Christina Heppel" (loosely set between the wars) - I so glad you liked it!
Hey Stephen, thanks for reading Man on the Run. Thanks for commenting, too. fos.
Loved your story on fwriction:review today.
Thanks for the fave also!
Thanks for the comment on "The Assassination of Sadat." Always enjoy your reactions to my work, Stephen.
drunken conversations about greenheads, that's a good name for a short story. A husband and wife drink and bicker on the porch all summer day about greenheads and then the mailman arrives bearing disastrous news...
No greenheads down here, just ticks and quahogs. And some mighty good miniature golf courses, many built in the '50s, not abandoned per se...but probably should be...
I live by a salt marsh too. Does that make both of us write a lot of pretentious, preachy landscape poetry?! Heard Essex is lovely, have only been to Rockport–lovely (but unfortunately dry!)
Stephen, I'm really glad you like "saying" and thank you!
Thank you for your observation about the legs - liked that point quite a bit.
I'm in the middle of reading Desert by J.M.G. Le Clezio. I think I like Disappeared Things because it's tone reminds me of JMGL's style. I think you might like this book.
Stephen, thanks for the great comment on Gin And A Cowboy: Redux... loved the way it felt to you in the reading!
Hi Stephen, thanks for reading Moon View Mountain Road, and thanks for the comments, too - I really appreciate that. fos.
Stephen - thanks for commenting on "Lay on Me". Appreciate it!!
Thanks, Steve, for your comment on Two Trees. Hope you're loving Fn!!
Hi, Stephen. Thanks for reading 'Fifty Five Words or Less.' I appreciate your comment.
thank you for your thought-filled comment. Much to digest, always appreciated!
Great comment on my story "The Party." Thank you so much!
Thanks for commenting on "Florid Psychosis." I always appreciate your reads, Stephen.
Thank you for your comments on "Mrs. Quigby," Stephen. I appreciate hearing that the voice is doing what I intended it to do in the piece. I look forward to reading more of your work. -- Q
Thanks for commenting on the Orange Julius poem. Glad you liked it twisty! Fun to write.
Thanks for the response re: Cowboy Poetry. The image of being tied to a port-o-john in the parking lot of a rodeo with nowhere else to go may replace my long-held notion that I have been dropped into a Gary Larson cartoon. One may cry or sing.
You, sir, are a gentleman and a scholar. Much thanks for your thoughts re. My Tumor.
much enjoyed your post to the general forum thread on publishing/fictionaut and responded - wonder what you think. cheers from berlin!
Thanks for commenting, Steven. All best, I.
Stephen - thanks for the comments on my The Last Time - Guy agreed with your view (socialist realism), calling it a Mao poster meets peasant farming. My take (afterwards, not intent, I often slip into mode without defining) was Norman Rockwell draws the Joad family. Nice to see I for once can elicit sort of similar responses. Appreciate the read.
it pleases me to think that phrase may have it's own life, julie. thanks. yeats is tricky. some of his stuff i like. other aspects of his work make me want to staple myself to something. but i've not read him in any depth for a while now. should i?
adding "pale, sensitive and irritating ado-boys" to my list of favorite phrases. Great response. So what say you Yeats?
Thanks for reading and commenting on "Black Squirrel Poem." Appreciate it, Stephen!
Love your favorite authors list. I teach (or have taught) Robbe-Grillet, Queneau, Calvino, Borges, Joyce, Beckett, Proust, and Schulz. Glad to see Gombrowicz on the list.
hola. yes here i am. thanks for the welcome(s)...
Hey! You are here! Welcome, my friend. So looking forward to reading your stuff here.
Hi Stephen. Welcome.