?

Log in

No account? Create an account
entries friends calendar profile ABMann.net Previous Previous Next Next
Why did I sign up for a race again? - Portrait of a Young Man as The Artist
abmann
abmann
Why did I sign up for a race again?
I dreamt last night that I was exploring the jungle with a photographer whose blog I read. Once free of the thick underbrush, we emerged onto a vast African plain. It was cool, early in the morning but the hot sun was already burning steam from little pockets of dew. We chased a pack of antelope and separated one from the herd that we subsequently chased down as it turned slowly into a small, pale boy with black bowl-cut hair, suspenders and boxy orthopedic shoes. We caught him and I woke up to my robot alarm.

This is what happens when I go to bed with anxiety over signing up for a race after having read some Bukowski poetry and said blog.

In semi-related news, I've been reading poetry again which also catalyzes such bizarre image coalescence. It is, also, making me want to write more as well as edit many of the books I've already written.

I need another project this year like I need new running sneaker.

New Jersey this weekend? I. Don't. Wanna.

How do you consume poetry or other short, creative works?

I don't.
1(12.5%)
I read them one piece at a time, mulling them over between.
1(12.5%)
I read them en-mass stopping only to consider ones that speak to me.
5(62.5%)
I read poetry and/or short story collections as other books - straight through.
1(12.5%)

Other

Who is your favorite writer? You should specify why in the comments.

Current Mood: anxious anxious
Current Music: Of Montreal - There Is Nothing Wrong With Hating Rock Critics

22 comments or Leave a comment
Comments
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: April 26th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
The older I get, the less I appreciate fiction of all types, poetry included.

Also your dream sounds awesome.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 26th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why are you losing appreciation? It's because my LJ is the source for all your cultural context?
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: April 26th, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
True story.

I'm honestly not sure. When I was younger, I really liked fiction. Especially sci fi and fantasy. But I also can remember reading through the collected works of Shakespeare when I was 10 or 11 with the same kind of interest. But starting in about college, I just gradually lost patience with fiction. I read a good deal of news feeds now. And I'm not sure a day goes by without reading at least one significant article on sources like wikipedia. So it's not like I don't read. And I honestly probably read more now than I did ten years ago. I just want to read about the way the world is and what's going on in it. Similarly, I'd like to read about one of my hobbies rather than even a small work of fiction.

For the record, Langston Hughes is my favorite poet, and I still have his collected works.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 26th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've done that too. There's very little fiction I read any more, maybe some sci-fi or cyberpunk occasionally, but grossly prefer non-fiction or biographies. This tends towards journalism - a ton of Hunter Thompson, a little David Foster Wallace, that sort - or expanded exploration of research topics - anything by Mary Roach, extended topical treatises from online journals of magazines like Born to Run or Dooce's (Heather Armstrong) auto-bio, bio-mechanical research etc.

Why do you like Hughes? I only really know A Dream Deferred.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: April 26th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure I can give you a good reason. I like how direct and apparent his writing is, while still maintaining a feeling of improve, almost jazz rhythm. I also really like jazz for the same reason.

I think , part of my problem, is that I just don't care about poetry as art. I feel the same way about broad swaths of cultural sub-groups of artwork.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 26th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Philistine!
abmann From: abmann Date: April 26th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Also, writers are writers. I don't care which you list in the last question. That's why I didn't say "poet" or "fiction writer" you ninny. I'm just trying to get author ideas as my iPad has 64 gigs of space to bee filled entirely by porn e-books.

NINNY
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: April 26th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
My bad. Go download every book by these authors then:

Kenneth Robinson
Gever Tulley
Marco Pierre White
Fernand Point
Anthony Bourdain
Mark Kurlansky
Alain de Botton
Shelly Keagan
Jenna Jameson
abmann From: abmann Date: April 26th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've also been enjoying some Wittgenstein recently. Language as defining the world in a nigh literal sense? Kinda cool.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: April 26th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, well if you want obscure academic texts, I can also recommend Nietzsche, Rawls, Hooker, Stratton-Lake, Kirkeegard, Hobbes, and Kant.

They're all still sitting on my bookshelf and occasionally make a reappearance from time to time.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 26th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Trying so hard to understand Kant..... I started reading The Critique of Pure Reason and my brain melted.

I've never been good at philosophy.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: April 26th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is definitely not where I would suggest starting. I don't understand it very well and I took an entire class on it. I'd recommend:

Anthropology from a pragmatic point of view
Religion within the limits of reason alone
Critique of practical reason
metaphysical foundations of natural science
groundwork of the metaphysics of morals
Observations on the feeling of the beautiful and the sublime

I'm also told that all of Kant is much much more appreciable in the original German. But not knowing German, I can't comment one way or the other one that. Practical Reason is a nice text to play with that doesn't require at least an MA in 20th century Philosophy to understand.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 26th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
ARE YOU CALLING ME TOO STUPID TO UNDERSTAND KANT!?
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: April 26th, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
To be fair, I'm too stupid to understand Kant.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 26th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's ok. Curried chicken salad soothes my stupid brain.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: April 26th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good food is good!

I ate left over deep dish pizza for lunch. It good in face holes.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 26th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I'm still recovering from my Friday night carb frenzy. I think I should just stop with the pizza all ready, especially while training. Maybe I won't be fat any more after the race.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: April 26th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I reject your assertion of fattitude sir!

Also, a life without pizza isn't worth living.

As a reward for setting the time at the 5k, we're going to a Brazillian churrascaria on Friday. I'm looking forward to having a huge amount of meet in my mouth.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 26th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's what she said!
jackshoegazer From: jackshoegazer Date: April 26th, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
My favorite author of all-time is Kurt Vonnegut. I also love Robert Anton Wilson, Kazuo Ishiguro, Tom Robbins, Orson Scott Card, David Mitchell, John Irving, and Vernor Vinge.

On a completely unrelated note, you should enter www.hearst8x10.com/
What can it hurt, right?
back_track From: back_track Date: April 27th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I love poetry but my preferred way to consume poetry is one poem at a time, preferably followed by discussion. Fiction can be read alone; poetry really isn't meant to be.
annan_dum From: annan_dum Date: April 27th, 2010 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
i. That was one detailed dream!

ii. Now that I think about it, I actually prefer to hear poetry read. I love hearing Garrison Kealer read poetry, or going to the Seattle Weekly Slam.

iii. Helen DeWitt wrote the best book I've ever read, that's why.
22 comments or Leave a comment