Friday, April 04, 2008

It Helps to Think It's a Game

A piece on Frank O'Hara in the New Yorker.

" . . . the dominant paradigm of innovative verse in the United States today, namely the synthesis of Language poetry and the New York School. Within this paradigm, questions of poetic ontology are superseded by those of poetic epistemology: the substance of the word is considered as a social construct having no immediate relation to the substance of the world. Skepticism replaces enthusiasm: and poetic practice, once proclaimed to be a force of nature by the Romantics is (re)socialized as a means to criticize what is rather than to create what is not."--Andrew Jaron from Language As Ghost Condensate

Colin Greenwood of Radiohead talks with Pitchfork.

An interview with Jorie Graham.

Cystic Fibrosis Fact: Infertility affects both men and women. At least 97 percent of men with cystic fibrosis are infertile. These men make normal sperm but are missing the tube (vas deferens). Many men found to have congenital absence of the vas deferns during evaluation for infertility have a mild, previously undiagnosed form of CF. Some women have fertility difficulties due to thickened cervical mucus or malnutrition. In severe cases, malnutrition disrupts ovulation and causes amenorrhea.

Samuel Beckett and poetry.

Do you have old cameras, cell phones, ipods and don't know what to do with them? Under a new pilot program offered by the U.S. Postal Service, you can recycle dead technology by dropping them in the mail. Rest of the article is here. More on the program here.

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