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So Playfully Valorized Seriousness

[Wayne Koestenbaum] valorizes the intellectual seriousness of Sontag, and of the poet and translator Richard Howard, but also confesses his attraction to idleness and lassitude. Books are fine and good, but have you tried sex, or doughnuts? So this review … Continue reading

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An Unsocial Medium

Farhad Manjoo is a favorite journalist of mine. I’ve read him from when he wrote about tech on Slate before joining the NYTimes. He touts in this column an “unsocial” digital diary app called “Day One,” describing it as “a … Continue reading

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Parting Looks — Jack Moore

[Transcription] The Civil War battle scenes made in the oak forest on the Anita Baldwin ranch were made for stock use in any Civil War battle sequence for M.G.M. In the eighteen days of battle scenes on the “set” more … Continue reading

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Written in the 70s

had declared himself in pursuit of substantives. His gastrointestinal tract had lately begun to feel large and accommodating. (commodious, capacious). Thank the stars and the Creator of the stars. The spasms of sweet cream she had manfully swallowed; all the … Continue reading

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Written in the 70s — the gamey

the gamey (dreamy) variety surrendered The sphincters and para-sphincters [***]; no good asking why he had not stuck it; he hadn’t and that was… kept on being… that. What it was was sexual weakness, he snorted. You just couldn’t hang … Continue reading

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Written in the 70s — of “understanding”

of “understanding”) that remain untried. This is a queer neck of the woods, both familiar and alien. Jay looked at the sunlight coruscating on the ivy jumbled at the foot of the live-oak, just getting a grip. “This is me,” … Continue reading

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Written in the 70s — reviews / Monroe

reviews / Monroe “Most of the important things never get communicated in words anyway.” Robert Wilson. There seems to have been something fragile or defective in my makeup that has not lent me to enduring love. I look back with … Continue reading

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Written in the 70s — Salem 01970

Salem 01970 Coutín Anything too dear in your odd affection spirits toward mirth and issues to air. Your white teeth open, the dear thing dies in laughter. Then your face is whole again. Washed in the soul-splitting grin of the … Continue reading

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Written in the 70s — On the Song

*On the Song of Songs* Bernard of Clairvaux B You are my subject, scraped from the womb. Will we cross in Limbo, sad progenitor and aspiring heir? Who will survive? I have been scoured from your mother’s eyes as resolutely … Continue reading

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Written in the 70s — Can peace

Can peace and beauty (opulent) be immoral? Grosse Pointe Shores. Lake Ste. Claire. (Copyright 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.) Written in the 70s, 70s-11a. (Copyright 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.)

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