ben marcus

warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/anotherchicagomagazine/anotherchicagomagazine.net/htdocs/modules/taxonomy/taxonomy.pages.inc on line 34.

Notes from Ben Marcus at Chicago Humanities Festival

Richard ford 

Ann Beatty 

 

Militarism bw realism n experimentalism

 

The Age of Wire and String

Authoritative voice, seductive, gives impression of being true (believability)

Rewriting encyclopedia entries

Imaginatively 'reading' - read first few words write-read the rest 

Words change their (symbolic) meaning over time to become...paradoxical 

Elemental

Estranged

Alarming

Provoked hostility

 

Make words unstable - wary of being too word-gamey

 

Stream of consciousness of psychosis says ny times

 

Make English a foreign language

 

Slang in a hundred years

 

Things couldn't just exist, they had to be sourced (harvesting tree -> door). Concern w materiality. 

 

Taught since age 21

 

What is the end of the bible 

 

Make more drama by leaving things out 

 

Writing back at what ur reading 

 

Choosing most disagreeable, least interesting genre/form and working in that

 

Character thinking thru all his responsibilities 

Lydia Davis - documents of thot

 

Francis Ponge - "we can only write what we've already read" 

Read nonliterary txts

 

Anxiety is entertaining, relatable, a natural mode of writing, concentrate it to pt of unbearability 

 

Cognitive surveillance - the kinds of criminals we'd be 

 

All possible permutations of punctuation for the same txt 

 

John Hawkes n Robert Coover dinner parties (faculty at Brown) 

 

Summer Reads: Connor Goodwin

 

Meaty by Samantha Irby

One can’t really talk about Chicago’s literary scene without talking about Samantha Irby.  And for too long I’ve been talking about/telling people they should read Irby without having read her myself.  Meaty is a collection of essays out from Chicago’s own Curbside Splendor.  To get a taste, check out her notorious blog at bitchesgottaeat.blogspot.com.  She recently posted about the joys of summer: “everyone here is always talking about the goddamned lake like it’s not a freezing cold grey diarrhea soup and i’m baffled by that. it’s too cold to go into ten months out of the year and the other two it’s so full of e.coli you can’t dip a toe in it without puking your fucking guts out.

 

 

Crystal Eaters by Shane Jones

This “poetic sci-fi” out from Two Dollar Radio has been getting a lot of attention from just about everyone I follow on Twitter, even the Paris Review.  Our own Fiction Editor, Matt Rowan, listed this on his summer reads as well.  I honestly feel like I’m just missing out. 

 

 

Leaving the Sea by Ben Marcus

Can’t remember how I first learned of Ben Marcus, but when I did I went to the library at 9pm and finished his illustrated novella The Father Costume in the stacks of the Regenstein.  I slipped into a strange world, carefully threaded, floating loftily at sea.  I’m excited to see where Marcus will take me with his latest, a collection of short stories out by Knopf. 

 

 

Witch Piss by Sam Pink

Sam Pink is awesome.  I’ve already reviewed one of his novels, which you can read here.  Everything I’ve read by him I’ve read at least twice, AND I NEVER REREAD.  His novels are short, gross, hilarious and take place in Chicago.  Witch Piss is his latest, released this year from Lazy Fascist Press.  

 

 

Connor Goodwin is twitter's biggest fan.  You can follow him @condorgoodwing.  His work has appeared in Chronopolis.  View more of his work at cgoodwing.blogspot.com