Seriously—to paraphrase Ezra Pound, there’s no record of a critic ever saying anything significant about a writer who came later than he did. You grow up getting interested in books, and the writers of your own generation or the generation or two before your own… Read More
If someone is merely ahead of his time, it will catch up to him one day. From Culture and Value by Ludwig Wittgenstein. Translation by Peter Winch. David Markson was ahead of his time. I don’t know if David Markson read Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Culture and Value but it… Read More
Reading Gilbert Sorrentino’s riff/story/essay “Beliefs Reasonable, Unreasonable Beliefs,” I couldn’t help but think of his correspondent, David Markson, whose 1996 novel Reader’s Block is anticipated in the structure of Sorrentino’s piece. Obviously Markson’s project and Sorrentino’s riff have literary roots that go way way back—maxims and riffs… Read More
See more American literary icons on American money by Shannon May. And, by the bye— In his last novel The Last Novel, David Markson lamented a lack of— America’s Emily Dickinson dime? —this preceded by: Before the Euro, the portrait of Yeats on Ireland’s twenty-pound note. America’s… Read More
(From The Letters of William Gaddis, Dalkey Archive).
1. “In my more extravagant moments,” writes David Rieff in his introduction to Susan Sontag’s As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh, “I sometimes think that my mother’s journals, of which this is the second of three volumes, are not just the autobiography she never got around to writing…but… Read More
So somehow in September, I neglected to write a single book review—not even a riff!—on this blog. Mea culpa, mea culpa. This oversight (not really an oversight) I mayhap blame on the nascent Fall semester. Or perhaps I should pin it on a certain fatigue… Read More
From David Markson’s 2007 interview in Conjunctions: Harlin: Incidentally, you wrote your M.A. thesis on Malcolm Lowry, a relatively unknown writer at the time, and became very friendly with him. What was the impulse behind writing him? Markson: A great percentage of the people in the world haven’t… Read More