Commentaries

imagists on the web

Up at MIT Nick Montfort--embodying the perfect mixture of engineering and literary backgrounds--has his students do some serious web work in (I'm almost tempted to say) the old-fashioned put-it-up-on-the-web mode. One student project has been to make Des Imagistes of 1912, Ezra Pound's gathering of imagists, available for the first time ever on the web. They've done a beautiful job of it. And even the URL - www.desimagistes.com - is elegant. There it is. Gotta love that typeface, 1912's version of mod. "This website uses a font stack of 'Futura, Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif.' Futura was designed between 1924 and 1926 by Paul Renner, and while Renner was not associated with the Bauhaus school of design, Futura is frequently used in connection with Bauhaus-related topics. The Bauhaus school was founded two years after Des Imagistes' publication, and its aesthetics harmonize well with the nature of imagistic poetry."

listen, people

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my chat with David Sedaris

Back in March of 2001 I spent an hour talking with David Sedaris. A downloadable audio recording of that discussion is now available. Here's a direct link to the mp3. Be sure to check out our Sedaris page for some context, and if your machine runs RealVideo (if you have a "RealPlayer") click here and watch the same convo. The night before my conversation with him, Sedaris read selections from his stories and essays. The photo here was taken in the Arts Cafe of the Kelly Writers House.

the people

In 1999 I helped bring out a new edition of a fabulous noir-ish novel by Ira Wolfert, called Tucker's People (1943). Now Google Books has made the text of this book - including my introduction - available on the web. Go here and read. One of the novel's ideas: the underside of the American economy is fascist. (See an earlier post.)