Al Filreis

Al's pantheon, just out

That's the late Terrence Des Pres, once my teacher, intermittently my mentor, brilliant and complex and probably tragic.

Tag cloud

Below you see a tag cloud generated by TagCrowd is a web application for visualizing word frequencies in any user-supplied text by creating what is popularly known as a tag cloud or text cloud. I created a tag clowd by using as sourcetext the typescript of the first chapter of my new book. I've set it here to create an image of words based on frequency of use, asking it to choose only the top 50.

George Washington never owned a camel

A transcript of Gil Ott's interview with Jackson Mac Low, done in 1979, has been made available by the PhillySound blog folks.

CAConrad and his colleagues at PhillySound worked hard to reproduce the transcript of a 1979 interview Gil Ott conducted with Jackson Mac Low, and it (part? or whole?) has been added to the PhillySound blog.

When Harold met Wally

Harold Bloom was "madly in love" with the poems of Wallace Stevens from the time he was an undergraduate at Cornell University.He traveled from Ithaca to New Haven in 1949 and found his