March reading log

The Merry Wives of Windsor (c. 1600) – William Shakespeare

The Conversions (1960) – Harry Mathews

The Sinking of the Odradek Stadium (1971) – Harry Mathews

It occurs to me that Mathews’s default sense of the phrase and of diction (when he’s not up to disturbing linguistic conventions) is essentially Victorian in nature. This of course aligns with his love of Ruskin, Robert Louis Stevenson, and The Aspern Papers. I found this to be a masterpiece, every bit as good as Cigarettes and The Journalist.

The Players (1985) – Paul Metcalf

An odd play for the stage that Metcalf wrote sometime in the 1980s; not entirely sure what to make of its whimsical construction. Apparently the play was performed in Pittsfield, MA in the summer of 1986.

17 Ways of Looking at Wang Wei (1987/2016) – Eliot Weinberger

A Mouthful of Air: Language and Languages, Especially English (1992) – Anthony Burgess (some chapters, not the whole compendium! a lot to work through here)

Working the Stone: The Natural, Social, and Industrial History of the Village of Farnams, Town of Cheshire, County of Berkshire, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2003) – Paul Metcalf and Lucia Saradoff

The Quarry (2015) – Susan Howe

I’ve had little patience for Howe’s work & style lately; partly it’s discovering certain repetitions, the same material reworked when I was seeking something new. She has a new title forthcoming from New Directions this year, Debths, which I shall attempt to review.

Attrib. and other stories (2017) – Eley Williams (hopskotchin around in this)

Gorse Journal #7 (2017)

Glad to have a Pierre Senges translation of mine published in this – buy it!

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