Archive for December, 2009

Where are the conversations about class, history, and ideology? Where are the lunatics?

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

In the spirit of blog as Wunderkammer: this is not new, but new to me: a delight by Jay Thompson courtesy the Kenyon Review blog, on among other things Alice Notley—whose Grave of Light I have just begun and am being wonderfully undone by—hybridization; the post-avant-garde; the “most messed-up work of James Tate”; and an animated puppy who explores such delicious wonderings as

Where are the non-American poets in post-avant-garde poetry?
Where are the conversations about class, history, and ideology?
Where are the lunatics?

When I read and write, I want to feel watchful and small, angry and serene and skeptical, butting with questions about power and chatter about sex and death and pop culture, self and knowing.

Check out the whole at “Thoughts of a Magic Puppy in the Tillages of Modishness and Doubt.”

—Hilary

Nir Rosen on counterinsurgency in Iraq & Afghanistan

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Seems we’ve been silent too long on this blog! Caught up in the first fall of Clockroot—

A quick link to Nir Rosen’s excellent recent work in the Boston Review: “An Ugly Peace,” an article on counterinsurgency in Iraq, and “Something from Nothing,” on counterinsurgency in Afghanistan. I’ve heard several of Rosen’s interviews on Democracy Now!, and this summer read his The Triumph of the Martyrs: A Reporter’s Journey into Occupied Iraq, which like all the work of his I’ve seen is deeply felt, rigorous, right there on the ground, and recommended.