28.3.11

andrew worthington reviewed PERSON.

at the end, he asks about the use of sentence by sentence formatting. here is an attempt at an answer.

the first time i saw one sentence formatting, was in "thus spoke zarathustra." i liked it, because it looked nice (it's a little different though because the sentences were longer and still looked like paragraphs). also, it emphasized that each line was important on it's own, yet still attached to the line above it. separating a line, emphasizes it.

the next time i saw it done, was in noah cicero's books. the difference in noah's books, was that each line was a short sentence, and usually spaced from the one above and below it. i liked the effect. the effect was that, each line was an atom, and each line easily passed into the next one, making the reading fast but still easy to fully understand.

the next example was "tractatus logicus philosophicus." i havent' read the book since last year, so i might be a little wrong, but the first sentence is something like "the world is everything that is the case." each line is numbered, and sub-numbered in the "tractatus" almost like an outline. the importance of line by line formatting here, is one that highlights the form and the content as interrelated. wittgenstein says that "the world is everything that is the case" and then goes on to break down "the case" as atoms. anything that you can say, can be said clearly, and in a fundamental way. which, to me, means that every paragraph can be broken down even further into one line statements.

so while writing "person" i had it in paragraphs. and then during the last stage of editing, i formatted it line by line, to "test" or examine each line. it seemed to me, like lines could hide in a paragraph, but setting them on top of each other, it called out the weaker/less sensible lines. after editing it like this, i liked it much more than in paragraph form. to explain it in terms of an image, changing the book from paragraph form to single sentence form, is like pulling a telephone cord straight.

another reason is one of pace. paragraphs, to me, read more slowly. line by line reads faster. "person" is in first person present, with a lot of "interior" dialogue. so to write that the right way, it seemed like a faster paced formatting would help. going line by line lets you read and understand each line, and then move nicely into the next line. everybody lives in first person present, so the experience is familiar. speaking for myself, i don't experience my life, or any situation, in paragraph form. a paragraph is more fabricated to me. sentences are too, but less so, to me.

lastly, i dont know how to write a paragraph. every time i look at a paragraph i have written, i think "why not move the next line into it too" and then eventually it's all just a block. inability/lack of understanding leads to inventions too. sometimes, people do interesting things because they don't know how to do other things. much like all time great Roy Jones Jr., whose boxing style was/is wildly flawed compared to convention, but it worked.

in conclusion, i think i primarily use line by line formatting at the end, as a way to complete the thoughts/things i've written down. i don't use it to begin with, because that would inhibit.

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25.3.11

today i felt extremely depressed. at work, i stood in the warehouse feeling depressed, and i responded by taking in a deep breath through my nose and exhaling through my mouth while going, "ahhhh." like a person enjoying some morning air.

23.3.11


hey everybody! i made this painting and i am going to sell it. if you want to buy it, email me. i'll use the money to buy groceries. what are the benefits of buying this painting? not sure. the size of the painting is about the size of a normal paperback book. it's on a canvas and it's made of acrylic paint, pencil, red pen, blue pen, highlighter, x-acto knife scrapings. be a part of history!

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15.3.11

i like this thing of writing by andrew worthington.


also, sergio martinez recently stopped sergiy dzindziruk in their middleweight bout. this, coupled with sergio "maravilla" martinez's last few bouts (ko paul williams, win over pavlik, and questionable match with cintron) has many in the boxing world talking about p4p best. while i certainly see the talent in martinez, i'm not ready to accept a high p4p ranking. why? well, simply stated, the measure of hype is not a standard of p4p rankings. yes, he beat pavlik. however, pavlik was an alcoholic at the time. yes, he beat williams, but are we ready to accord williams such greatness? dzindziruk: talented yes, but a smaller man. maravilla martinez has accrued more hype than substance, though the substance is there. one can't help but wonder how he'd match up against a true middleweight/super middleweight like: lucian bute, carl froch, andre ward, james kirkland et cetera. even someone like arthur abraham could be a viable contender. also, he's against moving up in weight. p4p means taking challenges like that. bottom line, maravilla is no joke, and his speed and unorthodox style will prove difficult for any opponent. but, let's just wait and let future bouts decide.

9.3.11

noah cicero's "BEST BEHAVIOR" can be pre-ordered now.

6.3.11

LINKS



YOU HEAR AMBULANCE SOUNDS AND THINK THEY ARE FOR YOU is available for the kindle.

jordan castro interviewed me at "the open end." we talked about PERSON and my diet/lifestyle during the time it was written.

jordan also wrote a comprehensive review of MUUMUU HOUSE

mike bushnell has released the "online literary powers, top 25."

six gallery press has also released mike bushnell's TRAUMAHAWK. it's a good poetry book.

i'm reading in ohio this month, march 19th. the line-up is mallory whitten, me, jordan castro, and noah cicero:



A NIGHT WITH THE SCUM OF THE MIDWEST--









1.3.11

1. GUEST POST 2.REVIEW 3. GIN AND TONIC RECIPE

1. here is a guest post from cameron pierce, the editor of Lazy Fascist Press:

"I want to thank everyone who has supported Lazy Fascist by reading one of our books. You are amazing. Since Lazy Fascist launched as an imprint of Eraserhead Press last year, we've broken out to an incredible start. Our bestselling book, Sam Pink's Person, has steadily built up a ton of momentum, receiving excellent coverage from Electric Literature, HTML Giant, The Faster Times, and many other places/people.

With our first releases of 2011 (Sinister Miniatures and Rico Slade Will Fucking Kill You), this year looks to be even better for Lazy Fascist. We'll be publishing new work by Sam Pink, Mike Daily, Bradley Sands, Riley Michael Parker, two original anthologies (the first is themed around everyone's favorite sea mammal, the walrus), and other projects to be announced. I hope that Lazy Fascist can provide a home for strange, explosive books like The Self-Esteem Holocaust Comes Home and Sorry I Ruined Your Orgy for years to come.

Now, you might be wondering what you can do to help, and I'm here to tell you: Amazon reviews. As the largest bookseller in the world, Amazon's customer reviews have a lot of influence or what people decide to read, and Amazon does its part as well. The better a book sells through Amazon, the more Amazon will promote it, regardless whether the book was published by a small or major press. It's one of the few places where independents have an opportunity to stand toe to toe with big corporate publishers, and we can do it in the place where the most books are sold. Additionally, Lazy Fascist's authors receive more per copy sold from Amazon than any other bookstore. It's a win-win situation. Keep in mind, I'm not trying to discourage anyone from supporting independent bookstores. No matter where you acquire a book, even if you steal it, you can always write a review for Amazon if you like a book, and that review will help that author sell more books. It's a good thing for everyone.

Thanks so much for reading Sam's work.

I hope you'll follow Lazy Fascist long into the future."

-Cameron Pierce




2. here's a new review of "person."



3. here's a recipe for a gin and tonic:

2 to 3 shots of gin, poured over ice. then add tonic water (with quinine) up to 3/4 of the way. cut a generous wedge of lime and squeeze the juice into the drink, then rub the lime around the rim of the glass and put what's left of the lime in the drink. next, add roughly one or two shot-size portions of lemonade gatorade (or enough to make the drink slightly cloudy looking.) stir with the knife you used to cut the lime.