julia cohen


Poet Julia Cohen has been asking people for advice over at her blog, On the Messier Side of Neat:

>>I’m reading Everybody’s Autonomy by Juliana Spahr. I’m on page 14 so I have a ways to go. What I would really appreciate is if you, in the comment box, let me know which theory or philosophy book was the most transformative for you. What has most deeply impacted your way of thinking/writing? I will then read it.

Whoever recommends the book that then impacts me the most will receive a prize greater than or equal to one pound of elk meat. Ok, greater.<<

Here’s some of what’s come in so far:

Our own Mike Young got first comment, with >>The work of Emmanuel Levinas, specifically Totality and Infinity.<<

A guy named Gary McDowell suggested Gaston Bachelard’s Poetics of Space, along with an apology that it was such a cliche choice. No shame in a crowd, Gary! I’ve read that book too.

I went on this long-winded spiel about the nature of the question, then finally got around to naming Zizek’s Puppet and the Dwarf. 

Mathias Svalina of Octopus Books (and of going steady with Julia Cohen) fame, picked The Giving Tree, but then Julia said her mom thinks that book is sexist, and pointedly thanked “everyone else.”  (Hmm. Did I just start an “internet rumor?” Can I classify this post under “web hype” now?)

Kitchen Press (aka Justin Marks) weighed in with this: >> Why Did I Ever, by Mary Robison. It’s marketed as a novel, i guess because she calls herself a novelist, but one could certainly argue for it as a prose poem. or lyric novel. or some mixed genre something or other.<<


And other people wrote other things too. Maybe YOU will win the elk meat?


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November 30th, 2008 / 10:38 pm

The Home Video Review of Books

Ever wanted to shop for books based on short video clips that may or may not describe the interior of the book based on associate video images? Me neither. But now that I think about it, maybe it would work out? Or at least be like sticking your hand in a bag of chalk (I don’t know what that means).

The Home Video Review of Books is now kicking out video review of ‘poetry and lyric prose,’ putting random video in the house. It is edited by Mathias Svalina and Julia Cohen, and has a random cross sampling of thangs.

If nothing else, I like their selection of titles to peek at in the first update:

Kristi Maxwell’s Realm Sixty-Four
Eugene Ostashevsky’s The Life and Opinions of DJ Spinoza
Alex Lemon’s Hallelujah Blackout
Abraham Smith’s Whim Man Mammon
Anselm Berrigan’s Have a Good One
Selah Saterstrom’s The Meat and Spirit Plan
Jay Wright’s Polynomials and Pollen
Danielle Pafunda’s My Zorba
Tisa Bryant’s Unexplained Presence
K. Silem Mohammad’s Breathalyzer
Jasper Bernes’ Starsdown
Rauan Klassnik’s Holy Land

Check it out n shit. HOLY LAND is awesome + the review here is pretty funny.

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November 2nd, 2008 / 7:15 pm