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Power Quote: Finnegans Wake



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January 6th, 2013 / 3:22 pm

Uh…Power Quote?: Richard Buckner


“I have a degree in creative writing — but trying to get a job with that, well, you might as well be a felon.”

-Richard Buckner, in an interview with the Chicago Tribune

Hey, it’s dark humor time! I’m posting this partly because it’s funny, and partly because Richard Buckner is fucking awesome and you should go buy, or download or whatever it is you kids do these days,  Devotion + Doubt, an album which I have taken the liberty of subtitling “How Michael Schaub Survived College Station, Texas, 1997-1998.” I mean really.

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September 22nd, 2009 / 4:23 pm

Power Quote 2: Herzog

“It does not bespeak great wisdom to call the film The Bad Lieutenant, and I only agreed to make the film after William (Billy) Finkelstein, the screenwriter, who had seen a film of the same name from the early nineties, had given me a solemn oath that this was not a remake at all. But the film industry has its own rationale, which in this case was the speculation of some sort of franchise. I have no problem with this. Nevertheless, the pedantic branch of academia, the so called ‘film-studies,’ in its attempt to do damage to cinema, will be ecstatic to find a small reference to that earlier film here and there, though it will fail to do the same damage that academia — in the name of literary theory — has done to poetry, which it has pushed to the brink of extinction. Cinema, so far, is more robust. I call upon the theoreticians of cinema to go after this one. Go for it, losers.”

-more via The Awl

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September 16th, 2009 / 1:25 pm

Power Quote: Ezra Pound

“The man of understanding can no more sit quiet and resigned while his country lets its literature decay, and lets good writing meet with contempt, than a good doctor could sit quiet and contented while some ignorant child was infecting itself with tuberculosis under the impression that it was merely eating jam tarts.”

ABC of Reading

[PS- hat tip to my man, Michael Signorelli, who emailed me the quote just now. Do you have any idea how rad it is to have an editor who sends letters that begin: “Have you been reading Pound today? I started up on ABC of Reading again…” ? Well, allow me to give you an idea: it is very, very rad.]

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April 7th, 2009 / 2:19 pm

Power Quote: Harold Bloom

I myself, as a student of gnosis, whether poetic or religious, judge the poem to be neither truth nor fiction but rather Dante’s knowing, which he chose to name Beatrice. When you know most intensely, you do not necessarily decide whether it is truth or fiction; what you know primarily is that the knowing is truly your own.

The Western Canon, “The Strangeness of Dante: Ulysses and Beatrice”

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March 23rd, 2009 / 12:18 pm

Power Quote: Barry Hannah

“The only thing that keeps me going on my mission is the sacred inalienable right of the Confederacy to be the Confederacy, Christ Our Lord, and the memory of your hot hairy jumping nexus when I return.”

– “Knowing He Was Not My Kind Yet I Followed,” in Airships

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March 18th, 2009 / 1:10 pm

Power Quote


“Both writers were inimitable even as they were widely imitated. Carver, younger, less productive, a practitioner of a spare gritty realism often called minimalism, was the junior executive. Donald Barthelme—sparkling fabulist and idiosyncratic reinventor of the genre, practitioner of swift verbal collages, also sometimes dubbed minimalism—was commander in chief. Barthelme’s particular brilliance was so original, so sui generis, despite its tutelage at the feet of pages by Joyce, Beckett, and Stein, that even his own brothers Frederick and Steven, also fiction writers of intelligence and style, wrote more like Carver.

—Lorrie Moore, “How He Wrote His Songs

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March 9th, 2009 / 8:53 pm

Power Quote: Gordon Lish

God, the only thing to do is to have a good laugh at the joke. Ha ha ha. You hear me laughing at the joke? I am laughing at the joke. Ha ha ha. I am having a good laugh at it. Ha ha ha. “This is me.” “This is you.” Ha ha ha.



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February 7th, 2009 / 12:17 pm

Power Quote: Allen Tate (with SPECIAL BONUS FEATURE)

I take the somewhat naive view that the literature of the past began somewhere a few minutes ago and that the literature of the present begins, say, with Homer. While there is no doubt that we need as much knowledge of all kinds, from all sources, as we can get if we are to see the slightest lyric in all its richness of meaning, we have nevertheless an obligation, that we perilously evade, to form a judgment of the literature of our own time. It is more than an obligation; we must do it if we would keep on living.  When the scholar assumes that he is judging a work of the past from a high and disinterested position, he is actually judging it from no position at all but is only abstracting from the work those qualities that his semiscientific method will permit him to see; and this is the Great Refusal.

– “Miss Emily and the Bibliographer”

(from Praising it New: The Best of The New Criticism; Garrick Davis, ed.)


Tate’s “Ode to the Confederate Dead”

and Lowell’s rejoinder, “For the Union Dead”

bye and bye, Lord, bye and bye

bye and bye, Lord, bye and bye

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January 5th, 2009 / 3:45 pm

O Captain, My Captain: Lish Power Quote #3

Work on your blanks.


Arcade, p. 172

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December 27th, 2008 / 12:17 pm