Entry 28: The New Blast II

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The New Blast (second 25)

Blast your Existential Threats!

Blast being Painted into a Corner!

Blast your need for Boundaries!

Blast all Boundaries whatsoever!

Blast the Line, the Fence, the Wall!

Blast dichotomy of Spatial Regions!

Blast anything Red, Blue, and Purple!

Blast the Undermining of Gray Areas!

Blast the Destruction of the Zone!

Blast the Silence of the Majority!

Blast the Rule of Enforced Quietude!

Blast any Liquidation of Avant-Gardes!

Blast not Talking in the Workplace!

Blast the Denial of Public Discourse!

Blast the Truth of Perpetual Distortion!

Blast our Perverse Triumph of the Will!

Blast our Regime of Monumentality!

Blast the New Sinking of the Titanic!

Blast the Engineers of False Hope!

Blast any Mention of Hope Altogether!

Blast the Stasis of Nonexistent Change!

Blast you Pimps of Hope and Change!

Blast Progressivism and its Illusions!

Blast the Rule of Regressive Psyches!

Blast the Ruse of Cynical Reason!

[after Wyndham Lewis; to be contd.]

Entry 27: The New Blast

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The New Blast (first 25)

Blast the Brutalitarians!

Blast the New Barbarians!

Blast the use of Brute Force!

Blast the poetics of Domination!

Blast the Six Million Nonactors!

Blast the end of Moral Scruples!

Blast the guiles of Mendacity!

Blast the flipping of the Rust Belt!

Blast surplus of Data Analytics!

Blast ruse of Informed Judgment!

Blast all False Prognosticators!

Blast the Primal Horde of Bros!

Blast Little People Talking Big!

Blast Big People Talking Down!

Blast the rise of Family Dynasties!

Blast fascination of Filthy Lucre!

Blast the servitude of Denial!

Blast empty places to Fill In!

Blast the Reality TV of Choice!

Blast the choice of Reality TV!

Blast endless receding Horizons!

Blast the Abyss of every Ground!

Blast all forms of Normalization!

Blast containments of Narrative!

Blast _____ fill in the Blanks!

[after Wyndham Lewis; to be contd.]

VOTE (LIVE) 
AS IF YOUR LIFE (VOTE)
DEPENDS ON IT

We are in a bad situation, a situation not of our choosing, painted into a corner once again. But I say, friends, with the greatest conviction and enthusiasm, I am going to cast my ballot for Hillary Clinton! I have been voting in elections since 1968, the beginning of the long turn to mediocracy in the election cycle. It is a deliberately constructed mediocrity, a fabric of denial, compromise, and opportunism. Democracy is impossible, but it must be preserved! The most important thing we must do is fight the eruption of fascism in all its forms. American polity is shot through with undemocratic tendencies—is that what makes it democratic? The situation is only getting worse. Once started, political irrationalism spreads like wildfire. It is a condition of language, where words are detached from their referents and free-floating desire makes any interpretation out of them it likes. Behind these words are narcissistic identifications and hateful abjections. We have not seen anything like it in our lifetime. Looking out the window, it is a beautiful fall day in the suburbs, the traffic is flowing regularly downtown, there are mild signs of hope among the populace, life is good! The worst is over, the worst is yet to come. Here is why I am going to cast my ballot for Hillary Clinton and as many down-ballot Democrats as I can identify:

  1. Anti-fascism! A vote for Clinton is a vote against planting the seeds of fascist psychology among the unsuspecting masses. There must be decisive counter-measures to stop this threat, and a vote for Clinton is tactically the only available option. Vote Clinton!
  2. Women’s emancipation! A vote for Clinton is a vote for the continuing emancipation of women, and is framed against the most stunning public misogyny we have witnessed. We must put an end to the “normalization” of this hateful personality disorder. Vote Clinton!
  3. Anti-racism and defense of immigrants rights! Decisive action is needed in the public sphere to counter the emergence of racist, xenophobic, Know-Nothing politics and psychology. Again, we must end the “normalization” of this violently depraved discourse. Vote Clinton!
  4. Long live Occupy and the Sanders campaign! To the extent that anti-capitalist and anti-Wall Street politics are a verifiable part of the Clinton campaign, she deserves support. Vote Clinton!
  5. End war mongering and military adventurism! We must bring our criticisms of foreign policy adventurism to the only party that will listen to them. The alternative is an aggressive, bullying, reactive, xenophobic, America First politics that will lead to world catastrophe. Vote but criticize Clinton!
  6. Reject left sectarianism! We do not give up our right to pursue politics to the left of the election cycle. A vote for Clinton is an immediate tactical necessity. Criticize the left!

This is the position I am taking. It is not a matter of indifference. The election is decisive in more ways than we can yet understand. Fight fascism, end the denigration of women, racism, and xenophobia, continue to pursue social justice in the spirit of Occupy, #blacklivesmatter, and the Sanders campaign, and be vigilant toward the excesses of American military adventurism. Vote Clinton and encourage others to do so as well!

“Avant-Garde Counter-Ideology:
The Example of Ai Wei-wei”

“Ideology”
Humanities Center Fall Symposium
McGregor Conference Center
Wayne State University
14 October 2016

Alina Klin
Kai Xu
Elizabeth Stoycheff
Jeffrey Horner
Elena Past
Eun-Jung Kim
Anne Duggan
… More

“The Millennial Condition:
A Report on Knowledge”

The Wittreich Family Lecture
University of Louisville
6–7 October 2016

Alan Golding
Lisa Shapiro
Fran McDonald
Karen Hadley
Kristi Maxwell
Jameson Welch
Matthew Biberman
Simona Bertacco
… More

Announcing Questions of Poetics:
Language Writing and Consequences

in a numbered and signed limited edition.

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Both paperback and hardcover editions are available directly from the author; the paperback edition may be purchased from University of Iowa Press, which is offering a 35% discount for six months, and as well as at Amazon.com and other online suppliers.

See linked page for ordering information. Friends may purchase the paperback edition at author’s cost plus postage; the hardcover edition (limited to 75 copies) is available to friends for $50 and to institutions and collectors for $75.

Friday, September 30
Literary salon @ Carla Harryman
discussing current book projects
with Christine Neufeld, English, EMU

Matt Kirkpatrick
Susan McCarty
Rob Halpern
Lee Azus
Christine Hume
Melissa Jones
Craig Dionne
Charles Cunningham
Nataša Kovacevic
Megan Stockton
Caitlin Browne

(after on Kawara)

Friday, September 23
Seminar on Questions of Poetics
Moe’s Books reading and discussion
Hearst Field Annex, Beta Lounge, Moe’s Books

Lyn Hejinian
Charles Altieri
Dan Blanton
Jane Gregory
Andrew Key
Mark Goble
Mitch Breitwieser
George Lakoff
Kathleen Frumkin
Brian Ang
… More

berkeley-poster

On September 23, Questions of Poetics was the focus of an intense and productive discussion among a group of faculty and students from the English Department at UC Berkeley. The event was introduced by Lyn Hejinian and continued with response papers from Charles Altieri, Dan Blanton, Jane Gregory, and Andrew Key. Participants were provided with pdfs of the introduction and the first part of chapter 2, on “Language Writing and Late Capitalism.” The discussion centered on key claims of the book as a whole and of that chapter, including: radical particularity, textual materiality, period style, reception history, and recent controversies in poetics. The conversation continued later in the day at the Beta Lounge, followed by a book launch at Moe’s Books that evening.

Document 45: I Saw (New York)

New York, 16–18 September 2016

Friday, September 16

Erica Hunt
Marty Ehrlich
Kit Robinson
Alan Bernheimer
Miles Champion
Michael Lally

Ted Greenwald Memorial Reading

Saturday, September 17

Benjamin Coopersmith

Urban gardens, Lower East Side
East River Walk

Rashid Johnson @ Hauser & Wirth W 18 Street
Oscar Murillo @ David Zwirner W 19 Street
Wu Jian’an @ Chambers Fine Art W 19 Street
Maleko Mokgosi @ Jack Shainman W 20 Street
Fred Sandback @ David Zwirner W 20 Street
… More