Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Quote du Jour: The Hazards of Poesy

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one of my friends has razor scars running all along his left arm. the other jams pills by the bucketloads into a mass of black beard. they both write poetry. there is something about writing poetry that brings a man close to the cliff’s edge.
xxxxx~ Charles Bukowski, Notes of a Dirty Old Man
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8 comments:

Mad said...

Do you think poesy---or any other literature---will be affected by paradigm shifts such as this?

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704329104576138353865644420.html

I kind of saw it coming months before it did, from both a cultural and finance standpoint.

*Sigh* I'm cursed to have been born in between the Boomers and the mindless millenials, old enough to have been on the cutting edge of 21st Century computer technology but also old enough to remember the (vanishing) enjoyment of a good bookstore ...

Rodak said...

From the article you link, it would seem that Border's problems are to be found more in corporate incompetence than in cultural devolution. The word will live on, via one medium, or another. We live in language; we can't escape it, or even ignore it.

Mad said...

Being the eternal optimist that I am (lol), I don't think today's youth "live in language" so much as "languish in language."

Now, as someone who owns both an iPhone (which I'm about to ditch) AND a Droid X, I can see your point, as most of my Web reading is post-PC and presently smart device-oriented. But between the idiocy of youth texting culture and today's education system, public AND private, the Allan Bloom in me wishes I could "escape it."

Rodak said...

I don't own a single device smarter than a cell phone which is only a phone (+text messaging), and a decade-old pc. But I do have a Facebook account and belong to two writers' groups there, some members of which are as old as I am, but some of whom are as young as my daughters. All are devoted more or less strongly to the word. I'm not worried. There will be books around as long as I am, electronic media, or no. After that, my potential worries would be over. I'm invoking the Alfred E. Neuman clause on this one.

Rodak said...

In fact, even though I work in a university library m-f, I'm off right now to the public library and the monthly used book sale. Happy Hunting to me!

Mad said...

May the bird of serendipity fly up your prose!

Mad said...

Providing this link, just in case you're not familiar with the site:

poemsoutloud.net

Rodak said...

Thanks, Mad.