Sunday, May 31, 2009

A Vampire is not an everyday occurrence

Initially I had a lot of thoughts on this, but now just digesting it. Overall glad there is someone pursuing these topics. Enjoyable, but it strikes me as flawed in this regard: if we can't make the private sector safe for democracy, we likely cannot make democracy safe for the private sector. Lack of safety is the point, but how can you sell a theory where lack of safety is the goal? Are there people interested in that on this continent? Won't the insurance companies squawk when you start to re-occupy the warehouse? You would have to do it capoeira style.

Its ok if you're going to move in lofts and a hookah deli, but..beastliness, vampires, uh oh...i wonder about how the reviewer might approach questions of what aggression for profit would look like as distinct from aggression against it. Not why the aggression, but how.

linked from the blog of Mr. Quarles:

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

apocalypse mall

the tendency, when confronted with bad news in every direction, to go shopping.

Saturday, May 23, 2009


In general lately I have been reading less poetry and more fiction and nonfiction. But I have read some works lately of Sharon Olds, d.a.levy and Clayton Eshleman. Also, in longer-form I've read some of Dostoevsky and Isak Dinesen. I read Harry, Revised by Mark Sarvas.

Monday, May 18, 2009


by Alice Notley

I like this a lot. Don't you know who you sound like? yeah I've heard that in many writers groups. It might be a resemblance to Grover C. Anderson maybe? Which is worse, that, or when someone says with just a glance: 'you don't sound like anyone I know and therefore I'm scared of you. are you a muslim or something?'

Friday, May 15, 2009

Japan revisited

In which Madsen and Katz write on the economic situation and its parallels, or lack thereof. (in Foreign Affairs)

Feminism and writing

Glad to see new thoughts on this (in various places)
Here, mostly:

I don't have any conclusions to draw for now, other than that.

Friday, May 8, 2009

One Year and Thanks for the Readers

Hello readers of skyplumber/pillar.

I've noticed recently this blog has been in existence for over a year now and the profile has received just over 1,400 views. I want to thank my readership and let you know there is more in store for this next -fiscal so to speak- year of this blog. I especially want to thank the wish-to-remain anonymous individuals who sent me gifts and have encouraged me to keep writing. There have not been a lot of you, so I appreciate your generosity that much more.

For those who have linked to my blog, thank you also. If you have linked to me, or pick up my feed, I more likely know who you are and I still do read you as well. I may put up a new link to names in the future. Right now though, I don't want to, mostly because I have felt in the last few months a kind of shifting of allegiances within myself personally, and a kind of relaxation into being ok with those things.