In the course I am calling my “Bolshevik mega-class” we are reading Susan Sontag, “Against Interpretation.” This is good for Vallejo, and for my alleged paper that criticizes the biographical interpretations of him. Lorca, Borges, Vallejo, there is so much to work on. Axé.
In addition to everything else, I must do AAUP business, but what I am doing is writing a piece about magical realism for my own pleasure and instruction. I read an old article by Cornejo Polar about migrant subjects and realized: THAT is also Vallejo’s kind of voice, speaking from everywhere (and not from a … More Vallejo, the migrant
This is an exact description of what happened to me with my ill-fated Vallejo book. Its ill fate killed me and it took me a long time — seven years, I believe — to understand. If I had understood it then I could have worked on or with the situation. But I did not understand … More Pérez Firmat
There is a dissertation written in rap and an article that connects Funes el memorioso to the digital world, Benjamin and more, and tries to get us beyond ideation. Or out of it. Mackenzie says the thought-action is the desirable alternative to ideation. Funes remembers everything but does not form concepts; he is pre- or … More Beyond literacy
I am discarding No toda es vigilia la de los ojos abiertos because my copy is yellowing. It is very interesting on the question of the avant-garde subject, and I intend to return to it. I am discarding a yellowed book of essays on Vallejo by one whose ideas I find interesting, or stimulating. I … More Macedonio, Vallejo, poesía
I learned about this poet of fragmented of subjectivity, and the journal that article is in. I remembered about the politics of localization, which do not suggest we develop empathy as an activist strategy. I learned about current Mexican literature and avant-garde theory. I saw people thinking in a relaxed and precise way, and thought … More More things I learned, or remembered
1 Friday, planned: a/ work on classes, b/ buy tables, c/ decide yes or no on the AP reading, d/ do not work on research. Actual: a/ worked on classes, b/ investigated tables and decided against, c/ decided no on the AP reading, d/ opened abstract. 2 Saturday, planned: a/ work on classes, b/ cleaning, … More Logs of May
I recycled two journal issues today — ones I’d kept for a reason — and it was a big thing. Now I am going to recycle three books. They’re major, I’ve always had them, so it is a wrench, but on the other hand they are tattered and raggedy now, and I have more recent, … More Nouvelle chanson
I should really start using actual note-taking software–I’ve converted this blog into a notetaking site when I have another one for that, and the blogs aren’t the most useful format for actual research notes. Nonetheless, here is an interesting article on Vallejo, that I will read. It is called Vallejo, Semicolonialism, and Poetemporality. Axé.
I am not sure where to put this but it was on paper / in a dream and it seemed important at the time I wrote it because I could at least think about it clearly. It isn’t new at all. It said: Vallejo is hard to read because there is no centered subject to … More My old dissertation/book