Sunday, March 19, 2017

International Authors Progress Report

The cover and interior files for Radiant Snow, Jeffery Hodges' poetry collection, have been uploaded to the printer. Jeffery is reviewing the PDF, and we hope to have a book soon.

Emanations 6 is nearly there.We are waiting for an illustration and the cover, and meanwhile reading through the interior file checking for formatting issues, etc.

The plan is to release the two books simultaneously. Best case scenario, mid-April.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Taste and Temptation

Recently, my International Authors colleague Professor H. Jeffery Hodges posted a picture of what he describes as "a very tasty burger" that his wife had prepared for him. Prof. Hodges reports that it was probably the best hamburger he has ever eaten. Alas, however, after making the burger his wife forgot the recipe.  Here is a photograph of the burger in question:

In this seemingly innocuous and innocent blog-post, I can't help noticing themes that are present in the stories Prof. Hodges has published in Emanations.  Could the experience of eating such a wonderful hamburger--and then losing the recipe--inspire another story featuring Prof. Hodges' Mr. Em, that arch tempter who subjects his victims to the seductions of drink and tobacco, among other sensual enticements?

I see Mr. Em offering the protagonist a once-in-a-lifetime-hamburger, and then stepping back to watch the metaphysical fireworks.

Will the protagonist eat it, or will he keep it . . . to hoard,  to treasure, to covet . . . because it so unique? He has two choices: First, if he eats the burger, he can enjoy all that juicy satiation, but then after that orgasmic repast he will never again experience such a fantastic culinary indulgence. Second, if he keeps it, he can forever enjoy the sublime prospect of dining upon that delectable burger--but, alas, that tantalizing anticipation will last only so long as he does not eat it. An alluring conundrum, indeed!

Ah, and what would Mr. Em--that crafty breaker of men's souls--have him do?

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Coming Soon...

Radiant Snow is a collection of poetry by Horace Jeffery Hodges.  The book will be published by International Authors, and it will be available in about a month. Please click HERE to visit Prof. Hodges' blog.

Many thanks to Vitasta Raina for her excellent work on the cover.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Battle at the Java Sea, February 27-March 1, 1942 by Jaap Pluimgraaff

Please click HERE for a detailed view of this 1/700 scale masterpiece (a second click will expand the photograph). Click HERE for more images. Click HERE for a history of the battle.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Haunebu Haiku

     New Swabia
Plan into product
Ice-hidden and globe-funded
Notion yields exploit 

   Politics and Magic
Secret disk dungeon
Occult visions are technique
Fascist metaphor

South Pole cavern shakes
Nazi flying saucers rise
Hover toward the light

Friday, February 17, 2017

"John Milton" by Bienvenido "Bones" Bañez, Jr.

John Milton, 11" x 15", acrylic

According to Mr. Bañez, the scene of the Fall at the bottom of the painting, together with Milton himself, suggest enlightenment, while the fallen angel above Milton's head is an exponent of the "dark wisdom" that comes with that same enlightenment. The delicacy of the representation of Adam and Eve, and the multivalent character of the landscape into which they are set, are worth examining at length, as are the tessellations of energy emanating from the deftly-realized angel, while the fusion of joy and integrity which figures strongly in Mr. Bañez's characterization of Milton, is both tranquil and pleasant, and worth meditating upon as a model of spiritual assurance and intellectual consolation.

On January 9 at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Mr. Bañez presented the painting to representatives of Milton's Cottage Trust.  Please click HERE to read about the occasion.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Dr. Zaius and Astronaut Taylor: Contrasting Tragedies

Dr. Zaius and his anxiety for orthodoxy:  Dr. Zaius maintains the Platonic tragedy/the noble lie (a la The Republic) necessary to sustain society and civilization, which, broadly, must privilege orthodoxy and political expediency over Truth. Another Platonic data point: what happens to Socrates--call it "The Tragedy of Socrates"--which is a story examining the perils of publicly and earnestly pursuing "Truth".  Zaius does what he needs to do to preserve the status quo, which he equates (and not unreasonably) with civilization. Meanwhile, Astronaut Taylor follows the trajectory of an Oedipal tragedy--not the Freudian stuff, but the tragedy that ensues when Oedipus fearlessly and relentlessly inquires into the nature of things. Taylor's criticisms of "things back on Earth" early in the film, expressed as the astronauts are wandering through the Forbidden Zone, are telling.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Stay Tuned

Highbrow will be back in about a week.

Saturday, December 31, 2016


A film by Petar Talijancic about Yuko Nii and the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center:

Please click HERE for an additional note on Yuko Nii.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Kostelanetz Memorandum (part III)

In the third and final installment, Richard reflects on the Nobel Prize for Literature:
   As some of you have asked about why the Nobel Literature prize went to another male writer born in the USA, consider that was told more than a decade ago, on the trusted authority of someone in Sweden, that the next American-born male recipient would NOT be a writer benefitting from the literary-industrial complex, as I called it years ago, which a sometime chairman of the Nobel selection committee repeatedly deprecated, and thus that the Nobel folk wanted to reward an American writer earning prominence/elite recognitions apart from it. Acknowledging as well their general respect for people disadvantaged, I understood that the possible recipients included me.
   Perhaps because my most memorable electro-acoustic compositions were produced in Stockholm, some people there were aware of my attempts, unique among name writers, to produce work wholly my own on audiotape, videotape, film, book-art, and holography, as well as exploring more recent opportunities as a CD-rom and on-demand printing.
   My own calculation shared with others, given my understanding of how the Nobel Lit process worked (see my Person of Letters), was that Noam Chomsky might precede me if the inner committee of five nominated him to be among the finalists, even though he has never published any poetry or fiction. (Remember that the previous recent recipient was a Russian woman likewise working on the fringes of "literature.")
   I did not predict Bob Dylan, though he, of course, fits the mandate, even though he could be considered a bountiful beneficiary of the musical-industrial complex.
    What changed in Stockholm? The new secretary/chief of the inner circle, according to the Nobel website, was no longer a literature professor working in Denmark, who reportedly knew and maybe admired my work, but a newspaper publisher no doubt attuned to a choice that would be recognized in newspapers, as it was, even if Bob Dylan refused to acknowledge it.
   Am I still in the mix? Perhaps, if the committee wants to reaffirm the principle(s) noted before. Stay tuned.
   And please have a rich year next.  RK

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Kostelanetz Memorandum (part II)

In the second installment, Richard announces the publication of two books of visual poetry:
Wholly on their own initiative, Raymond Hammond published my collection of visual poetry, Roundelays, with his NY Quarterly, and Jeffrey Haste designed and printed my FictionFields for his Deerbrook Editions. Consider this contemporary rule: If Amazon’s selling it, it must exist.
   (Speaking of that legendary retailer, I’ve noticed that it established a mammoth unmarked “distribution center” a few blocks from my house, so that what I order one evening arrives at my door the following day. Peeking inside the warehouse around 5 pm. on a weekday, I saw a humongous empty space with workers moving pallets around the floor, I guess to accept shipments that would arrive that night.)
   I also transformed the cosy corner office of Wordship II into a bookstore that will be open the last Sunday afternoon of every month to sell books of mine along with choice used books I’ve acquired over the years. Please come visit sometime (but 24 Dec., not the 25th; then 29 Jan.), using not the usual entrance behind my fence but the door directly on Wyckoff Avenue near the corner of Norman Street. See ya?

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Kostelanetz Memorandum (part I)

Richard Kostelanetz

Today I received a communication from author and critic Richard Kostelanetz (Wikipedia, Website).  Over the next three days on Highbrow, I will post the communication.  Here is the first part, a summary of recent Kostelanetz titles, each linked to its respective Amazon sales page:
I’ve necessarily come to the realization that the most remarkable achievement of my professional career has been producing work that, in spite of disaffiliation and commercial disadvantages, is recognized in the critical histories of poetry, fiction, music, book-art, and perhaps much else; so that the best utilization of my energies now would be producing work adding to those histories. 
   Because I’ve noticed that few writers produced major books after they’ve past eighty, I’m concentrating on cleaning up my legacies with new works that I hope will survive me. Even if some of them scarcely sell now, may I expect that someday, somewhere, someone will recognize one or another of them. Indeed, history suggests you can wager on it.
    And now for an exhaustive summary:

As alternative autobiography remains a continuing interest, I produced in 2016 AnnotatingMy Bibliography, a monument that runs several hundred pages filled not only with factual information but lively commentary. 

With Amazon CreateSpace, I’ve also published this past year PurePoetrywhich realizes a traditional ideal for modern English literature in a contemporary way;

Read This Thin Novel, an extended narrative composed from only four English words, set one apiece on a recto pages; Splits, which contains the English words divided over opposite pages, both turned outward, making deciphering problematic; Epitaphs, which displays on gravestones of various shapes and sizes fictional, often comic inscriptions that suggest a life lost; Next to You, which is a book-length appreciation of erotic affection ingeniously realized without sexual words or descriptions, becoming the epitome perhaps of my continuing exploration of pristine erotica.

Decyphering is a sequence of typographically ornate numerals that become progressively clearer over the course of classic book-art.

FlipBook and FlipBook infuse into a traditional book structure words and only words whose letters and thus words change over successive pages. Apparently the first time that the flipping format is exploited with words alone, this project appears in two formats, one with pages larger than the other, their titles slightly different, furthering the my continuing exploration of the same text in different formats. 

Letter S / More PO-EMS is two collections of one-word poems, each enhanced in a different way, one collection exploiting repetition and the other division, presented simultaneously and continuously through an entire book.

Contradictions/Two-Letter Passages contains two shorter books entwined, perhaps less complimentary than usual for my double-fronted books, the first with pairs of words that refute each other, the second with pairs that change tense with the substitution or addition of at least two letters.

A-Z Book: Four Novellas runs the English alphabet through four cycles, each successive novella with individual letters more obscure than its predecessor, in a book-length narrative incidentally about the possibilities of contemporary typography and the great tradition of Alphabet Book Art.

Disappointed Literary Authors is a private admonitory memoir that appears in an expensive edition because I want the text to exist outside of my archive, even if it is minimally circulated in my lifetime.

Writinga Novel realizes a book-length continuous narrative with only one word on each book page to its conclusion. 

WritingAnother Novel is what the title says it is.

Prosaic Poems takes two sets of English words—one singlets, the other doublets—continuously counterpointed on opposite pages in a landscape format.

ShortPoems Long Poems explores on continuously opposite pages two sets of two-word poems—one set with the pair adjacent to each other, the other with the two words far apart on a single page. The former set becomes Short Poems and the other Long Poems in this double-fronted book.

?/! collects two sets of English words appropriately proceeding (and thus enhancing) those evocative punctuation marks.

English English explores choice sentences within which the same English word has decidedly different meanings (e.g., “At college his major major was English.”). 

<——————>, whose title refers to a legendary film by Michael Snow, contains pairs of English words that, when visibly separately to the far edges of a two-page spread, can be read continuously (e.g., live & learn).

APolygraphic Novel contains sixteen complimentary erotic stories, each with its own typeface, interwoven one sentence at a time over the course of 120 pages.

Sublime English explores with single-page enhancements certain special English words with uncommon religious and esthetic resonance.

Wordswap contains pairs of English words that, when exchanged, express radically different meanings (e.g., nothing lost, lost nothing). Consider this to be another contribution to my continuing project I call English-Centered Writing.

No other writer in America surely, perhaps elsewhere, is working so elaborately and variously as the apex of book-art and literature.

Otherwise, yet more, yes: 3 Canadian Geniuses reprints a short book, previously available only in Canada from Colombo & Co, that reprints extended appreciative profiles and criticism that Richard Kostelanetz has written about Glenn Gould, Marshall McLuhan, and Northrop Frye, all now gone, alas. Some of these longer essays initially appeared in the Esquire and New York Times Magazine; others, in cultural quarterlies. The defining mark of an RK profile in identifying in the man the sources of excellence in his work. 3 Canadian Geniuses also contains RK’s shorter appreciations of such other Canadian geniuses as Michael Snow, Erving Goffman, Hugh Kenner, R. Murray Schafer, and RK’s closest poetic colleague/muse, John Robert Colombo.

Autobiographies@ 70 is the fourth volume, brilliantly designed by Joshua Boardman, in Richard Kostelanetz’s continuing exploration of alternative autohistoriography not with a chronological narrative but complimentary texts from the seventh decade of his rich life.

With the help of my publishing assistant Andrew Morinelli, whom I first met in that NYU sauna now gone, I also put in book print two classics written by colleagues—Landlessness (in English) by the Italian Alberto Vitacchio and D. E. Steward’s monumental Chroma, which are both now available from Amazon, where they should survive me and them, which is what a classic is supposed to do.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Live Radio Streams from Around the Globe

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