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2015 13 Dez

The cup is broken. Long live the cup.

von: Ian McCartney Filed under: Blog | TB | 14 Comments

„Contents subject to change and may settle in transit“ 

Favourite Writer: Russell Hoban

Favourite Book: Poisson Soluble

Favourite Poem: The Ideal Star-Fighter

Favourite Film: La Haine

Favourite Crime Novel: Time to Murder and Create

Favourite Play: The White Devil

Favourite Contemporary Play: Brimstone and Treacle or Woyzeck

Favourite Song: The Venus of the Soup Kitchen

Favourite Scottish Novel: Dance of the Apprentices

Favourite Contemporary Scottish Novel: The Maintenance of Headway

Favourite Audiobook: The Information (the only audiobook I’ve ever heard)

Favourite Thriller: Fried Man (Martin Waddell)

Favourite Non Fiction: The Book of Lies

Favourite Funny Novel: Kleinzeit

Favourite TV show (all time): Grange Hill

Favourite TV show (now): No Reservations

Favourite Rock Album: Animals

Favourite Blues Album: The Country Blues of John Lee Hooker

Favourite Classical Recording: Either the 1952 mono recording of Tristan und Isolde (Furtwängler) or Boulez doing Edgard Varèse’s Amériques in 1978

Favourite Jazz Album: A Love Supreme

Favourite Punk Album: The Feeding of the 5,000

Favourite Contemporary Classical Album: Six Pianos

Favourite Maximalist Album: Sign „☮“ the Times

Favourite Rock Minimalist Album: Steady Diet of Nothing (Fugazi)

Favourite Rap Maximalist Album: Play With Toys (dc Basehead)

Favourite Marx Brothers Film: A Day At The Races

Favourite Place In America You’ve Never Been: Kearny, New Jersey

Favourite Crisps: Euroshopper Paprika (from Albert Heijn or MonoPrix)

Favourite Minimalist Law of Nature: The Second Law of Thermodynamics

Favourite Phrase To Describe The Preceding Law: “The cup is fucking broken. Long live the fucking cup.”



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  1. Michael Engelbrecht:

    Great punchline at the end :)

    Now, Ian, please mail me to my email adress (that cannot send, but receive) your living place adress, to send you the two mentioned masterpieces of 79 and 80 … M.

  2. Ian M:

    Dude, I emailed you last week.

  3. Michael Engelbrecht:

    Yep, but not the adress, only another email account. I need the postal adress for airplane delivery. And lost all my mails pf the last four months …

  4. Martina Weber:

    What an interesting poetry blog! Thanks for the hint, Ian.

    I read some of J.H. Prynne´s poems, they are not on the easy street, and have very interesting arising histories,blue slides at rest, and his poetical statements is very interesting as well. It ist about the end of the subjekt, the end of the verb that acts. And this is part of a political discussion in the poetry world. Or it was.

    Maybe you like Tom Raworth´s poems as well, Ian. I love his „logbook“ poems and on the Heidelberg Wunderhorn publishing houses´ web site you can read some of this poems in german and in english.

  5. Michael Engelbrecht:

    Got it. Mail will be „shipped“ tomorrow to one of my favourite towns I’ve never been: Glasgow, The other ones are San Francisco and Vancouver.

  6. Ian M:

    M.E. – thanks dude. Favourite German places I have never been: Andernach, Munich, Frankfurt. Am hoping to get back to Düsseldorf in 2016.

    M.W. I didn’t know Tom Raworth’s stuff – thanks for the tip. I found this, and it’s absolutely fantastic …

  7. Martina Weber:

    Frankfurt is a good place, beyond the economic areas! And in recent years people like living here more and more.

    Yes, this poem plus interpretation is great, Ian! (Still I prefer the logbook poems …)

    Raworth is also a novelist. „Earn Your Milk“ is his collected prose´s title and the cover is as strange as the content:

    I´ve only read a few pages so far, it´s inspiring, especially the serial biography. And this is how it starts: „There are degrees of darkness, that´s sure. Unreasonable. Think about it. The small room is inside tha large one, and it is the large one that´s – lightproofed? – that must be the word. So why is it darker … no … keep clear … why does it seem darker inside the small bed chamber?“

    This is how Raworth introduces himself in the autobiography on the book´s backside: „Tom Raworth was born in London just before the Second World War and has done everything wrong since“.
    Never read such thing about an author.

  8. Ian M:

    A decade or so ago, there was an A5-format poetry and short-form prose magazine distributed free in various locations in east London. A lot of its content was really great. I loved the fact that it threw high cultural energy into pub/nightclub space. Anyway, the last page of the magazine always featured this weird kind of anti-journal spanning 7 days. And my favourite entry in it was this:


    I wonder what I look like. It can’t be good. People are looking at me in a way now that suggests I have crossed the line from studied low-life invisibility into the unkempt arena of the remarkable freak. This has its advantages though. I went into the shop, picked up a loaf and said, ‚This is mine‘ to the owner and left. He said nothing then, or later when I returned with the crusts.“

    There’s a strong sense of Beckett in both this and the „degrees of darkness“ lines from Raworth. And also a real sense of fun.

  9. Michael Engelbrecht:

    Your entry, Ian? You’re the man with a loaf?
    I would’ve loved that magazine.

  10. Lajla Nizinski:

    Why Andernach? Scottish Family? Did you read in literature sth about Andernach?

  11. Ian M:

    L. – it’s the birthplace of Bukowski. As good a reason as any!

    M. – Nah, not my entry. I believe the author is now a Hollywood screenwriter, or at least his namesake is. One of the issues of the magazine did indeed feature one of my writings, though. I have a spare copy of that issue. You can have it, if you like.

  12. Martina Weber:

    This text is great! It´s a short short story. I wrote an article about this genre for a literature magazin, years ago. What´s the author´s name?

  13. Ian M:

    M.W. Michael Holden.

  14. Michael Engelbrecht:

    Like to.

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