MAKE LESS STUFF

I joke (in the way jokes are sorta serious) all the time about how writers should make less stuff (particularly if they are poets). But really: If you wrote one relatively brief thing this month (or this year), & it’s not about having a hard time writing lots of stuff, I’m way more interested than I might be in reading your sequence of every-day writings (or your long-ass book project written this year). Think it over, even if it takes you a few minutes to write.

There is this possibility that The Stooges invent (or pre-curse) Black Metal on Funhouse (1970)—see in particular the closing moments of the album—just as they invent (or invite) punk rock on The Stooges (1969). Once we rename the Nobel Peace Prize, let’s just give it to Iggy (who will of course share it with The Stooges, one way or another).

THE FIRST 16 ALBUMS THAT COME TO MIND

in response to the ‘albums that have stayed with you don’t think about it too much’ meme

captain beefheart & the magic band, lick my decals off baby
cat power, moon pix
brian eno, here come the warm jets
david bowie, low
de la soul, 3 feet high and rising
deltron 3030
dreamies
the fall, hex enduction hour
fugazi, steady diet of nothing
miles davis, in a silent way
os mutantes
pavement, slanted & enchanted
pj harvey, rid of me
public enemy, it takes a nation of millions to hold us back
silkworm, firewater
sleater-kinney, dig me out

LeRoi Jones, ca. 1963
My, how have times changed?
P.S. passage continues on 231: “academy) anemic and fraught with incompetence and unreality. It has also caused the high art of America to be called ‘an art of alienation.’”

LeRoi Jones, ca. 1963

My, how have times changed?

P.S. passage continues on 231: “academy) anemic and fraught with incompetence and unreality. It has also caused the high art of America to be called ‘an art of alienation.’”