Tom Mchenry posted about mesmerism just now and he included a fantastic quote from Murakami which I think was in his latest book which was in New Yorker which is where I read it and the book is about running and writing I guess or else it’s a book of essays I can’t remember, it’s all nonfiction, and the quote is about Mesmerising yourself through fiction writing or just writing in general and doing enough of it that you come to a special location and the special location is holy and when you open your mouth while you are there fantastic thoughts come out and they organise themselves very well and life is beautiful while you are in that place and you make a world seem real

Later people want to be you and people talk about you as if you are “currency” and they are making evaluative statements immediately and boiling down your entire canon into numbers even if they make some statements about what they liked, that’s all it is a numbers game, and you’re a horse boiled down for glue

LUCKILY THAT IS NOT THE EXTENT OF CRITICISM AND EVEN IDLE THOUGHTS BY AN INVESTED READER HOLD MORE WEIGHT and I don’t understand how the people of HTML GIANT can read so many blogs and small press books and EZINE LITERARY MAGAZINES it just doesn’t make any sense to me, I mean I don’t demand dedication and I wouldn’t want YOU to be dedicated in the way they suggest they are (THEY HAVE READ EVERYTHING, THEY DEVOUR EVERYTHING, WHEN AN EZINE HITS AND IT HAS A NEW AUTHOR IN IT THEY ARE EATING THEM UP AS IF THEY WERE COYOTES AND THE NEW FLAVOURS/STYLES/VOICES WERE DELICIOUS RABBITS, AND I SUPPOSE WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS FINE IF ONE DAY THEY WISH TO COMPETE WITH ECHELON FOR THE MOST KNOWLEDGE, OF COURSE THAT IS A FOOLISH THING TO DO BUT AT LEAST THEY ARE TRYING!!) !!!!!

*ECHELON is supposed to be an internet robot that belongs to the military and it is indexing EVERYTHING and a lot of people believe that it will be the first artificial intelligence to achieve sentience and I’ve got to admit, they might be on to something, that could be part of the experiment! I wrote about it once, a character of mine had a vague fear of it, but that whole book was vague, like a whisp of smoke, except it stuck to your clothing and made you feel sad/mad/annoyed.

2 Comments

  1. I’m not quite sure how to take all of the “currency” in. The first time I was around this community all I did was mix up names and people and places and publishers. I could blame the fact(?) that lots of people spend time on the computer reading news about books, ezines, and small press, but this happens with anyone who is interested in something.

    I mean to say, it is hard to get INTO this. If we should. Some of it appears to be selective but I could be completely wrong. People talking about their friends, but, that is what people do. Or about famous people. Or about pictures they think are good or something.

    I’m even emulating the course of action of “leaving extended blog comments to rouse discussion” (I had to double check “rouse” in the dictionary, and it is nice to know I got it right) because I see it happen everywhere else and feel no need to do such.

    But, heeeeeeeeeerrrreee it is.

    This is because I know you and identify.

    oh no shiitttttt this suuuuucks.

    regards,
    alex

    (post script, or, post preview, or, post preview script, or, post script preview?)

    PS
    PP
    PPS
    PSP,

    This is the longest blog comment I have made.

    Also, it is hard to do this to new people on the internet and blogs. Which is why things get contained maybe. I am scared, or, intimidated by these coyotes and that I do not KNOW all of these bones they are talking about.

    extra regards,
    alex
    (it also has my hypertext name at the top)

  2. I think the big question is “should we get involved”.

    I don’t know whether it is useful but I have a sort of gut reaction that it is “wrong”, especially the part about leaving comments in an attempt to provoke discussion and/or ingratiate yourself and etc. It seems similar to becoming friends with a girl that you only want to date and have no interest in being friends with. It makes me feel like I am gross and 17, you know?

    It’s true that they know a lot, and people who are interested in things seem to know a lot when they are really invested and it is not so hard to get involved but I’ve been following since they started basically (not super closely) and I still don’t understand who some of the contributors are. What is their importance, I mean. I know pr is having a public internet affair with both barry and jereme, that is all.

    Tao Lin is like their biggest guy and before I found those sites you could talk about him for ten minutes and I would just kind of smile at you and laugh but have no idea what you are talking about until I got home and googled him, discovering that I flipped idly though “Eeee Eeee Eeee” once about a year ago when it was on the “indie” table of a bookstore I sometimes go to. And I liked the cover but not the insides enough to buy it.

    I don’t know! Sometimes I wonder if those guys are completely irrelevant or if they are “The Next Wave” and I’m missing out but in my head I kind of think they are the former and I don’t want to be the guy that gets into anything because he’s friends with someone and the community makes me suspicious especially since everything (minus a mountain of chapbooks) is provided by the writers to these websites for free. Does that look impressive on a resume? On a grad school application? Maybe they just like doing it and enjoy being known on the internet and knowing the entire internet, I don’t know, that’s perfectly fine, it makes me suspicious though.

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