Sunday, January 04, 2009

A quick note: I want to use this quick note to say that you should read The Golden Age Of Paraphernalia by Kevin Davies. Besides having just about the coolest title in a long time, I can't think of a better book with which to think about the current dwindling "golden age" we're experiencing. I also propose a reading group that would groupthink through its intertwining sequences together. But since that might not happen, I'll say that The Golden Age Of Paraphernalia offers the best of a certain kind of reading experience, which is to open to a random page and begin reading. It's like the most invigorating episode of getting lost in an old city imaginable. Following one sequential route until that route intersects with, and consequently is interrupted by, another sequential route, before the resumption of another street precedes the resumption of the street you were following to begin with, but which has changed somehow and isn't going where you expected it to. And in two parts of the city there are large shopping centers with their multiple levels of by turns colloquial and/or narrative language recanting several disastrous and historically omnipotent scenarios, which together form a force field demarcated by radiant neon signs that give you a shock if you touch them. Get the idea? Allow me to end this quick note by (apologies to the author) mangling one passage from Duckwalking a Perimeter:


That place

where
when you go there
they have to cast you out

6 comments:

activities said...

that really is an amazing title for a book. I uploaded the Activities Comp, it can be streamed at activitiesrecordings.blogspot.com - (includes Mike H in Nothing in that Drawer.)

Weldon Gardner Hunter said...

Mike, please tell me you're the singer on "Guilty Pleasure" ...

Mike Hauser said...

I am.

Weldon Gardner Hunter said...

I'm in awe.

Mike Hauser said...

Thanks.

JimK said...

cool