‘The Joy and Misery of Solitude’ – Paul Stubbs reviews ‘Rilke in Paris’ by Maurice Betz

* * The Joy and Misery of Solitude  * RILKE IN PARIS Maurice Betz Translated from the French by Will Stone, Hesperus Press, 2012  *  * Rilke, on earth, lived a life akin to a pre-natal being, one whose sensations in existence remained as homogenous and pure as his time spent in the womb. He … Continue reading

The Meaning-Making Machine

Theoretical Animals Gary J. Shipley (BlazeVOX Books, 2010) In 1959 in Paris when William Burroughs and Brion Gysin, following in Tristan Tzara’s footsteps, started in earnest to construct the ‘cut-ups’, they began the nominal process of reducing ‘conventional’ prose back down into the retinal-rush of the newsreel, the slogan, the hideously disgorged and fractious sentence, … Continue reading