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I’ve created several blogger and wordpress blogs for courses I teach, including this one that lay unused for a year. I’ve also used wordpress for my own essay-like posts, but the volume of spam comments was such that I finally transferred all of that content to catatan (with some tucked elsewhere) and shut the thing down. Now I contemplate a return to this platform.

My own website is mcvey hardware, where you will find more (or less) than you wanted to know about hardware stores (in my family, in literature, art, film, even theory), asphalt, telegraphic codes and message practice, nineteenth century personal indexing and commonplacing practice, and a few other things. Old Indonesian postcards. A few found photographs. Something about emblematics.

I also tumbl poetic nothings at asfaltics, keep track of things at pinboard and even, on occasion, tweet.

24 June 2015
24 June 2015

Unrelated to all of the above (and even below), I teach design and typography at an art school.

I swim.

Readings/re-readings over the last year or so (as of September 2018; I make this list for myself, primarily):

more fiction than I like to admit to myself — Rachel Cusk (her Outline trilogy; also A Life’s Work : On Becoming a Mother; and her memoirist essays “Coventry” and “Domestic Perfection? Don’t Bother“), Michael Ondaatje (Warlight, Divisadero), Iris Murdoch (The Bell), David Malouf (Remembering Babylon), Nicole Krauss (Great House, Forest Dark, The History of Love), Peter Handke (The Great Fall), Elizabeth Strout (My Name Is Lucy Barton, Anything is Possible), Claire-Louise Bennett (Pond), Virginia Woolf (The Pargiters, ahead of return read of The Years), Anna Moschovakis (Eleanor or the Rejection of the Progress of Love), Ali Smith (Winter), Sheila Heti (How Should a Person Be?); Jenny Offill (Dept. of Speculation), Robert Seethaler (A Whole Life, The Tobacconist), Hernan Diaz (In the Distance)

a lot of poetry — Anne Boyer (Garments Against Women, A Handbook of Disappointed Fate), Claudia Rankin, Jack Davis (Faunics), Lisa Robertson, Anne Michaels (All We Saw, and collection of earlier Poems including The Weight of Oranges), M. Nourbese Philip (the work in Blank, and she tries her tongue, her silence softly breaks), Rosmarie Waldrop (White is a Color)

other — Ross Gibson (26 Views of the Starbust World : William Dawes at Sydney Cove 1788-91), Amy Liptrot (The Outrun), Alan Jacobs (The Year of Our Lord 1943 : Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis), Naomi Hirahara and Geraldine Knatz their Terminal Island : Lost Communities of Los Angeles Harbor (2015), Lynell George her After/Image : Los Angeles Outside the Frame, Sharrona Pearl (Face/On: Face Transplants and the Ethics of the Other), Emanuele Coccia (Sensible Life : A Micro-ontology of the Image)… this can go on… James Baldwin lately… a lot of starts (fewer finishes)… what a disordered list… currently enjoying Elizabeth Mary Wright, her Rustic Speech and Folk-Lore (1913)… mainly, I like to ramble through telegraphic codes.

The above list an update on the last one, three years ago —

2015 — Virginia Woolf (The Years, The Waves), Simone Weil (the notebooks especially), Peter Handke (My Year in No-Man’s Bay, currently in the middle of, about where I’ve gotten in several previous reads). Anne Blonstein, Susan Howe, Willa Cather (several), Henry James (The Wings of the Dove, The Ambassadors), Murray Bail (The Pages, Eucalyptus, The Voyage), Andrew Piper (Book Was There), Gertrude Stein, a lot of hardware store fiction (including soft porn, evangelical and other romances, and mainstream novels). Maggie Nelson (The Argonauts). Now reading Bernhard Siegert (Cultural Techniques : Grids, Filters, Doors, and Other Articulations of the Real — another stillborn start).

A lot of my reading is sideways, distant first then selectively close, drilldowns via Google Books Advanced Search into pre 1923 sources. Science, engineering, technical. Some of the results of these landings — as of the rest of my reading — surface in my asfaltics posts.

So little to show for it all. Maybe it went into the teaching?

My conclusion is that I’ve not been good for myself and, by extension, others. The converse/corollary makes equal sense: that I’ve not been good for others and, by extension, myself.

25/26 June 2015
14 September 2018