New commitment to writing; Walter Kaufmann; despair; disdain for E. M. Forster; Sideways, Augustine, and Scary Movie reviews; bored with Gestalt Therapy; self-mastery joke.
Movie reviews; Uzzell: Narrative Technique; "Finding Oliver" and subsequent events; melatonin; Kick Me; Cheetos; and "the usual gang of idiocy."
Diary entries describing finding my son after fifteen years of separation.
Prison Diary: Mary Catherine Bateson: Peripheral Visions
An Extended Consideration
by Alan Carl Nicoll
Copyright 2018 by Alan Carl Nicoll
All Rights Reserved
While I was at Fresno County Jail, it was a continual struggle to get worthy books to read. As a result, over the course of two months I read Mary Catherine Bateson’s Peripheral Visions three times, with much pondering and writing about it along the way. This document collects the best quotes and such from my diary of the time. I have deleted many bare quotes (meaning, quotes I didn’t directly comment on) because I have not obtained permission. Undated comments in [braces] are from this week. One paragraph of this piece was used in my most recent “New Diary” post.
What do I remember of the book, ten years later? Not a lot, just that it was very stimulating and informative, and, in a…
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Ferlinghetti; It; mindfulness; Debby Ryan; testosterone, masturbation, perversion, impotence, Viagra, constipation, i.e., disgusting old age. Also, integrity. And Amazon sucks. 100 followers!
Tidbits; The Libertine quote; the structure of novels; Charterhouse of Parma; Narcissus and Goldmund; Vanity Fair; dirty dishes.
COVID escaped from a lab; my fecklessness; The Craft of Fiction; Taibbi on vigilante spying.
YouTube discoveries; Mayim Bialik; extended cognition; new novel & the coming doom; movie criticism strikes sparks; book idea; horror in India.
An old post (2018) that is more like an essay than most of my blog items. Charles Bukowski, popular after death as he rarely was in life.
Charles Bukowski (1920-1994)
[Photo source: Wikipedia]
I like to say and to tell myself that I was “influenced” by Henry Thoreau, Bertrand Russell, Jonathan Kozol, and other acclaimed and brilliant thinkers–see My Best Books for a long list. But in fact I started reading Charles Bukowski before any of these others, in my teens, and found in him the antisocial antihero that I had longed for without knowing it, that others found in James Dean or The Wild One, a kind of savage, a Tarzan of the slums. It was Bukowski (hereafter, affectionately, “Buk”) that nourished the social critic, the crank, in me, and prepared me for the more systematic and effective Walden of Thoreau that I loved and was corrupted by at seventeen.
I first encountered Bukowski in his book, Notes of a Dirty Old Man, in my local bookstore; I bought it for the…
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Irritated at being irritated; stimulating the memory of readers; the days of Nog; addicted to soft living; books on how to write; writing longhand & keeping going; thoughts of a new novel try; and synchronicity.
Old western movies; mindfulness; news hunger, terror, and hate; false memories and sense of self; horror movie remakes; Hemlock Club fizzle.
Enchanted House: a fantasy short story inspired by A. E. van Vogt: "Enchanted Village." A boy investigates an odd-looking house.
Puns like these: Mother Goose and Lohen Grimm; Boris Not Quite Godunov; The Magic Flautas; Octet for Octopus; The Moonshine Sonata. Presented without apology or excuse, rather a lot of them, actually.
Solving my angst? Reconsidering The Lolita Curse; to drink or not to drink; silent ringer kerfuffle; Irish Reader; haiku posted; Twitter dialogues; news sources; etc.
An old married couple has a disagreement about the bugs she can see but he can't. A humorous horror story.
Amateur haiku; a sample: Motorcycling: / Economical death trap. / Let’s dodge this bullet.
Meaning of life; movie reviews: Union Pacific, Romeo & Juliet; dieting & sodium; is my writing important to me? Natalie Goldberg; a reader for Kick Me; buy a car or hire a detective? Twitter blowup; Hemlock Club mtg & a philosophical point: why is truth important? Russell quote; & more
War; a poem; matter as empty space; disgust again; Fritz Perls on video; Hemlock Club mtg; Tao Te Ching; Thoreau; sick for days; In America & Nói DVDs; etc.