“the poem is not completely diverting, but appears sometimes odd.”

With the end you are tired of this old world

Shepherdess ô Eiffel Tower the herd of the bridges bleats this morning

You have enough of it to live in Greek and Roman antiquity

Here even the cars seem to be old
The religion alone remained very new the religion
Remained simple like the hangars of Port-Aviation

Only in Europe you are not ancient ô Christianisme
European most modern it is you Black and white Pape X
And you that the windows observe shame retains you
To enter daN a church and of you to confess this morning to it
You read the leaflets the catalogues the posters which sing high
Here is poetry this morning and for prose there are the newspapers
There are the deliveries with 25 centimes full with adventure police
Portraits of the great men and thousand titles various

I saw this morning a pretty street of which I forgot the name
New and clean of the sun it was the bugle
Directors workmen and beautiful shorthand typists
Monday morning at Saturday evening four times per day pass there
The morning by three times the siren groans there
A rageuse bell barks there about midday
Inscriptions of the signs and the walls
The plates the opinions the made-to-order of the parrots criaillent
I like the grace of this industrial street
Located in Paris enters the street Aumont-Thieville and the avenue of the Terns

(Google translation of the start of Guillaume Apollinaire’s “Zone”, from here, complete in French here, and an anonymous translation – not that of LeRoy C. Breunig, Donald Revell, or Samuel Beckett –into English here.)

(Perhaps related: bpNichol’s Translating Translating Apollinaire.)

la musica ideal

caravaggio, _the musicians_ thumbnail

“In La Musica Ideal (known in the English-speaking world as ‘The Musicians,’ not a translation but, then, the titles were not always given by Caravaggio), what is the young man at the left doing? Why isn’t he playing an instrument? Does he provide the musicians with an audience?”

(Dick Higgins, “The Importance of Caravaggio”, in Modernism Since Postmodernism: essays on intermedia, p.152)

noted: proust, quotation marks

There’s a nice post at The Valve which nicely gets at how deeply weird Proust gets w/r/t jealousy towards the end of the book.

And a nice post at pas au-delà on the connotations of punctuation. There’s a fine discursion on this (more precisely, what it means to emphasize things in the German style, by increasing letterspace in the emphasized word) towards the end of Agamben’s The Time That Remains. And there was another one recently about dashes – where was that?

cartier-bresson’s photo of ezra pound

More precisely, a bad reproduction of it:

ezra pound, photo by henri cartier-bresson

There’s a much better reproduction of this in the print edition of this NY Times review of the show at the Cartier-Bresson Foundation, but it’s not on the web. I like this one because it looks like it’s been through too many Photoshop filters.

This part of the Times article is misleading at best:

What Pound felt is impossible to know. Years earlier, he had been interned for mental illness, and in 1960, he lapsed into long periods of depressive silence and stopped writing. And yet, in the image selected by Cartier-Bresson, Pound’s wild hair, burning eyes and tense hands seem to speak volumes about an old man raging against the dying of the light.

a cartography of working: part 4

(being where I have worked in New York)

old port authority building

This is the first Sparknotes office. It’s the old Port Authority building between 8th and 9th Avenues and 15th and 16th Streets. In this image, we’re looking towards the southwest corner, 15th Street & 9th Avenue. It was a massive building; we were on the 8th floor which extended over most of the block. It turns out Google Earth lets you see buildings in some parts of New York, so here are some buildings. Curious that it looks like two cathedrals laid narthex to narthex. I was working in the one that pointed the wrong direction.

120 5th avenue

Here’s the second Sparknotes office that I worked in, at 120 5th Avenue, in a building beset by the Gap all around. The avenue seems to have the roof in it – Google hasn’t perfected everything yet.

west 91st street

Here is the first office of the Institute for the Future of the Book, Ashton’s old apartment at 91st Street & West End Avenue. I like how West 91st Street gives the impression of being a park from above. It turns out that Google Earth has no buildings for this part of Manhattan (or, for that matter, anywhere else that I’ve worked): are only commercial buildings really buildings?

north 7th street

And here, zoomed out to show the river, is the current office of the Institute, on North 7th Street in Williamsburg.

New York is so gray in these maps. That wasn’t intentional.