Tag Archives: Nathaniel West

killing time club: edumacation

by Art Chantry: this is an advert for one of those horrible “TIME, INC.” book clubs from the 1960’s. i don’t know how long it was around (the oldest examples i have are from the mid 1960’s). it was one … Continue reading

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dark street notes

In Edward Adler’s Notes From a Dark Street the materials of common contemporary existence on the Lower East Side – circa late 1950’s- have been ordered and transmuted into a terrible cosmography far transcending its naturalistic events. The novel’s aesthetic … Continue reading

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banking with igor: foreclosure on bad anima

It gives rise to strange sensations when we transfer the body into an emotional language, a coded language that no longer seems common. Maybe it reveals a certain vulgar emotional truth about our own perceived deformities as well as providing … Continue reading

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looking smart

by Art Chantry (art@artchantry.com) this is what a smart book looks like. new directions paperbacks were throughout the 1950’s, 60’s & 70’s the quintessential image of intelligence. all you had to do was walk around with one tucked under your … Continue reading

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THE DAMP HAND OF MELANCHOLY

Restaurant Utopia. Five miles high , then, when you come to the fork in the road, take it. ┬áThe sign on the door stated ” Different Cultural Levels Eat Here”. On entering the host delivers a fortune cookie, in which … Continue reading

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LAUGHING WITH THE SUB-LITERARIES IN DIXIE

Whether or not humor has been considered too elusive or trivial to warrant serious study on its own terms ,like the popular culture of which it is both part and a partaker, is unclear. Some scholars such as Jesse Bier, … Continue reading

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