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August 9, 2010
A phrase that's been echoing
around in my head of late:
"looking for enlightenment
in unlikely places".
In general, it's
something I do too
much of, I suspect.
There are a few things that can be
said in it's defense: if you're going
to try to have original thoughts, it
makes sense to put some unusual
things in your head to work with.
And sometimes, every now and then,
neglected masterpieces are discovered, SLUSH
elevated in retrospect (and sometimes
I agree they should've been elevated):
how can that happen if no one is willing
to look in the dark corners?
"The first sentence test":
Pick up a large stack of
"poetry journals", of
any vintage (I have a Publications I have reason to
few feet of them, myself). respect (e.g. "Poetry")
should probably not be included.
Go through the stack, looking at
*every* article or poem ,
reading only the first 2-3
lines. Tag ones that seem at TWO_LEVEL
all promising. Go back and dig
through those for one that looks The hope would be that
worthy of close attention. most authors have the
sense to put the good
stuff up front as a hook.
"Read the thing you never read":
What is it I never touch?
An old answer for me was
"Romance novels", so I read ROMANCE
one. But that was some time
back, and I would guess the Oh, and I tend to ignore categories like
new breed of young adult feminist/gay/black presuming that it's
romance novels must differ. just whiney "identity politics" that
doesn't even have anything to do with my
Another was "self-help identity.
books", so I've
periodically dipped into But gender, sexual
Carnegie... but I've preference, etc. are
read very little of his near the core of what
many imitators. CARNEGIE
it's about to be
Still another was "rock-bios" human. There's many
so I've looked at a few. an interesting work
resting beneath my
DIONYSIAN_SOAP gaze in one of those
sections that "are
What else? There are other not for me".
celebrity bios, like hollywood
books for example. This suggests a
dice game in a
It occurs to me that I may not used book store...
have ever read a single work of
military history. DICE
I'm very light on the original
published journals that much
of the adventure fiction I read
was based on (e.g. "Two Years
Before the Mast").
I suppose I could read some of
the *fiction* reviewed in the
"New York Review of Books", but
that's going a little too far.
Do a web search (on what terms?)
but intentionally drill down
to near the bottom of the ranking,
trying to find the unregarded.
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