Authenticity Is No Longer an Option

Aug 02 2014

Every time God closes a parenthesis he opens an ellipsis

I’ve been working on a new novel for a while now. I just broke 40,000 words on its first draft. It is messy, really honestly basically unbearably messy.

The problem, one of the problems, has to do with the proliferation of possible novels in my head—how I am never content for a novel to be one thing, but I always want it to be all things. (Another term for this is “commitment issues.”) I want any novel I am working on to be the book from Borges that contains all books—the book with an infinite number of pages that could replace the library of Babel (in which all books, all language, become by necessity meaningless). But in that meaninglessness (which is the necessary result of such an infinite proliferation) arises the possibility of something else, a devastating beauty. I don’t think it would be possible to look at the book of Babel directly, it would be like looking at an elder god, anyone who did would go mad or blind. Borges notes, in parenthesis, that such a book logically could not contain a middle page.

Jul 25 2014
At the party for Barthes’s 1977 inaugural lecture at the Collège de France, Foucault confronted Robbe-Grillet: ‘I have told you this already and I will say it again, Alain: when it comes to sex, you are, and always have been misguided!’ Barthes rose to his defence, reminding Foucault that Robbe-Grillet was, at the very least, a pervert. Foucault replied: ‘Ça ne suffit pas!’ [‘It’s not enough!’]
Jul 17 2014
The sense of human misery is a pre-condition of justice and love. He who does not realize to what extent shifting fortune and necessity hold in subjection every human spirit, cannot regard as fellow-creatures nor love as he loves himself those whom chance separated from him by an abyss.
Jul 11 2014

In the future the internet will be full of nothing but the dead

A list of readings, journals, and presses that I once deeply loved that are now gone:

Land Grant College Review

Quick Fiction

Quickies

>kill author

abjective

Poetry Made of Diamonds

The Sunday Night Sex Show

Mud Luscious Press

Metazen

Also, when I was searching for “Abjective,” this was the first hit that came up: http://www.abjective.net/109.html

For a while, my tumblr was linked to jamestaddadcox.com. I let it slide after I decided that I didn’t really want my name as a domain (I pictured sending out emails from jamestaddadcox@jamestaddadcox.com, for example). Now jamestaddadcox.com has been taken over by a Japanese company advertising “The Bridal Hair Removal Salon in Shizuoka for Marriage.” You can go there right now. It’s here: http://jamestaddadcox.com/

Jun 16 2014
But if there is lacking a life-view (which of course must be in the first part and everywhere, though the lack of it only becomes evident in the second part or the third, that is to say, the conclusion), it is of no avail to let the hero die, no, it avails nothing that the writer, to make quite sure he is dead, even has him buried in the course of the story - with this the development is by no means complete. If death had that power, nothing would be easier than to be a poet, and poetry would not be needed at all.
Jun 15 2014

First as tragedy, then as kitsch

Things I’m currently reading:

The Whiskey Baron, Jon Sealy (picked up from a bookstore in Charleston SC, which seems appropriate)

The Concise Book of Lying, Evelin Sullivan

Sky Rat, Rauan Klassnik

At Swim-Two-Birds, Flann O’Brien

Thirteenz, Daniela Olszewska (free echap from Nap Press)

At this moment I am eating a cheese that has walnuts in it and my advice to you, if you find a cheese with walnuts in it, my advice is to eat it, especially if you cut up an apple and eat it on the apple. What will my life be when this cheese is gone.

Jan 12 2014
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whatmountains:

Lol I forgot I signed this copy of my chapbook to myself.

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Wolf Doctors

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Russ Woods wrote this book and I am excited to help put it out into the world. Coming 2014 from Artifice.

Dec 18 2013

To what degree are we arguing about feelings and to what degree are we fighting for careers?

1. Feelings are important, and generally shouldn’t be hurt, all other things being equal.

2. Many things outweigh feelings being hurt, such as, being able to continue in one’s chosen career, such as justice, such as

3. What is it about the internet that makes us worse people?

4. The lack of a face?

5. None of us are responsible for patriarchy. All of us are responsible for injustice.

6. It is okay to say that you are “tired of being nice.” It is okay to say that it “isn’t your responsibility to educate others.” It’s okay to be a human being. It’s okay to do exactly what is expected of a human being in your position.

6.b. Note that this makes you neither better nor worse than other human beings in other positions, doing exactly what is expected of them.

6.c. To categorically claim that people from an oppressed group are better than people from an oppressing group is to claim that there is something essential about the oppression. That the particular oppression is anything more than a historical contingency.

6.d. Is to claim, in fact, that there is something that “makes sense” about the oppressed group being oppressed, or the oppressing group oppressing.

6.e. Who happened to cross an ocean first. Who happened to have gunpowder.

7. The contingent fact of one’s being in a position of oppression does not apriori make one a better person than the people who contingently are in a position of oppressing.

7.b. Being a better person than them does.

8. Bullying someone who is ostensibly a member of the oppressor group, when it is safe to do so, is a perfectly understandable reaction to oppression.

8.b. The fact of its being so understandable is the issue, ethically speaking.

9. To suspend the human, to act outside of what is understandable—to refuse to hurt others when one has every reason to—

10. is what?

(cf http://htmlgiant.com/behind-the-scenes/resignation/, cf http://lunalunamag.com/2013/12/15/leigh-stein-vs-htmlgiant-why-we-have-to-be-our-own-vida/, cf http://htmlgiant.com/word-spaces/open-letter-to-htmlgiant-the-sexism-stops-here/, cf http://htmlgiant.com/massive-people/the-zambreno-doll/, cf http://web.archive.org/web/20100124211426/http://htmlgiant.com/author-spotlight/the-legend-of-zelda/)

Sep 25 2013
As a simple rule of thumb, just imagine every time you’re telling a good vs. evil story, you’re basically lowering your IQ by ten points or more.
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