Saturday, August 06, 2011

The Strength To Give

Having spent last weekend with Iain Sinclair, I feel comforted by his presence in the world. Rumination is a dying art. While walking with my wife Thursday night, I proffered the obvious, walking in London is quite distinct from walking in Southern Indiana. That is understood. The tidal collective remains the association, the pollination. the seepage as concepts are engendered and coupled via our own experiences. That is why Lee. J. Cobb and Jean-Baptiste Lully remain important to me. Going to Meijer or Target destroys that. There can't be a tradition there. Why would you NEED to buy more shit you don't need?

Sinclair is a human cross-reference. The fact that he's good friend with Peter Ackroyd reduces everything to a maximum of two levels of association. Cull any cluster of pages in his books and stare at the citations of Aki Kurismaki, Geroges Perec, Peter Fleming and James Ellroy. Such is a true blessing to that nerd, myself.


Blogger Levi Stahl said...

I've never put it quite that way, even to myself, but I feel the same way about SInclair. I'm far from always in the mood to read him--his prose style and mind are so particular--but when I do it brings joy.

8:05 PM  

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