Monday, June 23, 2008

Kenneth Patchen

A friend listed him as one his favorite writers and it made me think of 'The Journal of Albion Moonlight', which is lyric, violent and exhilarating, and one of the strangest novels ever written (and really not even a novel). I had a beat up copy for years then lost it - or somebody swiped it - but I see it's back in print. Maybe they'll let me read it in grad school.


Billy Jack said...

I doubt that he will ever get his due.

He spent years toiling under severe back pain, with a stellar wife who stuck by him. She (Miriam) just passed away a few years ago and a buddy used to write to her now and then.

It seems (I don't remember where I read it) that Anais Nin tried to exploit him. I can't stand her for that.

I have to wonder if Derrida read The Journal before writing Glas.

Robot Boy said...

But Billy, there are so many reason not to stand Anais Nin.

Billy Jack said...

"Do you know Visions of Albion Moonlight?"

Visions??? No. I just googled it and after 5 pages nothing came up for this.

Robot Boy said...

Hmmm. I wonder if there's a default to have comments mailed.