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Maleness

Kirsty Logan reviews Wells Tower’s collection Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned: “Each one of these stories examines a different way for a man to feel like a man.” It’s been a couple of months since I read it, but this seems pretty accurate. I’ve been reading Frederick Barthelme lately. Feel like his stories don’t see “most of the women only exist in terms of the men”. Enjoyed Wells Tower but now maybe shouldn’t. Felt there was something missing from his stories, surprise maybe? Are non-male imagined women the surprise element (and concurrently the thing I like about Barthelme? He does women in many different ways, some objectifying and some these fascinating independent entities (maybe it is all objectifying?).)? Maybe this is a retrospective doubt. I’m sorry about the punctuation in the parentheses two sentences ago. Typographic manifestation of gender anxieties.

Male Bonding do a sort of chilled session that is still pretty hype on KXLU.

I spilled beer into my shoes this morning, as I forgot to finish the bottle last night reading Infinite Jest on my bedroom floor.

Filed under: reading

Three Good Things

1. Have an article up on GLITS-e, Goldsmiths e-journal. “Richard Ford vs Rick Moody”. This is sort of the first chapter of my thesis, but it’s already been hella revised to focus much more on subscription and production issues. This was a bit of a rush job but it’s there.

2. Also have an article on Dave Eggers/Zeitoun in the latest Tough Crowd. Readable online and available in print form in various places around London.

3. Was at a meeting last night for the pretty awesome 826 London project. This is something I’ve been interested in for a while, and there are a lot of people really up for starting this now. The project has enthusiasm/funding/great ideas/support, and all it needs now is a space. Ideally somewhere Tower Hamlets/East London — Lucy and Ben will be releasing a space specification soon, but the basic criteria would be for somewhere visible on a high street with good transport links and a sizeable floor space. I’ll be keeping an eye out while cycling around for something, but if you ever see something that might be suitable, let me or the project guys know!

Oh, this post needs a picture. Pizza roll!

Filed under: miscellaneous

About Me:

My name is Kevin O'Neill and I am in the fifth year of a part-time PhD in the English Department of Goldsmiths, London, UK. I used to teach undergrad classes there (now: not, because there are other PhD students who need teaching experience). I work (most of the time) in the Oxfam shop in Dalston because few people get paid to do humanities PhDs.

My research centres around the literary journal McSweeney's. My interest is developing into what McSweeney's tells us about two separate (but I guess related) fields: 1) literary institutions 2) American cultural production, more broadly. This blog was initially about my PhD but is now a more general thinking space.

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Email is looceefir on gmail.

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