January 11th, 2020

the delight of God is communicating Himself

It is 9:43 AM Saturday morning here in Holland Michigan. It is a cold rainy morning. By this afternoon it is predicted the rain will turn to ice. I remember driving to work on slick icy roads and facing death in minute. I am thankful those days are long gone. I am sure today people will die on icy roads.

I got up this morning around 6:15 AM. I got up and got myself a can of icy Spring water and messed with our main computer. After messing with our main computer I wrote in my paper diary and then made myself a portion of oatmeal for breakfast. After breakfast I read 'Moses' Choice' by Jeremiah Burroughs and filmed a video for my Youtube channel. In that video I showed folks these books that I have been reading or looking at in my state of exile-

'Moses' Choice' by Jeremiah Burroughs

'The Complete Short Stories Of James Purdy'

'Blood Orchid An Unnatural History Of America' by Charles Bowden

'Bangkok 8' crime fiction by John Burdett

'The Fan-Makers Inquisition' A Novel of the Marquis de Sade by Rikki Ducornet

'The Death of Baseball' a novel by Orlando Ortega-Medina

'Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman' biography by Stefan Zweig Translated by Eden and Cedar Paul

'Marie Antoinette: The Journey' biography by Antonia Fraser

After I filmed a video I ate two plastic waffles. While I was eating Carol arrived home from work. Carol has gone to bed and I am writing these words. Today I will watch football, write in my diary, and read my books. Existence will go by.

I will close for the time being.
  • Current Mood
    exhausted exhausted

Saturday Reads



Saturday Reads

'Moses' Choice' by Jeremiah Burroughs
http://jeremiahburroughs.blogspot.com/

'The Complete Short Stories Of James Purdy'
http://jamespurdy.org/frameset.php?id=5

'Blood Orchid An Unnatural History Of America' by Charles Bowden

'Bangkok 8' crime fiction by John Burdett

'The Fan-Makers Inquisition' A Novel of the Marquis de Sade by Rikki Ducornet

'The Death of Baseball' a novel by Orlando Ortega-Medina

'Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman' biography by Stefan Zweig Translated by Eden and Cedar Paul

'Marie Antoinette: The Journey' biography by Antonia Fraser
  • Current Mood
    sick sick

An Interview with James Purdy

An Interview
James Purdy
Interview by Bradford Morrow
The following interview with novelist and playwright James Purdy was conducted in two sessions, the first in the middle of the night drinking cappuccinos in a small Seventh Avenue coffee shop, the second in the middle of the day eating sole and deep-fried okra in a restaurant situated in the shadows of the Brooklyn Bridge.

BRADFORD MORROW: When you began writing, what authors did you read and who had an influence on you?

JAMES PURDY: Unamuno had some influence: only putting into the work what is absolutely essential. Also Hemingway, at least technically, again because he leaves out so much. Sherwood Anderson. I always felt a close affinity with Whitman and Melville, though people tell me it’s not possible. Especially Melville, the tensions between men in isolation and the megalomania, the megalomania in Pierre and Moby Dick, Billy Buddand The Confidence Man. It is something I immediately recognized as significant. And even James Fenimore Cooper. I knew it was a world which I belonged to.

MORROW: What was Sherwood Anderson’s influence?

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  • Current Mood
    contemplative contemplative