[Jandek] Quimby's Address

Lauren Ciechanowski ciechano at stolaf.edu
Fri Sep 8 06:17:27 PDT 2006


After growing up in Chicago I was reading this messages thinking 'where
the hell is North...?' until I remember I lived four blocks from it, on N.
East Avenue (north portion of East, NOT Northeast Avenue). North Avenue,
of course, runs East/West. Western runs North/South, correct? Funny how
stuff like that just becomes a part of the scenery for locals.

And you also get shit from out-of-staters for referring to the Chicagoland
area.

Less than two weeks!

> Mike Hagler actually still runs Kingsize, but I think I heard that they
> recently moved, so they may no longer be able to make that confusing
> claim!
>
> Allen
>   -----Original Message-----
>   From: Mark Greenberg [mailto:mark at mayfairrecordings.com]
>   Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2006 11:39 AM
>   To: Allen Rendel
>   Cc: Danen D. Jobe; jandek at mylist.net
>   Subject: Re: [Jandek] Quimby's Address
>
>
>   Ha! Yes... There used to be a studio in Chicago called Kingsize... their
> letterhead said "We are south of North...east side of Western".
>
>
>   -Mark
>
>
>
>
>   On Sep 6, 2006, at 9:36 AM, Allen Rendel wrote:
>
>
>     It took me awhile after I moved here to get used to directions like,
> "Go
>     east on North and then South on Western..."
>
>
>     Allen
>
>
>     -----Original Message-----
>     From: jandek-bounces at mylist.net [mailto:jandek-bounces at mylist.net]On
>     Behalf Of Danen D. Jobe
>     Sent: Tuesday, September 05, 2006 5:16 PM
>     To: jandek at mylist.net
>     Subject: [Jandek] Quimby's Address
>
>
>
>
>
>
>       As a Chicagoan, I must point out that the address given for
>       Quimby's is
>       incorrect. The correct address is:
>       1854 W. North Ave.
>
>
>
>
>     This is how you know I'm not from a big city - even in Fayetteville,
> if
> you
>     said "Northern" (and I have no idea why I put that there...oh yeah, it
> was
>     the two glasses of wine I had before I could write the email) people
> would
>     know what you mean. There probably is a Northern street and a North
> street
>     in Chicago, an entirely foreign concept in this part of the world with
> less
>     than a hundred thousand people in the area.  Sincerely, thanks to both
> of
>     you that pointed this out! I imagine people arriving in a very bad
>     neighborhood going, "is there a reading here?"
>
>
>     I promise, Chicago, I will make it up to you.
>
>
>
>
>     Danen
>
>
>
>
>
>
>       From their website:
>
>
>       "Quimby's is located on North Ave. and Wolcott (two blocks East of
>       Damen
>       Ave.) between Zen Noodle Restaurant and Nola's 32nd Ward Seafood
>       House. The
>       smell of garlic butter from that place is inescapable. Geez."
>
>
>       Larry Epke
>
>
>
>
>
>
>         From: "Amy Frushour Kelly" <akelly1971 at gmail.com>
>         To: "Danen D. Jobe" <djobe at uark.edu>
>         CC: jandek at mylist.net
>         Subject: Re: [Jandek] Jandek Fictional Biography
>       Forthcoming;Author to
>         Read/Sign in Toronto & Chicago
>         Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2006 13:15:36 -0400
>
>
>         No way I can make it to either of your readings, but
>       congratulations.
>         Sounds
>         wonderful. (Will they be recorded?) After reading your e-mail, I'm
>         definitely buying at least one copy.
>
>
>         Cheers,
>
>
>         Amy Frushour Kelly
>
>
>
>
>         On 9/1/06, Danen D. Jobe <djobe at uark.edu> wrote:
>
>
>           Okay.
>
>
>           So I've sent out dozens of press releases and spent a solid year
> now
>           working on this, and yet this is the email I've had the most
>       difficulty>>composing. Really - started and stopped it six or seven
>       times in the last
>           three weeks. If you want the short of it, skip a paragraph or
>       two. But for
>           THIS list - people I genuinely care about and trust - I want to
>       give an
>           idea
>           of what writing this has been like. So here goes:
>
>
>           As a few of you know, I've been working on a fictitious
> biography
>       based on
>           Jandek, written with Corwood's cooperation and approval.  It
> uses
>       the
>           Jandek
>           name, song titles, lyrics, album covers, music descriptions, etc
>       though it
>           in NO way is to be mistaken for the REAL story of Jandek.
>       Rather, this is
>           culled from - literally - HUNDREDS of hours of listening to the
>       music,>>discussions with a few people involved with Corwood at one
>       point or
>           another,
>           numerous back and forth letters to and from Houston, a chapbook
>           publication
>           that caused me to destroy (by fire, thank you) EVERYTHING and
>       start over -
>           this being exactly one week before my thesis reading at the
>       University of
>           Arkansas (which I've been writing this project for). Coming up
>       with the
>           RIGHT story, finally, for said reading and then spending the
> summer
>           hammering out some 200 pages of sprawling story, followed by me
>       asking>>Corwood if they thought it might be a good idea for me to
>       read in Chicago
>           and Toronto (they agreed), an
>           d me thinking, "you know, it might be nice to have something
>       published,">>followed by the WONDERFUL folk at Single Cell Press
>       (out of Glasgow - so
>           fitting) agreeing to publish this first installment in what I
> see
>       as a
>           "Jandek trilogy," three weeks of editing, re-writing,
> re-thinking
>       and>>ultimately agreeing on 63 pages of content, coming out this
>       month on
>           Single
>           Cell Press, and which I will be reading from the day after the
>       Toronto
>           show
>           and the day before the Chicago one.
>
>
>           And now for more specific details: in Toronto I'll be at Circus
>       Books and
>           Music on Monday, September 18th at 6 PM. This is located at 253
>       Gerrard>>Street East (I'll give better directions and a phone
>       number in a following
>           email as I figure it out myself) and should be a blast. From
>       there I get
>           to
>           make a maddash back over the border to read at Quimby's Books in
>       Chicago>>(154 W Northern Street, Chicago - more info
>       www.quimbys.com) at 7 PM
>           Tuesday the 19TH at 7 PM. I can promise the best excerpts I can
>       come up
>           with
>           from the book, which is closest to dark Southern Literature
> (it's
>       what I
>           write), tracing the future Corwood Rep's life from childhood to
>       his garage
>           band days, growing up in the Ozark Mountains admist much family
>       turmoil
>           (his
>           mother and father leave him to care for his developmentally
>       disabled
>           brother
>           at one point - his mother moving off to Kansas City and Dad
> going
>       on a
>           six-month bender). There are also other fictiionally recast real
>       people>>here, most significantly one
>           Frank Stanford, whose poetry you can check at
> www.alsopreview.com.
>           Stanford is the young narrator's shadow twin, so to speak, and
>       also the
>           person who gets said narrator to take his musical roots and do
>       something>>with them. Frank happens to be married to Nancy, who
>       ends up singing for
>           the
>           original garage band (and John, the drummer, lifts many of the
>       instruments>>from "people who won't miss them). It includes
>       sections of the narrator
>           developing the guitar sound (which, by the way, I picked out
>       myself on a
>           40's era black Gibson acoustic, picking at the strings over
>       Charley Patton
>           songs until it emulated what Jandek does on the early acoustic
>       albums) and
>           falling in love - not with Nancy, but with Frank's fiery sister
>       Jessica.>>There's also "fictionalized' versions of Son House (he
>       gets a great scene)
>           and a poet/novelist named James Whitehead who's well worth
>       checking out.
>
>
>           Okay, that's enough. If you want more I've got a few excerots up
>       at the
>           Myspace page I've created for this puppy:
>       www.myspace.com/niagrablues.>>I'll keep updates going there. Also,
>       please check my publisher's website
>           at
>           www.singlecellpress.co.uk, as this is where the book will be
>       available>>(unless you buy it direct from me). While you're there,
>       pick up a copy of
>           Jackie Gilroy's slang-crazed "Thugs and Thieves." The writing
>       style of our
>           books couldn't be any more different and yet there's a communal
>       spirit>>there. But seriously, Gilroy is the rightful heir to
>       Bukowski, and I mean
>           that lovingly. My book is probably closer to Carson McCullers'
>       "Ballad of
>           the Sad Cafe" or maybe a bit of Cormac McCarthy, but I've worked
>       hard to
>           have it be it's OWN thing first and foremost. Hope anyone who
>       reads it
>           feels
>           the same.
>
>
>           Anyway, PLEASE contact me for more info. Now that I can relax
>       (having>>finally written this) I can say that I hope at least some
>       of you can
>           attend
>           these events - I intend for it to be a pretty wild tour: Jandek
>       on Sunday,
>           my reading on Monday, another reading on Tuesday, Jandek on
>       Wednesday and
>           then I sleep for a week. Somehow my employer at the University
>       has decided
>           this is a good "academic" thing and is supporting this, so I
> feel
>       all>>"official." I don't know. Books will be dead cheap (I've got
>       to move them
>           -
>           you knew that was coming, right?) but the readings are free. And
>       hey, I
>           intend to max out a credit card buying pitchers afterward.
>       Seriously.
>           Also,
>           if anyone has floorspace in Toronto or Chicago let me know. This
>       was going
>           to be a family trip but looks like it's a solo thing now (a
> cost-
>       efficient>>idea - got the wife and kids' support but this is gonna
>       be a bit intense
>           for
>           young ones), so I find myself in need of floor space. I'll even
>       bring my
>           own
>           pillow and free books
>           a'plenty. I also make a mean coffee.
>
>
>           Oh, and finally, there is a tour "pre-launch" radio show at 88.3
>       KXUA>>radio from the University of Arkansas next Wed night at 9 pm
>       CST. Fear
>           not,
>           non Arkansans (which is what, all of you?) - it will be streamed
>       on the
>           net.
>           I'll get details for that in the next few days, but PLEASE, if
>       you happen
>           to
>           listen in, call and request. It's going to be a very loose show
>       covering>>what I feel is his key moments mixed in with some of the
>       Summersteps'>>tributes (including stuff off the new Corwood
>       Variations handmade - I
>           think
>           the "Om" is a must) and a few "Corwood influences" like Blind
> Willie
>           Johnson. This is going to be three hours long and something
>       special
>           indeed.
>           I'll also read a few short passages from the book.
>
>
>           Whew! Okay, I've done it. Thanks for your patience (those who
>       made it this
>           far) and I hope a few of you can make the readings. I think you
>       all know
>           the
>           great respect I have for this artist so please trust that I've
> put
>           TREMENDOUS effort in making this as good a story as possible,
>       staying true
>           to the roots of Corwood Industries.I'm proud to say that I got
>       the "thumbs
>           up" from Corwood last week in a lovingly detailed letter that
>       gave what
>           may
>           be the world's first lyric correction from the source: the
>       opening passage
>           from "Niagra Blues" should read: "Sometimes go to
>       Niagra/sometimes go the
>           grave/crazy 'bout your dreamer/crazy 'bout your dark night." And
>       here, for
>           thirteen years, I've thought the "uh" after dream was an
>       inflection. Wow.
>
>
>           And again, any questions please send my way. As I said, more
>       detailed maps
>           and such as we get closer to reading dates. Books will be for
>       sale until
>           Single Cell Press is so tired of me they toss the rest in the
>       ocean.
>           Thanks
>           again for listening, all!
>
>
>           Danen
>
>
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