[Jandek] Re: Jandek the Concept

hirakemike2 at aol.com hirakemike2 at aol.com
Fri Aug 11 20:04:01 PDT 2006

I sent a letter to Corwood years ago, asking if Nancy would ever 
return, and the reply was: "That would be very difficult".

-----Original Message-----
From: chthonic at chthonicstreams.com
Sent: Fri, 11 Aug 2006 2:24 PM
Subject: [Jandek] Re: Jandek the Concept

>I've long had the theory that the rep from Corwood is
>reluctant to discuss anything about Nancy, et al,
>because they don't know the material has been
>released.  Got to admit a lot of it sounds like a
>bunch of young folk having a goof in someone's garage
>or basement.  If you'd done such messing around years
>ago, would you want it out?  How would you feel about
>it if someone was releasing it to the public?  I
>suspect that the representative has lost touch with
>these folks over the years, but like this whole
>theory, that's my gut feeling on the subject.

that seems less likely to me than that he simply had his time with
those people until it was over.  obviously there's been speculation
about the nature of these relationships, particularly with "nancy".
it's also possible that his relationships with them weren't very long
or fruitful, other than what exists on record.  some point to
"evidence" of nacy's departure seeming to coincide with a lot of "she
broke my heart" type lyrics, but isn't it possible any romantic
relationship was never consummated, and in fact all in his head?
they could have been friends, coworkers, or anything really, and she
sang on his recordings because it was a lark - meanwhile he wished
for more and it never came to pass.

as for the others, people and friends come and go.  it's fairly
plausible that he may be a difficult person to know and thus the
people simply stop hanging around him after awhile.  which probably
sends him into another depression.

why waste breath explaining the backgrounds and rolse of these other
people?  if his entire idea is to not complicate things with too much
information ("there isn't anything else"), that would naturally
extend to any additional players.  it seems that also in his view it
seems it just wouldn't be right - if he's already secretive enough
about his own life, why would he divulge anything about others,
especially those who aren't around anymore?  the disingenuous
explanation as brings it back around to the idea that keeping these
other shadowy figures even more ethereal than himself, it brings the
focus right back to jandek.

i fully realize that the above scenarios are just as much speculative
as anything else.  but given what i know of real-world relationships
(as opposed to every nook and cranny of jandek's lyrics or myth),
these seem much more simple.  google "occam's razor" if you're not
familiar with the phrase.

>Yeah, there's his admission somewhere that he wrote
>seven novels, only to have burned them after they were
>rejected.  Too bad he didn't hang in there with the
>submissions... Dr. Seuss sold his first book after 37
>rejections.  Just think what those novels could've
>been like.  But then, we might not have had the music.
>  It's got to come out one way or another.

you could say the same about lou reed, who seems more of a lyric
writer than anything else.


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