[Jandek] Re: Jandek the Concept

Christopher tm xopher.tm at gmail.com
Thu Aug 17 12:14:36 PDT 2006

On 8/14/06, Lauren Ciechanowski <ciechano at stolaf.edu> wrote:
> > On 8/11/06, hirakemike2 at aol.com <hirakemike2 at aol.com> wrote:
> >> I sent a letter to Corwood years ago, asking if Nancy would ever
> >> return, and the reply was: "That would be very difficult".
> >
> > Speaks volumes.
> Um. Not really, if you're insinuating she might be dead or otherwise gone.
> I can think of oodles of people I don't speak to anymore that are still
> alive and well. I agree with the poster - can't remember whom - who
> suggested that the other musicians had little knowledge that they were
> participating in a recording session. At the very least, I would imagine
> they were not aware the tapes would eventually be released under the
> moniker 'Jandek.'
> And there's nothing wrong with that, is there? We've been given a glimpse
> of a group of friends, or at least acquaintances, who were having some fun
> and goofing off together with some instruments. There doesn't *have* to be
> a conspiracy about who these people are - honestly, that's one of the best
> parts of this all to me. These 'band' recordings are truly artifacts of
> something that literally amounted to nothing. Does that make sense? These
> are garage sale sweatshirts - for a brief time, they had meaning to their
> owners, and all we can do is speculate. Ultimately, though, the owner of
> the sweatshirt didn't really give a crap where it came from or what it
> meant that he was wearing as long as it kept him warm and didn't make him
> look too stupid. Does he care where it is now? After thirtysome years, I
> can only imagine that any participants' voices or guitar work would be
> unrecognizable today.
> I like knowing that Nancy et al. are just folks that have come and gone in
> his life, just funny intersections in otherwise parallel lives - like any
> number of folks I've worked with, camp roommates, or classmates. All I
> have now are the artifacts.
> Lauren

"Not really, if you're insinuating she might be dead or otherwise
gone"? That really is a hell of a lot to read into two words.

Nancy's not coming back; the reason(s) why or why not and the question
of her being "dead or otherwise gone" are completely beside the point.
Christopher tm

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