[Jandek] Khartoum All Music Guide Review

Thierry Bissonnette thierry.bissonnette.1 at ulaval.ca
Sat Feb 4 07:57:08 PST 2006

I just don't find his cathartic boredom boring, and I don't see how its
"early" poetry can be heard as more entertaining than its "late" one. It's
all "too late" poetry for me. Some albums may be less consistent, but I
resist to such a linear reading that distingues between old and new styles
in the Jandek corpus. He may be olding, but his works deviate linearity and
so try to fight time. Fighting time and boredom, that's a great part of the
blues, but he puts it further by fucking up with all contextual and
pragmatic parameters of art.

Hello... It's february...


Deá: Frank Hardy <soccerdude219 at yahoo.com>
Dateá: Fri, 3 Feb 2006 22:50:49 -0800 (PST)
└á: Jandek <jandek at mylist.net>
Objetá: [Jandek] Khartoum All Music Guide Review

...Jandek was by [the early to mid 00's] leaving the impression of a man in
a state of suspended animation, always seeming on the brink of suicidal
despair but never pulling the trigger. Like the boy who called wolf, the
incessant repetition has made it harder and harder to sympathize or take
seriously what at first seemed to be a cry for help. "But everyone knows I'm
unstable, since you went away," he moans in the title track, followed by a
high-pitch sound between wailing and crying. Sir, when have you ever not
been unstable, in front of a microphone at least? -Richie Unterberger

Goes back to some of the things I've been saying about the boring nature of
Jandek's poetry as of late.


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