[Jandek] RE: jandek Digest, Vol 54, Issue 173

Danen D. Jobe djobe at uark.edu
Sat Sep 2 22:16:36 PDT 2006

> Hi all:)
> Just wanted to say a big Hi to everyone on this list. This is my 
> first 
> posting:) I am definitely interested in getting this book. Is there 
> any way 
> I can get it in Australia?

I'm pretty sure SingleCellPress ship all over. If not (and I'm sure they do), you can buy it from me. 


> Cheers,
> Boris
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> >Subject: jandek Digest, Vol 54, Issue 173
> >Date: 1 Sep 2006 21:00:25 -0700
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> >    1. Jandek Fictional Biography Forthcoming; Author to Read/Sign
> >       in Toronto & Chicago (Danen D. Jobe)
> >From: "Danen D. Jobe" <djobe at uark.edu>
> >To: jandek at mylist.net
> >Subject: [Jandek] Jandek Fictional Biography Forthcoming;Author to 
> >Read/Sign in Toronto & Chicago
> >Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 00:18:45 -0500
> >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) 
> >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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