[Jandek] Quimby's Address

Allen Rendel arendel at ripco.com
Wed Sep 6 07:32:18 PDT 2006

It took me awhile after I moved here to get used to directions like, "Go
east on North and then South on Western..."


-----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.


> 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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