[Jandek] Quimby's Address

Mark Greenberg mark at mayfairrecordings.com
Thu Sep 7 09:39:11 PDT 2006

Ha! Yes... There used to be a studio in Chicago called Kingsize...  
their letterhead said "We are south of North...east side of Western".


On Sep 6, 2006, at 9:36 AM, Allen Rendel wrote:

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