[Jandek] Jandek's couch

Shervin Fatehi fatehi at berkeley.edu
Fri Mar 16 12:28:50 PDT 2007

On Mar 16, 2007, at 1:54 AM, Fabio R. wrote:
> i despite that abused, scaries, creepies views of our man. These  
> are just superficial, overused speculations. That is why I contest  
> the Jandek On Corwood movie p.o.w., I think they're just old  
> stereotypic views about him.
> Like all men of his age, now 60, maybe he's only a bit romantic  
> about the ways the world was on his 30's, but sometimes interested  
> on new tech.: all recent live appearences, all recent Corwood or PC  
> technologies he adopt (Photoshop etc) or uses (he takes airplanes,  
> he travelled all around the world..) shows us that it's not true he  
> is an hermit, misantrop, only w/ analogic fornitures, pictures, etc..
> I don't think Jandek is a product of his covers. He don't lives  
> like that. They're just covers, partial.
> Fab

That's a totally reasonable viewpoint. I don't think he's a  
misanthrope or hermit, per se, either; he just avoids personal  
publicity for what is likely a raft of different reasons. I do think,  
however, that the cover photos are a window into what at least *used*  
to be his surroundings (Katy Vine's article suggests that the  
somewhat dumpy houses depicted in various of the covers probably  
aren't in his neighborhood any more). I also have enough personal  
experience of old, weird furniture sticking around way past its time  
to think that Jandek's living room might not have changed that much  
even so.

If I were him, I would record in the living room or bedroom (as, it  
seems, many electronic musicians do). It's the right level of  
intimacy. Even so, I was merely speculating. It'd be really  
interesting to know if staging (rather than sax) was meant to be the  


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