Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Spotlight on ... Robert Pinget Fable (1971)

'There were absences in my life which were a comfort, then were a presence that ruined me.' -- Robert Pinget

'Robert Pinget exhibited in his first works a gratuitous fantasy taking the form of comic parodies and allegories. One finds everything from Ubuesque inventions to shaggy dog stories, the sort of thing that would delight critics bent on liquidating the conventional novel. They have jubilantly hailed Pinget as one who has turned the old novel inside out, destroyed its characters, language, and plot. However that may be, in 1958, with Le Fiston (Monsieur Levert), Pinget definitely joined the ranks of the new novelists. Leaving off his loony antics, he tells the story of a man working every night on a letter to his son. We soon lose all foothold in reality as we enter the troubled universe of this father whose son has gone away. When did he actually leave, when is he coming back, will he ever return? We cannot trust the father's account, for it is obviously all mixed up, yet it is our only source of information. We try to infer what the facts of the story are but our view is so hampered by the obscurity and confusion of his vision that we give up and just listen with hypnotized attention.

'Pinget's work joins the others, particularly Butor's and Ollier's, as the account of a futile attempt to capture reality and make sense of experience.

'In a novel like Ulysses, the prose must slide about slip out of place all the time turn up at the edges you catch your feet in them, because Ulysses is a most deliberate study of the vagaries and peculiar associations of human thought. But M. Pinget's novel [The Inquisitory] is only a deliberate struggle—maintained with incredible stamina—to ride a one-wheeled bicycle for 399 miles. It is hardly surprising, then, that the total effect is immensely involved, generally unreadable, and appallingly boring.

'Last summer Robert Pinget took part in the colloquies devoted to the new novel at Cérisy-la Salle. Yet his work differs from that of such authors as Michel Butor and Robbe-Grillet, practitioners of the new-novel technique. Pinget's way is far more personal. His search consists mainly in discovering the right tone (tonality or voice) of his novels' narrators. Only after this initial task has been accomplished can he (author-narrator) really be himself and so express the feelings, ideas and atmosphere of his contemporaries and the world in which they live. Pinget is not interested in the symbolism involved or in the psychology of his characters or even in the themes or deeper meanings of their discourses which are never clearly delineated, certainly not in Fable.

'Pinget's Fable is his most lyrical work, save for Graal Flibuste (1956). The reader is ushered into a fantasy-filled domain of heteroclite colors, disparate images ranging from sun-drenched delphiniums to heads rotting on the ground. The medley of inner rhythms which emerges from his sentence structure encourages the reader to feel his way or to intuit his path into Pinget's maze-like volume.

'In the massive novel L'Inquisitoire (1962) Pinget fuses his work as a dramatist and as a novelist: it is in the form of questions and answers, a long and mysterious examination and cross-examination. Here the Theatre of the Absurd coalesces with the nouveau roman.

'The French nouveau roman has a pronounced self-destructive urge. It puts the novel on trial, denies its own innocence, exposes the novelist himself as the chief suspect, incriminates him in his inadequate and self-contradictory evidence, and condemns the two of them together to a life sentence of fruitless forced labors.

'Passacaille … is a fascinating piece of testimony. One cannot be sure of the events which it is struggling to piece together. All is supposition and hypothesis…. The reader hovers on the fringe of what might have been, or is due to be, an event, but an event which never takes shape to form a reassuring anecdote. At no point does a literary overseer emerge to establish some logic, make links, or provide explanatory commentary.

'The characters involved are equally nebulous. People appear and disappear as if they had no proper existence…. Characters between whom one cannot see the connection loom into focus and fade away, their role strangely undetermined. Substitutions are made, gratuitously, it seems—at one moment the teacher could be a sorcerer, then the woman with the goats; at one moment it is the postman in the ditch, then the delivery man—and one suspects that these different figures might be one and the same, so much do they overlap and intermingle. A person called Rodolphe becomes Edouard and Edmond, perhaps by an accident of memory, but one wonders in the end if he ever existed, or at least in what form and under what name. The characters are, in fact, curiously "verbal." One cannot even be sure of the voice that speaks or the pen that writes. Is there a centralizing narrative mind at all and who is performing the literary task?… Characterization becomes a kind of "space to let," a central vacuum to be tried by anybody. Various persons, some known by name, others unknown, float towards it. But no one fits or seems to find it livable.

'It has been suggested that the nouveau roman is the detective novel taken seriously. If by "taken seriously" one means not glibly wrapped up in a false but convincing story form, then Passacaille is a kind of detective novel. It has many of the features of the "whodunit," but with the one outstanding question: what is it, and who is who?

'The writer's great stumbling blocks are time and words. These are, paradoxically, the two elements that prevent a story from materializing. If one could solve the question of the clock—one could possibly solve everything. At one moment the clock's hands mark the time, at another some malicious person has moved them round, at another they have disappeared from the clock face completely.

'Words are no less intractable—they are redundant fragments without an owner or a theme, whirling round to make their own provisional patterns.

'All the things which make a novel—a story, a character, a time sequence, and a control over words and their progression—are missing from Passacaille. But perhaps, in damning itself as a novel, it resurrects itself as a form of poetry…. Certainly, the great themes of poetry (time and memory, nature and the seasons, solitude and death) seep through the verbal fissures. Little touches of human emotion, all the more poignant because of their spasmodic appearance in a framework of absence and erosion, remind one of Reverdy's world. Pinget's technique, which juxtaposes images but states nothing, creates a play of suggestion. Above all, the work has the densely patterned structure of a poem, within which repetitions act as refrains, changes of tempo set up waves of rhythm, and words, no longer subservient to plot or ideas, enjoy the greatest creative autonomy. The prose poem has gained respectability as a "genre." Passacaille could well be a major development in a poem-novel.

'[Since Pinget's] first book, a collection of stories entitled Entre Fantoine et Agapa, Pinget's fiction has explored an imaginary provincial region between Fantoine and Agapa, a Gallic Yoknapatawpha County—an "absurd suburb of reality," in Robbe-Grillet's phrase. Certainly The Inquisitory, which won the Prix des Critiques, abounds with circumstantial information. Thirty pages are devoted to a description, shop by shop, of the main square of the village of Sirancy; the street geography of the town of Agapa is exhaustively examined; eleven pages call the roll of furnishings in the drawing room of a château, which is eventually inventoried from cellar to attic; and an attentive reader with pencil in hand could probably draw, from the various textual indications, a map of the entire region. Now, such feats of particularization demand more patience than passion from writer and reader alike, but the end result is the kind of trustworthiness absent, for different reasons, from both [Robbe-Grillet's] La Maison de Rendez-Vous and [Genet's] Miracle of the Rose. The Inquisitory is of the three by far the best novel, if by novel we understand an imitation of reality rather than a spurning of it.

'Not that Pinget is old-fashioned; he has put himself to school with Robbe-Grillet and Beckett. The novel's premise is a Beckettian stripped situation: an infinitely garrulous old château servant is being quizzed by an infinitely curious investigator. Both are nameless. Punctuation marks are abjured. A shadowy secretary is in the room, typing up all three hundred and ninety-nine pages of meandering testimony. The object of the investigation—the disappearance of the château secretary—is never clarified. The dialogue, initially full to bursting of visual measurement and quidditas, ebbs into a fatigued exchange, laconic and baffled.

'All this circumstantiality protests against circumstantiality, both as an adjunct of the novel and as the illusory stuff of life…. The investigator is in a sense the all too ideal reader, asking again and again, "Go on."… And the answerer … is the aboriginal storyteller, whose enterprise is essentially one of understanding.

'Pinget's very avant-garde novel of the absurd incorporates the full French novelistic tradition. Like Proust, he has a curé who dabbles in the etymology of place names; like Balzac, he avidly traces the fortunes of little provincial shops through all the ups and downs that gossip traces. The number of anecdotes, of miniature novels, caught in his nets of description cannot be counted; presumably some are expanded elsewhere in Pinget's oeuvre…. [By] the novel's end this district, into which enough historical allusion has been insinuated to render it an analogue of France, serves as a model of the world, with all human possibilities somewhere touched upon…. Pinget's work … seems not only highly accomplished but thoroughly masculine, quite without the eunuchoid air of distress with which too much modern fiction confronts its bride the world.' -- John Updike

The gang

(l. to r.) The 'Nouveau Roman' writers, 1959: Alain Robbe-Grillet, Claude Simon, Claude Mauriac, 
Jérôme Lindon, Robert Pinget, Samuel Beckett, Nathalie Sarraute, Claude Ollier, and (not pictured) 
Margarite Duras.


Robert Pinget Website
Robert Pinget @ Red Dust Books
Robert Pinget @ Les Editions de Minuit
'Reading Robert Pinget'
'Fable' @ goodreads
'Pinget's Fable, récit: An Allegory in the Style of the New, New Novel'
'Fable' reviewed @ International Fiction Review'
from Robert Pinget's journals
'Using a computer-generated concordance to analyze and document stylistic devices in Robert Pinget's fable'
'As I read Robert Pinget ...'
'L’autoréflexion critique de Robert Pinget et de ses personnages-écrivains'
'La problématique bibliothèque de Robert Pinget'
'L’ambivalence de Robert Pinget'
'L'Hypothèse de Robert Pinget ou la littérature émet des doutes'
Buy 'Fable'


Samuel Beckett par Robert Pinget

Robert Pinget présente son livre Quelqu'un

Robert Pinget présente son livre Baga

Robert Pinget à propos de L'inquisitoire

Interview de Robert PINGET


"One of the most important novelists of the last ten years." — Samuel Beckett

“If we can imagine a Faulkner who began with the combative intellectual playfulness of Queneau or Jarry‚ or a Sound and the Fury that ends with everyone dissolved in Benjy’s idiocy‚ we start to taste Pinget.” — John Updike‚ The New Yorker

"Brilliant and obsessive, a splendid performance by a writer insufficiently well-known in this country." — Donald Barthelme

“It can and should be claimed for Pinget that he has produced a sequence of some twenty books over the past three decades‚ all of which observe the kind of stringent laws of discourse and development that we associate with the Beckett oeuvre. . . . But the comparison with Beckett should not be allowed to mask the fact that this is a wholly original and distinctive achievement.” — Stephen Bann, London Review of Books

"Robert Pinget responds to language as though he lived in it. He has an unprecedented way of isolating segments of unreliable information into compact masses of fugitive meaning." -- Dan Graham

from Pinget Queer
by David Ruffel

This article proposes a rereading of Robert Pinget's work as seen through the prism of his homosexuality, a proposal that will sound at once both obvious and surprising.

For readers of Pinget it will indeed be obvious. One might, of course, hypothesize the existence of radical "hetero-readers" who have yet to discover the sexuality of books that they nonetheless know inside out. For such readers, then, let us mention by way of introduction the explicit nature of homoeroticism in Fable (1971)1 and Passacaille (1969), the play of transvestism and transsexualism in Baga (1958) and Architruc (1961), and the aristocratic homosexuality of the "gentlemen" in L'Inquisitoire (1962), as well as the more or less explicit homosexuality of all the "masters" and writer characters that the work evokes, the sexualization of the figure of the young boy and the social obsession with pedophilia in a work such as Le Libera (1968), and finally, the question that becomes central in Robert Pinget's late work, namely that of overcoming his own death, through the fantasized and initiatory transmission from uncle to nephew and from master to young man. For gay and lesbian readers, Robert Pinget's work is naturally inscribed in the corpus of homosexual literature. For Dennis Cooper, for example, "Pinget was the only gay member of the Nouveau Roman. Pinget was very significant for my work, and his 1971 novel Fable ranks high in my list of top ten favorite novels." The connection between Pinget and Cooper (and, of course, Tony Duvert) is moreover explicit on many levels, and one might mention, among other things, that Robert Pinget was a reader of William S. Burroughs's novels.

This article's proposed reading is nonetheless surprising when formulated in the field of academic (and journalistic) criticism, since Robert Pinget's work has barely once been read in this way in the sixty years of its existence and reception. Major academic historians such as Madeleine Renouard and Jean-Claude Lieber have made allusions to the homosexuality of individual characters and isolated passages, while the English researcher John Phillips has analyzed the "displaced eroticism" of Fable (1971), but that is about as far as it goes. The relative neglect of Robert Pinget's work in the last fifteen years has meant that, to the best of my knowledge, it has slipped through the cracks of any rereading by Anglo-American queer or gay studies. Instead, the 1990s and 2000s saw a wealth of metaphysical and religious material being written about his work. As a result, Robert Pinget's texts have remained "in the closet" for sixty years.

This article intends to bring them out, but before doing so, let us first examine the reasons for this silence. This strange situation is due, first and foremost, to academic criticism, particularly in France but in other countries as well, in which it is more a question of silence than of ignorance. As Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick has shown, the order of the "closet" that defines the conditions of homosexuality in the twentieth century does not consist in completely hiding one's homosexuality or in remaining entirely ignorant of that of others. Rather, it introduces uncertainty "in the relations of the known and the unknown, the explicit and the inexplicit," or in this case, between that which one knows but does not want to know, that which one does not want to know and does not say, and that which one says without really saying it. Thus, Robert Pinget's critics knew of his homosexuality without knowing it, read it in his texts without reading it, and did not know how nor wish to tap into it. This disinterest brings us back to the theoretical context of the 1960s and 1970s and to the context of poststructuralism and textualism that eschewed any references to the author, as well as a (French) universalism that was wary of any differentialism.



Robert Pinget Fable
Red Dust

'Pinget's novels (The Libera Me Domine, Passacaglia) have a sometimes unreadable density and a difficult illogic to them: they are unclassifiable and not about anything in particular (""The initiate finds himself in the age of passion and lacking any sense of discrimination""). But in this slender--61 pages--book, and in Pinget's others, a certain authority operates throughout, an authority that slowly reveals itself as unquestionable. At first, the ""fable"" here is totally befuddling. A village (when? where?) appears to have been overrun and decimated by a catastrophe; what remains is occasionally depredated by a cannibal band. A lone traveler, Maille (sometimes he's called Miette), sleeps at night in the hay of a barn and by day investigates the scene. Flares, sudden and fantastic ones without warning, break out within the prose: bitter denunciation, blasphemy, fatalism, copulating angels, a gypsy, a ""sedentary man,"" a slovenly and licentious poetess-witch, a circumcised Jesus. The words ""I never loved you"" ring out repeatedly and dolorously--God's? The ""fable"" begins to seem half a suggestion that we truly occupy only our humiliation--and half a parable about a ""blind Narcissus"" (the artist? Jesus?) who is ""tempted"" by the Bible: ""Suddenly he stops seeing everything as consecurive, painfully linked together until its relentless end, and begins to see it as a suspended event, open dwelling-places where he can go from one to the other, he finds himself in each one, his place will not be taken from him by the tribulations to come, the accidental no longer triumphs."" These might be taken as a good set of instructions on how to read this book, with its succeeding yet independent metaphors. But, whatever the work may mean, when the traveler Mallle returns to Pinget's central location--the country village of Fantoine, where all stories, legible or not, dead or alive, are known and accepted--the touch is one of gentle fatalism. . . and very moving. Extremely difficult work, but quite haunting and provocative.' -- Kirkus Reviews


Looking for somewhere to spend the night he stopped at an abandoned barn, went in, made a hole in the hay and fell asleep in it, his knapsack under his head.

But someone had seen him in the moonlight, a belated traveler.

There are times of initial despair which alternate with others when the soul is liberated but little by little the alternation stops and that's when the head begins to rot.

Did he think about it before he fell asleep or did he only count the beams in the roof.

And that other belated person.

The town had evaporated as a result of a cataclysm, nothing was left but the dross.

The people were camping in little groups in the ruins or making their way into the fields.

This future to be dissolved.

A man called Miaille or whatever but the time isn't ripe.

Poppies in the morning were reddening in the oats.

So the night is over.

He goes off to the blazing meadow and he says poppies for the children, fading nosegays, far away years, far away and pleasant.

He takes some cheese out of his knapsack and a bottle of wine.

Naked men with leather belts come out of the river and make their way towards the corpse lying on the bank. They carve it up with the knives hanging from their belts and start to devour it. Their leader has reserved the phallus for himself and he makes short work of it before starting on the groin.

Or those clusters of delphiniums when June starts yellowing in the fields.

A little kitchen garden full of aromatic herbs.

It seems he didn't go straight to sleep, but counted the beams in the roof, attaching the day's images to them, the poppies, the naked men, the ruins of the town.

The corpse on the river bank was that of a boy with white skin and blue hair, as beautiful as ivory and ultramarine.

But the men attacked it again, carved it up again, devoured it all but its head which they hung from the leader's saddle. They went off at a gallop.

And he saw the people coming up behind and all the golden landscape, his beard was covered with poppies, his eyes were open.

It was the images of the night that made his head heavy now, all the pleasant years, far away and pleasant, like a ton of vomited sugar or a stinking defecation.

The past to be dissolved likewise.

Little by little the alternation stops.

Very little landscape, some yellow on the plain, a few trees, the time is still not ripe.

This present which made him speak, not to know any more what it's composed of.

I can see that rotting, bleeding head attached to the saddle.

And always the groups of exiles picnicking, tins of food, greasy papers, pallid faces, they go off then stop then go off again.

The town still smoking.

A house that was ours he said and here I am among the exiles eating dry bread and weeping endlessly from one stop to another, from one night to another, untl the day when this possession will be no more than a photo in my pocket between my passport and a postcard.

And no longer see.

And only just hear.

Just a muffled, inarticulate lament, perceive it piecemeal then lose it then pick up its harmonics again on the threadbare old string of the instrument eviscerated by the barbarians.

Lament, lament again, the poppies are fading and the photo is yellowing in his pocket, it was put there yesterday, centuries of avalanches, of clashes, of mortal wounds.

This Miaille 1 or whatever his name is who found himself alone in the barn which he later recognized, he found his way back there by instinct, he weeps until morning and then until the following night, he can't bring himself to leave the place, an old conformist, time has done its work, made into the past what even yesterday was still the unique present.

He went the rounds of the barn again, and the stable and the farm buildings, still carrying his knapsack for fear that the other man, the moonlight observer, might come and take it from him.

It contains neither wine nor cheese but letters, letters, diary notes, laundry bills, eating-house bills, notes written in haste, goes the rounds of the farm buildings, pulls up a nettle here, replaces a stone there, mortal wound, the merciless sun dissolves all that remained of a tenderness in which no one recognizes himself any more.

A little kitchen garden full of aromatic herbs.

When June starts yellowing in the fields, the delphiniums, unless they are his tears, turn blue, the sky is reflected in them.

When June brought the table back under the arbor, the midday and evening aperitif, old conformist, yesterday's old tenderness in which neither furtive kisses nor hours spent by the fireside recognize themselves any more.

And why is it that that town, those ruins, why is it that those exiles in the fields who speak another tongue, only perceive it piecemeal — never spoken that language — why is it that they come back like someone else's obsession, that of the man in the moonlight or of the person who is absent.

There were absences in my life which were a comfort he said, then there was a presence that ruined me.

Still going the rounds of the farm buildings, he pulls up a nettle here, replaces a stone there, when all of a sudden everything crumbles and the voice comes to him out of the ruins, he recognizes its timbre and its harmonics on that threadbare old string of the eviscerated instrument, he runs, it was a mirage, the sun was setting just as he was waking out of a nightmare, step by step going the rounds of the kitchen garden, the aromatic herbs of death, there is no possible time any more.

A blue cluster in which the phallus flowered, a white and pink rod, balls the color of Virginia tobacco.

One single mouthful the leader made of it before starting on the groin where the flesh is so tender, blood was dripping down his hairy chest and down his stomach.

These sorts of public images.

To get a taste of other secrets as bitter as gall in the shadow of the years to be dissolved, this death accompanied by the aromatic herbs of the little garden overrun and invaded by the image and then by its own shadow and then by the never-ending darkness, the delphiniums and the corpse merge into a single faded sheaf that you can only just make out in the moonlight.

Then he lay down in the grass, he tried to go to sleep but the oppressively hot sun made him get up again and sit down under the nearby elm tree, he could see two people dressed in white robes walking along the road, one had his arm round the other's shoulder, he believed he could hear them composing a difficult letter, first learning it by heart, the one correcting the other, the other inspiring the one, and with a common voice repeating the phrase dragged up out of the fathomless depths of their consciousnesses, they disappeared into the wood.

Where the only thing that might happen would be an attack by savages but an attack so thoroughly confused with the agonies of the nightmare that the recipient, the reader purified by the lost years, would grasp nothing of it but a vague grief transcribed in puerile terms, no symbols and even fewer reminiscences.

From his knapsack he once again extracts the so-called fatal letter and in rereading it discovers nothing but an adventure transcribed in the wretched, vulgar wording of a popular almanac, some charlatan must have dictated it, some rupture in time must have appropriated it and concealed it in the depths of its crevice like a secret that has no connection with the intangible peace that is his own and was such in his immemorial future.

Likewise to be dissolved.

To be dissolved and sown in the surrounding fields like the ashes of a Narcissus in one of those naive prints, a caricature for the use of concierges, those females who guard nothing but the imaginary.

The voice in the ruins, then, was double, dictating the letter that was in love with itself, reverberating over and beyond the herb garden on to the road like the steps of the people walking along it which simulate a language, such effrontery, but what's impossible about it in the circumstances in which only the person weeping in the grass turns over in his memory the poisoned phrase.

Two figures in white robes, their long hair plaited with oats and cornflowers, they went into the wood for their evening copulation, long ecstasy repeated until morning when their genitals separated in the dew.

Come out of the wood as the sun is crossing the clearing and shake themselves in the poppies and then lick each other, their morning ablutions, then from the hollow of a tree pull out some honeycomb, their first meal.

But another atmosphere, that of a tormented conscience which only accepts controlled images, distorted in the direction of possible salvation, an old chimera when candor used to triumph on Easter mornings, the initiate finds himself back in the age of passions and lacking any sense of

This obscure navigation between senses and reason which so far as we are concerned is no more than unadmitted duty, a rigidity that is even more unpracticed than it is sterile.

A blackbird whistled three notes.

There would be no more elm trees or farm buildings, there would be nothing but a room in the town smoking under its ruins, spared by a miracle in reverse, a deceptive refuge, a charnel house, death had been there from the first day and had gone unnoticed thanks to the neighboring premises not yet affected by the cataclysm, a sort of routine that aped life had become established.

It has to be accepted as it is, now, death in the midst of the ruins, going the fantastic rounds of a cemetery in which the only things that move are chimeras, the picnickers are sitting on the graves having their snacks before moving on to the next cemetery, that's the way they go about in the country that was once theirs, leaving behind them here and there those who can no longer follow, they get put under a slab with a flower in their hands, they've earned their rest.

The confused mass of possibilities before he yielded to what had to emerge, but what it was he didn't know, even though he had a presentiment of something serious'he could no more than barely calculate its weight, tons of tears and vomit, maybe some connection with the destruction of the town and the hastily-erected cemeteries as if from the very first day, that of its foundation, this city had not been menaced, madness to have built it within reach of the lava but the good weather had caused irresponsibility to triumph, years of sun and unruly and somewhat affected joy, they'd got the better of reason.

Looking for somewhere to spend the night he stopped at an abandoned barn, went in and suddenly in spite of the darkness recognized a certain layout, unchanged proportions which made him rediscover the echo of his steps on the mud floor then in the hay where he made a hole not to sleep in, sleep forsakes unhappiness, but to think about those lost years.

As for the belated traveler he was none other than that Miaille of bygone years, with blue eyes and blond beard, years of waiting, years of nothingness.

Watched himself stumbling in the darkness, soul adrift, hole in the hay like the lowest stable lad, he recognizes the echo of his footsteps on the mud floor.

As for the belated traveler he was none other than a foreigner, they'd commented on his accent at the bistro, from then on kept out of the way and prowled about at night in the moonlight.

That hope to be dissolved.


p.s. Hey. ** Squeaky, Darrell! Holy shit, how are you? Was it those squeaky doors that magnetized you? Was the Street Fair fun? You good? All the best and respect/hugs galore to you! * Thomas Moronic, Thanks, pal. Yeah, those themed days are fun to make. Especially when the topic is a totally farfetched seeming gamble like, oh, the door. Awesome music list, thank you tons! And nothing by the Doors, yay! Everyone, Mr. Thomas Moronic made a music playlist to the 'door' theme of yesterday's post. It's an earful, an earworm, and more, so if you feel like harkening back via your fingertips to yesterday's comments arena -- I would link you there myself if Blogger allowed such a thing -- you will be highly rewarded. Have a great Tuesday, T. ** Kyler, Hi. Thanks for the google link. Well, Malick scrupulously refuses to explain his work or himself. All that's known is that he had a strict religious upbringing. It's certainly possible that some degree of residue from that remains in him at least. And, yeah, there are writers, participants in the film, etc. who interpret 'ToL' as a full-throated proponent of his religious belief. There are others who think it's New Age crap. There are others, like myself, who think that it's, among many other things, a brave and bold exploration of the power of religious belief. It lends itself to many interpretations. Also, those who interpret other of his films as being about expressing or whatever his religious belief are, in my opinion, making quite a big subjective leap. So, yeah, enjoy your interpretation of 'ToL', and I will enjoy mine. ** David Ehrenstein, Hi. Thanks. Yeah, looking at that list, I already want t revise it again. 'Ritual in Transfigured Time' is so great. I've never really understood why 'Meshes in the Afternoon' is the one that everyone pushes to the front of her work. Not that 'MitA' isn't also really great. Yes, I got your email, thank you! I'll set that up and write to you very soon! That 'difficult fiction' essay looks pretty good at first glance. Thanks. Love, me. ** _Black_Acrylic, Ace! About the hotel wi-fi. And quadruple ace about Art!01's speedy countdown! ** Steevee, Hi. Oh, I see, about 'MBL'. That makes sense. How was the DFW film? I'm very wary of it, but curious. I knew David, so I could see myself winding up among those who take issues with the portrayal of him. ** Bernard Welt, I get the feeling that you don't think too highly of God then. Quite understandable, I might needlessly add. Awesome that your event at Diarmuid's went off like any person in their right mind should have placed giant bets on it doing. (Sorry about that sentence.) Did anybody video 'tape' or sound record it? Surely. Glad you got around the 'political correctness' showstopper. Wait, showstopper is a good thing, isn't it? I don't mean that. I mean showstopper like that guy who shot Lincoln. Yesterday was a horror composed of heat. Oh my God. It feels like today might be kind of okay. Are you now off to Scotland? You are, aren't you? ** James, Well, gosh, thank you for that, James. Well, 'fucked you up,' uh ... ha ha, thank you for that? Kristof intends the trilogy as one book, and, of course, I do as well. One can read 'The Notebook' on its own. With the other two, you're obviously missing something if you do. I've read 'Gemini' by Michel Tournier, yes, but years and years ago, and I hardly remember it. I remember that I thought it wasn't all that great, but I don't recall why. ** Cicci, Hi. Your name is new, so I'm assuming that you're new too? If so, hi, welcome! Causing a psychiatrist to think you're like a deer seems like a victory. But I like the word deer. Wow, I scare your mom? That's kind of cool. ** Styrofoamcastle, Hi, C! Awesome! Yeah, I saw that thing in my mailbox while I was yawning and waiting for my coffee to become an actuality this morning, and I'll go grab it as soon as this p.s. thing has been put to bed. Okay, zines, yeah, let's talk and strategize. You around? Want to talk later today, i.e. tomorrow morning your time or something, or whenever else if that's not good? I have an agent, yeah, but ... well, let's talk about that one-on-one. Thanks for the consolation prize, which was far too valuable to qualify as a mere consolation, mind you. Mint 'Tow", wow. I don't even have one of those. Big love (which Blogger just autocorrected into 'bilge', ha ha), me. ** Bill, Hi. That knocker tattoo really didn't look real to me, but it is. Animated gif tattoos are probably coming any day now. Crashed ... what?! No! Whew, about afterwards. How is 'LoS'? I'm dying to see that. ** Adrienne White, Hi, Adrienne! Do you ever use Dynomoose anymore anywhere, or is that moniker six feet under? Ha ha, yes, that thing did belong there. Everyone, mighty d.l. Adrienne White offers this add to yesterday's door fest, and it's true that yesterday's door fest was, in retrospect, sorely lacking that. Love, me. ** Juan molina, Hi, Juanfer! 'Peter Pan of fire': beautiful. Oh, for sure, 'Women ... ' is a really great one, I agree. Thanks about my comment. Never has giving an award felt more like getting an award. Oh, you can send things to me here: dcooperweb@gmail.com. Young Fathers is still cued up and ready to be explored by me. I think today. You have a wonderful day as well, man! ** Okay. Today I get to put the blog's spotlight on one of my very favorite all-time novels, and I am happy, and I hope that you, in your own ways, will be happy or something resembling that. See you tomorrow.

Monday, August 3, 2015


This door knob represents Panetheus having his eyes pecked out by a bird as a punishment from Zeus for giving humans the secret to make fire.


The Tanaka Sliding Door is a door that moulds to the shape of your body as you pass through it. "Who the fuck wants a door like this? Not me, you? I guess it’s kinda wierd but then again Japanese people like wierd shit like pulling down girls underwear in public and eating girl’s shit and eaitng sushi off of a guy’s penis." -- Anonymous



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The knock detecting door lock is built with an Arduino, a motor and piezo sensor which record and detect the phony knocks on your door. The system won’t open until a certain code pattern is detected.

Horror movies

Beyond the Door, 1974

The Forbidden Door, 2009

The Girl Next Door, 2007

At the Devil's Door, 2014

Beneath the Door, 1996

Behind the Red Door, 2003

Behind the Door, 2014

The Strange Door, 1951

The Dead Next Door, 1990

Cellar Door, 2006

This past week my wife and I visited the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. It is a museum that hosts among other things exhibitions of contemporary art. One of the exhibits was a work of art by Robert Gober created in the late 1980s entitled “Untitled Door And Door Frame” and the elements used were “wood, enamel paint.” To a left-brained home fixit guy like myself, Untitled Door And Door Frame looked like an unfinished project and anything but a work of art. In my linear, structured way of thinking the paint was dry so why not get the necessary hardware, grab the door and install the hinges and latch set, measure the doorframe to match, install its hinges and mount the door? But God’s view of us as a work of art defies our limited worldly perspective. In heavens eyes art is defined solely by the Creator. When God created the heavens and the earth with man, both male and female, as His crowning achievement He “looked over all He had made, and He saw that it was very good!” (Genesis 1:31 NLT) When God declares that His works of art are art, and “very good” at that, then we need to agree with Him. Yes we may feel like an unhinged door, even look like one to a casual observer, but in heavens eyes we are a valuable work of art, “God’s workmanship” or “masterpiece” the Bible tells us. God looks at us, the way any artist looks at their finished work, with a sense of satisfaction and personal delight. And that is prior to us having ever done anything, been of any benefit to anyone else or proven our worth to God Himself. All the credit for being a masterpiece goes to the creator, not to the work.

Dominic Muren’s award-winning Melody Door works like a vertical xylophone, allowing you to tap out your very own signature tune on a full octave of available notes.


The Epidemic
by Georges Perec

The dreamer (this whole story is like a novel in the third person) has sat down at a little bistro. He is foreign, but they quickly come to treat him like a regular. The boss and some of the customers are discussing the epidemic. The Chinese cook of the restaurant enters (the dreamer thinks he looks like someone he knows); the Chinese cook says they need to find a replacement for him, because he can no longer continue to man the stoves and cook for the girls. On this note he cites a Shakespearean proverb:

    They died not all, but all were sick!

Stunned, the owner of the café looks at the dreamer: he’s the one who taught him the proverb. At that instant the dreamer understands that he is no longer a stranger at some table and that he is now the “central character”; at the same time, he recognizes the Chinese cook; he knows only him; he’s the one who comes from time to time to volunteer for the girls.

There has been a great cholera epidemic. Everyone wants to be examined. The symptom is spitting up blood. The dreamer and two of his friends walk around the town. They arrive in front of a stairway blocked by a mass of young girls, surely a boarding school. They pretend to have priority, like one of them has been stricken, so that the doctor has to look after them first. The doctor has to clear a path through the girls.

A bit later, in a crowd of girls splayed out, sick, the dreamer picks up a piece of earth (and not a piece of trash or of feces) from the ground. And he discovers, behind a door, his friend J., laid flat, dead, turned into earth, turned into a block of earth that is missing the piece the dreamer just picked up.

Meandering Door

A Riverside County man has pleaded not guilty to burglary and indecent exposure charges after he alleged crawled through a neighbor’s doggie door naked for sex. Philip John Garcia, 41, was arrested on April 10 and is being held on $130,000 bail. According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the victim told authorities that her husband had left for work that evening and she was preparing for bed when she heard a knock on her bedroom door. The woman opened the door to find Garcia naked and possibly intoxicated. Garcia allegedly told the woman that he was there to have sex, officials said. The victim yelled at him to leave and called authorities. Garcia was later arrested after deputies located him naked in his own bed.


The defendus labyrinth door chain is a project by the Art Lebedev studio in Moscow. Constructed from titanium alloy, fixed in place with 10 different screws and load-tested to a whopping 700 pounds of force, the door chain forces you to solve a maze to exit with no other option.


In 1990, two years after April Tinsley’s murder, this message appeared on a barn door near where her body was recovered.

More knobs

PS1 Contemporary Art Center reopened in 1997 after extensive renovations. Alanna Heiss, the gallery’s founder and director, first installed her organisation in this abandoned school in 1976, and to inaugurate the new building with a nod to its past, Gordon Matta-Clark’s Doors, Floors, Doors (1976) was re-made. Using the dimensions of an adjacent door, a rectangular slot was cut through the structure in a vertical line that descended into the basement. To cast a vertigo-inducing glance through these layers of wood and metal was to recall PS1’s origins as an exhibition space whose architecture the artists could sully with impunity.

Botulistum plays a sickeing kind of black metal , which they call "peat metal". Botulistum was formed in the beginning of 1998 by Nachtraaf (Stringraper and Drumprofaner) and Botmuyl (Over the top hysteria and sickening one snared violin). They started this band as a statement against commercial acts , humanity and other trends. The band split up again in 2002.

Moms gets creepy as hell in the new Old Spice ad.


Sylvia is an actress in erotic movies for whom the narrator is making a table out of a door. He has made one of these for each of his other relationships, all of which failed. A door is what you close behind you when you leave, and what you use to shut things away out of sight. It can be a symbol for repressing problems into your subconscious. It is the opposite of communication — not a very appropriate gift to a lover. One of the women apparently threw the door he gave her onto the barricades, so she didn’t appreciate it.

A door you can only see through if you’re standing in exactly the right spot. If you’re further than 50 centimetres from the inside of the FOCUS Door, a curious milky fog creeps in from the edges of the glass, reducing your vision to a transparent central strip. Move left or right, and that strip moves to the opposite side of the door to you. It’s another door to keep the world at arm’s length – in this case, consigning it to “out of sight, out of mind”.


57-year-old Anthony Bruce Berry was caught by police after he performed an “Indecent act” on the door of a business in Hypoluxo, Florida. An employee saw the whole incident and even got video to use as proof when she called the police. the unidentified employee of the business told law enforcement that she saw Berry walk to the back of the establishment around 2 in the afternoon. Soon after going to the back of the building, Berry reappeared at the front entrance where he tried to open the door. The door was locked so instead of leaving, he pulled out his privates and began committed the disturbing act. Once Anthony Berry finished himself off, he pulled his clothes back together and walked away. He took a seat on a nearby bench and that’s where police found him once the employee called the cops. The police asked Berry if he had committed the sex act with the door and Berry replied, “Yes, I have a mental problem!”


from The School
by Donald Barthelme

One day, we had a discussion in class. The children asked me, where did they go? The trees, the salamander, the tropical fish, Edgar, the poppas and mommas, Matthew and Tony, where did they go? And I said, I don’t know, I don’t know. And they said, who knows? and I said, nobody knows. And they said, is death that which gives meaning to life? And I said no, life is that which gives meaning to life. Then they said, but isn’t death, considered as a fundamental datum, the means by which the taken-for-granted mundanity of the everyday may be transcended in the direction of –
    I said, yes, maybe.
    They said, we don’t like it.
    I said, that’s sound.
    They said, it’s a bloody shame!
    I said, it is.
    They said, will you make love now with Helen (our teaching assistant) so that we can see how it is done? We know you like Helen.
    I do like Helen but I said that I would not.
    We’ve heard so much about it, they said, but we’ve never seen it.
    I said I would be fired and that it was never, or almost never, done as a demonstration. Helen looked out the window.
    They said, please, please make love with Helen, we require an assertion of value, we are frightened.

I said that they shouldn’t be frightened (although I am often frightened) and that there was value everywhere. Helen came and embraced me. I kissed her a few times on the brow. We held each other. The children were excited. Then there was a knock on the door, I opened the door, and the new gerbil walked in. The children cheered wildly.

No door to balcony

It's been sixteen years since Goatwhore reared its menacing head from the swamplands of New Orleans, Louisiana — a city rife with urban tales of voodoo curses, witchcraft and hauntings by souls of the damned. Spawned by former Acid Bath/Crowbar guitarist Sammy Duet in 1997, their winding legacy follows a dramatic, at times traumatic, sequence of personnel changes, fatal injuries, paranormal activity, natural disasters, and a collection of other misadventures large and small. They say what doesn't kill you… whether driven by an unwavering commitment to their craft, pure insanity, the divine powers of Satan or perhaps a combination of the three, Goatwhore forever perseveres, inadvertently establishing themselves as one the most consistently punishing live bands of the 21st century.

10 artists' "doors"

Rachel Whiteread

Jim Hodges

Gerhard Richter

Ai Wei Wei

Tom Burr

Matthew Brannon

Robert Motherwell

Gary Hume

Ivan Navarro

Yoko Ono

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door music that has been extended to play for half an hour.

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"Then Tex told me to go back into the house and write something on the door in one of the victim's blood," said Susan Atkins. He said, 'Write something that would shock the world.' And I got the towel with Sharon Tate's blood, walked over to the door and with the towel I wrote pig on the door."


p.s. Hey. ** Michael_karo, Hi, Michael. I haven't seen 'A Wedding' since it was first released. The only thing I remember about it is Dennis Christopher's character's epileptic fit. ** James, I can see the resemblance you mention, yeah. Awesome about the cover, I'll go look at it. Have you read the other two books in the Kristof trilogy. You really must, if not, 'cos it's one long work, and it's even more astonishing with the other two parts. ** Thomas Moronic, Yeah, a really unique charisma, I think. A hard to pin down but definite charisma. ** David Ehrenstein, That scene in 'They Live' is so cool. I only know Cilla Black through Antonio's 'hatred' of her so my feelings on her passing are resultantly and decidedly 'mixed'. ** Bill, Hi, B. Yeah, I think that for a lot of people she's one of those actors whom one knows without being able to or even thinking to identify. Very excited for that Guy Maddin, yeah. That's the film he was filming part of publicly in the Centre Pompidou during the 'Nouveau Festival' a few years ago in which Gisele and I were also artists/curators. Did you accrue the right attitude? ** Steevee, Man, tech negotiating stuff, yuck. What occasioned you writing on 'My Beautiful Launderette'? Is it being restored or rereleased or something? Great about your piece on the Varda films! I'll be very excited to read that! ** Etc etc etc, Hi, Casey. Me too. Very excited! ** Kyler, Hi. Well, I don't think 'Tree of Life' is religious. I think it's about religious belief, which is very different. I don't think the emotional or philosophical effect caused by religious belief is much different than the effects caused by being in love or being devoted to a cause or being in awe of something or someone. A bunch of my favorite films are about religious belief -- 'Diary of a Country Priest', 'The Color of Pomegranates', others. It can be a rich and fascinating area. But I don't think 'ToL' itself is religious just because it embraces religious belief without qualifications or criticality any more than I think, say, my books are murderous because they embrace murders' perspective without qualifiers or criticism, you know? ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben. Thanks for the link to the BS-M interview. I'll read it. Oh, yeah, that Kristof trilogy is a massive 'book' for me. Shit, sorry about the timing on the post. I hope you get to enjoy at least some of the fruits in the moment. ** Bernard Welt, Hi, B. Thank you. How was the Holmes museum? It sounds cool to me. As does the cupcake, a noble concoction. Oh, man, shame you didn't make it inside Palais de Tokyo. Gisele and Stephen and I went yesterday, and, yeah, a big part of the museum is flooded, darkened, filled with sound and projections, and you get to row a boat around in it. It was a blast. The heat has gone way up here in Paris today. Be glad you're not inside this. ** Postitbreakup, Hi. Oh, your first 'farting around' -- hardly -- with gifs is terrific. I'll go over it more carefully when I'm done here, but, yeah, keep going. Oh, boy, making literary gif works is a hell of a lot of work, yeah. Which I like, mind you, 'cos I love making fiction with as much difficulty as possible. But I'll spend weeks just trying to find one gif to make a sequence work. Etc. Good work, man! Here's my most recently updated list of favorite films. ** Douglas Payne, Hi, Douglas! It was really good to talk to you last night. Thanks again! Yeah, 'Cria Cuervos' is great. Carlos Saura's film in general seem to be kind of unknown in the States other than 'Spirit of the Beehive'. I only know a little of Czech New Wave cinema circa 60s/70s. It's an area I've long meant to explore more. With your nudge, I will. I do know and love 'Valerie and Her Week of Wonders'. Wonderful. Cool, thanks a lot for bring that up. ** Misanthrope, Hi. She so successfully did that that I didn't even know she was Charlie Chaplin's kid until a couple of years ago. Ouch about Cena. No choreography is without the danger of a big mistake. Other than baseball, which I was into since I was a kid, I never followed or was interested in sports at all. Well, tennis a little too. It's interesting that big emojis exist and are being used a lot in the same way that strings of beads were interesting when hippies wore them around their necks. They're like weathervanes or something. ** Cal Graves, Hi, Cal. Great news about the sleep. If I don't get at least 7 1/2 hours of sleep a night, I'm a zombie. 'Dr. Zhivago' is kind of a big bore, in my opinion, to be honest. I'd do 'Nashville' instead or one of the others. Thank you about the slaves. That's okay, I forget shit all the time. Forgetting is sublime maybe. Patent-the-fuck-out-of-that-ly, Dennis. ** Right. I decided to do the door today. The humble, too often overlooked, taken for granted door. See you tomorrow.