By Charles Bernstein
Darkish urban, Charles Bernstein's 20th e-book, is an every now and then comedian, now and then bleak, expedition into lifestyle within the overdue twentieth century. In darkish urban, Bernstein strikes via a startling diversity of languages and kinds, from desktop lingo to the cant of television speak indicates, from high-poetic diction to direct mail, from intimate handle to philosophical imperatives, from would-be proverbs to nursery rhymes and songs.
Bernstein's urban is flickering and evanescent, relocating from Madras to long island to l. a., from "Virtual Reality" to "The View from Nowhere." but his college of diversive/divisive voices additionally represents, because the Village Voice has famous, "A tireless try and regain our consciousness and convey us from inertia into discourse again":
Love is like love, a baby
like a child, that means like
memory, gentle like light.
A journey's a detour
and a pocket a charm
in which deceits are borne.
A cloud is a cloud and
a tale like a story,
song is a song,
fury like fury.
Read Online or Download Dark City PDF
Best American Literature books
“There is certainly lifestyles after demise, and Rosenblatt proves that undoubtedly. ”—USA TodayFrom Roger Rosenblatt, the bestselling writer of constructing Toast and until It strikes the Human center, comes a poignant meditation at the nature of grief, the passages via it, the solace of solitude, and the therapeutic energy of affection.
A set from one among our such a lot influential African American writers An icon of nineteenth-century American fiction, Charles W. Chesnutt, an incisive storyteller of the aftermath of slavery within the South, is commonly credited with nearly single-handedly inaugurating the African American brief tale culture and used to be the 1st African American novelist to accomplish nationwide severe acclaim.
Esteemed critic Blanche Gelfant's fabulous significant other gathers jointly lucid essays on significant writers and topics through the superior literary critics within the usa. half 1 is made from articles on tales that proportion a specific topic, akin to "Working type tales" or "Gay and Lesbian tales.
1944 was once a afflicted and momentous 12 months for Jack Kerouac. In March, his shut pal and literary confidant, Sebastian Sampas, misplaced his existence at the Anzio beachhead whereas serving as a US military medic. That spring—still reeling with grief over Sebastian—Kerouac solidified his friendships with Lucien Carr, William Burroughs, and Allen Ginsberg, offsetting the lack of Sampas by means of immersing himself in New York's blossoming mid-century bohemia.
Additional info for Dark City
The infernal talking of "pressmen's licence", here's a really equipment of lacking harness, by means of t}e bus, novel example of "creating proof" gates with regards to malediction, as in riddled with holes like baloney. get offmy bunt, churning in make-work flirtation, surprised to discover )/es a bandit it u is the virile voice of authority, the condescending it topic that no. he hasn't any . . . "Creative reply: the purpose to not correct flawed yet to return to phrases loosened . . . Venetian purple (Rem), prussian with mistakes. it isn't in simple terms ultramarine (Rem), shiva pink, thick the incorrect highway however the mistaken Io8 Denrc Crrv CTTnRLES BTnNSTETN vacation spot; nonetheless it explosion, lower back the next day to come to the mine there is no long ago, there is corporation & the reminiscence: what different within the photo of braveness may have loss. Heeding with out ceding . . . undefined so dancing within the snow, within the blinding weight? The salt mild. irrespective of how a lot you protest. of the earth is the tears "! f i would have lived longer,l'd of God, torn for much more funds. " have misplaced For months he retreated little capital & loads penitence at having created this plenitude into his internal sanctuary, rising just for nutrients of sufferance. So we dismember (disremember) & sleep; as soon as, stealing via its in homage to our maker, foraging Iocked doorways, we in short glimpsed in suits, forgiving in the spot: naked forests, spearing what we take partitions with out furnishings or enforce, flooring to be our sustenance: belittling to rein issues lined with thick black in to human scale. A holy land parched loam. greater witl grief & dulled a barber than a elegance envy. The land is soil be. Fool's & won't stain; such gold wish as we might upward push hom. is t}e in simple terms type of gold I ever cared approximately. the boys, having misplaced their comrades within the r09 Motion rises, sustains center in My Eye a predilection in askance who periodize place, slush boat to chimes slows emotion, Iike as in thumping pummels or pulverizes punt vicarious are looking to be possessed no room arrays diphthong slope gumption gum drilled or guttered, the contraption is antisocial needs to fly capture or raise theatrical identical of lozenge a. okay. a. e'er do-well seamster stirs up corollary antidote or weightlier osmosis stems having a look glass impact coddling codices in endoskeletal humor mongering-you'd need to nd6i1- belies the unpoetic poetic who cruises palatially- I thirteen rt+ Danr Crrv CueRLES BpnNSTETN all adrift inlgndsd-['ll get slumpy and perhaps open a backyard (leveled at approximately 3o,ooo fleet;-o. 1ru," the boom-shebang influence fostered at time interlock, station flayed via baloney, scintillating sway of deadbeat ejaculation, sippinggood aluminum : something that may be forgot might be forgotten blue ashtray on a plexiglass puncture, plowed to enclosure, second earlier than enunciation: I leJt inoperable hampers, obsequious swoops, as pulp bumps plop, thingamawhoseit buffle you there yet you've by no means discovered joint, me even though I cover glassed in progressively gestures of gerrymand starting place, jitters jocose rectangular- nor say thismaterials now not not easy to find ful rsf6rrn- Iike like or as sooner than, getting a taxi in a sandstorm breathes (not breaths) a lie of trust tokes ofcongregation voids convivial handtray intubation till detains corrode lavalier pistol-whip upholstery larvae of disorder branding witless hip, demarcation in visibility and wade higglety pigglety between archways or ski lifts dating caresses whereas plummeting sometimes to coastline sighting concavities just like the model that had no manners, buying and selling flops for angular inebriation (awful salvage), lights hold up if info may well opposite the process reason's palsy: as middle in my eye regret buckles below weight that overpowers all I I5 CunRLES BTnNSTETN I name mine all touched through such publicity mind's eye flings instruments shaped in shellbent plan we mourn at singular unleavening excretes through fold It Heveal f,odes is frequently acknowledged that the bladder is an unreliable witness.