The Freud Notebook 2006–2008 - by Ed Park
24 Nov 2006
‘Rosa’s self-satisfaction was embarrassing and irritating, for he boasted that he had surpassed Michelangelo, and Passeri quickly changed the subject.’
Ingredients for a writing project à la Sebald:
‘The place smelled of dog, of wet dog, of a wet dog who had been smoking a pipe.’
Character for novel (entitled Klein): A Korean American who goes out of his way to indulge every stereotype (e.g., eats dog once a week).
25 Nov 2006
After the tsunami, an orphaned hippo became attached to a tortoise.
There are reports of elephants raping hippos.
Skeletons of prehistoric camels have been found, twice the size of today’s dromedaries.
‘[Rustici] had made a porcupine so tame that it stayed under the table like a dog, and sometimes it rubbed against people’s legs so that they drew them in very quickly.’
Last night on the verge of overtime the Canadiens broke a 1-1 tie by scoring with 1.4 seconds left in regulation.
On the flight Wednesday, I watched an ESPN Classic game—Doug Flutie’s Hail Mary with no time left on the clock, giving Boston College the victory over Florida.
I am happy if, at the end of an otherwise dull or insignificant game, a flurry of activity in the last minute changes the outcome. It can even be between two teams that mean nothing to me (e.g., that game I went to with H., Rangers vs. Carolina, the former scoring goals in the last minute and last second to tie and win). To relish sports in this way is to love drama, to appreciate the aesthetics of surprise.
The Weirdest Book project (a/k/a The Aesthetics of Surprise): Chapters on Keeler, Edward Payson Vining, Ernest Vincent Wright, Robert Kelly (The Scorpions), The Worm Ouroboros, Cards of Identity, It Happened in Boston?, Strange Life of Ivan Osokin.
B. insisted the “P” in “Prussia” was not pronounced, like the “P” preceding “psychology.”
Frenesis magna, the great frenzy of the brain.
26 Nov 2006
‘One of his central projects is to find ways of feeling that nothing is ever lost.’
29 Dec 2006
14 Jan 2007
What I liked about C.: She had no use for Borges, Kafka, Beckett, Céline, anything too postmodern or self-reflexive or grim. Though these were the kinds of things I read. Why indeed was I reading them?
18 Jan 2007
24 Mar 2007
be considered a form of broken English but a language in its own right, with its own rhythms and expressions and grammar and nuances, its dialects and its accents, and I suddenly felt the mystery of all language, the bittersweet yearning for connection.
Then last night around 2 a.m., there was a travel show about Chinese culture, focusing on mysterious old red drawings on a steep and inaccessible cliffside in a
9 April 2007
Great second paragraph: ‘I said my name is John Jones. My father told me I was thus named to challenge me. “In a world,” he explained, “where millions of Joneses are annually furrowing tens of
She had no use for Borges, Kafka, Beckett, Céline.
thousands of additional Joneses in a race of procreation with the Smiths and the Cohens, it will take diligence and ingenuity to become the John Jones.’
Cf. Harry Stephen Keeler’s ‘John Jones’s Dollar’ (Written 1914)
8 Sept 2007
1. ‘Smart ads’ that insert names of viewer’s beloved/family members.
2. Group of friends suspect one is an android, his family a hologram. The friend under suspicion manages to dissuade them—but he is an android. (‘He would have to be more careful in the future.’) At the end of the story, we realize that he’s been telling it all along.
9 Sept 2007
1 Jan 2008
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