Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Aimless Reading: The O's, Part 5.22 (Charles Olson)

Olson, Charles
The Fiery Hunt and Other Plays

Purchased at Rust Belt Books, back in the Brian Lampkin days. It's a posthumous collection of Olson's plays and verse dramas, none of which were never performed in his lifetime. Another labor of love by George Butterick. Man, talk about a heroic editor!

Quite a day here yesterday. My post on the Blazevox situation shattered all previous records for number of hits to the blog. According to Google Analytics, 1535 visitors came to the site yesterday. The crazy thing is that when I went to bed at 11:30, the number was around 1100, which means either that there is a delay in the posting of the numbers on Google's end or that 400 people visited the site in the final 30 minutes of the day. Hits are still five times higher than normal today. I'd guess we'll be back down to 30 or so by week's end, unless another conflagration ignites.

I feel like I have more to say about the whole situation -- not about Blazevox, per se, but about the different ideas concerning literary production, literary communities, authority, legitimacy, and the heroic author (see Johannes Göranson's excellent post on this subject) that arose during yesterday's conflagration.

But not today. Soon. Maybe after the baby comes, or before, depending on when.

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