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Code Unknown: 23 Things About W. H. Auden April 25, 2013: One day, while he and Stephen Spender were students at Oxford, Spender told him that he was thinking of stopping writing poetry. Auden stopped in his tracks, took firm hold of Spender’s arm and [...] by

Code Unknown: Sensation April 23, 2013: Any two meter square sheet of glass to lean against any wall. —Lawrence Weiner Years ago, I got this terrific note from Connie’s then new son-in-law Jim Hufford who had just heard me read my [...] by

Code Unknown: Sanity Clause April 19, 2013: Otis B. Driftwood (Groucho): It’s all right. That’s, that’s in every contract. That’s, that’s what they call a sanity clause. Fiorello (Chico): Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! You [...] by

Code Unknown: Social Justice April 17, 2013: …. no better, but often worse, than what a French wit [La Rochefoucauld] had long ago defined it,—viz. A mysterious carriage of the body to cover the defects of the mind;—which definition [...] by

Code Unknown: The Golden Rule April 15, 2013: All art is collaboration. You collaborate with your culture, your language, your reading …. When Bernadette Mayer says of her writing “It’s as if the language wants to say this,” she [...] by

CodeUnknown: Reading Writing April 11, 2013: Christopher Ricks’s Keats and Embarrassment and Robert Gittings’s John Keats: The Living Year are like good slide lectures on the poet and his works. Both writers quote meaningfully from Keats [...] by

Code Unknown: Tutelage (Old Standbys) April 10, 2013: Everyone gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense. They listen so much that they forget to be natural. This is a nice story. —Gertrude Stein, “Reflections on the [...] by

Code Unknown: Wiggle Room April 4, 2013: I call people of this sort ironists because of their realization that anything can be made to look good or bad by being redescribed, and their renunciation of the attempt to formulate criteria of [...] by

Code Unknown: John Ashbery April 3, 2013: In his workshop at the New School for Social Research, when I took it, in 1959, Kenneth Koch read and talked about John Ashbery’s work with his, Kenneth’s, customary sense of modern poetry as [...] by

Code Unknown: Plain Pleasures April 1, 2013: Douglas Dunn’s Cassations at Danspace, St. Marks-in-the-Bouwerie Church, February 7, 2013. As I watched the performance I didn’t stop to consider what Douglas Dunn might mean by “cassations.” [...] by