Odd Words March 3, 2011Posted by Mark Folse in Odd Words, Toulouse Street.
On Saturday, the New Orleans Police Department shutdown an annual costume market at a Frenchman Street bar for failure to have a permit to sell clothes. Which leads me to wonder what this will mean for the annual NOLA Bookfair, which is a coop run by a group of erstwhile anarchists who I can’t imagine get a permit from The Man. In a city where the murder rate would make a tour of duty in Afghanistan look like a vacation from it all, you would think the NOPD would have better things to do.
It’s the lead up to Carnival weekend so it’s going to be awfully quiet for Odd Words. I have one listing to share. I did have an interesting conversation with Chuck Perkins at d.b.a. Saturday night. He is trying to setup a performance space for poets at The Healing Center, and we spoke a bit about an idea a few of us had to try to break down the racial and clique lines that exist around the various reading venues in town, and whether that space would be a good place to hosts events to try to get all literary people together in one room once in a while. I left him a card and hope to hear more from him about it in the future.
One last things: Beckett on Joyce. ” I realized that Joyce had gone as far as one could in the direction of knowing more, in control of one’s material. He was always adding to it; you only have to look at his proofs to see that. I realized that my own way was impoverishment, in lack of knowledge and in taking away, subtracting rather than adding…”.
§ On Thursday, March 3 @ 7:30pm, 17 Poets! Literary & Performance Series proudly presents a book signing & reading with New Orleans poet BRAD RICHARD, author of Motion Studies (Word Works 2010).