I read an interesting book this weekend, The Writings of William
Carlos Williams, Publicity for the Self. Carlos' thoughts and
relationships as to Eliot, Pound and Stevens and vice versa are explored,
but the main focus of the book is the rather deep and complex relationship
between Carlos and his initial and longtime publisher, James Laughlin,
who began New Directions. I believe that practically everyone on
this list would enjoy the book.
I remember years ago, when Bob Dylan came out with that song about an
allegedly innocent heavyweight fighter believed to responsible for a double
murder, and I can't remember the title of the song at the moment. I
think it was named for the fighter. But, anyway, the song received a lot
of radio play at the time. Yes, It was called Hurricane something, which
was the fighter's nickname. Anyway, at the time, I remember thinking
that there was something about the song that demanded my attention, more
than the obvious, and I couldn't for awhile pin down what it
was that was disturbing me about that song. Then, one day in my car, the
song came on the radio and I realized what it was: The double murder
allegedly penetrated by the fighter had taken place in Patterson, and Dylan
named Patterson in his song.
By the way, the fighter won a sudden appeal for a re-trial
and there's no doubt that Dylan's work had a lot to do with it.
Kate (on an unbelievably sultry and warm night in