Friday, August 22, 2003

James Whitehead

Jim Whitehead, author of the novel Joiner and many books of poetry, was my favorite teacher. I took several of his courses at the University of Arkansas, mostly poetry, and learned more from him in those short days than I did anywhere else. The man was a tower in person and on paper. He was a viscious editor and a good friend. The parties at his house were the best I've ever attended. He died in Fayetteville, Arkansas, of an aortic aneurysm, the same thing that killed my father.

Here's a line from his sonnet "A Local Man Doesn't Like the Music":
Those tunes don't recollect one memory
I ever had. Not one could call my name.
And when the music isn't company
It's time to go and time to change your mind.

Friday, August 15, 2003

"I'm a follower of American Politics."— GW Bush

Jon Stewart of The Daily Show said "That's funny, as president, I'd think you'd be a leader of American politics." Same show as the Arnold Schwartzenegger campaign slogan: "Cutting violence in half with a laser guided chain saw across a charred landscape for the children."