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Alexander Schmitz <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 21 Jan 1998 00:24:00 +0100
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re/ existing EP bio's
it's easy:
never mention Tytell again.
- CARPENTER is great
[altho Will. Cookson of AGENDA/London (ed of SP) chose ANOTHER reviewer when it was out -
not cause I'm German, but he said:  Geoffrey Hill - acknowleged/great Brit. poet!!]  had sd. - and
tthen written - that Carpenter was NO GOOD.
My very personal SALUTE is for JJ Wilhelm [<- and not  - again! - cause of this German sounding
last name....!!!): I'm just reading the middle one of his 3 volls ['cause it seems to having been
easier, obviously, to having got the "Roots" and the "Tragic" here than get me the middle one
covering 1908-25.. at last, here it is] ...What I think REALLY great in JJW is the news in the VERY
SMALL details; and he seems to me to be the VERY first to CONNECT bio to work
CONSEQUENTLY in a book you CD/ GIVE OUTSIDERS & they wd at least TOUCH it. Very
simply (as far as I'm entitled to judge: WELL written!]
There is so much WASTE-OF-TIME-stuff around. The discussion whether hypertext cd be taken
as a substitute for ideogram etc; the funny [!!!] association between HYPERTEXT & FASCISM
[sorry, Pat - but anyway: May 25 - or what was it? - when you'll be a Dr. phil. - will be a date my PC
REMEMBERS!] - it all SOUNDS good, but it is crap. Sorry. Sorry. VERY sorry: it's intelligents'
people's childs' play. There are no DISCOVERIES, no NEWS about EP, and no "CHINESE" news
JJWilh.: Dante, Arn. Daniel. The Later Cantos [which was, WHEN IT CAME OUT] a great guide for
me, for instance the Byzantium theme etc. And for what's remaining: Peter Stoicheff's great book
[& Ron Bush in Ric Taylor's collection - all here, after all, in - re/ EP -"half savage country"...]
JJW: I dig his STYLE. I do NOT find him in ANY way superficial [as was sd. here & there].
So, re/ EP bio's:
                                     - Chas Norman: Pioneer, just as Hugh K.'s book was back in '49/50
                                     -  Stock [but because of personal "warps" in his OWN biography not THAT
                                     -  Tytell: a crazy journalist. Forget it IMMEDIATELY!
                                     -  Carp/: best
                                      - JJW: the three volls. - TOGETHER with Carp/ the best to date.
best - & SORRY