In Which We Are Caught In The Grip of The City, Madness

Summer Reading

Part Three

by Andrew Zornoza

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I am an architect.

They asked me to build a city. On the ashes of a village.

How does one build a city? People build cities. Not, a person.

I became unhinged. The books on the floor are not a symptom but a manifestation.

I threw the television out the window.

It does not matter, no one saw it fall.

A naked woman spread out on the books, I imagined this.

She sat up, put a hand on the inside of her knee and. . . .

Curling paint, air heavy with salt.

There is no honest work when all is in ruins.

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Between the sea and sand is nothing.

Can you picture it? Guadalajara?

Not at all. Children sift through the trash.

The oldest mans the bulldozer.

Foreground, seagull. Bluffs.

A rope ladder prevents you from falling.

Cigarettes are harvested, ice cream containers are worn as hats.

To ward off the birds.

My wife and I are having a child in August.

I tore my books out of the walls.

Now I am an architect. . . .

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For those confined to the city for the summer, Andrew highly recommends Bord de Mer by Gabriele Basilico:

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And, Beirut 1991:

Also:

The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard

Also a subscription to Paper Monument, the art offshoot of the magazine n + 1. Edited by Dushko Petrovich and Roger White. Read the editor’s excellent essay here.

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Sadly, it may also be the summer of Thomas Disch, who killed himself this July 4th. Here are two excellent choices:

The Brave Little Toaster

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And Camp Concentration

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BASILICO’S PLAYLIST

(for Thomas Disch 1940-2008):

“A Little Longing Goes Away” — The Books (mp3)

“Place Pigalle” — Elliot Smith (mp3)

Andrew Zornoza is the senior contributor to This Recording. He lives in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. His latest story is available here. His photo-novel “Where I Stay,” will be available from Tarpaulin Sky Press in early 2009. You can e-mail him at azornoza at gmail.com.

“Borrowed Your Gun” – Spiritualized (mp3)

“The Waves Crash In” – Spiritualized (mp3)

PREVIOUSLY ON THIS RECORDING

Stand up comics we can tolerate.

Becca got knocked up. Oh sorry, Knocked Up.

Indulging oneself.

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