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Because It Is August and I Love It So - De File
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Because It Is August and I Love It So
From Denis Johnson, The Incognito Lounge --
Heat

Here in the electric dusk your naked lover
tips the glass high and the ice cubes fall against her teeth.
It's beautiful Susan, her hair sticky with gin,
Our Lady of Wet Glass-Rings on the Album Cover,
streaming with hatred in the heat
as the record falls and the snake-band chords begin
to break like terrible news from the Rolling Stones,
and such a last light -- full of spheres and zones.
August, you're just an erotic hallucination,
just so much feverishly produced kazoo music,
are you serious? -- this large oven impersonating night,
this exhaustion mutilated to resemble passion,
the bogus moon of tenderness and magic
you hold out to each prisoner like a cup of light?
Sad to think that the line about wet glass-rings will no longer be palpable to people of my daughter's generation. Even I only caught the tail-end of the LP era in rock, though Kim more than made up for my belatedness with her leaving-records-all-over-the-place ways.

Mode: overheated, underfired
Muse: Her - Richard Buckner - Dents And Shells

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From: thewhitaker Date: August 5th, 2005 02:01 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Denis Johnson! Recently, you have been "name dropping" members of the William Whitaker Legitimate Contemporary American Writer Hall of Fame (this Hall will forever exclude Rick Moody and Dave Eggers and Jonathan Franzen, but will soon induct Lorie Moore). Although I don't like INCOGNITO LOUNGE, I love JESUS' SON, and ALREADY DEAD. Nevertheless, The University of Pittsburgh Press thought it was great, and thank God for that.
I feel bad about my earlier unflattering comment regarding your homeboy Ethan Hawke, so I will make up for it by saying Billy Crudup (who could be classified as Ethan Hawke-ish) is tremendous. He shined in the film adaptation of JESUS' SON. He was also great in WAKING THE DEAD.
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