October 4, 2011 § 9 Comments

This is kinda embarrassing, but I think maybe it’s more embarrassing to let it dangle unacknowledged.

I have a reading list printed in a corner of the newest issue of Nylon Magazine. I was asked to submit a list of my 5 favorite books unified by a particular theme. I chose to make a list of books in which form and function are unified in perfect synthesis – Ie; the narrative voice is the story.

And sure, maybe as a theme it’s a little clunky or abstract. I prefer to think of it as SUBTLE, but maybe I’m being dumb. Point is, the title of the list was changed to “Experimental Language.”

This is embarrassing because if I was asked to make a list of books of Experimental Language that I like, I certainly never would’ve included Shirley Jackson or Borges.


So, for the record: I just wanna make clear, because it makes me look like a dumb-ass, that contrary to what I may be represented as saying, by no means am I under any delusion that either Shirley Jackson or Borges is a user of “Experimental Language.”

And the people I dealt with at Nylon were real nice, so I know this was not a malicious plot to make me appear ignorant. And Yeah, I’m sure their mailroom is just up to their necks with outraged letters re: these Preposterous Implications! But you know, it’s embarrassing. Just like it’s embarrassing to be so self-aware and petty to bother correcting it, but you know, I don’t know. It’s embarrassing.

In other news: September News Re-cap (So we can all one day look back on the innocence of our simple lives in these last days before Occupy-Here-and-There – – C’mon Tipping Point!)


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§ 9 Responses to Correction

  • justin says:

    what is your favorite borges short story tim?

    • Tim Kinsella says:

      I dunno. Pierre Menard? Three Versions of Judas? I guess those are the ones I’ve returned to most over the years and I like how they continue to change with re-readings. I like The Aleph, how he has such a bumbling caricature of himself as the narrator. Every one without exception is a total-mindbender and tilts the world for a day.

  • Josh says:

    Take it easy on yourself—I’m being serious—that was a totally necessary and worthwhile correction. Also—and only kind of serious here—nice job not releasing the other three names and making me hunt down a copy of Nylon. #OccupyMadisonAvenue

    • Tim Kinsella says:

      OK, yeah, thanks. But everyone there was so nice, I didn’t want them to think I was complaining when it’s probably half my fault for not being able to state my theme more clearly. AND as you said, there’s a whiff of self-promotion to talking about it at all.
      More interestingly, are you really writing from Occupy Wall Street?!

      • Josh says:

        No, the only thing I’m occupying lately is my office, my couch, and this copy (holds up book) of Canetti’s AUTO-DA-FÉ. Oh, and the internet.

  • Scott says:

    Who were the other three, besides Jackson and Borges?

  • Hymn says:

    “Where the narrative voice is the story”…
    Like, Outer Dark or Sanctuary? What was your list? Posting it here is a generous of you. Do it. I mean, you brought it up.

  • Oliver says:

    Great choices, nonetheless! Curious to know which books you would have selected if asked about experimental language? Would ‘Finnegan’s Wake’ make the grade? I just finished ‘Fictions’ myself and had a great time.

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