David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

22 August 2014

Today at the Melbourne Writers Festival

Today at the Melbourne Regarders Festival

screen shot from the Melbourne Writers Festival website
courtesy : Theatre of the Actors of Regard

Gerald Murnane is regarded...
Today, it will be via A Million Windows (2014). 

John Bangsund - the instigator of the term Muphry's law, which is much appreciated at bLOGOS/HA HA and which states that "if you write anything criticizing editing or proof-reading, there will be a fault of some kind in what you have written" - gave that title to his grid of 720 G.E.R.A.L.D. x G.E.R.A.L.D. text block permutations. Below is a detail of that past and present regard :

720 WAYS OF LOOKING AT GERALD played a part at the MIMA 1990 gathering of The Literature Club
A page from the script :

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A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something ...