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Gus Blaisdell Collected
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From the moment he arrived in New Mexico in 1964, Gus Blaisdell (1935–2003) was a legendary presence. Famous in Albuquerque as a writer, teacher, publisher, editor, and especially as the proprietor of the Living Batch bookstore, Blaisdell was also a brilliant critic whose essays influenced readers throughout the country and across the Atlantic. This long-awaited collection of Blaisdell’s critical writings includes essays on literature, art, and film, along with moving tributes by some of the distinguished writers who numbered Blaisdell among their friends. Introductory essays by philosopher Stanley Cavell and literary critic David Morris join colleague Ira Jaffe’s poignant memoir to provide perspectives on the man by friends who knew him well. Glimpses of Blaisdell’s vivid personality can be had from the many photographs included, and the diligently researched chronology compiled by Nicole Blaisdell Ivey tracks the course of her father’s complicated life.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xviii
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  1. Editor’s Preface
  2. p. xix
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  1. Introduction: On “Slipping Across”: Reading, Friendship, Otherness
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. ON PHOTOGRAPHS
  2. p. 13
  1. Absorbing Inventories: Thomas Barrow’s Libraries Series
  2. pp. 15-30
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  1. Afterworld: The Photographs of Joel-Peter Witkin
  2. pp. 31-43
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  1. Bldgs: Photographs by Lewis Baltz
  2. pp. 44-55
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  1. Space Begins Because We Look Away from Where We Are: Lewis Baltz’s Candlestick Point
  2. pp. 56-60
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  1. Buried Silk Exhumed: The Lewis Baltz Retrospective, Rule Without Exception
  2. pp. 64-82
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  1. From “Obscenity in Thy Mother’s Milk”: John Gossage’s Hey Fuckface! Portfolio
  2. pp. 83-91
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  1. Thirteen Ways of NOT Looking at a Gossage Photograph
  2. pp. 92-96
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  1. Passion Misfits Us All: Wim Wenders’s Paris, Texas
  2. p. 97
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  1. Mr. Death’s Blue-Eyed Boy: Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket
  2. pp. 99-123
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  1. Still Moving
  2. pp. 124-131
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  1. Highlighting Hitchcock’s Vertigo with Magic Marker
  2. pp. 132-140
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  1. ON PAINTING
  2. p. 141
  1. Frank Stella’s The Whiteness of the Whale
  2. pp. 143-149
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  1. Passion’s Pine Breeze: The Paintings of Terry Conway
  2. pp. 150-153
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  1. On In: Outside: Guy Williams, Selected Works 1976–1982
  2. pp. 154-160
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  1. Original Face: Allan Graham’s Moon 2
  2. pp. 161-171
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  1. Poem: "Omoide No Tsukimi"
  2. pp. 172-174
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  1. ON READING AND WRITING
  2. p. 175
  1. A Gloss Annexed
  2. pp. 177-184
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  1. Vatic Writing: Evan S. Connell’s Notes from a Bottle . . .
  2. pp. 185-189
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  1. Tell It Like It Is: The Experimental Traditionalists
  2. pp. 190-191
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  1. Rebus
  2. pp. 192-199
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  1. What Was Called “A Thought Echoed in Sight”: Yvor Winters' Centenary
  2. pp. 200-210
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  1. Poem: "Occasional Loquats"
  2. pp. 211-212
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  1. For Robert Creeley on His 70th Birthday
  2. pp. 213-217
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  1. A Nobler Seduction: On Plato’s Phaedrus at The Greenwood Press
  2. pp. 218-224
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  1. Slipping Across
  2. pp. 225-230
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  1. FICTION
  2. p. 231
  1. Introduction: Radical Philosophical Reclamation & Wrecking, Project: TLP Hotel
  2. pp. 233-237
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  1. Radical Philosophical Reclamation & Wrecking, Part 1
  2. pp. 238-244
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  1. Radical Philosophical Reclamation & Wrecking, Part 2
  2. pp. 245-256
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  1. Radical Philosophical Reclamation & Wrecking, Part 3
  2. pp. 257-267
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  1. Radical Philosophical Reclamation & Wrecking, Part 4
  2. pp. 268-282
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  1. SHORTS AND EXCERPTS FROM CORRESPONDENCE
  2. p. 283
  1. Self, Embodied: Correspondence with Nicholas Brownrigg
  2. pp. 285-296
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  1. On Objecthood and Art: Letter to Marcy Goodwin
  2. pp. 297-299
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  1. On Art Criticism and Gus’s Writing Method: Letter to Geoffrey Young
  2. pp. 300-303
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  1. On Writing and Its Discontents: Letters to Geoffrey Young
  2. pp. 304-306
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  1. A Vigorous Lucidity: An Autobiographical Note on Book Editing and Design
  2. pp. 307-311
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  1. Autobiographical Note: Letter to Lee F. Gerlach
  2. pp. 312-315
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  1. Working Through It: Letters to Ross Feld
  2. pp. 316-323
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  1. A Postscript to “Working Through It”: Letter from Ross Feld
  2. pp. 324-326
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  1. Envoi
  2. pp. 327-338
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  1. A Chronology
  2. pp. 339-379
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 380-382
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  1. Back Cover
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