Alfred Corn

An Oklahoman in New York: The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard

September 6, 2012
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His pages speak to you; and they will be remembered.

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Alfred Corn’s Transatlantic Bridge

February 20, 2012
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Poet, fiction writer, and critic Alfred Corn applies his special language skills to a comparison of the two dominant versions of the English language. The United States and Britain have been described as “divided by a common language,” but this guide will help speakers from both countries make their way in the other.

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The Letters of Samuel Beckett

February 2, 2012
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In order to write, Beckett first had to wipe the slate clean and wipe out conventional notions about the nature of human reality.

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Rimbaud’s Last Revelation

July 26, 2011
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Ashbery’s translation is the best we have in English so far.

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Marriage Counseling for True Minds

February 1, 2011
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To what extent do the classics belong to our actual, lived experience?

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Sondheim, The Demon Lyricist of Broadway

November 14, 2010
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Sondheim isn’t a man to cloud the expression of his judgments with considerations like politeness or collegial complicity. Were his rivals still alive, they might want to take out a contract on him.

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Department of Records

October 11, 2010
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When the young woman of twenty-five notices faint lines around the mouth or tiny crowsfeet at the corner of her eyes, something even more intimate than vanity makes her stop to reflect. The script for her very own mortality play, written on the finest parchment, has begun to develop, nor does she need any special clairvoyance to divine the final act from the first.

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