Alan Clinton will read from his new book An Autobiography of Buster Keaton, Montag Press, 2014
Friday 9th January 19:30
Funny, original and offbeat
“My girlfriend of the time told one of her students that she was dating someone who reminded her of Buster Keaton. Then she told me about the incident, perhaps thinking I would find it amusing. In actuality, it opened up a gigantic void in my psyche, something akin to an air bubble (I am certain that Lacan has a diagram of something like this in one of his seminars). Although I didn’t, or couldn’t, admit it to her at the time, I had never actually seen a Buster Keaton film. (…)
Once, while he was teaching me how to survive a nuclear war, I asked my father where he had learned to break rocks so well. Rather than looking perturbed at my interruption of his current exposition, he proudly announced that he had learned to break rocks from reading a book, that one can learn how to do almost anything from reading a book, even how to play ping-pong. He could not remember the name of the book, however, which he had read in college, a time when he seemed to do most of his reading. There was no way of locating the book, and to this day neither Buster nor myself are very good at breaking rocks in prison.”
The Autobiography of Buster Keaton, Montag Press
Alan Clinton: live
Alan Ramón Clinton is a US poet, novelist, and scholar of poetry and writing pedagogy who is currently writing down the street from the Iowa Writers Workshop.
Clinton is the author of the monograph, Mechanical Occult: Automatism, Modernism, and the Specter of Politics (Peter Lang), a volume of poems, Horatio Alger’s Keys (BlazeVOX), and a collection of short fictions entitled Curtain Call: A Metaphorical Memoir (Open Books).
His novel, Necropsy in E Minor, published by Open Books in June 2011, was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize.
Source: Montag Press