Youmans (pronounced like 'yeoman' with an 's' added)
is the best-kept secret among contemporary American writers.
--John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Salmagundi for the New Year

LISTEN TO A CASSANDRA?

Thanks to Beth Adams (editor, publisher, writer, artist!) of The Cassandra Pages for listing a novel of mine among her favorites of 2012: "Particular standouts written by friends included Marly Youmans' evocative and poignant novel of an orphan boy-turned-hobo in the depression-era South, A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage. The whole list and discussion is worth a look.

LAST CHANCES: VAL/ORSON

Val/Orson appeared in several hardcover editions, one of which was quite limited and rather expensive. That one, the jacketed hardcover, is still in print. Originally priced at £24.99, the remaining copies are now on sale at £7.99. It was, by the by, editor John Wilson's Book of the Year at Books and Culture Magazine.

YEATS, I LOVE

Stauffer:  "Yeats believed in courage. His commitment to life was as unequivocal as it can ever be in a poet. there was no room in his living for world-weariness, and everyone has noted the miraculously increasing youth and vigor in his writings as he grew older. It is as if life for him were a heady drink, and long quaffing could only increase the frenzy and the Dionysian affirmation." The Golden Nightingale, p. 18.

"Poetry delights us as a manifestation of energy." p. 81

MISSED THE MAYAN MAYDAY MELEE?

For those craving the apocalyptic: Thaliad in all its frabjous beauty, with art by Clive Hicks-Jenkins and design by Beth Adams. Paperback and limited edition paperback links summed up here.

NOTE TO BOOK FOLK IN 2012

This year has got to be the year to banish the horrid view of book as product. Stacks of boxes of Brillo pads. Even painted Warholian stacks of Brillo boxes. Enough!

NOTE TO SELF AND BEES

"Like the bees, [the artists] must put their lives into the sting they give." -Emerson

HOPEFUL THOUGHT FOR A NEW YEAR

George Herbert: "Do not wait; the time will never be 'just right.' Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along."

9 comments:

  1. A fine salmagundi indeed!

    Happy New Year Marly.

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  2. Lucy,

    Enjoyed your Clive alphabet smorgasboard very much, though I haven't yet commented on all--

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  3. Had to check out what salmagundi is - sounds delish, as does this list! And where do I get this great deal on Val/Orson?

    Happy New Year, full of continuing creative outpourings, Marly! Thanks so much for this amazing online friendship!

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  4. Eep, maybe it's too subtle! The link is the words "on sale."

    Happy New Year, Marja-Leena--I'm pretty terrible at visiting people online these days, but I still like to see what's happening on the other side of the continent!

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  5. Let the good stuff go on and on into the new year.

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  6. Until the new is old, one hopes...

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  7. Marja-Leena: made the links bolder and longer, so I hope it's clear now... Maybe my link colors are too subtle?

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  8. I didn't look closely enough and should have known better for my links can be like that too. Anyway, thanks - it's on its way!

    By the way, I've a surprise for you in response to your latest comment at my place....

    Have a great New Year's Day, Marly!

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  9. Marja-Leena--

    Hope you like it; that is a genuine bargain for that edition...

    And thanks for the surprise! I do think it's more disorienting without edges--if I'd seen that image first, I'm not sure whether I would have taken longer to know what I was seeing, but I imagine so.

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Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.