So... I've been working on this guitar thing for a couple/three weeks now, and when I say working I mean repetitively practicing two different exercises on the 1st string. Next week I'll move on to a third exercise on the first string. Which will mean repetitively practicing all three exercises.
I'm learning some things from the guitar:
1/ It makes me happy to hold it and make sounds with it
2/ Going slowly and listening is really important
3/ The way one releases a string is really important. If I play a note, and lift up my finger from behind the fret too soon, the string is going to buzz
4/ Patience and more inventive cursing
Still trying to shake this sinus thing or whatever the hell it is.
I'm always reading a number of things at the same time. 4 books, in particular, which I'm savoring in increments are:
Less than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism by Slavoj Zizek. The book's fascinating, but it's also over a thousand pages long. I'm about a third of the way through it and will probably be reading it for another 8 months.
Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Philosophy by Graham Harman.
The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness by Kevin Young. Cultural criticism. The best introduction to African American culture, the best introduction to why African American culture is American culture, that I've encountered.
A Poet's Mind: Collected Interviews with Robert Duncan, 1960-1985. I love serious interviews and this is a great compendium of Duncan materials. I had quite a bit of exposure to Duncan in person back in the day and just didn't connect. Now I'm going back to see what I missed. And I missed quite a bit. This is a very nice collection.