The Liminalist # 40.5: The War on Language (with William Gillespie)


Part two of liminal conversation with author and underground artist William Gillespie, on being a writer, the multiple personality game, the Kubrickon & what Stanley Kubrick was doing, the problem with Charlie Kaufman, David Foster Wallace, writing for validation, the myth of the writer, being a community writer, the desire for posterity, a writer’s frustrations, House of Leaves, getting the foot in the door, what you learn in writers’ school, the world’s resistance to meaningful art, an ego trap, CIA sabotage and self-sabotage, David Foster Wallace’s lack of political impact, the power of writing to cause change, Bruce/Caitlin Jenner’s autobiography, do publishers help?, Hakim Bey and temporary autonomous zones, beware of corrosion Aeolus Kephas and the pretense of selling out, writing as individuatory journey, the transmission, below the threshold of the senses, having a cult following, the abuse of intelligence, Robyn Hitchcock, William’s news poems, undermining syntax, academese, tricks against syntax.

William’s websites

Songs: “El Mariachi”  and “Monkey Said,” by The Freak Fandango Orchestra; “To Be Human,” by Robyn Hitchcock

7 thoughts on “The Liminalist # 40.5: The War on Language (with William Gillespie)”

  1. Ezra Pound defined literature a news that stays news (“Literature is news that stays news,” from The ABCs of Reading). Perhaps a way to look at writing for posterity is that one wants to truthfully document or register one’s experience and insight for the benefit of others, a service for a future public. In this way vanity kisses the face of altruism.

        • I wasn’t having a dig Jasun. I just have views, opinions and thoughts on why I want to listen to more of your podcasts. If I ever do a podcast I will copy your conversational style though I’m quite argumentative in conversation too 🙂

          I’m listening to your latest chat. 7 year itch. Made me smile.

          • Thanks. Neither was I having a dig. It’s a sincere question. Why not just speak plain language? I honestly didn’t know what pluralism meant & wish I’d never had to learn.

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