Monday, August 2, 2010


I just received an email from Ron Silliman. The situation appears to be more disconcerting than I’d imagined.

In regards to the disappearance of the archive of tens of thousands of comments sent to his blog over the past eight years, many of them grouped in extensive and sometimes insightful discussions around various themes and authors, and many of them contributions polemical, anecdotal, bibliographical, idiosyncratical, etc., from dozens of poets and critics of note, and many others of them from dozens of poets likely to be of greater note down the road:

That he hasn’t “thought about saving them.”

This is truly, breathtakingly, extraordinary.

Kent [Johnson]

Oh yeah. I think we can agree this is basically the worst thing that has ever happened. I mean, this is officially worse than the oil spill. How can we go on living? It truly takes my breath away. Extraordinarily so, in fact. 9/11, Janet Jackson's nipple, and now this. Where will it end?

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