Day Shift – jazz novel

18 03 2011

The first of three jazz novels has been released. It is called Day Shift. The idea of jazz novels came to me while listening to CDs from the swing, big band eras. Previously I had written a group of poems/illustrations called The Saints of Jazz. These jazz novels work on 3 levels. The interlocking stories do not follow a straight A to B to C format. One story works off another, some times repeating portions of a previous story line. The images in the story are not consistent. They will take root in the moment, (my drifting th oughts) or they will come from another source (i.e. a jazz tune). The rhythm of the sentences is jazz like. The line breaks are based on the beat of the story. I decided to break all the rules of grammar I knew while retaining enough structure to make the stories readable and enjoyable.





William Mortensen

18 03 2011

William Mortensen seems preoccupied with sexual themes in his work. He is often contrasting ideal beauty with ideal ugliness. In my view he is contrasting a kind of idealized existence that humans imagine themselves living in against the real ugliness and indifference of life. His work is arresting. And there is a voyeur aspect to it. And in that sense we are on the outside looking in. The viewer is not part of either of Mortensen’s views (beauty/ugly) (madonna/monster). Mortensen’s work is all photographic. By that I mean he doesn’t appear to use cut and paste.