Marroquin Marginalia

One Writer's Sketchbook

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Stephen King

There’s the wisdom among serious literary people that Stephen King is not exactly good for the word and is a low brow artist. Literary critic Harold Bloom, whom I once flew to NYC to see lecture, is this camp’s most vocal person.

I have mixed feelings because like Bloom I agree that King and Harry Potter books get their large followings by touching on simpler, easier sentiments and emotions. Potter: sentimentality  ; King the base human emotions of fear, bloodlust, suspense , etc. (Base according to Thomas Aquinas’s outline)

In addition reading a magazine profile about Stephen Kings whole family I thought the family was weird and that I wouldn’t want to be a part of that family.

But yet. Yet. King is still a writer and a certain respect and kinship is there for me. Because he wrote stories like The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, Carrie, The Shining, and Hearts in Atlantis. In the simplest sense, the man tells a story. And telling a story is what writing is about.

I don’t imagine King stops to consider it too much. I had this thought when he enthusiastically blurbed about Roberto Bolano’s 2666 being the strangest and great book of its year.

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Some are bigger. Some aren’t. They’re probably all great.

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top ten records, subj. to change

Radiohead: OK Computer

Led zeppelin: Physical Graffiti

Willie Nelson: Phases and Stages

Kanye West: Yeezus

Nirvana - In Utero

The Strokes - Is this it

Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks

John Coltrane: A Love Supreme

The Stooges: Raw Power

Antony and the johnsons- Hope There’s Someone

Moods, and stuff

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Crown Heights

Slim no slope streets
Whisper to me in rich tones
That aren’t my own
But softly electric and hiding anyway
Trees smother the lines that guide you
More trees than the rest of OkC

Elegant homes of personality being sold
Moving to Edmond
Charged, green, Greek columns
The cylinder edged 90s house
Has a place with the statelies somehow


A judge lives there and contemplates
his dreams
Here, my daughter, deliver this to the junior congressman four houses down
That landlord has been working on that house
For two years

Anyone can pick their favorite streets
And drive them
Discover with surprise
When neighborhood turns
to something else

Fee Chur-ING Juicy J

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style over substance. oh well. i’m not a scientist.

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