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Rufus F.

Rufus is an American curmudgeon in Canada. He has a PhD in History, sings in a garage rock band, and does many things. He is the author of the forthcoming book "The Paris Bureau" from Dio Press (early 2021).

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  1. Aaron David says:

    “… a flawed man.” The more time I spend thinking about it, man and art, the more I am lead to the idea that this is what leads to the creation of art. To achieve great art, which is really the ability to turn the view of the world on its head from the conventional wisdom of the time, you have to have the cracks, the flaws, that lead to that ability to look and see differently. And that takes a flawed person to start with. At the very least, someone flawed in the perceptions of the time. Jean Genet, William Blake, Mishima, the list goes on. Sometimes the flaws are obvious, sometimes not so much. So, I am glad to have you point to this collection. It sounds well worth looking into.

    On that note, one of the reasons I look forward to your posts is the branching out to parts of the art world, and this includes literature, that I don’t normally find. You being east coast to Canada, while I am California to the PNW, there is a whole lot of things that I am going to miss just by virtue of the circles we move in, the art we have already found and moved past to the next piece.

    As far as what I am reading, I had fallen down a rabbit hole. I was reading everything I could find about traditional small boat building, centering mostly on the works (its almost an ethnography by this point) of Howard Chapelle. But I have been reading the Smiley novel The Honorable Schoolboy at night just to let the mind unwind, so to speak. Well, I just picked up, in the most Aaron way possible, a first (sans) of B. Traven’s The Death Ship. I started it long ago, but for whatever reason did not finish it. So, once more into the breach!Report