Jour d’Armistice

"Chanson de l'Horizon en Champagne" by Guillaume Apollinaire Deep into the writing of a novel haunted by Jacques Rigaut, who himself was forever haunted by his experience in The Great War, a war that claimed his close boyhood friend, Maxime François-Poncet, "Tué à l'ennemi," I'm posting by way of a Veteran's Day/Armistice Day/Day of Remembrance…

Thoughts …

Graffiti on the underpass wall implored us to do something awful to the Pope with planet-cracking nova bombs. I might have appended a Henny Youngmanesque “please,” because surely the author intended this muddy echo of the William Burroughs word hoard as a kind of one liner. Must I tell you Jean-Paul II blitzed the countryside…

Flicker in the Porthole Glass – Installment IX (conclusion)

My novel Flicker in the Porthole Glass was published by MAMMOTH Books in 2002. The Review of Contemporary Fiction observed that, "...the achievement here is Desautels’s prose, an aural event both jagged and elegant, assaultive and inviting, that moves with the clipped, dangerous, urgent kinesis of hard bop jazz." Seven years down the road, I'm…