Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Next Big Thing: On (a) lullaby without any music





What is the working title of the book?

It is the same as it is now, but the parenthesis and absence of capitol letters arrived later.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The [Husband] poems where directly influenced by a sonnet that Lisa Jarnot wrote for her husband Thomas Evans (published in Night Scenes). The idea for the Field Guides came from experiencing the natural environment in Hood River, Oregon, and my dilettantish interest in the form of a 'field guide.' The final section came from the day I smoked marajuana with my 78 year old grandmother and a visit to the children's museum in San Francisco that had an archival room full of bones and dead things.

What genre does your book fall under? 

Poetry

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

My life is a Noah Baumbach film, utterly. And so is this book. It's Margot at the Wedding, with slightly less drama. Slightly.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Love and birds.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

 My entire life.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Lisa Jarnot, Andrea Baker, my husband Jim Stewart, my kid Jeffrey Stewart, my dad, my Aunt Cathy, my mother-in-law, my mother, my grandmother, my two pet (wild) Cardinals, Mount Adams, Maryrose Larkin, COAS bookstore in Los Cruces, Jim Campbell, a young Japanese boy I loved named Kenzo, Emma Bee Bernstein, Eric Bartlett Chappelle, Lewis and Clark, my car Susie and Powells bookstore.

I tagged:

Sheila Fiona Black, Maryrose Larkin, Andrea Baker, and Kate Greenstreet

3 comments:

lootbrute said...

i'm a former student who really misses you...you taught me in 2009-2010...i am patrick wolkoff the hippie kid with the red afro...i miss you...my e-mail is lootbrute@gmail.com

Professor Tietchen said...

Hi Jennifer...I don't have a comment about this particular posting. I'm a former graduate student of your father's, and am now a professor at University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and would very much like to correspond/talk with Lee if possible.

I've published a book on the Beats, titled The Cubalogues (in which I mentioned Lee in the acknowledgements) and am now involved in a number of projects regarding Kerouac, including these two:

This was edited, with a critical introduction, by me:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Haunted-Life-Other-Writings/dp/0306823047/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379779695&sr=8-1&keywords=haunted+life+kerouac

This is a public lecture series I did in the spring:
http://www.jackkerouac.com/home/video-archives/

In any case, I'd like to be able to share some of this with Lee and to consult with him on some other projects I'm now involved in, if you'd be willing to forward me some contact information.

I can be contacted at Todd_tietchen@uml.edu

I hope this message finds you and your father well.
Warmest regards--Todd

Professor Tietchen said...

Hi Jennifer...I don't have a comment about this particular posting. I'm a former graduate student of your father's, and am now a professor at University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and would very much like to correspond/talk with Lee if possible.

I've published a book on the Beats, titled The Cubalogues (in which I mentioned Lee in the acknowledgements) and am now involved in a number of projects regarding Kerouac, including these two:

This was edited, with a critical introduction, by me:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Haunted-Life-Other-Writings/dp/0306823047/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379779695&sr=8-1&keywords=haunted+life+kerouac

This is a public lecture series I did in the spring:
http://www.jackkerouac.com/home/video-archives/

In any case, I'd like to be able to share some of this with Lee and to consult with him on some other projects I'm now involved in, if you'd be willing to forward me some contact information.

I can be contacted at Todd_tietchen@uml.edu

I hope this message finds you and your father well.
Warmest regards--Todd