Who loves ya, baby?
The Pynchon guys keep going on about this bloke, so I had a look. He has a podcast about conspiracy theories (JFK etc), but fuck podcasts. Anyway, he's apparently a writer too and this caught my eye in an article on him,
A good parallel might be the work of J.H. Prynne. His texts, too, are known to be “difficult,” and yet there is some agreement that reading them involves tracking the language as an assemblage or collage of signifiers that simply refuse the transparent, realistic mimesis of conventional writing (or, more pointedly, the language of ads that do not know they are ads). The poems are about putting different registers of diction and domains of knowledge into dialogue and refusing to naturalize and accommodate their interactions through modalities of (sustained) narrative, exposition, or argument. And the domains we see “collaged” in this passage from Judge belong to (put broadly) chemistry, sound recording, oil extraction, genetics, archaeology, astrophysics, technology, financial capital, history, and human nervous systems, among others. In other words, Judge is evolving an idiom that allows him to speak these things simultaneously: to give us the texture of their interpenetration and reciprocal or parasitic re-writing of one another. Nervous systems are fracked. DNA becomes externalized in cables and wires. Stock markets absorb shockwave data. Stars speak into fossils. History is an engine. Earth becomes a battery whose fluid spills across stars. And someone or something is recording all this. Some-one/-thing is doing this. And so what is the speaker/scribe of this text, then? A witness? A victim? Someone doing their own version of these same operations? Keep reading. Soon you’re doing all these things too. One might call this omnigraphia: all writes into and out of all else.
A Primer on the Work of Michael S. Judge Over the last decade or so, Michael S. Judge has produced a body of literature that is astonishing in its depth of conviction and intensity of vision. After a string of three published works between 2012 and 2016—…And Egypt Was the River (Skylight Books...
Today I’d like to welcome Michael Judge who has just had his novel published by Skylight Press, who are also publishers of my book Song of the Sea God. It’s always a delight to have a f…