October 7th, there was a remembrance for David Markson in Tishman Auditorium in New York City. From the article, it seemed pretty cool and tasteful, with 200 people showing up to speak about him. The New York Institute of the Humanities presented it, and the flyer lists William Kennedy, Alastair Reed, Pete Hamill, Ann Beattie, Art Spiegelman, Ted Mooney, Martha Cooley, Johanna Markson, Chris Sorrentino, Jack Shoemaker, Lawrence Weschler, and Kate Valk as participants.
Some of the books formerly from Markson’s library (which were annotated) were brought for people to buy, which makes me cringe a little, but there might be some financial problems that i’m not aware of. In rooting around to see if any explanation has surfaced as to why the collection was broken up, i ran across this article that links a Facebook group devoted to cataloging that collection and hopefully recording the notes that he left. A few scanned images of his comments are posted.
Want to hear excerpts from the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Code of Hammurabi in Babylonian?
This article about buried spiral cities in the steppes of Russia dated to 4,000 years ago brings to mind tales from Gurdjieff of leading herds of sheep through deserts while on stilts to avoid being blinded by sandstorms or Borges describing Uqbar. The sites are near the border of Kazakhstan.