Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Fragments of Samuel Beckett

Not new of course, but scintillating nonetheless. I have been under the spell of Beckett's production notes, which I assure you, are more interesting than Twitter feed.

Peep under H's handkerchief.

Ladder business simplified

At bins: 1st Nell. Deep
stoop. From H.

Speech: move to door
killed after 'I can't be
punished any more.' Cf.
8 after '...dying of their

[erasure] Clove gone most of
ex. trailing sheets

Red faces: cut.
or later
Pain killer [erasure]
I'll leave you [erasure]
No more [erasure]
Taking its course
Well, great writing makes for great note taking and ephemera and marginalia. Never happier than discovering marginalia. How do, how do. What is cut? What is noted? Has Benjamin really suggested there is no better start for thinking than laughter?

still later
Move from earth to sea:
no business? After, 2
steps back for ladder

prepare back of chair
for thumps-dust

....the shivers...

Have you shrunk?


Don Share said...

You gotta see the new v.1 of Beckett's letters! Priceless stuff. Pricey, too, so maybe your local library has it.

Chien Bâtard said...

Oh, I have it, Don! Saving it for summer reading, and very much looking forward.

Ross Brighton said...

I've just got a procedural piece from beckett published. The issue's not linked up yet, but you can find it here:

Chien Bâtard said...

Thanks for the link, Ross, I will check it out.