On Sarah Arvio: Three Sentences

A Sarah Arvio reading represents an opportunity for strangers to gather into an audience for the purpose of being disregarded together.

Sarah Arvio’s poems reveal a mind as dull as Emily Dickinson’s Outlook calendar.

Sarah Arvio’s poems illustrate one possible result of a combination of privilege, ignorance and preening self-regard.  Such concatenations are as common in America as folding chairs, fatness and discomfort.

On Descriptions of Joy, Their Scarcity

Descriptions of joy are less abundant than those of misery.  Because misery itself is more abundant?  Perhaps.  But more likely: descriptions of joy are received as sources of pain and irritation by the audience, who cannot participate vicariously in the joy described.  A sort of opposite process is at work with descriptions of misery — at least among fools.

On Vanity

According to my Uncle, the main thing to know about western culture is that Europeans invented photography before toilet paper. This is also the main thing to know about stock picking, Ronald Reagan, the art market, Texas, Atlanta, eighteenth century France, Nancy Reagan, poets and Silicon Valley.

On Taste

Some people I see, they take great pleasure in making a show of rejecting good taste. “I don’t like nice things,” they crow to celebrators who hadn’t asked. Then they sit back and inspect their audience for signs of embarrassment.