Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Jonathan's obituary

Ron Silliman today posts a link to an interview with Jonathan Williams that Jeffrey Beam published in Rain Taxi's Spring 2003 edition. It contains this wonderful exchange:
JB: This is a morbid question, but I hope a revealing one. Someday—a long time hence, since you are as mean as a cottonmouth and you're going to live a long time—what would you like your epitaph to be?

JW: It's the one I wrote for Uncle Iv Owens: "He did what he could, when he got round to it." (laughs)

Ron, as usual, has got a great compendium of links to other appreciations of Jonathan and his work, so give the link a click.


Updates: Pierre Joris also has a warm appreciation of Jonathan and his work over at Nomadics.

My previous memorial post on Jonathan is here. The memorial show for Jonathan will stream this Sunday, March 23rd, at 2:00 PM EDT from the WPVM web site. It will be available as an on-demand stream and podcast Monday, the 24th, from the station archive page. Shows are listed alphabetically, so just scroll down to find Wordplay.

Another update, April 5, 2008: Jonathan's reading at City Lights is now archived at PennSound, here.

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Blogger Jeffery Beam said...

Jeff, just caught up with this and find it a surprise. I had forgotten this interchange when I wrote Jonathan's obit, and yet, that's how I closed it. Remembering what I don't remember, it seems. Or The Lord Gnang must have bumped my noggin.

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