Baptized Into The Buzz
by David Thomas
Published by Ubu Projex/Hearpen, 124 pages.
Paperback, ISBN 978-0-359-76400-6.
Launched July 2019.
Available only as mail order from Ubutique.
Greil Marcus, Double Trouble (Faber And Faber, 2000), pgs. 167-168.
Thomas' gnostic argument - that art exists to at once reveal secrets and to preserve them - makes sense of a particularly American - or modern - form of storytelling. In a big, multifaceted democracy, you're supposed to be able to communicate directly with everyone, yet many despair of being understood by anyone at all... Out of this comes an American language that means to tell a story no one can turn away from. But this language - identified by D. H. Lawrence in 1923, in Studies in Classic American Literature, as the true modernist voice, the voice of Hawthorne, Poe, Melville - is cryptic before it is anything else. It is all hints and warnings, and the warnings are disguised as non sequiturs. The secret is told, but nonetheless hidden, in the musings, babblings, or tall tales of people who seem too odd to be like you or me, like us - like the author who puts his or her name to the story, insisting that he made it all up, that she just did it for the money.
Links and Background:
David Thomas Bio • Photos & Artwork
'Baptized Into The Buzz' is the companion to Pere Ubu's new album 'The Long Goodbye,' released by Cherry Red Records in July 2019.