bart plantenga spent years wandering the haunted streets of NYC & Paris, cluttered with ghosts & memory, rich in phenomenological detail, friends & foes, encounters & coincidence & the enticing scent of decay, which allows the old to ignite the new. This sensory wealth tends to overpower a city’s residents & to survive they must ignore it all. Plantenga, like other New Yorkers, became “inured to the ravages around them [so that] they scarcely notice anymore,” as Flora Lewis so aptly described it. This deadening of the senses & morality allows everyone to believe they’re outwitting their environment.
One day they wake up & wonder why they’re living here; they must now either put up or shut up; it’s either reinvent their relation to their surroundings or get a divorce.
The Unloaded Camera Snapshots series, consisting of zen blinks, pop flashes, heated moments, & satori-sloshed sidewalk haikus, was initiated to re-pollinate existence with the fecund details of the quotidian, ultimately registering the magnified thereness of the world’s unavailability. As A.E. Housman pointed out: “Having drunk a pint of beer at luncheon, I would go out for a walk. As I went along, there would flow into my mind, with sudden & unaccountable emotion, sometimes a line or 2 of verse, sometimes a whole stanza…”
WARNING: The depictions of friends & acquaintances contained herein are more than mere coincidence.
• See also the companion book Paris Scratch.
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About the Author
bart plantenga is the author of Beer Mystic, a novel that circumnavigates the globe in a unique pub crawl. He is also the author of the short story collection Wiggling Wishbone and the novella Spermatagonia: The Isle of Man and the companion to this book: Paris Scratch. His books Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo: The Secret History of Yodeling Around the Worldand Yodel in HiFi plus the CD Rough Guide to Yodel have created the misunderstanding that he is one of the world’s foremost yodel experts. He is also a DJ & has produced Wreck This Mess in NYC, Paris & now Amsterdam since 1986. He would like to thank Chris Potash for publishing the original 16-page chapbook of NY Sin Phoney in Face Flat Minor long ago.