Krasny’s lit bus

Terry, TMW, tagged along Thursday night to hear Michael Krasny’s literature “bus tour” at Stanford Continuing Studies. There were six texts on the syllabus, by four authors: Flannery O’Conner (1925-1964), Eudora Welty (1909-2001), Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner. I read the first two acts of “A Streetcar Named Desire” plus watched about 30 minutes of the Marlon Brando interpretation, and read “Barn Burning.”

I am meaning to update here with my notes from the class (or the namecheck: the over-under line is 20), lord willing and the charger works.

In reverse order:

Adrienne Rich

Robert Lowell

Allen Ginsberg

Sylvia Plath

Anne Sexton

Garrison Keiler

Mae West

Willie Lowman

Stanley Kowalske




Blanche DuBois


Karl Malden

Joe Biden

(Budd Schulberg — “he could have been a contender — more an allusion than a namecheck, but I like Budd. I met Budd)

Levin (the editor of Norton Anthology)

Betty Frieden

Petrified Man

I think he said “anec-dotage” — like in your dotage you tell too many anecdotes?

Major de Spain

Bill McKibben

Abner Snopes

Colonel Sartorious Snopes

W. J. Cash (?) who wrote “psycho-history”

Absalom, Absalom!

Lillian Hellman

Little Foxes

Manley Pointer

Good Country People

Good Man is Hard to Find

Edgar Allen Poe

St. Cyrus

(something I cannot read (Bruker Yvrz): “god doesn’t exist, anything is possible”

Blanche DuBois


The Misfit

Nathanael West “saragossa sea of dreams”

Marlon Brando


E.A Robinson

Camille Paglia

A Rose For Emily

There’s also a list of two titles that a student mentioned: Evelyn Waugh, TK

And the list of things I mentioned, plus a list of things I put in my notes but decided not to mention.

But for Krasny per se, I count: 42



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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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