New Book Contains Chapter On Lennie

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Marv Friedenn
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New Book Contains Chapter On Lennie

Postby Marv Friedenn » Sun Mar 04, 2007 2:37 pm

"Leonard Joseph Tristano, American jazz pianist and composer, who flourished in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and the musicians who studied and performed with him, namely, Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh, Billy Bauer, John LaPorta among many others, provided me with the reinforcement to sustain my identity as an egalitarian in the face of an overwhelmingly meritocratic society." From SERMON ON THE FLATS: THE EGALITARIAN ALTERNATIVE TO FORTUNE WORSHIP by Marv Friedenn (psst press)
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Marv Friedenn
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Good idea, BT

Postby Marv Friedenn » Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:32 pm

Let's retire to the privacy of the Sermon thread where we can offend to our heart's content.

Besides, you speak glibly of 2000, 3000 hits but I must confess that the nature of the hit remains obscure to me since it never reveals itself except by its silent witnessing? The hits accumulate like what? Like snow? Like water? Like dust? Like dreams? Like money? Like guilt? Like clouds? Like beads of sweat? Like rust? Or do they gather like shadows famished for light?

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Re: Good idea, BT

Postby B T » Thu Mar 15, 2007 9:50 am

Marv Friedenn wrote:Besides, you speak glibly of 2000, 3000 hits but I must confess that the nature of the hit remains obscure to me since it never reveals itself except by its silent witnessing? The hits accumulate like what? Like snow? Like water? Like dust? Like dreams? Like money? Like guilt? Like clouds? Like beads of sweat? Like rust? Or do they gather like shadows famished for light?


[glibly] According to the icon index at the bottom, they accumulate like "popularity". No one ever seems to contribute to the discussion at hand. [even more glibly] But who knows, it could be just one guest, obsessed, a cyber-stalker if you will. But I kinda doubt it. [glib to the nth power] Its entertainment.

[nice segue] So let's talk about your book! In all fairness I think you should say a little more. It just so happens that when one talks (or writes) about the human condition, I have a standard response that has purt near got me booted off a few message boards. So while I am tempted to post it now, I will hold off for a bit as it might not have anything to do with the subject matter of your book.

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New Forum Needed???

Postby keith » Thu Mar 15, 2007 11:57 am

Marv - I think you need a separate forum to free associate in...

Anyone else agree :?:


keith

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Re: New Forum Needed???

Postby B T » Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:25 pm

keith wrote:Marv - I think you need a separate forum to free associate in...

Anyone else agree :?:


keith


Hey Keith!
Howya been?!
Its probably my fault for encouraging him!
I will do my best to keep this thread on topic: Marv's new book. :)
BT
And so lets begin ...

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Sermon review: Prologue

Postby B T » Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:37 pm

PROLOGUE - SERMON ON THE FLATS REVIEW:


Capitalism is essentially a religious dogma, namely, belief in fortune or luck as the ultimate arbiter of human affairs, while socialism represents the heresy that society exists as a refuge from the arbitrary decisions of fortune or luck.


So reads the back cover of Sermon On The Flats - The Egalitarian Alternative to Fortune Worship, the new book by Marv Friedenn. It is just the kind of statement that would perk my curiosity enough to buy it if I found it at a yard sale.

The book opens with a preface – as if the Marv Friedenn that we all know just posted on this board. It’s a short treatise on the randomness of luck, and the absurdity of humankind embracing "luck" as if it were a god … which leads to yet another argument on capitalism vs. socialism (as only Marv can do it).

After his brief personable preface and a [claim] that the book will resemble an improvisation rather than a composition, we are on our way. Three characters will appear in various guises throughout the book: The aristocrat, the bourgeois, and the proletariat. The first chapter is titled “Infinityâ€
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Postby Marv Friedenn » Fri Mar 16, 2007 7:37 am

Keith, please indulge me. I'm legit. BT knows that. Otherwise he'd eliminate me with one click.

Bird didn't need American literature. But Jack Kerouac wrote On The Road improvisationally because American literature needed Bird. Lennie Tristano doesn't need American literature. But I wrote Sermon On The Flats similarly because American literature needs Lennie Tristano.

This may surprise you, Keith, but at the moment, except for the Tristano site, culturally speaking, I'm homeless. Things may change as I promote the book. In the meantime, try to understand. The Nazis insisted we line up in very straight lines before they executed us. My free association, I suspect, is a protest against the misrule of order.

Marv

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Postby B T » Fri Mar 16, 2007 11:25 am

Marv,
I'll do my best to stay on topic ... your book. I've gotten to your LT chapter ... I do see where you're coming from. I will post a review when I am finished! My goal won't be to judge it ... my goal will be to help people decide whether or not they want to order it. Meritocrats and egalitarians alike - they can judge it for themselves, if they want.

I can safely say that those who enjoy your posts will probably enjoy your book. I whispered a caveat above (see psst) only because I have found the reading a little tedious at times. That goes with the territory ... meaning that when one that writes poetry and short stories, short articles ... the transition to one's first full-length book can be a slightly rocky one. If you go on to write more full-length books I'm sure you will iron out the bugs if you are open to honest criticism.

OK ... two caveats ... another tap on the reader's shoulder ... a gentle reminder that one will encounter "socio-political theory" delivered via strong opinions as only MF can do it.

If there isn't enough web content out there to suit you, there are plenty of domains like Yahoo!â„¢ that offer free websites as they do free email accounts. (e.g., Yahoo's Geocities) So you can post on the web for free! They even offer sample templates and you can just fill in the blanks. And if you are really into it, HTML is super-easy to learn. If you can read Marxist literature you can learn HTML in your sleep.

BT

PS Gentle readers out there, you will enjoy Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. :)

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Sermon On The Flats - synopsis

Postby B T » Sun Mar 18, 2007 2:33 pm

Sermon On The Flats - The Egalitarian Alternative to Fortune Worship
© 2006 by Marv Friedenn

Brief synopsis (notes are mine):

PREFACE
- Preamble on the randomness of luck and the absurdity of its canonization
INFINITY
- Marv’s definition of gravity
FORTUNE WORSHIP (FIRST CHORUS)
- Classic examples of the role luck plays in history and its canonization
DEATH
- Ruminations on death and human duality – the corporal and the corporate
SUBSTITUTE TEACHING
- Marv subversively promotes his ideas to high school students
- Marv’s Marxist Metaphors in his lessons, student’s lives and his own
LENNIE TRISTANO
- Egalitarianism vindicated – epitomized in Lennie Tristano’s music
- Death revisited – art/commerce
FORTUNE WORSHIP (SECOND CHORUS)
- More classic examples of the role luck plays in history and its canonization?
NEW MARXICO
- Marv’s “Stateâ€
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Postby Marv Friedenn » Mon Mar 19, 2007 6:52 am

I'm listening, BT. Please continue. This is fun!


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