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Claire Donato’s “Literary Pillars”

(Compiled intuitively and without explanation as non-hierarchically as possible. Reflective of the now with some of then, only the tip of the iceberg. I am potentially cheating by numbering my list, which could go on forever.)

1. Clarice Lispector, The Passion According to G.H., Hour of the Star, Near to the Wild Heart, Stream of Life, Crônicas, and, most recently, A Breath of Life
2. Mina Loy, The Lost Lunar Baedeker
3. Rosmarie Waldrop, Curves to the Apple
4. David Jhave Johnston’s digital poetry: glia.ca
5. Judd Morrissey and Mark Jeffrey, The Precession: An 80 Foot Long Internet Art Performance Poem 
6. Ian Hatcher, Prosthesis
7. Jeff T. Johnson, Letters from the Archiverse
8. Lisa Robertson, Debbie: An Epic
9. Shelley Jackson, Patchwork Girl and The Melancholy of Anatomy
10. Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy
11. Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space
12. Roland Barthes, Mythologies
13. Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia
14. Stendhal, The Red and the Black
15. Robert Coover, “The Babysitter” (short story)
16. Ted Mooney, Easy Travel to Other Planets
17. C.D. Wright, Rising, Falling, Hovering
18. Gracie Leavitt’s unstoppable syntax (can’t wait for Monkeys, Minor Planet, Average Star)
19. Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, Fra Keeler
20. Marie Redonnet, Hôtel Splendid
21. Alice Notley, Grave of Light
22. Joan Didion, We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live
23. Ronaldo V. Wilson’s virtuosic literary performances
24. Brenda Hillman, “Cascadia” (poem)
25. Lyn Hejinian, My Life
26. Vladmir Nabokov, Lolita
27. Juliana Spahr, This Connection of Everyone with Lungs
28. Claudia Rankine, Don’t Let Me Be Lonely
29. Talan Memmott’s theory as theater
30. Ben Marcus, The Age of Wire and String
31. Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness
32. Against Expression (eds. Craig Dworkin and Kenneth Goldsmith)
33. Marguerite Duras, The Malady of Death
33.33. Music could be its own list. Here are a few names: Joanna Newsom, Meg Baird, Judee Sill, Bill Callahan, Laura Marling, The Velvet Underground…
34. John Cayley’s brain
35. Hélène Cixous, The Third Body
36. Rachel Zolf, Human Resources
37. Inger Christensen, It
38. Françoise Sagan, Bonjour Tristesse
39. Caroline Bergvall, “Cropper,” “Ride,” and “Via”
40. Denise Riley, Selected Poems
41. Leslie Scalapino, Considering how exaggerated music is
42. Gertrude Stein, Tender Buttons
43. The Collected Poems of Frank O’Hara
44. Jenny Holzer, Truisms
45. Daisies (dir. Vera Chytilová)
46. Sans toit ni loi / Vagabond and Les glaneurs et la glaneuse / The Gleaners and I, Agnès Varda
47. Céline et Julie vont en bateau / Celine and Julie Go Boating (dir. Jacques Rivette)
48. Melancholia (dir. Lars Von Trier)
49. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (created by Joss Whedon)
50. Twin Peaks (created by David Lynch)

Editor’s Note: This list is part of Big Other’s Tribute to William H. Gass’s 88th Birthday.

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