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Harry Mathews

from The Sienese Shredder #1, 2006

  1. The Battle (1:31): MP3
  2. Comatas (12:04): MP3
  3. The Firing Squad (1:45): MP3
  4. The Swimmer (4:47): MP3
  5. The Sad Birds (4:18): MP3
  6. Shrub Air (1:12): MP3
  7. Histoire (4:12): MP3
  8. Out of Bounds (18:03): MP3
  9. Condo Auction (15:52): MP3
  10. Husserl's Curse (14:55): MP3
  11. Romantic Poem (1:12): MP3
  12. The Pines at Son Beltran (2:12): MP3
  • note: these selections are from a CD of 15 poems that accompanied the first issue of The Sienese Shredder.

reading as part of the Line Reading Series, November 12, 2002

  1. Intro (2:36): MP3
  2. One-Way Mirror (18:46): MP3
  3. The Broadcast (4:00): MP3
  4. Closing Comments (0:23): MP3

Reading (26:13): MP3

reading at MIT, October 14, 1999

Sponsored jointly by the Literature faculty and the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies.
  1. Opening Discussion of the Oulipo Group - overview (16:26): MP3
  2. Back to Basics (2:51): MP3
  3. Further Discussion of Oulipo Group - History & Purpose; Membership; The Oulipian Companion (13:12): MP3
  4. Q & A (4:08): MP3
  5. Lipograms (source text: "To be or not to be") (8:36): MP3
  6. N Plus 7 (article) (2:18): MP3
  7. Country of the Pointed Firs (opening paragraph) (1:39): MP3
  8. "The Imbeciles" (N Plus 7 version of Wordsworth's poem) (2:26): MP3
  9. Closing Comments (1:58): MP3

Complete Recording (53:49): MP3

appearing on Bookworm, hosted by Michael Silverblatt, KCRW-FM, April 15, 1999

  • Complete Recording (33:17): MP3

reading at The Friends of the Library, UPenn, February 26, 1997

  1. Introduction (1:32): MP3
  2. The Truthful Liar: The Case of the Persevering Maltese (Preamble) (4:31): MP3
  3. First Topic: A Problem in Translation (6:43): MP3
  4. Second Topic: Yes, But We're Different (3:40): MP3
  5. Third Topic: Translation and the Oulipo, One (5:27): MP3
  6. Fourth Topic: The Truthful Liar (4:03): MP3
  7. Interlude (3:35): MP3
  8. Fifth Topic: Keep Moving (3:43): MP3
  9. Sixth Topic: Translation and the Oulipo, Two (7:10): MP3
  10. Seventh Topic: Back Home at the Oulipo (6:54): MP3
  11. Epilogue: The Case of the Persevering Maltese (4:11): MP3
  12. Q&A (15:15): MP3

Complete Recording (1:06:46): MP3

PennSound's Harry Mathews page curated by Chris Funkhouser. Read Funkhouser's essay, "Bringing Harry Mathews to PennSound (and you)," in Jacket2 for background information on the collection.

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