Monday, April 10, 2017

Mr. Smolin, The Mookse and the Gripes

Well, Mr. Smolin has become more and more important to me. I love the first two novels in his The Miranda Complex (volume three comes out next January!), and I have loved his music for years. Once again he has participated in the Waywards and Meansigns musical Finnegans Wake project, setting "The Mookse and the Gripes" section of the Wake to music with some Webern/Cecil Taylor-ish piano. I suspect volume three of his novel will have a large Joyce component, and this music seems a dreamscape preview. The Wake has many male dyads: the Mookse and the Gripes, Shaun and Shem, Cain and Abel, Punch (Pontius Pilate) and Judy (Judas) [one might see this dyad as male/female], etc. One might see Barak Obama and Donald Trump as two characters from the Wake. That actually makes more sense than the last four months of US history.

I recommend checking it out.