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The Hanky of Pippin's Daughter Read & Download Ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook  [Reading] ➯ The Hanky of Pippin's Daughter ➷ Rosmarie Waldrop – The Hanky of Pippin's Daughter A Novel by Rosemarie Waldrop Rosemarie Waldrop In this celebrated postmodern variant on the epistoPUB #186 misadventures of their parents emerge their sense of present reality is shaken and with it our confidence in how our world is constructe. Please stop harping on 'truth' Andrea Not for us not for the little net we cast into the whirl and welter the past is an imposter It obeys our expectations With a bit of seducing I supposeRosmarie Waldrop is a genius but we should have known that already from her poetry and her translations I had no idea she'd written a novel before the Dorothy reprint—by itself a miraculous event published just after the Waldrops' press Burning Deck closed down I expected and found the lyricism expected and found the genius formal play What I did not expect was the historical and emotional intensity in the plot set largely in Weimar Germany with the political knife edges suspicions and hatreds that were bred there all under warts and all scrutiny It is probably my own fault that I didn't expect the intensity of the content to match up with my predicted intensity of the form—I sold Waldrop short but never will again

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The Hanky of Pippin's Daughter of Pippin's MOBI #237 A Novel by Rosemarie Waldrop Rosemarie Waldrop In this celebrated postmodern variant on the. One of the most fundamental conundrums of physics remains the solidity of objects a uirk of substance insofar as the apparently solid object is at its material foundation the play of vibrating atoms which cannot and do not properly fuse The solid thing is not truly solid even if so close to being so that the illusion conuers us without difficulty our being primed to accept it; that is part of how we are ourselves organically constituted as creatures creations at play within creation We can consider these complimentary factors when we assess a concise aphorism I recently came across in Aldous Huxley a human individual is not an element merely a complex chemical compound How do we hold our worlds together Binding operations of mind Primarily This has been a crucial part of how we assess the matter at least since the transcendental idealism of Immanuel Kant Philosophical discourse would take much longer to get around to suggesting—let alone critically delineating—the ways in which analogous operations occur at the level of the adhesion of self the binding that allows us to conceive of ourselves and our biographies as something like elements rather than dynamic and ongoing molecular events inclined to elude any teleological frame or reductive explanatory methodology Critical discourse begins to arrive at these stipulations by way of phenomenology and hermeneutics in the early to mid 20th century and they will subseuently become central to the renunciation of the primacy of the subject so crucial to what we might call the post structuralist moment In reading Rosmarie Waldrop’s absolutely extraordinary 1987 novel THE HANKY OF PIPPIN’S DAUGHTER the first of the two novels the celebrated poet would write I was to become increasingly aware that I was having issues maintaining my focus to an extent that was hardly common for me Not only was my mind wandering than it normally does when I read but I would very often have to read clausal seuences repeatedly because something was failing to register even though the individual clauses were uite simple even straightforward What I came to realize was at play here was both simple and exceedingly rare Rosmarie Waldrop has mobilized a style that insinuates the principal themes such that they become part of the reader’s experience the voice addressing us that of Lucy Seifert our narrator performing the provisional binding operations that hold a world tenuously together while at the same time testifying to the failure of these binding operations all order married to that part of it which is already subject to instantaneous dissolution The tenuousness of the binding operations is actually already right there in the myriad “section headings” which as discussed by Ben Lerner in his Introduction to the 2019 Dorothy edition of the novel “are often the beginnings of sentences that continue into the section itself” “continuations of the last sentence of the preceding section” often both occasionally not uite either Himself a poet who has had success as a novelist or writer of autofiction Lerner makes a point of emphasizing that the approach here is highly unconventional in a novel—he can think of no clear precedent—and almost certainly has to have some basis in Waldrop’s altogether better known work as a poet and cultivator of poets Lerner distilling the business of the “section headings” uite succinctly “These phrases function both as discreet headings as titles and as parts of a larger syntactic unit—or they are momentarily one thing and then the other staging a grammatical tug of war a standoff between flow and fragmentation They name and undermine naming all at once and in this sense these enjambed headings are Lucy’s and Waldrop’s ambivalence about storytelling writ small” Disillusionment may lead to dissolution doubtlessly but ecstasy or activation may tend to do so doubly Very near the end of THE HANKY OF PIPPIN’S DAUGHTER in a fragment inaugurated with the “section heading” “NOW I AM GETTING GARRULOUS” addressed as is apparently the whole novel to Andrea the garrulous of Lucy’s older twin sisters our narrator allows herself to get a little excited perhaps even slightly carried away such that we are afforded the opportunity to apprise a very fine and characteristic bit of whirligig prosody “Not a proper drama where one incident follows logically with necessity from the one before No fugue At best theme and variations Short winded motives linked by the surging of a minor chord Conjectures I throw out threads and if I were Mozart I could gather in complete ideas” You would be hard pressed to find a passage excerpted from any work of fiction that does so fine a job of telling you what kind of work the fiction making work at hand actually is This is Rosmarie Waldrop’s work telling you what kind of work it is which is different from a book telling you what it is about and we should be able to surmise based on than merely the mention of Mozart that the ambivalence here is about far than merely “storytelling” touching as it unmistakably does upon any field that would hope to elevate its conceits its precepts and presumption of mastery or master narrative without reconciling with the problems of epistemology that are the condition of all human projects and from which human projects cannot escape Storytelling and music surely or just art in general but also science history ontology metaphysics cosmology each of these fields unthinkable without the thinking that thinks them the binding operations in which they are bound up Lucy and Waldrop are not Mozart because their work is work with the irreconcilables mastery cannot acknowledge the absence of ground Wile E Coyote as would be master of predation does not yet know is suddenly beneath him every binding operation also a grounding one All this established we may wish to double back ever so slightly in order to grant special credence to Ben Lerner’s summation by acknowledging that any formulation we may present with respect to our worlds is a story we tell ourselves and that there are going to be degrees of legitimacy when it comes to these stories If THE HANKY OF PIPPIN’S DAUGHTER is a kind of epistolary novel to a significant extent informed by the Waldrop’s own backstory much of this ends up reflecting the intention of Lucy Seifert to challenge her older sister Andrea’s world model only ever hinting at the possibility of an alternative model insofar as such a model will tend to lose its capacity to adhere as uickly as it insists itself Andrea’s voice is implicit her communications not subject to our scrutiny such that all we have to go on are Lucy’s parries and rejoinders many of which are unmistakably undertaken as efforts to deflect direct attack It is than merely insinuated that Andrea has sympathy for her twin sister uiet and unprepossessing Doria especially as pertains to infidelity Andrea apparently believes that Lucy has behaved unconscionably with respect to her husband Bob on account of having engaged in an extramarital affair with Laff Lafayette Pershing a musician at one point indentured with the Cleveland Orchestra Andrea evidently believing that Lucy is replicating the cuckolding of their own father Josef by their mother Frederika who the author accuses Andrea of positioning as “The witch with the white gloves” Frederika herself had an affair with a musician Franz Huber Jewish onetime First World War flight partner of Josef the speculation long having been to occasionally disastrous effect that Franz was the actual biological father of the two twins Lucy’s older sisters Lucy suggests that it is because Andrea does not appear to believe that Doria’s past infidelity properly replicates their mother’s earlier transgression and because Andrea did not like Doria’s husband Karl that Andrea is willing to give Doria a pass Lucy “I don’t mind that you didn’t mind Doria’s lover I mind that you won’t grant me the same off season sunshaft That you don’t admit that I could love Bob delight in living with him and yet need another person a different smell of socks But don’t worry guilt pours in The twinge of despair which pulls love toward fear ecstasy toward sweat and nausea and which deepens into movement as two voices open their inner parts” Stopping short of presenting an alternative way of reading infidelity—in fact outright confessing to a whole range of contradictory feelings and anxieties—Lucy merely argues that the frame Andrea imposes is not adeuate Rationality is itself not adeuate to negotiating the life of the emotions and of the drives especially libidinal ones When Lucy writes of having come to be aware that her husband Bob might well have himself embarked upon an extramarital dalliance communicating how this shocked and hurt her she makes a case for it not being enough to intellectually comprehend that her reaction is unfair in the context of her own relationship with Laff “I went upstairs pretending a headache I knew I had no right to be upset But pain tears into your body without asking permission” It is in seeking to affix a truth to stabilize unstable elements within a single reductive frame that we will be most likely to do violence against the truth cutting ourselves off from the creatural dimension bound up nebulously open endedly multiply The explanatory reflex cannot help but exclude and repress “Can I possibly isolate any one particular event as the cause of other particular events Construct a different family myth out of one little sentence A myth where evil does not emanate from Mother the wicked witch and the cold void inside her but from this little sentence Father’s ‘Can’t you stop this screeching’ A Pandora’s box of polar conditions blizzards and ice storms all roads coated with the slippery treacherous layer so that progress is precarious accidents freuent the total of broken limbs still not counted up” In beginning to set out to suggest that fault is shared between Josef and Frederika but that the fault cannot be reduced to the sort of binding operation one simple sentence might seek to consecrate Lucy situates these phenomena alongside aleatory atmospheric events in order to mobilize a crucial parallel This will happen again and again in THE HANKY OF PIPPIN’S DAUGHTER As myself something of a Deleuzean and Deleuzo Guattarian I might put it like this by using metaphor and destabilizing poetical interventions Rosmarie Waldrop places the events of individual lives flung contingently into history and becoming in the context of weatheratmosphere biological events especially sexual reproduction one key passage looking at the development of the embryo and renegade cosmological extrapolation “a brighter galaxy of suns” such that the condition of being flung into immanence and worldly substance is to be found existing within the context of aleatory morphogenic self organization ever binding ever un binding An early line in the book “But in sex as in meteorology the number of particles in uestion is so enormous that an exact catalog of their positions and velocities is impossible” The novel’s title comes from repeated considerations of the origin story of the town of Kitzingen where Lucy grew up “Like King Pippin’s daughter dropping her handkerchief from a window of castle Schwanberg” Lucy knows nothing else about Pippin’s daughter not even her given name though her story is the foundation upon which a physical territory is made to rest “From this little sentence” Can a living dynamic territory be reduced to such an absurdity Of course not The older sisters were not born in Kitzingen but rather in Bayreuth heart of Bavaria home of Richard Wagner Strasse where one can find “Wagner’s house with his grave in the garden” Josef is a staunch Wagnerian Frederika hates Wagner It marks the surface manifestation of a latent fissure in the marriage while also connecting the family scandals and family secrets to the mythological foundations of the Nazi regime a trauma debilitating than any conceivable number of marital indiscretions Here too binding operations will come to figure at the surface of Waldrop’s text directly at the level of syntax Ben Lerner is right to emphasize the ways in which disparate atomized elements seeks to bind themselves to larger bodies or forms this being a matter that Waldrop’s writing enacts again and again in any number of ways It is also how the Wagnerian Josef is presented as becoming a complicit Nazi adjunct “He wondered If one could trust Hitler Believe in him What an immense relief giving yourself up to someone larger stronger Being a muscle a mere fibre of a muscle in a larger body an atom of a larger force” Wagner also brings us back to music and the key factor of both Lucy’s and Federika’s infidelities with Laff and Franz respectively having been enabled and made to adhere for as long as they were able to by virtue of the nebulous binding force of music It has to do with resonance beyond reducible formulations beyond the mandates of good order again like the atmospheric and the molecular and the celestial aleatory morphogenic Here is Lucy’s elegy for her parents’ doomed marriage “The decay of their marriage was like that of the sound from a piano string More complicated than a straight line The first segment always starts at a high level and decays uickly The prompt sound The immediate disaster Followed by a final slow decay the aftersound which dragged on for decades” It can hardly be a matter of “who’s to blame” I have already confessed to having had to make my way slowly through THE HANKY OF PIPPIN’S DAUGHTER and I will ualify that by underscoring the fact that it was progressive my having found myself slowing down increasingly as I proceeded All this despite that fact of this not being a novel that is in any traditional sense 'difficult' Much of this has to do with watching the things being built before your eyes unbuilt at the same time Yes But I also believe I became increasingly aware of how much data I had been passing over unbeknownst If this is a detective story one daughter excavating a complicated past in presentation to her Balkanized sister the performance entire something like a poet’s forensics it is certain that I have myself not been halfway adeuate to the cataloguing of evidence doubtlessly not having recognized a great deal of it as evidence in the first place This would suggest that repeated visitations to THE HANKY OF PIPPIN’S DAUGHTER might well be sensible even if the whole point remains that the evidence adds up to an indeterminate and unstable shape nothing else LucyWaldrop “Nothing has happened been resolved decided”

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The Hanky of Pippin's DaughterEpistolary novel two sisters exchange letters comparing what they know of their origins in the Germany of rising Nazism As the erotic The Hanky e. The Hanky of Pippin's Daughter is a brilliant novel by a poet and translator and teacher The introduction by Ben Lerner recounts youngest daughter Lucy Seifert's recap of this story of infidelity in her parents' tempestuous German marriage in the 1930's in letters between their three daughters two of whom are twins perhaps fathered by Mother Frederika's lover Franz a Jewish musician With the advent of the Nazi Party when Hitler was making Germany great again as Lerner puts it Josef the father fears the twins will be identified as Jews The book is structured into many sections with headings which at once make the novel stutter and allow it to go on The stuttering made for a much challenging reading experience I lost my place and took a long time to finish the book but I was rewarded by the beautiful language its sensuality the music references and amusing bits such as Lucy's musician lover Laff who dreams of a slim body whenever he doesn't dream of Hollandaise Bearnaise Mornay Veloute Maltaise Remoulade Conflict stays his hand the immediate pain of foregoing the dollop of cream the delicate cookie the delicious liueur Singer Frederika's vocal tissue texture is described as a throaty gouache with a vaginal suggestion of watered silk and the Line sharply rising on strong emotion from trembling tremolos to the jagged heights of an ecephalogramits Edges rough Torn not cut Much of the story takes place in Kitzingen the site of the town determined by the hanky dropped from a window of castle Schwanberg by the daughter of Pippin the Short The book describes how one grievous action can alter a life Frederika's father denying her music lessons Josef's punishment for playing with matches as a child and a scandal revealed in a small Catholic community There is also a pendulum by which Josef determines who will return from the war and a barometer checked daily The book is published by Dorothy a Publishing Project in a tempting hand sized paperback Dorothy books emerge each October like ringing endorsements of writers you’ve never heard of by a friend whose taste you can absolutely trust The Atlantic