Wednesday, May 11, 2005

"Lost" Whitman interview discovered

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From the Associated Press: Nicole Kukawski, a junior at The College of New Jersey, recently discovered an 1888 interview with poet Walt Whitman buried in the archives of her school newspaper, that academes had forgotten existed. This in itself is not too terribly remarkable (about one lost interview or letter from Whitman is discovered every year, according to this article); what's fascinating to me, though, is that Whitman encourages readers in this interview to become self-publishers, urging them to "whack away at everything pertaining to literary life - mechanical part as well as the rest. Learn to set type, learn to work at the 'case,' learn to be a practical printer." Wow - who knew that Whitman was actually a zinester at heart?