Author Archives: lightoflostwords

The Wonderful and Frightening Worlds of Mark E. Smith and Steve Aylett

By Spencer Cawein Pate When Bill Ectric first emailed to ask me if I was interested in contributing an essay to a Steve Aylett nonfiction tribute anthology / festschrift he was editing, I knew immediately that I would a) enthusiastically accept … Continue reading

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Another Book by Paul Murray

By Spencer Cawein Pate Ever since I read the first two novels by the wonderful Irish writer Paul Murray in 2011 (about which I previously wrote a brief essay), I’ve been eagerly awaiting his next book. Thankfully, The Mark and … Continue reading

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An Interview with Devin DiSanto and Nick Hoffman

By Spencer Cawein Pate Devin DiSanto and Nick Hoffman’s Three Exercises–released by one of my very favorite record labels, Erstwhile–is one of the most beguiling albums I’ve listened to in 2015. An auditory trace or palimpsest of an artistic happening (involving … Continue reading

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Math Pedagogy in Plato’s Republic

By Spencer Cawein Pate This summer, I enrolled in a doctoral seminar centered on the standardization and corporatization of the curriculum in public schools. Our professor, Dr. Tom Poetter, had an ambitious goal for the class: to collectively write and produce … Continue reading

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A Madison Cawein Sesquicentennial

By Spencer Cawein Pate Today, March 23, 2015, is the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the birth of Madison Julius Cawein. To celebrate–and to enact a little more “poetic justice”–my dad had these beautiful stamps made with Madison’s image: Here … Continue reading

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An Interview With The Lowland Hundred

By Spencer Cawein Pate The Welsh band The Lowland Hundred make the kind of music I dream about, music I have longed for even before it came into existence. After reading Rob Young’s characteristically astute and enticing review of their most recent release in … Continue reading

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Madison Cawein’s Louisville II

By Spencer Cawein Pate As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been planning to return to Louisville, Kentucky, in order to explore the collections of the Filson Historical Society related to Madison Cawein. This post will be another photoessay–a sequel to my original post … Continue reading

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