7703A - Spencer Holst and His Stories

by Spencer Holst

Side 1 42:03
Side 2 42:30


All the stories on this tape are from "Spencer Holst Stories" published by Horizon Press. They are read by Spencer Holst

Two collections of Spencer Holst's stories are available in print:
"The Language of Cats and Other Stories": McCall (NYC, 1971); Avon Books (NYC, 1973)

"Spencer Holst Stories:" Horizon Press (NYC, 1976); Berkley Windhover Books (NYC, 1977). This collection won the 1977 Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award from the American Academy and Institute for the Arts and Letters.

Spencer Holst is a writer and is also known for telling his stories. (Allen Ginsberg called him "an old indian Aboriginal storyteller"). Holst is famous for the many readings he gives both of his own and other artists' work. He says: "The most heightened sense of reality that I have ever felt has been at certain times when i am reading to an audience. Whether that person is in my living room or is a thousand miles away listening to those words on a radio--it is the same--I am at the right place doing the right thing at the right time. Everything else, it is like a dream.

"I came to New York at 16. From Toledo. My great-grandfather founded a paper in Ohio (The Western Avalanche), and my grandmother and father were newspaper columnists in the Midwest, but I ran away to be a poet. I fancied myself a poet until I was 23. Then I started writing and telling stories… I never try to express myself one whit--I sometimes come into the story as the author, but I never mean me. Good writing is selfless. I have no particular aim except to tell a story… I'm a first line writer, i follow where it goes."

Spencer Holst has many admirers among the avant garde--people who follow and praise his work. John Cage was moved to write:

theSe stories
were written by Playing
thE typewriter,
the author is a magiciaN, what that means is
you Can
a stoRy --

you can know it by Heart --
you saw him dO it --
but you stiLl can't figure it out,
and the typewriter he uSes is
jusT an ordinary typewriter.


released April 21, 1977

Performed by Spencer Holst
Photograph by William Suttle

Funding for this project comes in part from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency and from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Co-produced by Denis Thalson, Charlie Morrow, and Barbara Baracks.

Graphic Design on insert by Mary Nell Hawk.


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