Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Name Drop

[Editor's note: A skeleton key can be found in James Joyce's Ulysses (pp. 290-291), or in the reading of Finnegans Wake. But not the phone book.]

"I made a list of people . . ."

--Muhammad Yunus



"When I need names they drop out of my head . . ."

--Imogen Cunningham



"Names were not so much dropped as thrown in a perpetual game of catch."

--Robert Morley



"Names, once they are in common use, quickly become mere sounds . . ."

--Salman Rushdie



". . . individual names are also sometimes useful as gauges . . ."

--Edward Sapir



"Let us suppose that to any extent you please you can learn things through the medium of names . . ."

--Plato



". . . the effects of a network and the play of a syntax."

--Jacques Derrida



". . . frame . . ."

--Michael Martone



I

Adam Eve Josephine Baker Tina Turner Bono Saint Michael Moore Myers Martone Jackson Scott Jordan Geist McCormack Barrish Kors Wesch Schwarz Berube Connelly Muller Buble Manring Bolton Hampton Schumacher Martine Howard McDonald Burstein Franks Caine Kordahi Chabon Vick Ondaatje Sneed Yon Ernst Schenker Brecker Savage Sippey King George Bush Washington Clooney Schlossnagle Carlin Orwell Curious Harrison Mason Soros Strait Gershwin Lakoff Thorogood Saunders Lopez Santayana Legrady Pelecanos Marshall Sand Handel Eliot Berkeley Clinton Hilary Rodham Chelsea Bill Cosby Engvall Rhonda Byrne J.K. Rowling Harry Potter Stephen King J.R.R. Tolkien George Lucas Luke Skywalker Darth Vader Maul Yoda Chewbacca

II

Khaled Hosseini Eugene O'Neill Shaquille O'Neal Kobe Bryant Michael Vick Barry Bonds Babe Ruth Hank Aaron Alex Rodriguez Gabriel Garcia Marquez Jose Saramago Jorge Luis Borges Stanislaw Lem J.G. Ballard Jean Baudrillard Sylvère Lotringer Roland Barthes Gilles Deleuze Jacques Derrida Theodor Adorno Albert Einstein George Bernard Shaw Aeschylus Charles Simic Ted Kooser Lydia Davis Paul Auster David Foster Wallace Kurt Vonnegut Joseph Heller Philip Roth Saul Bellow Cormac McCarthy Joseph McCarthy Jenny McCarthy Anna Nicole Smith Donald Trump David Letterman Richard Gere Tom Cruise L. Ron Hubbard Katie Holmes John Holmes Peter North Henry Ford Ron Jeremy Elvis Presley Anna Marie Presley Johnny Cash June Carter Stan Carter Joe Carter Dale Carnegie Yoko Ono John Lennon Vladimir Lenin Nabokov Leo Tolstoy Tolstoi Fyodor Dostoevsky Dostoyevsky Mikhail Bulgakov Victor Pelevin Michel Houellebecq Louis Ferdinand Celine Paul Valery Stephane Mallarme Philippe Sollers Susan Sontag Marshall McLuhan Paul Virilio Henri Matisse Robert Olen Butler Charles D'Ambrosio Samuel Beckett Colm Toibin John Banville Richard Powers Nathaniel Benchley Peter Benchley Oliver North Colin Powell Condoleeza Rice Scooter Libby Dick Cheney Marshall Mathers Marilyn Manson Marilyn Monroe Charles Manson Sam Shepard Tony Kushner Oprah Winfrey Jerry Springer Benjamin Franklin Abraham Lincoln Richard Nixon Lyndon Johnson Thomas Jefferson Bach Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Chopin Vivaldi Grieg Schubert Strauss Lizst Tchiakovsky Beethoven Stravinsky Wagner Debussy Jean-François Lyotard Fredric Jameson

III

Jay Leno Conan O'Brien Karl Rove Jeb Bush Rudy Giuliani Barack Obama Richard Ramirez John Wayne Gacy David Berkowitz Jeffrey Dahmer Alfred Nobel Guggenheim Jackson Pollock Ed Harris Klimt Kandinsky Pablo Picasso Ernest Hemingway Muriel Hemingway F. Scott Fitzgerald Ezra Pound T.S. Eliot John Dos Passos James Joyce Gertrude Stein Sherwood Anderson William Faulkner Shelby Foote Carl Sandburg Theodore Roethke William Carlos Williams Wallace Stevens Nathaniel Mackey Thylias Moss Rachel Blau DuPlessis David Shields David Means T.C. Boyle Goethe Raymond Carver John Gardner John Cheever John Vande Zande Jeff Vande Zande J.D. Riso Francis Ponge Francis Bacon George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Friedrich Nietzsche Arthur Schopenhauer Baruch Spinoza Claude Levi Strauss Leo Strauss Alan Bloom Francis Fukuyama Plato Socrates Heraclitus Walter Kaufmann Marcus Aurelius Charles Dickens Wilkie Collins Edith Wharton Willa Cather Mark Twain Samuel Clemens Stendhal Saki H.H. Munro Lewis Carroll Charles Lutwidge Dodgson Eric Blair Ander Monson Aimee Bender Etgar Keret Tod Goldberg Chuck Palahniuk Jonathan Lethem Dennis Cooper Elizabeth Ellen Cory Doctorow Colson Whitehead Chad Simpson Rachel Zucker Magdalen Powers Matt Kirkpatrick Anne Elliott Austin Kleon Craig Snyder Stephen Elliott Jonathan Ames Scott Snyder Andrew Sean Greer Brian Evenson Jennifer Egan Dan Wickett Steven Gillis Dave Clapper Kathy Fish Katrina Denza Avital Gad-Cykman Joseph Young Randall Brown Myfanwy Collins Ellen Meister Matt Bell John Steinbeck Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Emile Zola Karl Marx Adam Smith John Maynard Keynes Emile Durkheim Sigmund Freud Carl Jung Gustave Flaubert Jean Genet Rob Roberge Edward Albee Bill Shakespeare Harold Bloom Aldous Huxley Thomas Henry Huxley Charles Darwin Richard Dawkins Carl Sagan Stephen Hawking Herbert Marcuse Jose Ortega Y Gasset Jean Paul Sartre Albert Camus James Dean Princess Di Grace Kelley Louis Althusser Soren Kierkegaard Gordon Marino Alastair MacIntyre Alastair McKinnon Peter Singer Aristotle Onassis John F. Kennedy Robert Kennedy Sid Vicious Joey Ramone Jack White Meg Ryan Tom Hanks Jack Black Keanu Reeves Beyonce Knowles Britney Spears Christina Aguilera Janet Jackson Madonna Kelly Clarkson Clay Aiken Dan Rather Katie Couric Stone Phillips Peter Jennings Daniel Pearl Nick Berg Nick Hornby Eric Spitznagel Whitney Pastorek Aaron Burch John Updike Norman Mailer Isaac Babel Joseph Conrad Francis Ford Coppola Martin Sheen Marlon Brando Al Pacino Robert DeNiro Robin Williams Ray Liotta Denis Johnson John Barth Robert Coover William H. Gass Laurence Sterne Thomas Pynchon Italo Calvino Chaucer Cervantes Robert Louis Stevenson Henry James William James Ralph Waldo Emerson Herman Melville Nathaniel Hawthorne Walt Whitman ee cummings Henry David Thoreau John Brown Harriet Beecher Stowe W.E.B. DuBois Langston Hughes Richard Wright Frederick Douglass Ralph Ellison Jack Kerouac Allen Ginsburg Paul McCartney Ringo Starr

IV

Jim Morrison Jimi Hendrix Michael Hutchence Janis Joplin Layne Staley Shannon Hoon Bon Scott Kurt Cobain John Bonham Karen Carpenter Buddy Holly Jim Croce John Denver Sonny Bono Cher Elvis Presley Guy Debord Walter Benjamin Sylvia Plath

V

Thomas Pynchon Paris Hilton Blake Butler Tao Lin Patrick Swayze Keanu Reeves Jennifer Lopez Hugh Grant Trent Reznor Brian Warner Howard Hughes Hugh Hefner Jesus Buddha Krishna Yahweh Copernicus Dante Alighieri John Milton John Donne Thomas A Kempis Alvin Plantinga Isaac Newton Leibniz Rene Descartes John Dewey Bertrand Russell Willard Van Orman Quine Suze Orman Alfred North Whitehead Ludwig Wittgenstein Saul Kripke Will Smith Bernie Mack Jackie Chan Malcolm Gladwell David Sedaris Lance Olsen Michael Cunningham Gene Hackman Chris Tucker Jet Li Bruce Lee Chuck Norris David Carradine Leonardo DaVinci Michelangelo Pericles Homer Simpson Papa Smurf G.I. Joe Barbie Ken Paris Hilton James Patterson Nora Roberts Danielle Steele Mary Higgins Clark Sandra Brown Robin Cook Michael Crighton Sidney Sheldon Martha Stewart Charles Simonyi Rob Zombie Dee Snyder Edward Sapir Benjamin Lee Whorf Edgar Lee Masters Dan Brown James Frey Jonathan Franzen JT Leroy Dr. Seuss Eminem Arnold Schwarzenegger Johnny Depp Brad Pitt Dan Rather Walter Matthau Jack Lemon Lucille Ball Don Delillo Satam M.A. Al Suqami Lee R. Raymond Waleed M. Alshehri David J. O'Reilly Wail M. Alshehri Abdulaziz Alomari Ted Turner Mohammed Atta Bill Gates Julius Caesar Judas Iscariot Pontius Pilate John Wilkes Booth Franz Kafka

VI

Walter Benjamin Antonin Artaud Martin Heidegger Alain Badiou Jacques Ranciere Miranda July Grace Paley Margaret Atwood Alice Munro Kelly Link Stacey Richter Betty Friedan Andrea Dworkin Simone de Beauvoir Virginia Woolf Slavoj Zizek Jacques Lacan Alan Sokal Dave Eggers Benjamin Kunkel Marco Roth Heidi Julavits Jhumpa Lahiri Marisha Pessl William T. Vollmann Gary Amdahl John Kennedy Toole Donald Barthelme Ben Marcus Mairéad Byrne Michael Martone Michael Martone Michael Martone Michael Martone Michael Martone Michael Martone Michael Martone Michael Martone Michael Martone Michael Martone Michael Martone Michael Martone Michael Martone Michael Martone Michael Martone Ryan Seacrest Fergie Shakira Dick Clark Hillary Duff Sean Kingston Justin Timberlake Nick Lachey Kanye West Rihanna Bon Jovi Avril Lavigne Kenny Chesney R. Kelly Usher Linkin Park Pink Bob Marley Louis Armstrong Clifford Brown Doc Cheatham John Coltrane Miles Davis Tommy Dorsey Ella Fitzgerald Woody Herman Earl Hines Branford Marsalis Charlie Parker Bud Powell Artie Shaw Art Tatum Fats Waller Lester Young Johnny Carson Ed McMahon Merv Griffin Vanna White Pat Sajak Alex Trebek Joan Rivers River Phoenix Jean Jacques Rousseau Maximilien Robespierre Jean Paul Marat Marquis de Sade Samuel Taylor Coleridge David Leavitt Arthur Rimbaud Rachel Ray Walt Disney Charles Schultz

VII

Abraham Isaac Jacob Judah Perez Zerah Tamar Hezron Ram Amminadab Nahshon Salmon Boaz Rahab Obed Ruth Jesse David Solomon Rehoboam Abijah Asa Jehoshaphat Joram Uzziah Jotham Ahaz Hezekiah Manasseh Amon Josiah Jeconiah Shealtiel Zerubbabel Abiud Eliakim Azor Zadok Achim Eliud Eleazar Matthan Jacob Joseph Jesus

VIII

Don Delillo Jose Saramago Saul Kripke Andre Aciman Umberto Eco Orhan Pamuk Chaim Potok Amin Maalouf Yehuda Berg Wilkie Collins Joe Coomer Roy Feinson Pierre Le Rouzic Norman Lebrecht Franklin Graham Sanora Babb Lawrence R. Rodgers James Baldwin Julia Alvarez Vendela Vida Alex W. Bealer Kristina Rodanas Toadex Hobogrammathon Samuel Beckett

4 comments:

BLAKE BUTLER said...

damn. nice work. now i gotta play catch up.

Josh Maday said...

Thanks, Blake. Considering the nature of this thing, I spent a ridiculous amount of time on it. Still, I'm going to have to add more installments. It's nice having a project to work on, though, all banality aside. The nice part is that the names are all there, readymade like Duchamp's Fountain.

virginia woolf said...

i will name one of my children after chapter V.

Josh Maday said...

A tremendous honor, virginia woolf. Thank you. Hopefully the child will live up to its name.