“Mark Katzman’s weird and wonderful Playdate looks like a poem and reads like a novel. Fast, ever so fast and on point, it hurtles you through its dizzying narrative and leaves you gasping for breath. What a book. Once you start, it’s impossible to stop reading.”
–Paul Auster

BASIC is a duo consisting of Mark Katzman (electric/acoustic guitars) and Jere Hanney (bass, drums, keyboard, percussion).

Prairie Fields, their debut album of instrumental soundscapes, was released in 2015. A new album, Tomahawk, is due in 2017.

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"William Bronk is some kind of vast, reflective prism, who now feels to me more like a principle or law of some kind than simply my mentor, friend, and spiritual father." 

Desire and Denial: The William Bronk - Mark Katzman Correspondence, a talk, was given at New York University on April 13, 2012 at the William Bronk Symposium, chronicling Katzman's seventeen-year friendship with the poet, whose book, Life Supports and Other Poems, won the National Book Award for Poetry in 1982. It is included in William Bronk in the Twenty-First Century - New Assessments, published by Talisman House (2014).



The New York Times Obituary, February 25, 1999


Life Supports: New and Collected Poems

Vectors and Smoothable Curves: The Collected Essays of William Bronk, New Edition

Bursts of Light: the Collected Later Poems

The Force of Desire: A Life of William Bronk, by Lyman Gilmore

The Poetry of William Bronk, by Paul Auster, The Saturday Review, July 8, 1978