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The Saddest Thing Is That I Have Had to Use Words: A Madeline Gins Reader

Author: Madeline Gins; Lucy Ives (ed.)
Title: The Saddest Thing Is That I Have Had to Use Words: A Madeline Gins Reader
Publisher: Siglio
Subject: Artists' Writings, Architecture, Literature & Poetry
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Poet, philosopher, speculative architect and transdisciplinary artist, Madeline Gins (1941–2014) is well-known for her collaborations with her husband, the artist Arakawa, on the experimental architectural project Reversible Destiny, in which they sought to arrest mortality by transforming the built environment. Yet, her own writings—in the form of poetry, essays, experimental prose, and philosophical inquiries—represent her most visionary and transformative work. Expansive and playful, Gins’s vigorous and often ecstatic exploration of the physicality of language challenges us to sense more acutely the ways in which we can—and could—write and read. Like Gertrude Stein before her, Gins transfigures grammar and liberates words. Like her contemporaries in conceptual art, her writing is attuned to the energized, collaborative space between reader and page. She invites the reader into a field of infinite, ever-multiplying possibility.

The Saddest Thing Is That I Have Had to Use Words: A Madeline Gins Reader is a revelatory anthology, edited and with an introduction by the writer and critic Lucy Ives. It brings never-before-published poems and essays together with a complete facsimile reproduction of Gins’s 1969 masterpiece, WORD RAIN (or A Discursive Introduction to the Intimate Philosophical Investigations of G,R,E,T,A, G,A,R,B,O, It Says), along with substantial excerpts from her two later books What the President Will Say and Do!! (1984) and Helen Keller or Arakawa (1994). Long out of print or unpublished, Gins’s poems and prose form a powerful corpus of experimental literature, one which is sure to upend existing narratives of American poetics at the close of the twentieth century.

28.00 EUR

Two Cities

Author: Cynthia Zarin
Title: Two Cities
Publisher: David Zwirner
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Literature & Poetry
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Here we encounter a writer deeply engaged with narrative in situ—a traveler moving through beloved streets, sometimes accompanied, sometimes solo. With her, we see, anew, the Venice Biennale, the Lagoon, and San Michele, the island of the dead; the Piazza di Spagna, the Tiber, the view from the Gianicolo; the pigeons at San Marco and the parrots in the Doria Pamphili. As a poet first and foremost, Zarin’s attention to the smallest details, the loveliest gesture, brings Venice and Rome vividly to life for the reader.

10.00 EUR

The Suspended Vocation

Author: Pierre Klossowski
Title: The Suspended Vocation
Publisher: Small Press
Subject: Artists' Writings, Literature & Poetry
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Made available in English for the very first time by NY based Small Press, Pierre Klossowski’s debut novel from 1950, The Suspended Vocation, fictionalizes and satirizes the great erotic artist, philosopher, and iconoclast's brief, wartime flirtation with the priesthood, portraying the Church as a haven for conspiracy, idolatry, perversion, and even atheism. Written in the form of a disapproving monograph on an anonymous, confessional novel (itself titled The Suspended Vocation), it is the story of the hapless Jerome, whose lust for holiness leads him astray in a cloistered world full of ideological and physical temptations.

Sometimes a knowing critique of 'religious fiction,' sometimes a wicked self-parody of Klossowski's own lifelong obsessions, and sometimes a sacerdotal spy novel, The Suspended Vocation is one of the strangest and most audacious debuts in twentieth-century literature.

15.00 EUR

Evolution

Author: Eileen Myles
Title: Evolution
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
Subject: Literature & Poetry
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'Evolution, Eileen Myles’s first all-new collection of poetry since 2011, circles back to classic themes such as their love of dogs, loneliness, and parental loss. These poems, however, are also immediate and pressingly contemporary. Myles is conducting an intimate exchange with the government, peering into their computer and saying hello to whoever might be surveilling them.'—Lambda Literary

14.00 EUR

Notes of a Native Son

Author: James Baldwin
Title: Notes of a Native Son
Publisher: Penguin
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Cultural History
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Written during the 1940s and early 1950s, when Baldwin was only in his twenties, the essays collected in Notes of a Native Son capture a view of black life and black thought at the dawn of the civil rights movement and as the movement slowly gained strength through the words of one of the most captivating essayists and foremost intellectuals of that era. Writing as an artist, activist, and social critic, Baldwin probes the complex condition of being black in America. With a keen eye, he examines everything from the significance of the protest novel to the motives and circumstances of the many black expatriates of the time, from his home in 'The Harlem Ghetto' to a sobering 'Journey to Atlanta.'

Notes of a Native Son inaugurated Baldwin as one of the leading interpreters of the dramatic social changes erupting in the United States in the twentieth century, and many of his observations have proven almost prophetic. His criticism on topics such as the paternalism of white progressives or on his own friend Richard Wright’s work is pointed and unabashed. He was also one of the few writing on race at the time who addressed the issue with a powerful mixture of outrage at the gross physical and political violence against black citizens and measured understanding of their oppressors, which helped awaken a white audience to the injustices under their noses. Naturally, this combination of brazen criticism and unconventional empathy for white readers won Baldwin as much condemnation as praise.

14.00 EUR

Rave

Author: Rainald Goetz
Title: Rave
Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions
Subject: Literature & Poetry
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‘Meet girls. Take drugs. Listen to music.’ In Rave, cult German novelist Rainald Goetz takes a headlong dive into nineties techno culture. From the cathartic release on the dance floor to the intense conversations in corners of nightclubs and the after-parties in the light of dawn, this exhilarating, fragmentary novel captures the feeling of debauchery from within. Dazzling and intimate, Rave is an unapologetic embrace of nightlife from an author unafraid to lose himself in the subject of his work.

‘Goetz employs a digressive quantity of scenes, within which his insights about dance music culture remain extraordinarily sharp (...) Rave distills a specific time in the mid-90s when the subculture had become an industry. Goetz’s respect for dance music lies not in how his characters occupy or regard it, but in the flux of the novel’s mercurial structure...Beyond his admiration for craft, he is touching as a witness to our helpless need to connect (...) In an extraordinary year, (...) the experience of reading Rave is a cruel suspension between agony and ecstasy.’— WIRE

14.00 EUR

Pisti, 80 rue de Belleville

Author: Estelle Hoy
Title: Pisti, 80 rue de Belleville
Publisher: After 8 Books
Subject: Artists' Writings, Literature & Poetry
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Pisti, 80 rue de Belleville is Estelle Hoy’s latest novel. Elke is a young academic with a troubled past that keeps spilling onto her present. Just as she is about to leave town for a writing retreat, she meets Pisti, a charismatic, hard-boiled but luscious Hungarian left activist, who runs an anarchist collective in Paris. Over one night in a Belleville apartment, old friends and new lovers discuss–and act–polyamory, politics, and the art of conversation. 

A wry exploration of the seductive allure of tropes and cliche in the art world and politics, Pisti is also an experiment in writing, shamelessly flirting with namedropping and appropriation. The character of Pisti was appropriated from Chris Kraus’ novel Torpor.  


' It's about time that someone want to pick up Michelle Bernstein’s habit of writing thinly veiled marxist horoscopes for horses. Pisti, 80 Rue de Belleville is a wild ride through the passionate yet caustic escapades of a new, yet already exhausted left, plotting the ultimate revolutionary gesture. An utterly brilliant attack on the pieties of the liberal life-style. En route to cult classic. - Anna Gritz.  Head Curator, KW Institute for Contemporary Art. Berlin

12.00 EUR

Schismatics / Schizmatikai

Author: Goda Palekaitė
Title: Schismatics / Schizmatikai
Publisher: LAPAS books
Subject: Artists' Writings, Literature & Poetry
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Schismatics consists of 10 short stories, in a fictitious way dealing with forgotten historical personas. Among them, artist Goda Palekaitė includes Mary Anning – an amateur discoverer of dinosaurs, Emanuel Swedenborg – a mystic who empirically explored the architecture of heaven, and Essad Bey – a Jewish-Muslim writer and orientalist. Here their lives are revived and balance between the lines of history and story.

The book fuses elements of fiction, academic writing, and artistic research, and intertwines with rumors, forgeries, and inventions. Previously, its characters and narratives have already appeared in Palekaitė’s performances and installations, which are presented in the middle of this bilingual [Lithuanian, English] edition. In the introductory essay, Valerio Del Baglivo analyses the author’s exploration of facts and fiction, the mechanisms of knowledge production, and the trans-chronological perception of time. At the end of the book, Monika Lipšic ‘Riddle’ reflects on a ‘schismatic poetics’. 

Goda Palekaitė is a contemporary artist and researcher whose work combines visual, literary, performative, and anthropological practices. Exploring the politics of historical narratives, the agency of dreams and collective imagination, and social conditions of creativity, her work evolves around long-term projects that manifest as performances, scenographies, installations, and texts. Her performances, solo and group shows are being presented internationally. In 2019 Goda Palekaitė received The Golden Stage Cross and the Young Artist’s Prize for her artistic contributions across disciplines.

 

14.00 EUR

Dusty Pink

Author: Jean-Jacques Schuhl
Title: Dusty Pink
Publisher: semiotext(e)
Subject: Literature & Poetry
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Written with the hope of achieving a 'dreary distant banality,' Jean-Jacques Schuhl's first novel is a subjective stroll through an underground, glamorous Paris, a city that slips into the background but never disappears, hovering on the verge of its own suppression. An elegiac and luminous cut-up, Dusty Pink brings together race wire results, editions of France-Soir, the lyrics to well-known British songs, scripts from famous old films, pharmaceutical leaflets, fashion ads, and strips and scraps of culture in which the avant-garde and academicism blur in an overview of the cultural scene. This world of atmospheres, portraits, and dazzling associations of ideas creates a plane of shimmering surfaces.

Published in French in 1972, Jean-Jacques Schuhl's Dusty Pink became a cult classic. This is its first translation; translated by Jeffrey Zuckerman

14.00 EUR

The Householders. Robert Duncan and Jess

Author: Tara McDowell
Title: The Householders. Robert Ducan and Jess
Publisher: MIT Press
Subject: Art History, Literature & Poetry, Monographs
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"I'm a householder," the poet Robert Duncan once explained. "My whole idea of being able to work was to have a household." In this book, Tara McDowell examines the household (physical and conceptual) that Duncan established with the artist Jess, beginning in 1951 when the two men exchanged marriage vows, and ending with Duncan's death in 1988. For Duncan and Jess, the household—rather than the studio, gallery, or collective—provided the support structure for their art. Indeed, McDowell argues convincingly, their work was coextensive with their household. The material surroundings of their house in San Francisco and the daily rhythms of their domestic lives became part of their creative practice. 

Duncan wrote poetry that is romantic, ornate, and obscure; Jess (born Burgess Franklin Collins) created multi-imaged, complex collages and assemblages. McDowell explores their life and work—reading Duncan and Jess with and against each other, in alignment and misalignment. She examines their illustrated book Caesar's Gate, a collaborative effort that led them to reject collaboration; considers each man's lifelong preoccupation with an unfinished project, Jess's Narkissos and Duncan's The H.D. Book; and discusses their "origin myths" and self-made genealogies, describing them as a form of witness in the face of the calamities of the twentieth century.

28.00 EUR

Deux Soeurs

Authors: Beatrice Gibson; Alex Wieder (ed.)
Title: Deux Soeurs
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Artists' Writings, Literature & Poetry
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From Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich to Basma Alsharif and Pauline Oliveros, Deux Soeurs brings together a chorus of voices that explore representations of parenthood, friendship, and disobedience. The book acts as a reader to artist Beatrice Gibson’s films, I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead (2018) and Two Sisters Who Are Not Sisters (2019), and includes material that informed Gibson’s working process, together with the artist’s texts and notes used in both films. Turning to the figure of the poet as a guide in times of chaos, Deux Soeurs presents a framework for an ethics of artistic and social collaboration.

Texts by Robert Gluck, Ursula K. Le Guin, Audre Lorde, Eileen Myles, Alice Notley, Pauline Oliveros, Adrienne Rich

Contributions by Basma Alsharif, Erika Balsom, CA Conrad, Adam Christensen, Beatrice Gibson, Mason Leaver-Yap, Eileen Myles, Irene Revell

16.00 EUR

Where Are the Tiny Revolts?

Authors: Jeanne Gerrity, Anthony Huberman (eds.)
Title: Where Are the Tiny Revolts?
Publishers: Sternberg Press, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction, Artists' Writings, Literature & Poetry
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Driven by the central question 'What are we learning from artists today?' the first volume of the new series edited by Anthony Huberman and Jeanne Gerrity at the CCA Wattis, A Series of Open Questions, is informed by themes found in the work of Dodie Bellamy, such as contemporary forms of feminism and sexuality, the rebirth of the author, and ways in which vulnerability, perversion, vulgarity, and self-exposure can be forms of empowerment. Where are the tiny revolts? comprises a broad array of contributions, including memoir, theoretical essay, art-historical analysis, poetry, and fiction, as well as diverse visual elements, ranging from photographs by Anne McGuire and Mike Kuchar, among others, collages by Mary Beth Edelson, and drawings by Rosemarie Trockel.

Texts by Sara Ahmed, Nicole Archer, Georges Bataille, Dodie Bellamy, Michele Carlson, Thomas Clerc, Combahee River Collective, Bob Flanagan, Ursula K. Le Guin, Johanna Hedva, Glen Helfand, Juliana Huxtable, Alex Kitnick, Julia Kristeva, Audre Lorde, Lisa Robertson

Contributions by Marcela Pardo Ariza, Justin G. Binek, Kaucyila Brooke, Tammy Rae Carland, Mary Beth Edelson, Mike Kuchar, Anne McGuire, Patrick Staff, Frances Stark, Rosemarie Trockel

15.00 EUR

The Bear in The Mirror

Author: Simone Forti
Title: The Bear in the Mirror
Publisher: Cornerhouse Publications, Vleeshal
Subject: Artists' Writings, Literature & Poetry
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Iʼve gathered so many books (….), all about the family. This is all washing over me like a waterfall. I canʼt figure out the genealogy, the chronology flows like currents that wind around each other at different rates. (…). And now Iʼm recognizing that Iʼm part of this tribe, this family of writers writing about our tribe.

These sentences can be found in Simone Fortiʼs new publication, The Bear in the Mirror – a wonderful collection of stories, prose-poems, drawings, photos, letters, notes and memories.

Simone Forti dives into the (his)stories of her family and of the woollen mills they once owned, trying to put all the myths and fragments of information into some kind of perspective. She takes us on a mind-provoking, mesmerizing journey through time and place, from December 1938 till the present moment, from Italy to Los Angeles.

Along the journey we find ourselves in different cities and in the woods, where we meet her family, bears, dogs and spiders.

 & the design by the dearest Nerijus Rimkus 

20.00 EUR

Queer Anthology of Wilderness

Author: Richard Porter (ed.)
Title: A Queer Anthology of Wilderness
Publisher: Pilot Press
Subject: Literature & Poetry, Artists' Writings
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featuring Zoe Leondard, Eileen Myles, Jimmy DeSana, Princess Julia, Olivia Lang, Simon Costin, Timothy Thornton, Marry Manning and many more !

14.00 EUR

Readymade Bodhisattva: the Kaya Anthology of South Korean Science Fiction

Authors: Sunyoung Park, Park Sang Joon (ed.)
Title: Readymade Bodhisattva: the Kaya Anthology of South Korean Science Fiction
Publisher: Kaya Press
Subject: Literature & Poetry
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Readymade Bodhisattva: The Kaya Anthology of South Korean Science Fiction presents the first book-length English-language translation of science and speculative fiction from South Korea, bringing together 13 classic and contemporary stories from the 1960s through the 2010s. From the reimagining of an Asimovian robot inside the walls of a Buddhist temple and a postapocalyptic showdown between South and North Korean refugees on a faraway planet to a fictional recollection of a disabled woman's struggle to join an international space mission, these stories showcase the thematic and stylistic versatility of South Korean science-fiction writers in its wide array. At once conversant with the global science-fiction tradition and thick with local historical specificities, their works resonate with other popular cultural products of South Korea—from K-pop and K-drama to videogames, which owe part of their appeal to their pulsating technocultural edge and their ability to play off familiar tropes in unexpected ways.

(...) The book also features a critical introduction, an essay on SF fandom in South Korea, and contextualizing information and annotations for each story.

Authors include Geo-il Bok, In-Hun Choi, Djuna, Soyeon Jeong, Bo-Young Kim, Changgyu Kim, Jung-hyuk Kim, Young-ha Kim, Taewoon Lim, Yunseong Mun, Seonghwan Park, Min-gyu Pak, I-Hyeong Yun, Seonghwan Park, Mingyu Pak and I-Hyeong Yun.

25.00 EUR

Notes Made While Falling

Author: Jenn Ashworth 
Title: Notes Made While Falling
Publisher: Goldsmiths Press
Subject: Literature & Poetry
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Notes Made While Falling is both a genre-bending memoir and a cultural study of traumatized and sickened selves in fiction and film. It offers a fresh, visceral, and idiosyncratic perspective on creativity, spirituality, illness, and the limits of fiction itself. At its heart is a story of a disastrously traumatic childbirth, its long aftermath, and the out-of-time roots of both trauma and creativity in an extraordinary childhood.

Moving from fairgrounds to Agatha Christie, from literary festivals to neuroscience and the Bible, from Chernobyl to King Lear, Ashworth takes us on a fantastic journey through familiar landscapes transformed through unexpected encounters and comic combinations. The everyday provides the ground for the macabre and the absurd, as the narration twists and stretches time. Hovering on the edge of madness, writing, it seems, might keep us sane—or might just allow us to keep on living.

In Notes Made While Falling, Ashworth calls for a redefinition of the creative work of thinking, writing, teaching, and being, and she underlines the necessity of a fearlessly compassionate and empathic attention to vulnerability and fragility.

22.00 EUR

Anthropocene Poetics. Deep Time, Sacrifice Zones, and Extinction

Author: David Farried
Title: Anthropocene Poetics. Deep Time, Sacrifice Zones, and Extinction
Publisher: University of Minnesotta Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Literature & Poetry
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The Anthropocene describes how humanity has radically intruded into deep time, the vast timescales that shape the Earth system and all life-forms that it supports. The challenge it poses—how to live in our present moment alongside deep pasts and futures—brings into sharp focus the importance of grasping the nature of our intimate relationship with geological time. In Anthropocene Poetics, David Farrier shows how contemporary poetry by Elizabeth Bishop, Seamus Heaney, Evelyn Reilly, and Christian Bok, among others, provides us with frameworks for thinking about this uncanny sense of time.

Looking at a diverse array of lyric and avant-garde poetry from three interrelated perspectives—the Anthropocene and the 'material turn' in environmental philosophy; the Plantationocene and the role of global capitalism in environmental crisis; and the emergence of multispecies ethics and extinction studies—Farrier rethinks the environmental humanities from a literary critical perspective. Anthropocene Poetics puts a concern with deep time at the center, defining a new poetics for thinking through humanity’s role as geological agents, the devastation caused by resource extraction, and the looming extinction crisis

20.00 EUR

Dodie Bellamy Is on Our Mind

Authors: Jeanne Gerrity, Anthony Huberman (eds.)
Title: Dodie Bellamy Is on Our Mind
Publisher: MIT Press
Subject: Literature & Poetry, Monographs
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Dodie Bellamy (b. 1951, in North Hammond, Indiana) has lived and worked in San Francisco since 1978. A vital contributor to the Bay Area's avant-garde literary scene, Bellamy is a novelist and poet whose work has focused on sexuality, politics, feminism, narrative experimentation, and all things queer. In her words, she champions 'the vulnerable, the fractured, the disenfranchised, the fucked-up.'

Dodie Bellamy Is on Our Mind is the first major publication to address Bellamy's prolific career as a genre-bending writer. Megan Milks made several trips to San Francisco in order to spend time with Bellamy and craft a provocative and fascinating profile of the writer. Originally delivered as a lecture at the Wattis Institute, Andrew Durbin's text takes the form of a personal essay, expertly weaving anecdotes of his own encounters with Bellamy's writing with insights into broader themes in her work. Academic Kaye Mitchell takes a close look at the role of shame and its relationship to femininity in particular texts by Bellamy. And Bellamy and her late husband Kevin Killian offer deeply personal, emotionally wrenching ruminations on topics from the mundane (drawing) to the profound (mortality). These texts, alongside archival photos and a complete bibliography make, this book an important compendium on Bellamy.

22.00 EUR

A Frank O'Hara Notebook

Authors: Bill Berkson; Jordan Kantor (ed.)
Title: A Frank O'Hara Notebook
Publisher: MIT Press
Subject: Artists' Writings, Literature and Poetry, Art History
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Poet and art critic Bill Berkson (1939–2016) had planned for many years to write a lengthy study on his friend and mentor Frank O'Hara (1926–1966) but died with the project still incomplete. This volume reproduces the sketchbook in which Berkson gathered notes, images, and poems about O'Hara, focusing on his memories of their collaborations in New York, from their initial meeting in 1960 to O'Hara's untimely death in 1966. A Frank O'Hara Notebook offers a fascinating first-person account of the heyday of O'Hara's creative life, and memorably sketches the heady social milieus of the poetry and art worlds of New York that O'Hara inhabited in the early 1960s. In addition to an exact-scale photographic reproduction of Berkson's handwritten notebook, this volume includes a typesetting of Berkson's notes and two texts on O'Hara derived from these notes published under Berkson's direction, titled 'A Frank O'Hara File' and 'What Frank O'Hara Was Like.' The book shows the evolution of Berkson's ideas from notes to fragmentary phrases and sentences into finished pieces of writing. Ultimately, this collection reveals as much about Berkson's writing practice as it does about his famous subject and friend.

42.00 EUR

Fascination

Author: Kevin Killian
Title: Fascination. Memoirs
Publisher: semiotext(e)
Subject: Literature & Poetry, Queer
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Fascination brings together an early memoir, Bedrooms Have Windows (1989) and a previously unpublished prose work, Bachelors Get Lonely, by the poet and novelist Kevin Killian, one of the founding members of the New Narrative movement. The two together depict the author's early years struggling to become a writer in the sexed-up, boozy, drug-ridden world of Long Island's North Shore in the 1970s. It concludes with Triangles in the Sand, a new, previously unpublished memoir of Killian's brief affair in the 1970s with the composer Arthur Russell. Fascination offers a moving and often funny view of the loneliness and desire that defined gay life of that era—a time in which Richard Nixon's resignation intersected with David Bowie's Diamond Dogs—from one of the leading voices in experimental gay writing of the past thirty years. "Move along the velvet rope,” Killian writes in Bedrooms Have Windows, 'run your shaky fingers past the lacquered Keith Haring graffito: 'You did not live in our time! Be Sorry!''

16.00 EUR

F. R. David, Spring 2020. Very Good

Authors: Paula Abbott, Will Holder (ed.)
Title: F. R. David (Spring 2020): Very Good
Publisher: uh Books, KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints, Essays & Non-fiction, Literature & Poetry
Stock: temporary unavailable

Like music, the issue’s 'theme' is better off unaccounted for, and up in the air, like a flock of birds (creatures who feature heavily), circling around performance, listening bodies, given time, and loving relations.

This issue serves as a reader for 'We can still see the horizon (and it’s curved)' a Summer residency at Hospitafield, Scotland; led by Will Holder and Paul Abbott.

w/ contributions and texts by Ibn Al-Razzaz Al Jazari, Robert Ashley, Lula Bak, Jorge Luis Borges, Judith Butler, Italo Calvino, Hugo Cole, Ornette Coleman, Milford Graves, Keira Greene (& Alexandrina Hemsley) , Wilson Harris, Barbara Herrnstein Smith, Bernadette Mayer, Sophie Nys, Evan Parker, Harry Partch, Paul Pitchford, Marcel Proust, Cecil Taylor, Wu Tsang & Fred Moten, Michel Serres, Lucy Skaer, Gertrude Stein, Ian White, WH. 

11.00 EUR

En algun lado y en ninguno. Poemas

Authors: Sun Ra; Mariana Castillo Deball, Tania Islas Weinstein and Alberto Ortega (eds.)
Title: En algun lado y en ninguno. Poemas
Publisher: Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite
Subject: Artists' Writings, Literature & Poetry
Stock: sold out !

*billingual: Spanish / English

En algun lado y en ninguno is a compilation of poems by the jazz musician and poet Sun Ra (Alabama 1914 – Birmingham 1993), selected and translated into Spanish by Mariana Castillo Deball, Tania Islas Weinstein and Alberto Ortega.

The adventure began in a library that looks like a spaceship, next to a monument in the shape of a burned marshmallow that celebrates the first atomic reaction generated by humans. A plaque in the monument suggests that the powerful energy should be used for beneficial purposes. Inside this lunar library is the Special Collections Centre at the University of Chicago, that keeps the archive of Alton Abraham – Sun Ra Collection, comprising the period 1822-2008. Alton Abraham (1927-1999), entrepreneur and hospital technician, was a friend and partner of Sun Ra, and throughout his life he collected manuscripts, ephemera, artifacts, photographs and audio-visual recordings of the work of Sun Ra and his collaborators. Within the archive, which occupies 48 m of linear shelf space (146 boxes and a large folder) we found Sun Ra’s wallet, containing his lawyer’s business card, the insurance receipt for his car, a cabalistic amulet, and a million dollar bill perforated in the center. We also discovered Sun Ra’s typed poems, with handwritten corrections and in various versions.

20.00 EUR

Daugiakampis

Author: Valentinas Klimašauskas
Title: Daugiakampis
Publisher: Six chairs books
Subject: Literature & Poetry, Artists' Writings
Stock: ✔

A foreign investigator lands in Vilnius on April Fool’s Day on a mission to collect all possible information that would help to crack a password and unlock a sensitive dataset. The investigator has only twenty four hours to meet the locals who could be useful in the search of any clues to untangle the hint phrase – a purple city gate. Together with a poet and a retired detective they visit the main landmarks of Vilnius and even find themselves in a former CIA Black Site. They discuss history and art, memorisation techniques, plane spotting and news making. What kind of keywords or facts can they find in a post-truth era, when neither media nor government or one’s own eyes and language can not be trusted?

Polygon is firstly a reference to a plot device, but its logic is also used in the character development and structure of language. Imagine the plot as if it was a feed in the social networks where the only thing in common between its posts is that they make a new multifaceted present. The story is augmented with a highly subjective repertoire of the artworks that represent the everyday circumstances where we all often find ourselves struggling. The author’s kaleidoscopic vision draws another perspective on contemporary experience, liquid identity, veering between contrasting values and discourses, and asks what does the truth mean in today’s click driven economy.

 (SPOILER: Book in Lithuanian)

10.00 EUR

Between the Sum and the Parts

Authors: Lydia Cabrera; Karen Marta, Gabriela Ranger (eds.)
Title: Between the Sum and the Parts
Publisher: Walther Koenig, Americas Society
Subject: Literature & Poetry, Monographs
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Ever the trickster, Lydia Cabrera blurred the lines between historian and storyteller, reality and fiction. Finding their initial audience in the avant-garde milieu of interwar Paris, Cabrera's stories influenced by Afro-Cuban myths and folktales continue to delight and inspire generations of artists, writers, and scholars. When the rise of fascism forced Cabrera's return to her native Cuba, she devoted her life to the preservation of Afro-Cuban cultures, work that culminated in her scholarly masterpiece, El Monte, in which the voices and rituals of the dead animate Cuba's wilderness. The first English volume dedicated to her life and work, this publication introduces her substantial legacy to a new audience.

Texts by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Gabriela Rangel, Asad Raza, and Christopher Winks, with a facsmile of a story illustrated by Alexandra Exter.

24.00 EUR

Mycelium

Author: Annette Weisser
Title:  Mycelium
Publisher: Semiotext(e)
Subject: Literature & Poetry
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Going to openings and parties, setting up a studio and breaking up with her longtime boyfriend, Noora is living the post–art school life in Berlin when, in 2005, she's diagnosed with breast cancer. Vaguely restless, until now she's been neither happy nor unhappy, but her entry into what she calls 'Cancerland' forces her to question the assumptions by which she lived her life so far. Uneasily, she realizes that the 'relationships of the soul' she and her friends value over everything else might not be as indelible as family, after all. 

In this sharp and picaresque first novel, conceptual artist Annette Weisser depicts the transformation of Berlin from the frontier city of the cold war to an international art hub as an analog and backdrop to the chaotic, corporeal transformation Noora undergoes through cancer and its treatments. Written in the casual, associative style of a female coming-of-age novel, Mycelium examines German trauma, art school dramas, and the inevitable parsing into winners and losers that her generation undergoes as they enter their mid-thirties.

15.00 EUR

Atlantic Island

Author: Tony Duvert
Title: Atlantic Island
Publisher: Semiotext(e)
Subject: Literature & Poetry
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Tony Duvert's novel Atlantic Island (originally published in French in 1979) takes place in the soul-crushing suburbs of a remote island off the coast of France. It is told through the shifting perspectives of a group of pubescent and prepubescent boys, ages seven to fourteen, who gather together at night in secret to carry out a series of burglaries throughout their neighborhood. The boys vandalize living rooms and kitchens and make off with, for the most part, petty objects of no value. Their exploits leave the adult community perplexed and outraged, especially when a death occurs and the stakes grow more serious.

Duvert's portrayal of adult life on this Atlantic Island is savage to the point of satire, but the boys and their thieving and sexuality are explored with sympathy. A novel on the loneliness of childhood and the solitude induced by geographical space, it is also an empathetic and generous homage to youth, a crime novel without suspense, and an unsettling fairytale for adults.

16.00 EUR

The Day I Am Free

Authors: Lawen Mohtadi, Katarina Taikon; with an introduction by Maria Lind
Title: The Day I Am Free
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction
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KATARINA TAIKON was an epoch-changing activist, prolific writer, and countercultural icon in Sweden. Her activist work brought her face-to-face with the most marginalized communities in society as well as prime ministers. Her writing defined the Roma struggle for equal rights and made accessible anti-racist narratives in children’s literature. Active from the early 1960s through the 1970s, Taikon faced a Sweden in which the Roma minority was heavily discriminated against. They were excluded from housing, the education system, and the rights of citizenship that the welfare state provided.

This book tells the story of Taikon’s life in three parts. The first is a 2012 biography by journalist Lawen Mohtadi. The second is Taikon in her own words: the first volume of her autobiographical children’s book series, Katitzi. In Katitzi, a fierce coming-of-age story, Taikon writes about her struggle as part of an ethnic minority in Sweden. The final section is an essay written by curator Maria Lind that articulates the cultural impact of Katitzi.

22.00 EUR

How I Became One of the Invisible

Authors: David Rattray; Chris Kraus (eds.)
Title: How I Became One of the Invisible
Publisher: semiotext(e)
Subject: Literature & Poetry, Essays
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Since its first publication in 1992, David Rattray's How I Became One of the Invisible has functioned as a kind of secret history and guidebook to a poetic and mystical tradition running through Western civilization from Pythagoras to In Nomine music to Holderlin and Antonin Artaud. Rattray not only excavated this tradition, he embodied and lived it. He studied at Harvard and the Sorbonne but remained a poet, outside the academy. His stories 'Van' and 'The Angel' chronicle his travels in southern Mexico with his friend, the poet Van Buskirk, and his adventures after graduating from Dartmouth in the mid-1950s. Eclipsed by the more mediagenic Beat writers during his lifetime, Rattray has become a powerful influence on contemporary artists and writers.

Living in Paris, Rattray became the first English translator of Antonin Artaud, and he understood Artaud's incisive scholarship and technological prophecies as few others would. As he writes of his translations in How I Became One of the Invisible, 'You have to identify with the man or the woman. If you don't, then you shouldn't be translating it. Why would you translate something that you didn't think had an important message for other people? I translated Artaud because I wanted to turn my friends on and pass a message that had relevance to our lives. Not to get a grant, or be hired by an English department.'

Compiled in the months before his untimely death at age 57, How I Became One of the Invisible is the only volume of Rattray's prose. This new edition, edited by Robert Dewhurst, includes five additional pieces, two of them previously unpublished.

17.00 EUR

Fade the Lure

Author: Dena Yago
Title: Fade the Lure
Publisher: After 8 Books
Subject: Artists' Books, Literature & Poetry
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Fade the Lure is a collection of poems and photographs created between 2014 and 2017, during Dena Yago’s experience working and living alongside emotional support dogs in Los Angeles. In Yago’s words, poetry is sometimes 'a form of communication created out of the desire to avoid, and an inability to engage in other forms of direct communication' with animals or humans. Fade the Lure explores the possibility for the poem to account for relationships that materialize and live beyond words, while being embedded in a consumerist society’s confined structures.

Dena Yago (born 1988, lives & works in NYC) is an artist, a writer and a poet. She was one of the founding members of K-HOLE, a trend forecasting group active from 2010 to 2016. Recent publications include Ambergris (Bodega) and Esprit Reprise (Pork Salad Press). Her work has been exhibited worldwide, including at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and at Bodega in New York.

15.00 EUR

Geometries of Desire: An Interview with Dennis Cooper

Authors: Denis Cooper; Krist Gruijthuijsen, Marvin Taylor (eds.)
Title: Geometries of Desire: An Interview with Dennis Cooper
Publisher: Kunstverein Publishing
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Literature & Poetry
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Dennis Cooper’s literary aspirations were explored early on and often took the form of imitations of Rimbaud, Verlaine, De Sade, and Baudelaire. He wrote poetry and stories in his early teens that explored scandalous and often extreme subjects.

In 1987, Cooper moved to Amsterdam where he finished writing the first novel of the George Miles Cycle entitled CloserCloser was awarded with the first Ferro-Gumley Award for gay literature and has since been translated into seventeen languages.

Cooper was 15 when he met George Miles, the 12-year old brother of a friend. They immediately became very close and continued their affection and friendship after George developed a severe bipolar disorder in his early teens, causing him to go through phases of serious depressions, manic episodes, suicide attempts and occasional periods of institutionalization.

In the early 80s, after they had been out of touch for over two years, Cooper began to write a cycle of novels in tribute to George, which consist of Closer  (1989),  Frisk  (1991), Try (1994), Guide (1997) and Period (2000).

Over (the) years, I’d developed a game plan or overall structure for the cycle. It would take the form of a novel being gradually dismembered to nothing. The first novel would construct the themes, archetypes, subjects, style, and atmosphere of the cycle. (…) Each succeeding novel’s form would reflect the damage caused by the violence, drug use, and emotional turmoil of the previous novel. (…) Parallel to this dismemberment in stages, the structure would be a mirrored structure where the first novel would seem to gradually move through a mirror and eventually, over the course of the cycle, become a backwards reflection of itself. - Denis Cooper

5.00 EUR


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