Occult Communication with Bookslut

by on Oct.14, 2010

Well, there’s always good stuff at Bookslut but today there are at least two articles of special note on the front page.

1)Oliva Cronk’s article on poetry references Laura Glenum, CA Conrad and other modern muses of the mise-en-scene. Cronk’s own text is infectious and directive (“Read Lara Glenum’s latest book, Maximum Gaga, while preparing for a dreaded social event or in a waiting room.”) and isolates how the books she discusses offer directives (coercions?) for affecting your space with art. I’m particularly interested in the motif of moldiness, age and error in Cronk’s piece, which brings to mind my favorite debaser, Jack Smith. I also think the piece offers a really interesting alternative modality to receiving work– it goes beyond ‘critique’ and ‘analysis’ to something more contagious and more willing to confront art’s coercive properties, sans ethics.

2)An interview with Kate Durbin offers this tasty thought: “After Marilyn Monroe died there were a bunch of copycat suicides by young women. One woman wrote this in her suicide note: ‘If the most beautiful thing in the world has no reason to live, what hope can there be for the rest of us?’ I think this is a valid question.”

2 comments for this entry:
  1. Ryan Sanford Smith

    Wonderful stuff here.

    #2 reminds me of the cloud of mourning surrounding David Foster Wallace’s suicide, to a very similar tune of ‘If this guy saw no light at the end of the tunnel, what are -we- all looking at?’ Luckily, no copycats (that I know of), but an interesting sentiment in both cases.

  2. Kate Durbin

    Hey, thanks for the shout out J!