wish we could swim like dolphins can swim//
tho nothing will keep us together//
we can beat them forever and ever//
Tomorrow I’m participating in an artist talk at the Center for Book Arts. If you’re unfamiliar with the show, it’s called “Brother, Can You Spare a Stack” (the title is a nod to the depression era song “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime”) and it showcases a number of radical libraries. I contributed an installation based on the Peoples Free Library and the Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology.
“Brother, Can You Spare a Stack presents thirteen art projects that re-imagine the library as a force for social change. Each project constructs a micro library of sorts that serves specific economic or social needs within the community. Each project proposes an alternative politicized realm, which can be imagined and formed to explore the social dimensions of contemporary culture. Small and mobile, these projects resist the limitations of a controlled, highly organized system that governs our society. In contrast to subjective libraries formed by the artists picking and choosing book titles, these projects take a pragmatic and rational approach, using the library model as an interactive field. Selected projects update the principles of relational aesthetics, and shift them towards all-inclusive and useful cultural production.” from the Center for Book Arts website.
Artist Talk: Brother, Can You Spare a Stack
Friday, March 15th , 6:30pm
Arlen Austin/Jason Boughton, Stephen Boyer, Reanimation Library
$10 suggested donation/ $5 members
The Center for Book Arts
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, New York 10001
Dennis Cooper added Parasite to his “Three Recent Favorite Book” pile, which is sorta a big deal for me considering I’ve been a huge fan of DC’s for a long time now and consider his work both very influential and important to the creation of Parasite. Here’s the link. Also listed were Michael J. Seidlinger & their book My Pet Serial Killer + Moon Tzu & their book autumn of my youth.
I had one of those “WTF I said that?!” moments while reading the quote he put together from me. It’s a cut-up from stuff written on minorprogression and an interview I gave while putting together the Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology. Now, to relish in the opportunity — to quote Dennis Cooper quoting me:
‘I don’t own a Kindle. I read a lot of blogs and appreciate the Internet for allowing anyone to go online and publish their thoughts, but yeah, books are holy. I always carry a few books on me at all times. I couldn’t imagine the world without books. I need books. There have been many points in my life where I’ve questioned whether to buy books or food. We crave knowledge just as much as we crave physical sustenance. And there’s something about a physical book that sort of captures both cravings. To hold a book and be able to touch the print and mark it is an entirely different experience then that of reading on a screen. There’s a permanence that doesn’t exist with a screen. It’s why I always force myself to write longhand and not limit myself to typing on a laptop, even though it’s so much easier. There is a magick to the permanence of ink on paper that is so quickly disregarded by a keypad and a screen. …
‘I have these moments while painting. I pick colors and as I use them they’ll seem so perfect, then obvious and then I’m bored. So I switch colors. And switch colors. Until I find a color so repulsive or so out of touch with what I was originally wanting, that I take up writing.
‘Brushes with messy hairs make it impossible to direct the paint in a specific way: like I can dot an “i” but I cannot stop the dot from attaining non-circular characteristics. But I love these brushes and their imperfections. They’ve been with me in so many situations and painting for me, as one fond of the situationists, is therapy. It’s a way for me to talk to myself without using language. It’s always allowed me to forget grammar and punctuation. Paint is just a representation of color. I would hate to use a brush that didn’t seem to communicate with the paint. Nor can I ever seem to bring myself to cut my own hair.
‘An artist has always seemed to me someone that doodles while smoking a cigarette. Something may (or not) be happening; the artist notices but doesn’t stop smoking and doodling. Even if not tolerated. It’s never about results, it’s about daydreaming… living in dreamscapes. It’s about exploring when foreign lands no longer exist. It’s a means to feeling alive. To sing without lifting a note.’
–Stephen Boyer quoting Dennis Cooper quoting Stephen Boyer
Stephen Boyer reading from GHOSTS + PARASITE
Rami Shamir reading from TRAIN TO POKIPSE
I’m really excited to announce my novel PARASITE is now available! You can get it here.
GRRRLS ON FILM! celebrates the work of women, trans people, and genderqueer filmmakers, writers, performers, and other creators, especially but not exclusively those whose work has been influential to or stems from riot grrrl and queercore movements. the series is held by page 22’s page poetry salon (curated by lee ann brown) in the former home of geraldine page at 435 W. 22nd St. in Manhattan. for ten consecutive weeks, GRRRLS ON FILM! meets Thursday nights, doors at 8pm. the night will begin with the salon and end with the screening. audience space is limited and dependent on rsvp. to do so, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and feel free to let us know now which nights you’d like to attend as we have rsvp lists going for the whole series. all events are free and open to those that rsvp first, but for those that are able to do so, a suggested donation of $10 would really help cover all the costs incurred in putting this event together. we will supply some food and/or drinks every week but suggest everyone BYOB and/or bring something to share!