Q: Why on Earth haven’t I bought this book yet?
A: I haven’t walked by a bookstore since it’s come out.
Present: Terry Castle, Geoff Dyer, Gary Indiana, Janet Malcolm, Joshua Cohen, Zadie Smith, Ed Park, Luc Sante, Sam Anderson, Stephen Burt, Laura Miller, Alex Abramovich, Eric Banks, Joan Didion, John Ashbery, Joshua Clover. I like some people who write more about music than about books: Robert Christgau, Jon Dolan, and Rob Sheffield come to mind. Past: Mary McCarthy, John Leonard, Edmund Wilson, Virginia Woolf, and David Foster Wallace.
Hey. I’m a part of this thing tomorrow. I’m up first. It’s “an evening After Dark event at the Exploratorium this Thursday, March 3rd from 6 – 10 p.m. It’s the public portion of a conference called Art as a Way of Knowing.”
Exploratorium After Dark: While You Were Sleeping
“The best way to see stars is to look a little to one side.”
Tonight’s offerings employ the world of night and its metaphors to explore the gray area between knowing and not knowing. Through whale song and bunk bed conversation, we investigate the otherworldly and ephemeral dimensions of experience.
A film with live musical accompaniment by David Wilson of the Museum of Jurassic Technology in collaboration with Æ (“ash”)
A Bunk Bed Conversation presented by Cabinet magazine with scholars Graham Burnett and Jeff Dolven
A museum-wide enactment of Allan Kaprow’s Perfect Bed
Writer/Editor Andrew Leland on night blindness
Blackrain, a film with live sound mix by Semiconductor
A special, continuous performance of Eric Satie’s Vexations
A humpback whale song composition created by independent curator Chris Fitzpatrick, composer Thomas Dimuzio, and NOAA cetacean acoustics expert Dave Mellinger
A night raga performed by acclaimed composer and musician Rita Sahai
Hope you can make it. I am still working on it and it’s already WEDNESDAY!! FUCK-cetera
Sad news: Open City magazine closed.
The SF Public Library website has a feature where you can save titles for later. Seems obvious but I’ve been returning so many books unread, mostly because I just impulse-request them when I think of them — but then you have to give them back! Anyway, there are just three titles on my list:
I’d love to write more about books I’ve never read but it’s time to make tomorrow night not a disaster. Did I tell you I’m moving to Missouri this summer? Let’s catch up soon.
True, often the only way he could know whether he had read a newspaper was to turn to the comic strips, where life flowed in continuum; and recognizing them, he knew that he must have read everything else closely and avidly, that nothing had evaded his eye, nor penetrated to his heart round which he had built that wall called objectivity without which he might have gone mad.