July 22, 2012

The most nihilistic song is All You Need Is Love

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In my dream last night, the last thing I remember saying just before I woke up was: ‘Alain Badiou says the most nihilistic song is All You Need Is Love.’



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July 13, 2012

Possible opening for a new book...

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I want to start again. I want to write a book that has nothing to do with any of the books I’ve written before. This is the kind of book you write when you think you might be dead soon. A book to make enemies, to take revenge on people who most likely don’t deserve it…



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July 11, 2012

Juliana Spahr quote

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They found themselves questioning ambiguity and its presumed neutrality in their work.
- Juliana Spahr, The Transformation



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July 7, 2012

Short fragment on The Pinocchio Syndrome in contemporary literature

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I don’t remember exactly when I started calling it The Pinocchio Syndrome, this: I want to be a real boy / I want to be a real novel thing. I don’t want to write strange, experimental, impossible to categorize, novel-like-things anymore. I don’t want to be marginalized like that. I want to write a real novel with real characters and a real story that will be taken seriously by the literary world. I think every writer of difficult-to-categorize fiction struggles to some extent with The Pinocchio Syndrome (along with the exceptions to every rule.)

[Unfinished.]


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July 6, 2012

Laura Riding Quote

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Plainly the only problem is to avoid the love of lost identity which drives so many clever people to hold difficult points of view – by difficult I mean big, hungry, religious points of view which absorb their personality. I for one am resolved to mind or not mind only to the degree where my point of view is no larger than myself. I can thus have a great number of points of view, like fingers, and which I can treat as I treat the fingers of my hand, to hold my cup, to tap the table for me and fold themselves away when I do not wish to think.

- Laura Riding, Anarchism Is Not Enough, 1928
 


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July 2, 2012

A video and four texts on my collaboration with Tori Kudo while in residency at The Museum of Art, Kochi



From January 24 to February 23, 2012 I was in residency in Japan at The Museum of Art, Kochi to begin a new project in collaboration with Tori Kudo. While there, I wrote three short texts about our work together. Tori also wrote one text. You will find links to all four of these texts below: 


Letter to some members of Maher Shalal Hash Baz (who I have yet to meet) in preparation for our performance together

Rough English translation of Tori Kudo's notes towards our project together

Some notes while working in the Ehime Prefecture

A certain spirit of amateurism



Bonus: You can also find a YouTube playlist of 123 Japanese music videos here

And a playlist of some of my favourite Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Tori Kudo and Reiko Kudo videos here.



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