“People forget that a book or codex is a technology,” reminded ambient lit artist Tan Lin in a 2012 interview in the new media art publication Rhizome (so named after Deleuze and Guattari’s “image of thought” concept). Literary types privilege the book as the ultimate form for reading. To privilege the book as reading, though—to forget that it is a technology—is analogous to forgetting one has a body (something lit types are also wont to do), and to forget one has a body is to let it soften and lay to waste. When you recognize the book as technology, you realize that print and screen, like body and mind, are not mutually exclusive mediums, but that they are increasingly mutually influencing.
…I wrote about the Internet & book design for Hazlitt: http://www.randomhouse.ca/hazlitt/feature/internet-killed-books-save-reading
I’ve been thinking about this a lot since I first read it last week, and left a long-winded comment to that effect. I particularly think Iris and Anaïs would be intrigued…
hey y’all, this is a thing that is happening! please help me spread the word and finish this project!
Special Edition Book! & CONTEST FOR AWESOME THINGS!
The Outliers: West Coast (Special Edition Book) is now on sale for a range between $10 and $50.
This special edition book of the west coast portion of the trip is being offered to help raise funds to finish the project. The project is expected to take an additional 3 to 4 months of major travel to complete by March 2012 for an exhibition in Baltimore, Maryland that will be open to the public and free of charge.
The funds that this zine raises go towards processing fees, printing fees, and most importantly, travel costs associated with reaching as many people as possible, like car rentals to reach those who are out of city centers. Plus if you get one you will hve my eternal love and adoration, y’all. And also an awesome book.
For those of you who would like a book but cannot afford to pay for one, I’ll be giving away A FREE COPY, + Other Outliers project related goodies to 3 wonderful people who re-blog this and are following The Outliers Project Blog. Winners will be chosen at random on September 18th, at 11:59pm EST. Goodluck!
support elle’s work! they are an amazing person and incredible photographer! when i ate too many pot brownies at ida, i spent all of dinner telling everyone in earshot that elle had made the croutons, and they were the best croutons i’d ever eaten. a fact i had completely forgotten about until they reminded me last night. thanks for that, elle.
Description of the Outliers: "The Outliers is a photographic project focusing on the genderqueer identity in America. People who identify as genderqueer identify as neither male or female, both male and female, transgender men, transgender women, intersex, two spirit, and other identifications as individual as the person who claims them. The project is currently in progress, and I am currently traveling the United States with a medium format camera, photographing as many people as I am able to. My hope is to be able to include an incredible amount of people of all sorts of identifications in the final body of work."
sounds incredible! i tried to buy it/donate but it doesn’t ship to canada unfortunately. either way - signal boost this great work!
When Did Indians Become Straight? explores the complex relationship between sexual mores and shifting forms of Native American self-representation. It offers a cultural and literary history that stretches from the early-nineteenth century to the early-twenty-first century, demonstrating how Euramerican and Native writers have drawn on discourses of sexuality in portraying Native peoples and their sovereignty.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Reproducing the Indian: Racial Birth and Native Geopolitics in Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison and Last of the Mohicans
Chapter 2: Adoption Nation: Catharine Maria Sedgwick, Hendrick Aupaumut, and the Boundaries of Familial Feeling
Chapter 3: Romancing Kinship: Indian Education, the Allotment Program, and Zitkala-
Chapter 4: Allotment Subjectivities and the Administration of “Culture”: Ella Deloria, Pine Ridge, and the Indian Reorganization Act
Chapter 5: Finding “Our” History: Gender, Sexuality, and the Space of Peoplehood in Stone Butch Blues and Mohawk Trail
Chapter 6: Tradition and the Contemporary Queer: Sexuality, Nationality, and History in Drowning in Fire
Oxford University Press: When Did Indians Become Straight?: Mark Rifkin
.. to read a bit later. :)
definitely going on my to-read list!
THIS LOOKS SO GOOD. my first thought is OMG KENT MONKMAN WOULD BE ALL OVER THIS.
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guy debord’s society of the spectacle (1967, french edition, 1970 english translation)
Here’s the game: Grab the book nearest you right now. • Turn to page 56. • Find the fifth sentence. • Reblog with that sentence. • Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST book. DO IT!!
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“Also present was a nurse with the head of a great brown rat.”
-The Dark Tower, Stephen King.
“Another fact which strongly suggests that it was an artificial phallus is that the women did not become pregnant by the Devil except by special agreement.”
A Handbook on Witches, Gillian Tindall
“Body is essentially extended into space, non-thinking, and governed by the laws of motion.”
Descartes’ Mind-Body Problem, 30 Second Philosophies by Barry Loewer
“Now carefully turn the face inside out and scrape off the fatty tissue.”
- The Phantom Museum (and Henry Wellcome’s Collection of Medical Curiosities), ed. Hildi Hawkins and Danielle Olsen, Profile Books LTD in Association with The Wellcome Trust, London, 2003
the nearest books to me at this moment are three of my old moleskins, my notebook from my trip to mexico, and my address book… so the closest book not filled with my writing wins. and it is hardly as juicy as the wonderful aforementioned sentences.
"The smudges of our children’s peregrinations around their beds, looking for clearer, cooler needs in hospitable cracks, stay on the walls I painted the last time this house was empty."
- Coke Machine Glow by Gordon Downie