Sunday, January 31, 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Collection of Essay's by Bruce Russell

Bruce Russell launched his book Left Handed Blows: Writing on Sound 1993-2009 tonight. It's really, really good - and not just in terms of sound, but culture in general; production, resistance, the possibility of radical action; the understanding of one's position within a semantic economy. There's a lot of material in there that is going to be very helpful to me - I'm writing on improvisation and text at the moment, and one of my intentions (they are various....) is to look more at artistic economies as wholes - media-centred distinctions are counter-productive (as Bruce states in the introduction to the show Towards a Cinema of Pure Means currently at the Physics Room gallery).

I've got a review copy - so a write-up is impending. I highly reccomend it - and anyone who is not familliar with Bruce's work should look into it - here's his Wikipedia page.
I was invited to join Flowers of Sulphur a while back. It's a poetry blog. I felt a bit bad as I hadn't got around to putting anything up there, but now I have. Check it out if you want.

(it's an endless sense of amusement for me that the spellcheck in blogger tries to correct "blog". and "blogger" for that matter.)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Also: Records for Sale/Trade

The Creatures. Boomerang LP. VG+. Wild Things 2x7” VG. Miss the Girl 7”. G.

Siouxie and the Banshees. Tinderbox LP.G.

Dali’s Car. The Waking Hour Gatefold LP G+.

Peter Murphy. Deep LP VG. Cuts You Up 12’ VG. Holy Smoke LP VG. Should the World Fail to Fall Apart LP. Sleeve worn.

Einsturzende Neubauten. Haus der Leuge LP. Reissue. EX.

Sex Gang Chldren. Song and Legend LP. VG. Sebastiane 12”, sleeve v. Worn, record fine.

David J. Joe Orton’s Wedding 12”. VG.
Christian Death. The Only Theatre of Pain LP. Reissue. VG.

Tones on Tail. Pop LP. G-VG. There’s Only One! 12”. VG.

The Young Gods. L’Eau Rouge LP. VG.

The March Violets. Natural History LP. VG.

Fields of the Nephilim. Elysium LP. VG. Earth Inferno LP. VG. Fallen LP EX. From the Fire 10’. EX. One More Nightmare/Darkcell AD 10” EX. Psychonaut 12”. VG. Moonchild 7”.

Crypt of Kerberos Cyclone of Insanity 7”

These if someone makes a good enough offer:

The Nefilim Zoon 2xLP, with engraved disc VG+. Penetration 12”.

The Leather Nun Primemover 7”

Books for sale or trade.

As my moving to Auckland grows ever closer, I'm cleaning out. The amount of stuff I have to do, and stuff I've accrued, is scary. As such here is a preliminary list of books I have to get rid of. Please enquire for better grading of condition, or if you want anything. Make an offer. I've also still got copies of my chapbook.

Without any further ado:

Aeschylus. Oresteia. PB, good.

Baxter, James K. The Labyrinth. HB, 1st, DJ Sunned and chipped, otherwise fine.
__________. Ode To Auckland and other Poems. 3rd printing. Stain to back cover.

Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Hights. Small HB, w DJ, good.

Brown, David Lyndon. Skin Hunger. PB, VG+.

Carver, Raymond. Catherdal, Elephant, What we talk about when we talk about love, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?. Vintage PBs. VG+.

______________. All of Us: The Collected Poems. PB, VG+.

Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness and other Stories. PB, VG

Danielewski, Mark Z. House of Leaves. PB, VG.

__________, Only Revolutions HB, 1st (upteenth printing) EX.

DeLillo, Don. White Noise. PB, good.

Di Prima, Diane (trans). Seven Love Poems from the Middle Latin. Chapbook by the Poets Press. Stapled binding, spine worn.

Doctorow, EL. The Waterworks. 1st Australian. Ex Libris. HB, w DJ. Good reading copy.

___________. Ragtime. Book Club ed. HB, WJ. Good cond.

Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment. HB, binding loose.

Drumheller, Doc and Fox, Ciaran (eds). Catalyst 6. PB VG+

Eliot, TS. Collected Poems. HB, w DJ, EX.

Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying. PB, worn.

Fitzgerald, F Scott. The Great Gatsby. PB, VG+.

Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. One Hundred Years of Solitude. Mass market pb. Good reading copy.

Hall, Bernadette. Heartwood. PB, Good.

Heinlein. Robert A. Starship Troopers. PB. Worn, spine damaged.

Homer, The Iliad and the Odyssey. Trans. Chapman. PB, Good.

Hulme, Keri. The Bone People. PB, good cond. Winner of the Booker Prize.

Ihimaera, Witi (ed). Where’s Waari? Collection of fiction dealing with Maori identity. PB, VG+.

Joyce, James. Dubliners. PB, Good.

_________. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. PB, worn.

Kafka, Franz. The Trial. One of those fake leather fancy binding edition things. HB. Good.

Kramer, Samuel Noah. Sumerian Mythology. PB, Good.

LeBas, Jessica. Incognito. AUP, poetry, VG.

Lee, Corrine. Pyx. PB, Spine damaged.

Levertov, Denise. With Eyes at the Back of our Heads. PB, worn.

Martel, Yann. The Life of Pi. PB, good.

Maupassant, Guy de. Short Stories. PB, good.

McQeen, Cilla. Wild Sweets. PB, G.

___________. Soundings. PB, G.

Morrisey, Michael (ed). The Flamingo Anthology of New Zealand Short Stories. PB, VG.

Plath, Sylvia. The Bell Jar. HB Lib binding. Fair.

Plato. The Republic. One of those fake leather fancy binding edition things. HB. Good.

Pynchon, Thomas. The Crying of Lot 49. PB, good.

______________. Gravity’s Rainbow. PB. Good

_____________. V. PB, worn.

Sims, Laura. Stranger. Fence. As New (double up!).

Smith, Zadie. White Teeth. PB. Good reading copy.

Stein, Gurtrude. Selected Writings, ed. Carl van Vechten. PB, Good.

Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath. One of those fake leather fancy binding edition things. HB. Good.

Swenson, May. Love Poems. PB, Good, a bit rough.

Swift, Jonathan. Gullivers Travels. Small HB, good.

Taylor, Apirana. Soft Leaf Falls of Moon. PB, VG+

Tolkien, JRR. The Lord of the Rings. PB set in box. A bit battered, tear to edge of box.

__________. The Hobbit. HB, ex libris, no jacket. A bit bumped.

__________. The Silmililion. PB. Good.

Tolstoy, Leo. War and Peace. PB, VG+.

Undset, Sigrid. Kristin Lavransatter. PB, worn.

Virgil. The Eclogues, Georgics and Aeneid. Trans. C Day Lewis. PB, worn.

Weaver, Donna Karen (ed). Caketrain 2 Fall/winter 2004. Good.

Wedde, Ian. Earthly: Sonnets for Carlos. 1st, v. scarce. VG+.

Graham Lambkin on A Journey Round My Skull

Three Posts, with art. 1, 2, 3.

Graham Lambkin is a multi-instrumentalist, artist and author. He fronted the wonderful and enigmatic Shadow Ring, of which a retrospective is now available. Follow the links, and get me one while you're at it.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

More great things

This time by Kate Zambreno over at the new and fantastic Frances Farmer is my Sister. Title: "Tis Pity She's A Whore: The Prostitute in Henry Miller & Sade + Best Cinematic Hookers".

Very good writing (good? that's too moral. this is destructive. Evil. Which is better. I want to cut through things.)

Kate Durbin is right in her link to Johannes' article that I also link to in the previous post:

"I think I've mentioned this on my blog before, but Exoskeleton has by far been my favorite poetry blog since I discovered it last Spring (though Frances Farmer is climbing up there too..."

Johannes Göransson: Fasion, poetics, narrative and the politicality of aestheticism

Fantastic piece, as always. Johannes is fast becoming one of my favorite critics/theorists - in the "hip" and "inauthentic" world of the blogosphere. To poetry what Mark Fisher, Dominic Fox and Ben Woodward are to music. Excerpts:

"But I'm more interested - as everyone who reads this blog knows by now - in the use of fashion in this rhetoric, to suggest that there's a superficiality in poetry. This came out - as readers of this blog also knows - when Mark Halliday freaked out over Josh Clover's "lettrist jacket." Halliday was upset that Clover's poetry was not engaged in the real/genuine. Grieving one's father's death I think was Halliday's example. Or maybe that was my own wishful thinking because that's too perfect: "fashion" is the death of the father in some way, the end of patriarchy comes from multiplication, exchangeability, shallowness, flimsiness. That is a funny reading of Halliday. I'm pleased as pancakes."


"It seems Aesteticism is threatening. And this should explain why people are wrong when they assume aesteticism is apolitical. Or those who equate it with mere formalism."

Enough of that - read it.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

At High Street Project

Two Events.

the first:

Various Artists
22 January - 13 February
Opening Reception: Friday 22 January, 6pm.

The Second:

Velvet Hour, Slit The Throat Of The Assistant,
IRD, Jack Hooker

23 January, 9pm
84 Lichfield Street
Entry By Donation.

I'm contributing some visual works to TAKAWAYS.
Scans follow.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Also: Johannes Göransson on Aase Berg's Forsla Fett as Minor Literature

I'm annoyed I didn't see this post when it went up - Minor Literature is something I'm very interested in - and "Transfer Fat" (as the title reads in English) is (along with "With Deer") one of my favorite of Berg's collections. I can't wait for a complete English translation (there are selections in Remainland, which is available from action books).

bpNichol's Snore Comix 2

Thanks to Lanny for the link:

Full pdf of bp nichol's snore comix 2

Sunday, January 17, 2010

My review of Stranger by Laura Sims is up now on the Tarpaulin Sky reviews blog.

It's a fantastic boook - if you want a copy you can buy it from Fence, or SPD, or other places too.

derik beaulieu review up soon, followed by Catherine Meng, and the latest Myung Mi Kim.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

New at Spratt's Medium

Jared has just posted some new vispo by derek beaulieu.

New writing by me soon - including a review of beulieu's chapbook √¯¯, published by Default for the Dusie Collective year 3.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Our Love Will Destroy The World

Sorry for the silence - will have real stuff within the next week or so.

However this just came in from the boys at aQuarius recOrds, so anyone out there who is in SF/Bay Area, go see this show. I've seen Cambell as both BCM and Black Boned Angel, and he's incredible. so thusly:

Hi folks,
> Sorry for the electronic intrusion. This one's mainly for folks in the Bay
> Area.
> Just managed to set up a last minute show on the THE BUS, aQ pal, and
> Andee's former bandmate John Benson's amazing Bus venue, an actual converted
> city bus, with a solar powered PA, an engine that runs on vegetable oil, and
> of course plenty of room inside to cram in a bunch of folks to rock out and
> bliss out, up close and personal with the performers.
> Some of you no doubt experienced the genius that was Finland's Circle
> performing live on the bus a while back, now we're excited to announce:
> aka Campbell Kneale of Birchville Cat Motel and of course Black Boned Angel.
> Performing live, tonight, Wednesday, Jan 06th, 2010, on THE BUS. Show starts
> at 8:00 pm.
> The bus will be parked at 16th and San Bruno, under the freeway. You can't
> miss it.
> There should be a few other bands playing, who have also traveled from afar,
> we're just waiting for the confirmation, to find out more, keep an eye on
> the other aQ thingies, twitter, Myspace, all that jazz.
> But really, it hardly matters who else is playing, cuz we're just so excited
> to see OLWDTW!!!