Kate Zambreno Ã 1 FREE READI LOVED this book Not least of which because Kate Zambreno and I are obsessed with all the exact same artists Kathy Acker Chantal Akerman Susan Sontag Clarice
Lispector Marguerite Duras David Wojnarowicz The way all the little essaysmemoirsstories shapeshift one topic to another oneMarguerite Duras David Wojnarowicz The way all the little essaysmemoirsstories shapeshift one topic to another one back again so seamlessly I don t know how to describe her writing style besides calling it very personal and very fluid in the way it blends biography and autobiography so smoothly Every piece in here is short and sweet and it s all so full OF INSIGHTS AND CONNECTIONS AND COMMENTARY ON CELEBRITY AND insights and connections and commentary on celebrity and of stardom This is literally everything I look for in a book and also a bizarrely well timed ead after I Is That Even a Country, Sir! read Chantal Akerman s memoir and Kathy Acker s interview book both of which overlapped in a big way with a lot of these essays Pretentious shite Genuinely a struggle to get through this despite how short each chapter is Had to stop at 49% and go stress eat some carbs before I could dredge up the will to continue If I ever see another navel gazingamble about Andy Warhol or Edie Sedgwick or literally any other white hipster icon I will throw myself under the shanghai metro Imagine that a middle class White Feminist with a degree in gender studies buys a shop in a うそつきリリィ 3 [Usotsuki Lily 3] run down neighbourhood converts it into a gluten free bistro and invites all the In the tradition of Benjamin Sontag and Barthes Kate Zambrero creates her own Her fictional persona even if it is closed to hereal self moves through culture The Prince reshaping the establishment Her voices is evocative of a Joan of Arc who struggles while achieving like Beckett s Watt and like Dostoevsky s the Idiot not knowing the lasting impact of her words This last thing is meant as compliment Not that many contemporary writers are unafraid toecognize the fragment self and that our consciousness is always in deep struggle with depression We have the same taste in artists so I enjoyed A Bold Carnivore: An Alphabet of Predators reading her uips about those people but sometimes her voice as a writereads. A new work eual parts observational micro fiction and cultural criticism eflecting on the dailiness of life as a woman and writer on fame and failure aging and art from the acclaimed author of Heroines Green Girl and O Fallen AngelIn the first half of Kate Zambreno’s as. .
Like a 2010 tumblr text post Screen Tests is an artfully poised lineup of uasi Warholian novels and films Kate Zambreno makes a strong case for each of
put upon artists while the collection is also a shimmering delight in and of itself Really enjoyed the final two essays New York City Summer 2013 and One Can Be Dumb and Unhappy at Exactly the Same Time true Meh Too much name dropping too much coyness way way way too much navel gazing You e just not that interesting Kate nobody s that interesting Not even any of the people #That Aren T You #aren t you you occasionally try to write about Ideas are interestingthese put upon
And When You Engage Withwhen you engage with concepts works you Lifting re interesting too But theest of this is just tiresome and Mathruhridayam reads like someone s lightly edited private journal A few passages from Screen TestsIn aecent interview I was asked to name a book I thought should be emembered And I chose the u b cois writer Catherine Mavrikakis s A Cannibal and Melancholy Mourning The narrator hotly mourns all of these friends who have dies of AIDS all named Herv The narrator says she loves works that are tender and cruel and that is what this is for me a jeremiad a beautiful complaint The book is inspired by Herv Guibert s autoportrait To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life fictionalizing his friends Michel Foucault s death from AIDS which also documents Guibert s own diagnosis like a French companion to Close to the Knives The interviewer asked me to talk about New Narrative and I told him that it was an avant garde ueer mostly American literary scene circling around community and especially memorializing friends and lovers who died of AIDS efusing their disappearance I A Life In School: What The Teacher Learned rattled off names of New Narrative writers Bruce Boone Dodie Bellamy Kevin Killian Kathy Acker Gail Scott The interviewers asked me if I thought there would ever be another movement where writers could be angry in force again if there would be another crisis that would allow for a political literatureI have thought about this uestio. Toundingly original collection Screen Tests the narratoregales us with incisive and witty swatches from a life lived inside a brilliant mind meditating on aging and vanity fame and failure writing and writers along with portraits of everyone from Susan Sontag to Amal Clo. ,
think it connects to than just writing it s about art making it s about a way writing it s about art making it s about a way connects to than just writing it s about art making it #s about a way life that is opposed to a mainstream homogenized successAnd I said to his that #about a way life that is opposed to a mainstream homogenized successAnd I said to his that is always something to be angry about always something to age againstIf I could only write throughout my entire life with the electricity of the amateurThere needs to be a word I ve The Devil's Snake Curve: A Fan's Notes From Left Field realized for the parasitism of middlebrow art and literature that steals from interesting andadical art but in the process strips it of its ferality its political urgency its ueerness its threat Sarah Schulman uses the term gentrified also connecting it to AckerWriter s block How boring I am supposed to be working on an essay this essay in fact but something stalls me I cannot enter into it I am unsure what is the use of all this first person any I don t know There were some fragments that I The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division really enjoyed the trifecta of Tallulah Bankhead Heiress Louise Brooks in a Mint Green Housecoat was aeally interesting examination of like fame femininity and aging But for the most part I just felt like I was Pimpinella Meerprinzessin 1: Ankunft im Muschelschloss (German Edition) reading a journal that someone had written with the intention of writing a capital j Journal I am a pretty big fan of Zambreno Iead what she writes I see myself in it I see myself writing like her I feel like I could Das kurze Leben der Sophie Scholl read her writing about the process of unclogging a drain and find it brilliant That being said I didn t love Screen Tests The book is made up of essays and the screen tests which are one to two page stories a la Lydia Davis oreports Gerald Murnane that Défendre Jacob reflect or wander around topics like writers Sontag Stein Ferrante cinema dogs in film Meg Ryan vehicle photography celebrity philosophy and so on I think my problem was that I sat down and endeavoured toead the whole thing at once which is probably antithetical to the idea of screen tests and which did nothing but make me feel scattered and unsatisfied The Darfur's Sorrow: A History of Destruction and Genocide right way toead this book Slowly over time when you feel like a literary aperitif Then it will be a treat. Oney Maurice Blanchot to Louise Brooks The series of essays that follow on figures central to Zambreno’s thinking including Kathy Acker David Wojnarowicz and Barbara Loden are manifestos about art that ingeniously intersect and chime with the stories that came before the.