Very excited to announce that my first work in translation is forthcoming from Norwegian publication, La Granada, this June. Many warm thanks to editor Ingrid Hafredal for translating my story, “Those People In The Garden,” from the 2013 edition of NOON. Stay tuned for more details!
I had the great honor last night of introducing Alan Ziegler and his anthology Short: An International Anthology of Short Prose at the home of Michael and Karen Braziller. The room was ripe with warmth and love for this tremendous poet, editor, and mentor to many. What a wonderful night amidst dear friends whom I have long admired. The Believer has published my introduction online this afternoon at The Logger. Please check it out here and read about “how to catch a fly in a dark room,” “the spectator as prince,” and the “artistic uncoupling from the actual.” Order your copy of the anthology here.
If you’re free this Friday, come on over to the beautiful Mellow Pages Library and Reading Room for a night of new fiction curated by Paul Rome, featuring readings by Paul Rome, Emma Cline, Catherine Lacey and myself.
Readings start at 8pm. Come early for drinks and merriment. Stick around after for bonus birthday festivities.
Catherine Lacey’s debut novel, Nobody Is Ever Missing, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux this July. Her work has been published by McSweeney’s Quarterly, Granta, The Paris Review Daily, The Believer, The Atlantic and others.
Ann DeWitt’s writing has appeared in NOON, Guernica, BOMBlog, Esquire’s Napkin Fiction Project, The Believer Logger, art+culture, Everyday Genius, The Faster Times, elimae, and Dossier Magazine, amongst others, and is forthcoming in The American Reader edited by Ben Marcus and the anthology Short: An International Anthology edited by Alan Ziegler. Ann holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.F.A. in Fiction from Columbia School of the Arts. She was a Founding Editor of Gigantic: A Magazine of Short Prose and Art in 2008. She currently teaches in the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program at Columbia University and in The Art and Design History and Theory department at Parsons, The New School, and is at work on her first novel.
Emma Cline’s fiction has been published in The Paris Review and Tin House. She is working on a novel about the Manson Family.
Paul Rome has written for The Huffington Post, PEN America, The Minetta Review and Mercer Street. His debut novel, We All Sleep in the Same Room, was published in November 2013, and was hailed by The Barnes & Noble Review as “a taut and stylistically vanguard legal drama” and by Electric Literature as “a New York novel… all the more memorable for its originality.”
Someone else around here is really interested in reading the new NOON! An excerpt of my novel is just out in this weekend’s mail & in such thrilling company. With much thanks to Diane Williams once again for unearthing the first slice of this novel in my own mind and revealing it in the pages of NOON. This is NOON’s 15th anniversary issue. It features exceptional work by Chiara Barzini, Kayla Blatchley, Tetman Callis, Kim Chinquee, Rebecca Curtis, Lydia Davis, Brandon Hobson, Elan Lafontaine, Clancy Martin, Lincoln Michel, Dylan Nice, Julio Pecly, Ashton Politanoff, Lily Hoy Price, Christine Schutt, Rhoads Stevens, Robert Tindall, James Yeh and Anya Yurchyshyn. Thank you, Diane, for producing such a thing of beauty.
Thank you to The Believer Logger for posting my third iteration of the “Various Paradigms” column this afternoon! Very excited to see my piece, “The Sochi Project: Russia Through Two Lenses,” go live today in the wake of the Pussy Riots arrest Tuesday. Discussed: half naked pictures of Putin and the 51 billion dollar Sochi Winter Games, Jeff Shalett’s “What It’s Like to Be Gay In Putin’s Russia,” Rob Hornstra and Arnold Van Bruggan’s photo exhibition “The Golden Years,” at the Huis Marseille in Amsterdam and contemporary Moscow based artist Olga Chernysheva’s installation “Windows,” a meditative look at surveillance and “the heart of everyday Russia.” For the full text, click, here.
Photo of Luke Goebel by the writer’s sister, Marie Goebel.
Excited to spill the beans on a new project I’m working on over at The Believer. I’ll be writing and curating a bimonthly column for the Logger called Various Paradigms. The title is a tribute to conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner’s typographic texts. Weiner once wrote, “Bits and Pieces Put Together To Present A Semblance of A Whole.” This column hopes to follow in that tradition of engagement, intimacy and experiment. Check out this new post with writer, good friend, and co-conspirator on the page, Luke B Goebel! Thank you to Penina Roth for reuniting Luke and I amongst the readers at Franklin Park Reading Series earlier this month. Luke and I met for coffee the next day and talked about the following: The Corona Cougar portable typewriter, gaping wounds, emotional support animals, units of sound, Barry Hannah, Freudian analysts, Texas, the Breaking Bad RV, writing in the “Bounder,” and how to farm out a plane. For the full interview, click here!
Here’s a picture of our stalwart editor, Alan Ziegler, at his celebratory dinner last night. Contributor copies aren’t out till February. But you can advance order on Amazon here!
I’m honored to be reading amongst this crew tomorrow night at Franklin Park. Penina Roth has done so much to bring this continually excellent reading series to our neighborhood. It is with great thanks to her that my 2014 couldn’t start with an any more generous opening. Tomorrow night celebrates the fifth annual evening of Short Fiction. Ben Marcus will be reading from his new collection, Leaving The Sea. Good friend, Luke Goebel, will be reading from his forthcoming FC2 collection and I’m excited to hear new work from acclaimed debut short fiction author Chinelo Okparanta and new star Ryan Chang.
Doors at 8pm 618 St. Johns Place
I’m excited to have an essay up today at The Believer Logger on Kechiche’s provocative new film, Blue Is The Warmest Color. If you ever wanted to know what I think about sex as sentimental wound, here’s your chance! Also discussed: James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room, Nan Goldin on why Diane Arbus’s work is “all about herself,” Jeff Wall, transgression, dirty realism, Joanna Hiffernan’s netherparts, Mary Gaitskill’s protagonists’ unsatiated longings, John Cassavetes & Gena Rowlands, Barthes’ antipatriarchial “prick,” Sarah Anne Johnson’s new show Wonderlust, and the “mysterious, cunning and dreadful intensity of the very young.” Thanks so much to to the Believer’s Hayden Bennett for publishing this! Check out the full essay here.
I recently took a group of students to see
Sarah Anne Johnson’s show, Wonderlust
at Julie Saul Gallery.
We’ve been investigating
The Screen As Body; The Personal Political.
Johnson investigates intimacy by capturing couples in their own
I was most impressed by the interlocution of Johnson’s own physicality onto the photographs. She often gouges at, scratches, paints or even glitters her photographs to capture the ecstasy, self-consciousness and banality of sexuality.
Her work reminded me a bit of Stan Brakhage’s old 16 mm film work
Mothlight (1963), which he made by collecting moth wings, flower pelts and blades of grass which he pressed between two strips of 16 mm splicing tape. The assemblage was then contact printed at a lab.
Brakhage said he made Mothlight “out of a deep grief. The grief is my business in a way, but the grief was helpful in squeezing the little film out of me, that I said “these crazy moths are flying into the candelight, and burning themselves to death, and that’s what’s happening to me. I don’t have enough money to make these films, and … I’m not feeding my children properly, because of these damn films, you know. And I’m burning up here… What can I do?” I’m feeling the full horror of some kind of immolation, in a way.”