Luminous Chaos, the second volume in the Mysteries of New Venice trilogy, serves as both sequel and prequel to Valtat’s critically acclaimed Aurorarama. Whereas Aurorarama focused more on the highly stylized, Victorian world under portrayal, Luminous Chaos turns its focus … Continue reading
What constitutes “a proper family”? At what cost do we maintain a public image of familial harmony? In Birgit Vanderbeke’s The Mussel Feast – highly renowned in Germany since its publication in 1990, and translated here into English for the … Continue reading
MAKE: A Literary Magazine Issue #14 VISUAL CULTURE Release Party presents:THE ADAM BURKE SHOW!
Thursday, December 5th , 7PM
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THE ADAM BURKE SHOW is a Dick Cavett-style talk show hosted by … Continue reading
The cover image of Lynda Coon’s Dark Age Bodies shows a humbly clad medieval monk, kneeling under a red cross in subjugation. The manuscript page spans the entire cover, and protrudes over the contours of the monk’s body in … Continue reading
The European Renaissance was a period of marked “heterogeneity” in scientific thought: scholars of botany and medical anatomy were actively embroiled in defining appropriate methods for investigating nature and communicating their findings. Similarly, the printed book remained a newly discovered … Continue reading
The jacket insert of The Original 1939 Notebook of a Return to the Native Land promises insight into “the beginning of Césaire’s quest for négritude” and I am jettisoned into psychic vertigo. When (re)thinking the temporality of blackness on … Continue reading
“Insofar as the word ‘knowledge’ has any meaning,” wrote Nietzsche, “the world is knowable; but it is interpretable otherwise, it has no meaning behind it, but countless meanings.” What Nietzsche called “perspectivism” was an epistemological skepticism that suggested there were … Continue reading
Cathy Park Hong is both one of the most overtly political and most linguistically inventive poets writing today. Her first two books – Translating Mo’Um (Hanging Loose Press, 2002), and Dance Dance Revolution (W.W. Norton & Company 2008), winner … Continue reading
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Ballet held a curious place in the Soviet imagination. As the cultural jewel of the tsarist crown, it was associated with both imperial power and the decadence of the elite. Accordingly, in the tumult immediately after the October Revolution … Continue reading
Angela Smith’s aptly titled Hideous Progeny takes its name from Mary Shelley’s long-ago plea in support of her Frankenstein. Demanding that her critics let her “hideous progeny go forth and prosper,” Shelley remained defiant in the face of detractors … Continue reading
In the preface to How Phenomena Appear to Unfold, Leslie Scalapino describes the architecture of her startling book as “an ongoing, flexible structure that incorporates demonstrations of its gestures, such as poem-plays and poem-sequences alongside essays, the essays also … Continue reading
Johannes Göransson’s Entrance to a colonial pageant in which we all begin to intricate is, perhaps, a play. The work is structured like a play, unfolding in prose passages sectioned off beneath speakers’ names. Yet, if it is a … Continue reading
Anthology of Essays on Deep Listening, edited by Monique Buzzarté and Tom Bickley, is timed to celebrate the 80th birthday of composer and Deep Listening Institute creator, Pauline Oliveros. Though three previous collections of Oliveros’s writings have already … Continue reading
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Elizabeth Cary’s The Tragedy of Mariam’s opens with the presentation of a heroine who feverishly fantasizes about her husband’s dead corpse. In Act I, scene i, Mariam has just been informed that her husband, Herod, King of Judea, is … Continue reading
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During the day, stop by the Brooklyn Book Book Festival Book Fair–we’re at booth 118 with Elephant Rock Books). Looking forward to meeting you Brooklyn readers!
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In the mid-18th century, prose began to replace poetry as the most popular form of literary expression in the Western world. Drawing on the metaphysical claims of Newtonian science and the King James Bible’s faith in the translatability of … Continue reading
In Thrasher Fanzine, Sam Korman and Israel Lund have taken an innovative approach to the slow-burn genre of skateboarding retrospective: effacing the traditional function of editor/curator altogether. A ’zine-style book composed solely of unmediated photocopied highlights from old issues … Continue reading
A follower of new music in Chicago will have noticed, in past months (at the time of this writing), two significant premieres of works with environmental themes: Mason Bates’s Alternative Energy in early February, and Victor Gama’s Vela 6911 … Continue reading
“If Señor Gallegos is one-half as good a President as he is a novelist,” reads the original New York Times review of Doña Bárbara, “Venezuela is a lucky land.” From humble origins, Rómulo Gallegos was working as a teacher and … Continue reading
Robert Duncan had famous eyes. As a child he fell in the snow and his glasses shattered into his face and eyes, leaving him cross-eyed for the rest of his life. For him, this meant that he “had the … Continue reading
What type of knowledge enables us to understand a smile described by Marcel Proust in Remembrance of Things Past?
À peine arrivions-nous dans l’obscure antichambre de ma tante que nous apercevions dans l’ombre, sous les tuyaux d’un bonnet éblouissant, raide … Continue reading
Intense and loving comradeship, the personal and passionate attachment of man to man—which, hard to define, underlies the lessons and ideals of the profound saviors of every land and age, and which seems to promise, when thoroughly develop’d, cultivated and … Continue reading
“Once opera was studied only as ‘a stepchild of musicology,’” proclaims the back cover of The Cambridge Companion to Opera Studies. Indeed, most opera scholarship in English has been, and continues to be, produced by musicologists. After all, music has … Continue reading
Early in The Flamethrowers, our protagonist, Reno, witnesses a strange and startling scene. While motorcycling cross country, she stops for gas and overhears a couple half arguing, half flirting at the pump next to her. The man … Continue reading
MAKE Literary Productions and City Lit Books present:
Two Authors Talking
When: Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Where: City Lit Books, 2523 North Kedzie Boulevard in Logan Square.
Short readings from Chicago-based author Kyle Beachy (The Slide) and Brooklyn-based author Amy Shearn … Continue reading
One of the most memorable character portraits in War and Peace is of a couple whom anyone familiar with American high schools will recognize immediately. Toward the end of Tolstoy’s novel, the flighty Boris Drubetskoy fixes his attentions on … Continue reading
During the 1920s, broadcast radio was the object of many high-minded and utopian fantasies. Its ability to traverse the ether was a technological marvel that promised to transport and transform listeners as well. One American entrepreneur declared, upon his … Continue reading
In his book Between Science and Literature (University of Illinois Press, 2006), Ira Livingston gives an anecdote of when the cultural theory journal Social Text unwittingly published an article submitted by physicist Alan Sokal parodying and mocking “science studies,” a … Continue reading
In his first book, published in 2004, Jed Esty posed a relatively simple research question: if the accumulation and concentration of economic, social and cultural power in metropolitan London in the high age of British imperialism between 1880 and 1930 … Continue reading
The twentieth century has given us a lineage of European authors, chased – away from home, from nation and native language – by the monstrous History of the recent past, driven into the status of refugee. One subgroup of … Continue reading
As primitively wild as we might imagine sex to be, it is nonetheless often experienced today through a surprisingly orthodox narrative arc, with orgasm, described by Annamarie Jagose in Orgasmology as “both a sexual and story payoff,” marking the … Continue reading
Cats, we say, are smart. They’re tidy. They’re self-sufficient. They would, we imagine, fare reasonably well without us. For many, they are four-footed versions of our best possible selves: independent, discreet, discerning, breathtakingly graceful. That they choose to keep … Continue reading
It is difficult to read any thoughtful account of urban life in twentieth-century America and not draw comparisons, voluntary or otherwise, with Jane Jacobs’ landmark study, The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961). As a resident of Greenwich … Continue reading
In his 1897 book Le Suicide, Emile Durkheim defines the concept of ‘anomie’ as ‘man’s activity’s lacking regulation and his consequent sufferings’. Durkheim asserts that, ‘in anomic suicide, society’s influence is lacking in the basically individual passions, thus … Continue reading
Blackness marks a position betwixt and between—blackness marks a dis-lo-ca-tion. Where is the black? How does blackness reposition blacks in, or as exiled from, the world? How does blackness displace? These questions hide in the margins—betwixt and between the … Continue reading
Revisiting The Group, fifty years later
Mary McCarthy’s under-acknowledged 1963 novel The Group takes place in Roosevelt’s New Deal America. All the cultural markers of the 1930s New York creative class are there. Psychoanalysis is a rite of passage and … Continue reading
Philipp Melanchthon (1497 – 1560), the protestant reformer, describes St. Bernard’s encounter with the devil in the latrine thus:
Dicitur de sancto Bernhardo, qui cum aliquando in latrina oraret Psalmos, venit ad eum Diabolus et obiurgavit eum dicens; Quare tu … Continue reading
On February 25, an excerpt of a letter appeared on the taxidermy blog Ravishing Beasts, in which the writer confesses: “When I see taxidermy I get severe panic attacks. I have no idea why. It started when I was … Continue reading
For most people (academic historians unfortunately included), the history of American popular music begins in the enormous cultural shifts that followed World War II. The story goes that American popular music developed alongside other post-war inventions such as the … Continue reading
In the last mass extinction the Earth had seen, an asteroid collision blanketed the Earth in darkness and toxic fumes. First to fall were the prehistoric behemoths, their armor plating and fanged arsenals unexpectedly ineffectual against the suffocating darkness. … Continue reading
About a quarter of the way through the first part of Don Quixote —after the windmills but before The Man who was Recklessly Curious —Don Quixote and Sancho Panza come upon an odd sound, “the sound of rhythmic pounding, … Continue reading
Hip-hop can’t seem to escape its own history, and that’s probably a good thing. Two recent books on this multifaceted art form and its broader reverberations in American culture trace hip-hop’s path through the postindustrial twentieth century and into … Continue reading
Listen as Chris Wiewiora reads from his issue #12 nonfiction piece “This is Tossing.”
We’re not responsible for the pizza you might order or the nostalgia you might as call up.
“A writer in the act of writing must fear neither his own words nor anything else in the world. A writer who is afraid is no true writer.” By the time she wrote this in 1937, Irmgard Keun knew a … Continue reading
Black Ocean, Danny’s Reading Series, Rational Park, and MAKE Literary Productions present….
Three events in celebration of Michael Zapruder’s album Pink Thunder and the 22 unique portmanteaus which each represent and host a song from the album, which is a collection of free-verse pop art-songs, … Continue reading
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Countering our revulsion with Facebook´s mercurial privacy-settings is our fascination with the social economics of its Birthday … Continue reading
It’s possible that you overlooked this item amid the recent rush of news, but while the world watched revolutions in the Middle East, the Japanese tsunami, and a Libyan civil war, a team of scientists claimed to have discovered … Continue reading
Of the first generation of composers working through the aleatoric and performative impetus John Cage gave to music, and now known primarily for his radical innovations of the operatic genre, Robert Ashley’s most famous early composition is a piece … Continue reading