Reading Experimental Writing Edited by Georgina Colby Edinburgh University Press (2020): NOW OUT in cloth Paperback will be published in August 2021
The essays comprising this conceptually rich and astutely edited volume read contemporary experimental writing in terms of its engagement with a genuinely historical present moment, unfolding at manifold sites of turbulence. The result is a set of extraordinarily timely essays on aesthetic activism, reflecting an array of perspectives while sharing a sense of the contemporary as emergent and still incomplete. This is a powerful contribution to the moment, and one with long term significance. - Lyn Hejinian
“Firewood/Foreword,” Charles Bernstein (full text below) “Introduction: Reading Experimental Writing,” Georgina Colby 1. “‘Fog is My Land’: A Citizenship of Mutual Estrangement in the Painted Books of Etel Adnan,” Jennifer Scappettone 2. “Reading Happily with John Cage, Lyn Hejinian, and Others,” Alex Houen 3. “Experiment, Inscription and the Archive: Kathy Acker’s Manuscript Practice,” Georgina Colby 4. “Rereading Race and Commodity Form in Erica Hunt’s ‘Piece Logic,’” Chris Chen 5. “Contemporary Experimental Translations and Translingual Poetics,” Sophie Seita 6. “On Joan Retallack’s Memnoir: Investigating ‘the Experience of Experiencing,’” erica kaufman 7. “A Queer Response to Caroline Bergvall's Hyphenated Practice: Toward an Interdependent Model of Reading,” Susan Rudy 8. “Reading Language Art in Digital Media: Reconfigurations of Experimental Practices,” John Cayley 9. “Charles Bernstein’s Walter Benjamin, Among Other Things,” Peter Jaeger
LEGEND was written in the late 1970s by Bruce Andrews, Charles Bernstein, Ray DiPalma, Steve McCaffery, and Ron Silliman. This new editition is edited by Matthew Hofer, Michael Golston and includes a new, unpubished collaboration by all five poets, written especially for this edition, as well an introduction of a selection of correspondence by the authors while they were writing the poems.
The liar says he tells the truth and those who call his lies are liars. Greeks rhetoricians called this device the liar’s paradox.
The New York Times explicitly acknowledged the liar’s paradox in a recent headline, “New Press Aid Vowed Never to Lie. That Was the First Lie” (May 2, 2020, print edition p. A22). But the Times quickly got cold feet, revising the headline for the digital edition to “‘I Will Never Lie to You,’ McEnany Says in First White House Briefing: But Kayleigh McEnany, the president’s fourth press secretary, found that vow tested almost immediately.”