A) I haven’t written in this blog in any substantial capacity in months. I don’t think I actually, really, have that many readers, but it’s mostly disappointing to me because the initial purpose of this blog was to be more active in my engagement with my work– both in terms of what I am devouring (reading, studying, looking at, watching, listening to) & in terms of what I’m creating. The intention was to develop a sort of reflective engagement simply to find myself thinking harder. I do think I have been trying to push myself as of late when it comes to both my Goodreads reviews & my screening log (which is not “live” online, just in a number of documents on googledocs), but ultimately I need to find myself thinking more about ideas than just reflecting. So, fingers crossed, let’s try this again.
B) I was getting something like 4 to 5 spam comments on this blog daily that I was deleting & since I was doing this so often Gmail started throwing my comment notifications into my spam folder. I had stopped actually reading them anyway, so if you’ve tried to comment and your comment never shows up here, that’s why. I need to figure out some better way to handle that if I want the comments section to serve any purpose. If you need to contact me for any reason my email address is listed on the “ABOUT” page of the “SILENCE” section on my website.
C) Since my last update, the following things have happened regarding my “work” getting out into the world:
1. A queer noise compilation was released that I have a track on– the name I record drone music under is IN MANY ROOMS MURDERS ARE DECIDED, which is an homage to Ettore Sottsass.
2. A poem entitled POEM NOT ABOUT FUCKING has been published at New Wave Vomit.
3. A small series of tableau, MY LIFE IS PERFECT, has been published at Metazen.
4. A story, ANTECHAMBER FOR OBSERVING AND MEASURING HYDROLOGY has been published at the new journal Red Lightbulbs.
D) Also since the beginning of February, I’ve had 3 readings. In February I read at the Ear Eater reading series, and you can find an audio recording of the reading for download. I also made an mp3 of just my part, which you can find here. In March I read at Invasion :: Response at the Underbar in Chicago with a million other awesome people. Also, the last week of March, I threw a reading at my own apartment featuring myself along with the following people: Cassandra Troyan, Meghan Lamb, Steve Roggenbuck, Stephen Tully Dierks, Sean Rafferty, & Shaun Gannon. Russ Woods shot a video of my reading:
And then this month, just last week actually, I read at Artifice Magazine’s Dirty South Dance Party. Next month I’ll be reading at Quickies in Chicago.
E) I have 4 (!) releases for Solar▲Luxuriance lined up right now: Chris Moran’s POISON VAPORS, a chapbook from Shane Anderson, a chapbook from Leif Haven, and a tape release from WASTELANDERS, which is Dean Costello (of HARPOON fame). POISON VAPORS will be an edition of 15, with five copies being full-color & Japanese stab-binding, while the other 10 copies will be color covers w/ black & white insides & staple bound. The color copies & the covers are all printed & trimmed, I just need to print the insides ofthe b&w copies & then bind everything. Also: will make a video trailer. I think I’ll probably be making video ‘teasers’ for all the releases from now on.
F) I think I had a lot more things to mention but then I got distracted by THE INTERNET so now I don’t remember. Anyway, I’ve been reading Robin Mackay’s introduction to Nick Land’s Fanged Noumena, and I’m excited to read more Nick Land. I read his book on Bataille a year or so ago and while most of it went over my head, the impression the book left on me was strong & very impressive. I will, I am telling myself this now, try to actually write up some sort of reflection here, in this blog, after each article/essay. Philosophy & Critical Theory is stuff that I try to read without much reaction, so that’s something I need to force myself to do, as I think it’ll make me “better” at reading it. Yes, so that is the plan for now.