I like all of your face.
Right now, this is my favorite compliment to give people.
All of your face.
I like all of your face.
It 1) makes you happy that someone likes ALL of your face, which I hope is a very solid compliment, and at the same time 2) makes you question whether other people only like part of your face.
1) Aaron Lowinger's new chapbook, Open Night, is available from Transmission Press. You can order it now.
2) Nate Pritt's new chapbook, Endless Summer, is available by PDF from Publishing Genius. This means it's free, folks, so go read it.
3) Saw the Henry Darger show on Saturday at the American Folk Art Museum. It was exciting to see his work in its full scale (as opposed to tiny, book-sized reprinted drawings), and the museum had a hardy handful of pieces on display. His work is so detailed, with many recurring figures and much movement/action/drama in each drawing, so the show allowed one to see the continuity of his visual narrative and his (very sad) interpretation of and disillusionment with human/familial relationships/power hierarchies/gender binaries, etc.
I think that this exhibit fell short of what it wanted to accomplish, though, which was not only to show Darger's work but also to display the work of 11 contemporary artists he clearly influenced and how they have furthered the discourse(Amy Cutler, Jefferson Friedman, Anthony Goicolea, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Yun-Fei Ji, Justine Kurland, Justin Lieberman, Robyn O'Neil, Grayson Perry, Paula Rego, and Michael St. John). Since the museum is limited in space, and/or because they did not maximize the space, they only had one or two pieces of all the other artists represented, so it was hard to get a sense of what they were trying to accomplish on a larger scale other than to just show how Darger's style and themes infused their work.
But they had some phenomenal Amy Cutler paintings. You've all seen her work before (it's even been on the cover of New York Magazine):
4) I went to the Chris Tonelli/Shafer Hall reading on Sunday. Great reading.
5) I also went to the monthly boxing match they have at Gleason's Gym in DUMBO. Saw some good girl fights as well as giant men duking it out. It was a bloody nose, flying spit, sweat-splattering event. What I like most is how supportive the fans are and how serious everyone takes each fight, even when it is the amateur 10 year olds in the ring. Everyone gets respect. The coaches are amazing to watch, by the way. Always animated, advocating for their boxer, screaming strategy and pepping the underdogs up when they're down.
6) The Butcher of Bosnia (Radovan Karadzic) was arrested this weekend. The UN now has on their hands one serious mass-murderer. Note that while wanted for the genocide of over 8,000 Muslims, in his new life in Belgrade, Karadzic was a contributor to the magazine "Healthy Life." More info:
(pretty good disguise)
Hiding behind a long white beard and glasses, Europe's most wanted man Radovan Karadzic was living a new life practicing alternative medicine when he was finally arrested.
The man hunted for more than 10 years on two UN indictments of genocide had apparently been freely wandering the streets of Belgrade in his new identity, helped by false papers.
But today he was behind bars in the city, waiting for the almost-inevitable transfer to the UN war crimes court in The Hague.
A judge finished interrogating Karadzic today and issued the order for his extradition. Karadzic ,63, a trained psychiatrist, has three days to appeal against the ruling. His lawyer said he intends to do so.
Accused with masterminding the deadly siege of Sarajevo and the 1995 massacre of up to 8,000 Muslims in the Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica, Karadzic had topped the tribunal's most-wanted list for more than a decade.
His whereabouts had been a mystery, with his hideouts reportedly including monasteries and mountain caves in remote eastern Bosnia.
Serbian security services found Karadzic while looking for another top war crimes suspect, general Ratko Mladic.
A government spokesman said Karadzic, once known for his distinctively coifed hairdo, was unrecognisable.
"His false identity was very convincing. Even his landlords were unaware of his identity," he said, adding that he used a false name, Dragan Dabic.
He was also a regular contributor to Belgrade's "Healthy Life" magazine whose editor Goran Kojic, said he was shocked when he saw the photo of Karadzic on TV.
"It never even occurred to me that this man with a long white beard and hair was Karadzic," Kojic said.
The complexity of a case that encompasses most of the worst atrocities of the 1992-95 Bosnian war, likely legal wrangling and a packed docket at the court in The Hague all stand in the way of a speedy trial.
Enough updates, let us speak of the future:
Stain Bar reading this Friday. I'll be there, so will you, right? Right?
7pm, Friday night, Stain Bar, Brooklyn: poets include Andrea Baker, Phil Cordelli, Farrah Field, David Need, Keith Newton, and Chris Tonelli.
766 grand street
brooklyn, ny 11211
(L train to Grand Street,
1 block west)