Juxtaposition & Obfuscation: A Manifesto

Juxtaposition is the most basic element of creation, and therefore of writing, and therefore of writing poetry. The term juxtaposition should be understood less as the extreme farness of the elements gathered, and understood more as the extreme nearness of their new shared location. Juxta-near, posit-place.  Juxtaposition is the 2 coming from the 1. Saying … Continue reading Juxtaposition & Obfuscation: A Manifesto

“It’s no longer your film”

"What's that so black agin' the sun?" said Files-on-Parade. "It's Danny fightin' 'ard for life", the Colour-Sergeant said. "What's that that whimpers over'ead?" said Files-on-Parade. "It's Danny's soul that's passin' now", the Colour-Sergeant said. -- "Danny Deever", Rudyard Kipling “It's no longer your film” It is the almost graceless, almost graceful mystery of life leaving … Continue reading “It’s no longer your film”

War at 33 1/3: Throbbing Gristle, Public Enemy & Datapanik

“World War III is a guerilla information war with no division between military and civilian participation” -Marshall McLuhan In 1978, Pere Ubu released the EP Datapanik in the Year Zero. With its release came the first intimations of “Datapanik,” a concept developed by the band’s singer, David Thomas, and their graphic designer, John Thompson. In … Continue reading War at 33 1/3: Throbbing Gristle, Public Enemy & Datapanik

My2K: A Multi-Format Journey Through the Early ’00s

“Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit - all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art … Continue reading My2K: A Multi-Format Journey Through the Early ’00s

Trying to Talk with a Man About Nuclear Armageddon: Adrienne Rich & the Nuclear Gothic

Nuclear holocaust--Last year’s nightmare, this year’s dream.A mushroom cloud blooms. An appropriate, and if not appropriate then humorous, subtitle for Adrienne Rich’s poem “Trying to Talk with a Man” would have been “or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Admit My Relationship Has Failed.” And, much like Kubrick’s film (of a similar title), Rich’s … Continue reading Trying to Talk with a Man About Nuclear Armageddon: Adrienne Rich & the Nuclear Gothic

Touring a Few Porn Utopias

“In the not-too-distant future, sex will be illegal… but there will be rollerbabies.” Pornography has often tended to have a utopian dimension to it. This can be seen in at least two divergent ways, one experiential and the other symbolic. The first is the notion common to porn studies of pornotopia, which Steven Marcus described … Continue reading Touring a Few Porn Utopias