Posts Tagged ‘Michael Clark’

When I was a very small boy, MTV would talk to me, and “True Faith” had a true impact on me. Was it my first exposure to surrealism? It was definitely my first exposure to a choreographer using “non-dance” maneuvers (bounding, slapping, jumping in place, signing)—later on, I’d become a huge fan of Yvonne Rainer, Robert Wilson, and Michael Clark.

The Wikipedia tells me that one Philippe Decouflé directed and choreographed the video, and that his work here was influenced by Oskar Schlemmer, in particular Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet:


Seems reasonable. I guess I have some new things to chase down.

Meanwhile, the song itself is ex-traor-di-nary.

Read Full Post »


Here, right here, click right here to see this film. It’s a punk ballet. It’s 86 minutes long.

I’ve written about this magnificent film here & here.

More can also be found here & here & here. You will not find it in the history books but who cares? It’s a secret history. Like Jack Smith!

It’s the Real Art History.

Please whatever you are doing, take the time to watch this film this very second. Do not put it off another day!

Because if you do, your skin will fester and blister and fall off. And also you will be at risk of dying without having seen one of the most beautiful movies to be seen, and that will be sad.

Also,  it is my dream that everybody living on the earth will see this film. And so I want to organize a screening.

And so if anyone reading this now wants to help make this dream a dream-come-true, please contact me.

Read Full Post »

Some people have asked me where they can buy my two books. This is kind of them, and this post will answer those questions and more, read on for all of of the answers (and more!).

What are your books?

I’ve written two books, a story collection called Amazing Adult Fantasy and a novel called Giant Slugs they both came out in 2011.

Where can I buy Amazing Adult Fantasy?

You can buy it at Amazon or from its publisher (Mutable Sound) or physically in some bookstores; you can walk in and purchase a physical copy.

What are those bookstores?

In Chicago, you can buy it at Quimby’s or at Bucket O’  Blood. Both are very nice stores I recommend them.

Is there anywhere else?

Yes, but I can’t remember where at the moment. What is wrong with Chicago or online? Amazon even has used copies you can save some real $.

I already have Amazing Adult Fantasy where can I buy Giant Slugs?

You can buy Giant Slugs in New Zealand, a country that is halfway around the world. You can fly there on a plane and purchase it in a New Zealand book shop.

I am afraid of planes is there really nowhere in the United States that I can buy it?

No, I am afraid that at this time there is not.

Is there really nowhere else in the entire world that I can buy it?

Yes, there is the internet, you can wire money to the publisher (Lawrence and Gibson) and in a while the book will arrive on your doorstep or in your mailbox.

That’s cool but what if I want to read it for free online?

You are something of a shady bum but you can read parts of it for free online at The Collagist and at elimae and at Action, Yes.

That’s cool what if I want to read parts of Amazing Adult Fantasy for free online?

You can read parts of it for free online at elimae and the2ndhand and Lamination Colony and alice blue review and elimae and Feathertale and Mutable Sound and Necessary Fiction and NOÕ Journal and Caketrain (PDF). As well as other places but in print like Denver Quarterly and Fiction International; they’re waiting for you in the library.

Very nice now I do not have a need to buy it.

Dude that’s like less than half the book you will still get your $’s worth if you “lay out the coin.” Plus Republicans will close your local library.

But what if I am still overcautious and want to read the opinions of others I don’t know before I “pull the trigger”?

Dude it doesn’t really cost that much but you can read positive reviews here and here and here and here and here and here and here.

Very nice but where can I read positive reviews of Giant Slugs?

Dude said book was published in New Zealand and like no one has ever read it let alone written a proper review of it.

Dude that’s sad.

Dude I know, tell me about it, I slaved over that novel for ten years. But said novel’s good, take my writerly word for it!

Michael Clark liked it and blurbed it; Gabe Gudding did, too. Plus Gabriel Chad Boyer just said that he liked it. Writers named Gabriel are guaranteed to like it.

“Sweet!” So if I purchase your books with my dollars will you write me a personalized and polite and nice letter?

Yes I will be totally happy to do that, also I will draw you a picture of your favorite kind of animal; it will be my pleasure. Or if you want me to draw something else I will draw something else, just tell me what*.

*Caveat please be warned I am not a good drawer or letter writer.

OK, I’ll think about it.

Thank you!

Read Full Post »

%d bloggers like this: