In our afternoon reading: a look at a new biography of Joan Didion, Jane Bowles-inspired comics, when Jawbreaker and Jawbreaker Reunion collide, and more.
Dispatches from Ray Johnson at MoMA PS1, September 2013
Walking through the doors of MoMA PS1 for the New York Art Book Fair can be an exercise in sensory overload. On tables situated in the museum itself, along with the outer courtyard, attendees could purchase anything from limited-edition t-shirts to issues of literary magazines. The space abounded with people: it was simultaneously an artistically-inclined bibliophile’s fever dream and the cataclysmic nightmare of the severely claustrophobic.
Afternoon Bites: Gary Panter on Ray Johnson, Justin Taylor’s Playlist, British Noir, Alex Ross Vs. The Cloud, and More
Gary Panter discusses Ray Johnson, the beginnings of British noir, a tribute to Wendi Harris Kaufman, the cloud and classical music, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Blake Butler on Mike Young, Paula Bomer Fiction, Jacques Demy, Talking Julie Doucet, and More
Blake Butler on the poems of Mike Young, a look at the writings of Ray Johnson and the fiction of Thomas Berger, a story from Paula Bomer, a reissued LP from The Flesh Eaters, Julie Doucet’s comics, and more.