Entropy Roundup 5-11-2014 (Art from Angela)


What an amazing week at Entropy. I’ve spent the whole morning just re-reading the pieces and have loved the variety and just how provocative each of the pieces are. Here are little pieces I like from each, starting with Gabriela’s Am I a monster or is this what it means to be human?

“Paradoxographic literature also allowed voyagers to describe otherness and the rites, habits, animals and geography associated with other cultures as something extraordinary, yet possible.”

Mike Kitchell’s Hunting the Void:
“it’s not just that the art makes me want to make art, it’s that the art makes me want to constantly waver upon the precipice before the void, violently rocking back and forth, constantly threatening to push myself into the unknown.”

Masha Tupitsyn’s All Ears:
“In my writing about film I have become increasingly interested in the tonal typographies of love, which include the guttural, sublingual off-shoots of proclamation, exclamation, stuttering, screaming, crying, begging, whimpering, kissing, fucking, grunting, cuming.”

Shoshana Seidman’s review of Tall, Slim & Erect: Portraits of the Presidents:
“These portraits reveal a side of America that many do not want to face, a country where Presidents lie and cheat, wrestle with clinical depression, profess liberty but enact doctrines of oppression and imperialism. But by humanizing these mythical men, the portraits also speak to a pervading sense of wounded yet pervading patriotism.”

Gabino Iglesias’s weird interview with Paul Curran:
“There was apparently some delay at the printers just before the book launch. The story I heard was that some hands were aroused and jerking off and other hands were disgusted and knifing the hands that were jerking off and other hands were entertained and clapping and other hands were bored and just wanted to finish work and so on, and anyway, in the same kind of autoimmune revolt depicted in the book, a refusal to be pinned down and labeled, hands and genitals got jammed in machines and that’s why on the cover there’s those bloody-looking splatters across the title and the border.”

David Atkinson’s Review of Nine Rabbits:
“What did interest me was the way that Zaharieva changes prose style with the changing emotional state of the narrator.”

Eddy Rathke’s Short Film of the Week Review of Red
“Which brings me back to Matt Bell’s Wolf Parts and all the ways that stories change. Of how a simple tale can become so much more, can twist and transform. And in the transmogrification we learn more about who we are, about what life is.”

Janice Lee does an unconventionally awesome interview with Nikki Darling:
“My brain works in images, text and sound. Simultaneously. Some might call this a film. But i don’t think they have to be mutually exclusive. Anyway, we both find narrative in images and the possibility of meaning. Exact meaning doesn’t matter so much as the chance that meaning can be derived from visual codes, nostalgia or projection.”

Meg Tuite does a great review of the Tide King:
“The Tide King is a brilliant, unrestrained novel of compelling narrative and legend. Time jumps back and forth from the early 19th century through WWII into the late 70′s. Michaski introduces characters, who make choices that seem inevitable and whose longings and misgivings evoke eternal human experience.”

and Ben Segal’s Proposal for a Para-Institutional Lending System.
“The benefits of this para-institutional Networked Public Library would be two-fold. First, obviously, this would make more books available to more people. It would be especially useful for readers and scholars interested in materials that most libraries do not collect. Second, this network would allow people to find neighbors with shared literary interests. The fact that physical objects need to be exchanged would create opportunities for real-life connection and strengthened ties in local literary communities.”

As always, check out all the chaos of literature at Entropy: