The Importance of Being Iceland

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  • Copyright: 2009-06-05
  • Publisher: Semiotext
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Throughout her career, Eileen Myles has reclaimed poetry as public vocation. "Our time needs a shadow," she writes in this book. Framed by an account of her travels in Iceland, these essays assert inbetweenness as the most vital (and poetic) position to view the world as a whole. Culled from more than two decades of art and cultural criticism originally written for exhibitions, events, and journals, the essays in this book-on subjects ranging from Henry David Thoreau, James Schuyler, and Bjork to queer Russia, working class speech, California freeways, and flossing-counterpose the nuance of Iceland's deeply rooted yet fluid culture with the more prevalent, American fact of steamrolling "global" heterogeneity. Myles links ancient Icelandic verse, New York summer streets, the antiseptic malls of La Jolla, and the back of the Sister Spit tour van with an awareness that criticism is always a social gesture. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Eileen Myles, born in Boston in 1949 and a lifelong New Yorker, has authored more than twenty plays, libretti ("Hell"), and volumes of poetry and fiction, including Chelsea Girls, Cool for You, Sorry, Tree, and Not Me. Myles is a Professor Emeritus of Literature Writing at UCSD. Most recently, she received an arts writers grant from Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation.

Table of Contents

Icelandp. 13
Art Essays
Play Pawsp. 53
Taylor Meade's Apartmentp. 57
It's A Wonderful Wave: Nicole Eisenmanp. 62
The Free Showp. 68
Paul Lee's Piracyp. 74
Evolving Watersp. 78
Robert Smithson: The Collected Writingsp. 81
Sarah's Smokep. 88
Being in (a community of elsewheres)p. 91
What I Sawp. 92
Prints Of Wordsp. 95
A Treatment Of Susanna Coffeyp. 104
About Martha Diamondp. 109
Daniel Day Lewisp. 119
Toryp. 128
The Sonnetsp. 136
Jimmy: James Schuyler At Diap. 138
Today's Poets: Alice Notley & Ann Lauterbach At Diap. 140
The Art Of The Realp. 143
How To Write An Avant-Garde Poemp. 153
Everyday Barfp. 163
Universal Cyclep. 170
A Speech About Allenp. 181
The End Of New Englandp. 185
Introduction To Kay's Talk At White Boxp. 195
Mr. Twentyp. 197
Eye: The Poems Of Jimmy Schuylerp. 202
Blue Petersburgp. 221
On the road (& at home) with Sister Spitp. 232
Box of Rainp. 238
On The Road With Bjorkp. 243
Live Through That?!p. 251
Jim Faheyp. 256
A Wedding In Denmarkp. 261
My Sister's Weddingp. 266
Heatp. 271
A Recipe For Lesbian Brainp. 274
Moving Pictures
Reunionp. 281
The Universe In My Backyard: Russell Crottyp. 289
Repeating Allenp. 292
Brothers 'N' Sons & Female Heroes: Mike & Georgep. 300
Mr. Poolep. 304
Pistolary, The Complete Films Of Peggy Ahweshp. 308
The Time Of Craftp. 315
Blogs: 2004-2006p. 325
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