Posts Tagged: avant garde
The otherworldly singer performed this weekend for the first time in NYC since she departed the city in 2008, and we can only hope that it is the first of many. Her performance was entitled “Death Will Come and Will Have Your Eyes” for the poem by Cesare Pavese, and took place at Harlem’s St....more
What are we trying to signal to potential readers when we call a work or its author “avant-garde?” The term is lately used to foreground a studied and even exclusionary difficulty in the writing, but what about its potential as a vector for the strange and the playful, a pushback against the normal and a voice for those unheard?...more
Can one speak about suffering if one hasn’t experienced it?
Kenneth Goldsmith has long been a figure of tension in the literary community: at once a savior for the conceptual intellectualists and avant-garde, and a malicious clown bent on provocation and appropriation....more
I think that’s avant-garde—the meeting of need and language.
Over at Lit Hub, contemporary poetic hero Ben Lerner sits down with contemporary poetic heroine Eileen Myles to talk about vernacular, supercilious labels, the trials and tribulations of a young poet after fame, and a mutual confusion over what a “folk poet” is....more
…our Franzen problems, these days, are pretty minor. We don’t have to worry that Chip Lambert’s hand-wringing is going to reinforce the old, realist modes of romantic reaction. But we do have to worry about what happens to attempts to resist those modes.
In a provocative piece for the latest issue of Lana Turner, Cathy Park Hong takes the self-appointed avant-garde movement to task for its all-too-traditional track record on race and identity politics. Park Hong writes:
The avant-garde’s “delusion of whiteness” is the luxurious opinion that anyone can be “post-identity” and can casually slip in and out of identities like a video game avatar.
The Believer blog has a great interview with avant-garde filmmaker Nina Menkes. Menkes provides some insight into her creative process, as well as her take on being a feminist filmmaker:
I am surely a feminist filmmaker, but not because I set out to become one, or am trying to make any kind of statement.