This is the book I’m most looking forward to this year

And it’s a reprint, and I already own the original:

It’s that good.

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“A Gesture towards Perfection”: Announcing a Full Performance of Robert Ashley’s “Perfect Lives” in Brooklyn

For those in or near New York City, I just found out that one Dave Ruder is organizing a full-performance of / tribute to Robert Ashley’s early 1980s opera, Perfect Lives (on Tuesday, 7 June).

I am of the opinion that Perfect Lives is one of the greatest artworks of our time, so I dearly wish that I could be there. The details:

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Why Do We Have Readings? (A Polemic)

This is an intro I wrote for a panel discussion that I moderated last September: “Why Do We Have Poetry Readings?”, part of the daylong Series A Mini-Conference: Conversations about Poetry, held at the Hyde Park Art Center and curated by Bill Allegrezza.

I thought it might be of interest given Shya’s avant-garde post and ensuing conversation. My purpose behind the panel (which you can listen to here) was to bring together five series curators who are doing great work, so they could have more of a platform for their ideas. Because I think that a lot can be done to improve literary readings.

My five very gracious panel participants were:

Despite the focus here on poetry readings, the ideas can be applied to many different types of literary performances. I’ve also embedded some videos to add “Internet Value.”

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