Volume 1 Brooklyn Interviews Me!

Happy to share that great writer and critic Tony Trigilio‘s conversation with me about the ten years I’ve spent editing and publishing Big Other has been published in Volume 1 Brooklyn!

Here’s an excerpt:

[I]f there’s any trend, that is, direction to the work I’ve published, it’s contained, perhaps, in something John Coltrane purportedly said: “I start in the middle of a sentence and move both directions at once.” What Coltrane is suggesting here is a kind of “thereness” that isn’t merely the in medias res zone it seems to suggest, but an impossibility space, an always-in-flux place allowing for impossible movement. What it also suggests, maybe even simultaneously, is a possibility space of interruption that’s really a collaboration, that is, a sentence is being or has been uttered and you can insert an utterance within that sentence, the sounds of which are then pushed in both directions toward a beginning and an end, which might themselves be never-ending multiplicities. As for my vision for Big Other, I hope that, through word of mouth, these art objects “especially worthy of love” (as William H. Gass calls them), these gifts, really, will continually find their proper recipients.

Thanks, Tony, for the engaging conversation! And thanks Tobias Carroll for publishing it!

Some Thoughts as New York “Reopens”


The anger I’m feeling living through these catastrophic times is palpable but not consuming. The sadness I’ve felt has been enormous but not overwhelming. As New York prematurely “reopens,” I’m spending part of this morning reflecting about what happened over the past few months. While there has been and continues to be many things to be angry and sad about, to rebel against, etc., there are also many things to celebrate, praise, express gratitude for. To wit, all of the following happened during the lockdown, uprising, etc.:

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Songs for the Contagion

Here are my annotations to the playlist of songs I’ve compiled so far during the Covid-19 Pandemic, which might help get you through these dark days, and the dark days to come. They certainly help me.

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Heavy Feather Review Interviews Me!

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Check out Micah Zevin’s interview with me on the occasion of Big Other‘s tenth anniversary, published in Heavy Feather Review!

Here’s excerpt:

“The particular alienation we face now, especially as artists, as conscientious people generally, is increased, ironically, by our supposed interconnectedness, by technological connections engendering a disconnection that renders us worse than islands in some massive archipelago, worse than clouds quickly evaporating in electronic ether, but as nuts and bolts within the corporate death machine. Lately, people have been wearing out the already worn-out phrase ‘now more than ever,’ like ‘we need writers now more than ever,’ etc. But what ‘when’ didn’t need writers and other artists? Bad times? It’s always been bad. [Kathy] Acker said it years ago, and many others have said it before her throughout history. Making art in times of crisis is always challenging, sometimes seemingly impossible, but what time has been without crisis? And art—the making of it, the absorption of it—is one of the few things that help us understand the times, navigate through them, confront them; and sometimes, like a kind of miracle, it radically alters them, and us, for the better, for the stranger.”