Memoirs of a Child Plot Hole: How to Escape Yourself Without Even Trying. Evelyn Wh-ell. Sticky Fingers Publishing

Posted in books, writing on May 8th, 2022
Tags: , , ,

Who’s this shadowy figure? An appendage in a trench coat, cat’s eye lenses, a hat atop a strangely curling wig… in this two-faced publication, Evelyn Wh-ell presents Memoirs of a Child Plot Hole: How to Escape Yourself Without Even Trying, a science fiction dick tip diptych.

A diptych is any object with two flat plates which form a pair, often attached by a hinge. The diptych hinges on an image, or, maybe more accurately, becomes unhinged through an image, and in its unhinging cleaves open a wormhole; a fall between two surfaces; the surface of the pages of a magazine; of sunglasses; of a glistening dildo that is pointing right at you.

An ontological gender-fuck of comedies, Memoirs of a Child Plot Hole calls on the queer feminist possibility of science fiction with camp audacity. With an absurdist style which speaks to the punk brutality of the likes of Kathy Acker and John Waters, Wh-ell twists mundane activities such as going to a greasy spoon or watching television into sites for dismembering gender, penetration, iconography and worship.

As readers, we are led through the church, the image-as-hole, down the high street and to confession, where we sit in hallowed pews resplendent in fake tan. Our Narrator plays games with us, we paint ourselves in Her image, which is only ever a hole to fall through – and again, flipped over.

With two stories horizontally placed, neither takes precedence over the other but skews an image and replicates it. Circulating the penetrator and the penetrated, Wh-ell shows us how to escape yourself without even trying, resulting in a convergence. We follow Wh-ell’s paranoiac dioramas like the upward curve of our pinkish rod, to the centrefold wormhole.

Evelyn Wh-ell is a writer, artist and critical theorist interested in queer/trans aesthetics. Their writing has been published by Another Gaze, Cambridge Literary Review, permeable barrier, b l u s h lit, and Sticky Fingers Publishing’s Dead Lovers series. They are also a 2021-2023 Research Associate at CCA Derry~Londonderry.

Sticky Fingers is an intra-dependant feminist publisher based in London. It consists of designers and writers Kaiya Waerea (she/her) & Sophie Paul (she/her).

Order here

The Carrier Bag of Recipes. Elena Braida. Self published

Posted in Artist Book, writing on November 20th, 2021
Tags: , , ,
the_carrier_bag_of_recipes_elena_braida_motto_file1_2 the_carrier_bag_of_recipes_elena_braida_motto_file2_2 the_carrier_bag_of_recipes_elena_braida_motto_file3_1 the_carrier_bag_of_recipes_elena_braida_motto_file4_1 the_carrier_bag_of_recipes_elena_braida_motto_file5_1 the_carrier_bag_of_recipes_elena_braida_motto_file6_1 the_carrier_bag_of_recipes_elena_braida_motto_file7_1

To write, to boil, to cook ideas, stir them all, spice them up with some references and again write and knead the dough out of it. To what forms can recipes lead? This is the central question of this thesis. Recipes follow a certain literary genre. Whether carved on stones or written along the horizontal edges of a notebook, they all conform to a specific structure. In the text I analyse these structures, to show the way in which the recipe itself unveils its deeper meanings, concerns, and secrets. Why, when, who and how are fundamental questions I ask, while I read out loud a recipe about macaroni from the 1495 – or when I look at a Sumerian tablet where a Cuneiform system of writing states that epilepsy is a tease of the demons. Material form, literary form and social interaction are the flavors I want to bring up from each recipe I use as an example, hoping to find a way to understand how these three elements are melted together to form an interconnected circle.

Order here

The Last Acts of Saint Fuckyou. Bern Porter / Alice Dusapin (Ed.). Daisy and Christophe Daviet-Thery

Posted in art, books, writing on July 8th, 2021
Tags: , , , ,

the-last-acts-of-saint-fuckyou-bern-porter-alice-dusapin-daisy-and-christophe-daviet-thery-9782490844029-1 the-last-acts-of-saint-fuckyou-bern-porter-alice-dusapin-daisy-and-christophe-daviet-thery-9782490844029-2 the-last-acts-of-saint-fuckyou-bern-porter-alice-dusapin-daisy-and-christophe-daviet-thery-9782490844029-3 the-last-acts-of-saint-fuckyou-bern-porter-alice-dusapin-daisy-and-christophe-daviet-thery-9782490844029-4 the-last-acts-of-saint-fuckyou-bern-porter-alice-dusapin-daisy-and-christophe-daviet-thery-9782490844029-5 the-last-acts-of-saint-fuckyou-bern-porter-alice-dusapin-daisy-and-christophe-daviet-thery-9782490844029-6

The Last Acts of Saint Fuckyou by Bern Porter was first published in 1975.

This new edition presents an additional introduction, transcribed from a reading given by Bern Porter on May 19,1985, in Madison, Maine.

Bern Porter wrote this poem, The Last Acts of Saint Fuckyou, which were presented in alphabetical order, with the same number of acts for each letter.

Edition of 500, 2021

Order here