Monthly Archives: May 2013

Bookworm Episode Featuring Maggie Nelson and Eileen Myles

Here is a link to a KCRW Bookworm episode hosted by Michael Silverblatt featuring Maggie Nelson and Eileen Myles discussing Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions.  What I find particularly interesting is near the end of the conversation when Myles comments on Nelson’s work and her versatility as a writer. Bookworm episode featuring […]

RIP Otto Muehl

“Birth” – Otto Muehl – 1983 On Monday, May 27 Otto Muehl, a figure central in Maggie Nelson’s Art of Cruelty, died at the age of 87.  As readers of Nelson’s book will be aware, Muehl was a founding member of the Viennese Actionists, who became famous for transgressive and often extremely violent art. A few relevant […]

Nelson’s Intellectual Discovery is Now In Prose

This interview, which never made into an anthology about poets and sisterhood, has immense depth, intimacy and clarity. A long and informative read about influences, teaching, feminism, and why Nelson would rather be writing prose. Here are some excerpts to get you going… “Alas, since moving to LA in 2005, I’ve written few to no […]

Strange Way to Change Your Mind About Girl Poets

Please “enjoy” one of the strangest, yet quite insightful blog posts about Maggie Nelson and girl poets I have read so far. Also has a jarring sartorial component.  

Simone de Beauvoir’s Nonfiction

This is a fantastic interview in The Paris Review with Simone de Beauvoir that addresses several of the topics we have raised in class. The questions of what nonfiction can and can’t do as well as how philosophy or the non-drilling down of ideas were presented in the Art of Cruelty can be mirrored here. […]

Artaud, The Art of Cruelty and duende

Maggie Nelson pays much attention to Antonin Artaud in The Art of Cruelty. Especially to the ideas laid out in his manifesto and then seemingly put into practice in his 1947 banned radio play, To Have Done with the Judgement of God, to which Nelson says is “the closest Artaud may have come to ‘cutting […]

A few more reviews of The Art of Cruelty

Here is a review on The Rumpus. And here’s another piece on This Recording. This one is a bit more meandering, it’s sort of a review, but really more of an exploration/personal reaction to the book, with images. It’s a pretty engaging read, if you have the time.