Tiny Apocalypses

December 16, 2010

This is very, very cool.  The following five images are miniature dioramas constructed and then photographed by Lori Nix for her project “The City.”

And hey, why not a couple more heavily altered images.

Taylor Baldwin: Post-Apocalyptic Studio Practice

December 14, 2010

Check out my bud Taylor Baldwin talking about his studio practice as a kind of ethical pre-figuration of post-apocalyptic artistic production, and, of course, as an entry into the archive that can never be destroyed (i.e. biodegrade):

English Grad Students in Love Part I

December 4, 2010

So, the following looks like it’s gonna be a series I’m engaged in creating with Racheal:

DFW Archive: Deleted Sections of Infinite Jest

December 2, 2010

Newsweek (of all publications. . . ) has just made available many pages from the David Foster Wallace Archive at the University of Texas available.  Check out a bunch of stuff that didn’t make the cut for the final draft of Infinite Jest here.

Barth on the Novel

December 1, 2010

Whether historically the novel expires or persists as a major art form seems immaterial to me; if enough writers and critics feel apocalyptical about it, their feeling becomes a considerable cultural fact, like the feeling that Western civilization, or the world, is going to end rather soon.  If you took a bunch of people out into the desert and the world didn’t end, you’d come home shamefaced, I imagine; but the persistence of an art form doesn’t invalidate work created in the apocalyptic ambience.

John Barth, “The Literature of Exhaustion”