This fall, Open Space will feature a series of reflections by artists, writers, and curators on “the contemporary.” Today’s piece is by Kate Zambreno, author of the novels O Fallen Angel (Chiasmus Press) and Green Girl (to be reissued by Harper Perennial in January 2014). Her critical memoir Heroines was published by Semiotext(e)’s Acti... More
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In 2009, October magazine published a feature called “Questionnaire on ‘The Contemporary.’” The questionnaire was sent to seventy critics and curators who the editors identified as being particularly interested in the contemporary. Speaking on behalf of the other editors, Hal Foster suggested that contemporaneity (in 2009) held a... More
Last week a friend, the poet Joshua Clover, asked me to be a call in guest on his radio program at UC Davis and read Frank O’Hara’s poem “The Day Lady Died,” as it was exactly 50 years ago that Billie Holiday died and O’Hara wrote his famous surprise elegy for her. In his poem O’Hara links fandom to, well, death in a luminous and memorable way. When you listened to Billie Holiday “live” (a telling term), he recalls, “Everyone and I stopped breathing.” Naturally this made me think of how we all heard about Michael Jackson’s death, and I offered that somebody somewhere is writing “The Day Michael Jackson Died,” and Clover asked why didn’t I write such a poem. Maybe this is it.
I flew out of SFO on the day Michael died (and Farrah Fawcett). I loved both of them probably for the same reason, they were both striking and glamorous stars who came to us cursed as though by jealous gods. At the Virgin America terminal, Virgin had transformed Gate 12 into a dis... More