“The best way to write myself out of the project was to overwrite my own biography. I mean, who is this ‘I’ anyway?”
John Reed keeps it real and critical with this year’s much-anticipated 2012 Whitney Biennial.
John Reed takes notes (and footnotes) on the career of art animus Stuart Sherman, using the new catalog Beginningless Thought/Endless Seeing as a jumping-off point.
John Reed examines our cultural fascination with the Joker through the quirky, armless lens of Don Porcaro’s art.
Danzig Baldaev, hired by the KGB to document tattoo symbolism within the Russian penal system, secretly sketched the atrocities inflicted on political prisoners. The drawings are now published in Drawings from the Gulag.
Charlie Smith’s latest novel, Three Delays, is an account of the partings and reconciliations of two lovers on the fringes of the American mainstream. In the course of their conversation, Reed and Smith agree on one point: redemption is an illusion.
Tales of Woe by John Reed is a shamelessly unpleasant collection of non-fictional accounts of people caught in horrible, gut-wrenching situations. Approximating the look a graphic novel or pulp trade paperback, Tales of Woe contains illustrations of real-life horror stories from eleven different artists, which enhance the horrific, hilarious, unbelievable stories.
“I don’t know about prescience, but I do think that poetry has for a long time been interested in the opposite of purity, the idea that poetry is linguistically promiscuous and poets are impure in terms of their appetite for language.”