Roger Ballen and South African zef group Die Antwoord collaborated on the 2013 art book I Fink U Freeky, a book that could be either an endurance test of the will or a fitting representation of the young, white, lower-class “zef” who eke out an existence in post-apartheid South Africa.
Vlad Osso reviews Los Angeles band Psychic Love’s debut single, Mirrors // Medicine.
Phoneme Media author Mario Bellatin traces his hook and translator David Shook dips his moustache in ink to sign to inscribe each copy of a special edition of The Transparent Bird’s Gaze.
Saccani surveys typographic installations from around the world in Letterscapes, one of the most exciting books I’ve come across this year. Poet Doty and artist Waterston collaborate to try their hand at the bestiary.
Editor David Shook showcases the world’s first mobile poetry emporium, The Poetry Takeaway, which appeared at 2012′s Poetry Parnassus in London
Drik Gallery hosts the first ever Bangladesh Cartoon Fest, and The Dhaka Art Center features Samir Aich
At Chora, I purchased the inaugural issue of The Istanbul Review, edited by Hande Zapsu Watt, now available at many government-owned tourism sites in greater Istanbul. The 200+ page glossy includes brief interviews with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Gerhard Schröder, Elif Shafak, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Banana Yoshimoto, and an annoying Paolo Coelho. Highlights of the issue include […]
This November sees the release in paperback of Robert Walser’s Selected Stories (FSG Classics, $15), with a peculiarly pleasing semi-plasticized cover-stock. It includes well over thirty of Walser’s often very short stories and essays, including pieces about aviators, pimps, and poets, the last of which recounts his knowledge of “a poet, the author of most captivating verses, […]
Pat Sweet, founder and publisher of Bo Press, discusses her love for miniature books, her eclectic “dog’s breakfast” list of titles, and the miniature as object.
Watercolorist and writer Irving Stettner ran the fun-loving, zine-style magazine Stroker—with its motto, “Every word like a Crackerjack box—with a surprise!”—from 1974 until his passing in 2002, publishing work by Henry Miller, Paul Bowles, Charles Bukowski, and many others. Issue 33 (1986) contained a pair of letters from his close friend Henry Miller.
Erica Baum raises the dog-ear to new heights of artfulness. Roland Barthes mourns his mother, whom he lived with all his life. John Gallas tells lies by the bushel. David Shook profiles three recent books from Ugly Duckling Presse, Hill and Wang, and Carcanet.
Brian Hewes offers a review in photos of Christian Chaudahari’s new zine Ai Weiwei, Newly Released, a crash course on the dissident Chinese artist’s work, aesthetics, and recent incarceration, as well as the politics surrounding contemporary Chinese art culture.