In an abandoned apartment in the middle of Clinton hill, Brooklyn (Hell’s kitchen) lives seven naked New Yorkers. Living. Eating. Sleeping. Showering. Cooking. Fucking. Destroying. Come watch, draw, listen, zone out for a 7 hour live happening like no other demented Michael Alan show. Enter into the rear window and watch as they act out the most surreal acts you have ever seen. Ticket only event. Saturday, May 30th, 2015, 6pm on. Click on michaelalanart.com to order tickets. Address will be sent to ticket holders via email. Read more
Bad Karma, directed by Jim Spring, dates from the mid-90s. It is taken from a short story written by Ron Kolm, first published in Michael Carter’s Redtape magazine. Jim Spring and Elana Fisher produced it, and the film was edited by Andrea Newhouse. The director of photography was David Morabito and the art director was Soraya Rashid. Patricia Dunnock played Jill, and Max Mankind played Duke. The two main characters sell magazines, etcetera, on the streets of the East Village. Kim Gordon’s band, Free Kitten, plays in the early part of the film, and Thurston Moore, of Sonic Youth, pushing a stroller in the crowd watches them. The film — much like Kolm’s Duke and Jill stories — captures a time and place in New York City that has all but disappeared. Read more
“Beginning Kali’s Day @ Bhadgaon Guesthouse, Bhaktapur, Nepal, 1997”, photo by Bonny Finberg
Mark McCawley: Any writer of transgressive, erotic, surreal writing is bound to be influenced in some fashion by the works and accomplishments of the late Kathy Acker. That said, how did it feel to win the 2014 Acker Award for Fiction (New York)?
Bonny Finberg: While Acker’s influence is probably felt by a generation of writers who came of age in the ‘80s and 90s, there have been many who were considered transgressive, erotic and surreal in their work before Kathy Acker came on the scene. In fact, one of her greatest influences, I believe, was William Burroughs. Considering that Acker and I were born in approximately the same year, we probably had similar influences. We came of age during a time when breaking rules and boundaries, literary, social, political, etc. was almost the norm. For many of us, writers like Burroughs and Kerouac held much influence, the power of using language in a way that the plastic arts had been experimenting with even earlier. Of course Gertrude Stein, another influence of mine, had broken real ground in this way, well before any of these guys had learned how to hold a pen. And, there would be no Kerouac, in my opinion, without Joyce. Read more