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Friday, June 29, 2012

Video from Azoth Books

Here's a video from the Taiwanese publisher of Five Wounds, Azoth Books:



I have no idea whatsoever what the interviewee is saying, but I'm sure it's very intelligent!

Re: previous Five Wounds videos in English, here's an interview I did for The Wheeler Centre.

And here's some other introductory videos and a trailer.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Reciprocity Failure Reading List

The following is a selection of things I've been reading (or viewing) as part of the research for my novel-in-progress, Reciprocity Failure. It might give some indication of the book's themes:

Photography Books (a selection thereof):
Diane Arbus, Diane Arbus
David Bate, Photography and Surrealism
Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida
Brassaï, Paris after Dark
Brassaï, The Secret Paris of the 30s
Geoff Dyer, The Ongoing Moment
Walker Evans, American Photographs
Nan Goldin, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency
John Szarkowski, Looking at Photographs
John Szarkowski, The Photographer’s Eye
Ian Walker, City Gorged with Dreams: Surrealism and Documentary Photography in Interwar Paris
Marja Warehime, Brassaï: Images of Culture and the Surrealist Observer

Literature:
Louis Aragon, Paris Peasant
Nicholson Baker, Vox
Pat Barker, The Eye in the Door
Georges Bataille, Story of the Eye
Charles Baudelaire, Flowers of Evil and Paris Spleen
Charles Baudelaire, Artificial Paradises
Charles Baudelaire, The Painter of Modern Life, etc.
Andre Breton, Nadja
Joseph Brodsky, Watermark
Albert Camus, The Fall
Teju Cole, Open City
Evan S. Connell, Diary of a Rapist
Robert Dessaix, Night Letters
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground
Marguerite Duras, The Lover
Marguerite Duras, The Malady of Death
Geoff Dyer, Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi
Ross Gibson, The Summer Exercises
Patrick Hamilton, 20,000 Streets Under the Sky
Patrick Hamilton, Hangover Square
Kate Holden, In My Skin: A Memoir
Kate Holden, The Romantic: Italian Nights and Days
Krissy Kneen, Affection: A Memoir of Love, Sex and Intimacy
Ben Lerner, Leaving the Atocha Station
Thomas Mann, Death in Venice
Ian McEwan, The Comfort of Strangers
Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer
Anais Nin, Delta of Venus
Anais Nin, A Spy in the House of Love
Chuck Palahniuk, Choke
Suzanne Portnoy, The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker
Jean Rhys, After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie
Jean Rhys, Voyage in the Dark
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea
W. G. Sebald, Austerlitz
W. G. Sebald, The Rings of Saturn
W. G. Sebald, Vertigo
Robert Louis Stevenson, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Walter, My Secret Life
Kate Zambreno, Green Girl

Criticism:
Susan Blackmore, Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction
Taylor Carman, Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Rosalyn Diprose and Jack Reynolds (eds), Merleau-Ponty: Key Concepts
Sigmund Freud and Joseph Breuer, Studies in Hysteria
Sigmund Freud, Beyond the Pleasure Principle and Other Writings
Sigmund Freud, [the Dora case]
Sigmund Freud, Interpreting Dreams
Sigmund Freud, The Psychopathology of Everyday Life
Sigmund Freud, The Uncanny and Other Writings
Sigmund Freud, The Unconscious
Sigmund Freud, The Wolfman and Other Cases
Martin Jay, Downcast Eyes: The Denigration of Vision in Twentieth-Century French Thought
Luce Irigaray, Elemental Passions
Rosalind Krauss, The Optical Unconscious
Elizabeth M. Legge, Max Ernst: The Psychoanalytic Sources
David Lenson, On Drugs
Michael Lewis and Tanja Staehler, Phenomenology: An Introduction
Patrick Maynard, The Engine of Visualization: Thinking Through Photography
Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Basic Writings
Friedrich Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy
David Papineau and Howard Selina, Consciousness: A Graphic Guide
Otto Rank, The Double
Clive Scott, The Spoken Image: Photography and Language
Susan Sontag, [various essays]
Cathryn Vasseleu, Textures of Light: Vision and Touch in Irigaray, Levinas, and Merleau-Ponty

Movies:
Michelangelo Antonioni, Blow-Up
Robert Bresson, A Man Escaped
Robert Bresson, Pickpocket
Patrice Chéreau, Intimacy
Federico Fellini, Casanova
Alfred Hitchcock, Vertigo
Steve McQueen, Shame
Nicolas Roeg, Don’t Look Now
Matthew Saville, Noise
A lot of films by Paul Schrader and Martin Scorsese, but especially Taxi Driver
Luchino Visconti, Death in Venice
Wim Wenders, Paris, Texas