SEA URCHIN NEWS
19.08.2016

saroyanbigAram Saroyan – Between Today (Counter Culture Chronicles cassette, 2016)

Poet, novelist and playwright Aram Saroyan (1943) became famous for his minimal poems, often consisting of no more than one word. In Michael C. Ford’s 2014 radio interview of Saroyan on the A-side of this cassette Saroyan explains that in developing those minimal poems he took inspiration from the art of Donald Judd, Andy Warhol and Ian Hamilton Finlay. Other recurrent themes on both sides of this cassette are his friendship with Beat poet Ted Berrigan, childhood memories and the influence, both positive and negative, of his father William Saroyan, who rose to fame as an author during the Depression. The B-side consists of two parts: one is a cheerful reading at Alias Books, LA in 2014 and the other the performance ‘Sawing Wood’ with percussionist John Densmore at the 2002 Armenian Music Awards.
The CCC cassette comes with a silkscreened sleeve and insert with two poems by Saroyan. Limited edition of 100. Get a copy now.


 

19.08.2016

heym1Georg Heym (1887-1912) was a German writer and poet who is ranked among the most important representatives of early literary Expressionism.

Moloko Plus, run by Ralf Friel from Schönebeck, has just published a selection of dark and stark expressionist prose pieces by Georg Heym and combined them with 13 drawings by Dutch artist Ben Schot. The resulting edition, beautifully designed by Robert Schalinski and offset printed in a limited run of 150 copies, is both elegant and ruthless. An iron fist in a velvet glove.

Get a copy.


 

28.07.2016

decordierbigBelgian artist Thierry De Cordier (1954) was once gifted a small book with the hand written title ‘Heracleitos’ on the cover. The booklet, barely eight pages, contained in Dutch texts by Heraclitus, a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher whose original writings are lost and who is only known through the quotations of later authors. At the time, De Cordier read these ‘Fragments of Heraclitus’ superficially without giving them much thought. He put away the book, probably a Dutch translation of Heraclitus by Laurens Vancrevel with artwork by Rik Lina, and forgot about it until it surfaced when he moved house. Reading Heraclitus again after all those years De Cordier found himself captivated by the quotations, sometimes no more than a couple of words, of the philosopher of change (‘no man steps in the same river twice’) and unification of opposites (‘the path up and down are one and the same’). De Cordier started to retranslate the Dutch texts in his native French trying to find a way to combine philosophical and poetic language. It took him more than a full winter to complete the work. De Cordier’s translations were published in 2015 without any comments, footnotes or illustrations by Gerhard Theewen’s Salon Verlag, Cologne. Secure a copy of this exquisite artist’s book, which is in all respects a full-blown and characteristic De Cordier work of art.


 

20.07.2016

 

19.07.2016

New Slowscan LP now available:

William Levy & collaborators – Popular Teen Shot In Face By First Love

levy-collaborators-bigSlowscan vol. 34, a beautiful orange vinyl release, presents the listener with a cross section of William Levy’s controversial audio works. They range from high priestess of porn Annie Sprinkle reading Levy’s poem ‘Blood’ to various works for radio, such as an excerpt of ‘Europe In Flames’, a successful 1987 radio play in collaboration with Willem de Ridder. Radio has occupied a special place in Levy’s work since his African American nanny turned him onto ‘race music’ in Levy’s hometown Baltimore, where later, in the early 1960s, Fat Daddy’s bawdy radio shows found willing and appreciative ears with Levy and his friends. Several decades later, on the other side of the Atlantic, Levy edited ‘Certain Radio Speeches of Ezra Pound’ for Cold Turkey Press, co-authored the epistolary ‘Sing a Round for Ezra Pound & Other Ranters on the Radio,’ wrote ‘Lend Me your Ears: Some New Orality Echoes’ and published the manifesto ‘Radio Art’ and the magazine ‘Radio Art Guide’. Moreover Levy loosely modelled his alter ego Dr. Doo-Wop after Fat Daddy to host his own radio shows. The Dr. Doo-Wop Radio Shows – a tribute to which is included on this LP – were broadcast weekly from Amsterdam from 1987 to 2007 and are currently being re-broadcast by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam. On other tracks of the LP Levy is heard reading poems as ‘Fantasy Affair’ and performing live on various occasions. All rare recordings directly from Levy’s archives and beautifully packaged for Slowscan by Johnny Van de Koolwijk in a limited edition of 250 copies. Photos Indra Tamang & Michael Oetker. Liner notes: Ben Schot.