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Toward a Sexual Ethics of Kindness: An Interview with Victoria Brooks published 24/06/2019

I think my sexual experience has always been in dialogue with philosophy. It’s something about justice. That’s why it comes out in that confrontation that you pick up on that was there on the beach—why does male desire have to be stronger than mine? So although my sexuality has always been in dialogue with my philosophical practice, it’s never been in contact with philosophy. I can’t find my sexuality in Kant. I think it was Preciado who said that nobody could have an orgasm whilst quoting Hannah Arendt.

Andy West interviews Victoria Brooks.

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The Sovereign is HE who Translates: An Interview with Emily Apter published 16/05/2019

I was reared as a world literature reader ( laughs). My parents were the children of immigrants and belonged to the intellectual left in New York.  My father worked on decolonization in Africa and we spent time in Uganda. I remember reading Tagore and Achebe when I was very young, alongside Chinese folk tales and the epic of Gilgamesh. In my early twenties I lived in Senegal and Algeria and was steeped in extra-hexagonal French literature and political thought. So if I have reservations about world literature it’s not because I’m in favor of re-provincializing reading.  It’s that I prefer a model of “world literatures in languages” over and against the institutional model of “World Lit” that one finds increasingly in the United States.

Krishnan Unni.P and Mantra Mukim interview Emily Apter.

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Written Out of the Story published 28/04/2019

Londoner, Wayne Holloway is an unlikely candidate to be writing the next Great American Novel. Yet his latest book, Bindlestiff, abandons the city by the Thames, jumps across the Pond, and attempts exactly that. Part satire and piercing critique of the Hollywood machine, part dystopian rumination on a possible America to come (not too far away in the future), partly a tale of friendship and survival against all odds, Bindlestiff has been welcomed by outstanding reviews, particularly due to its experimental form. In early March 2019 I met with Wayne to chat about his work, politics, story-telling, and the not so rare phenomenon of British writers deconstructing the American Dream.

Fernando Sdrigotti interviews Wayne Holloway.

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Mike Corrao in Conversation with Vi Khi Nao published 27/03/2019

With Gut Text being so focused on its relation to the organism, its attempts at becoming, I needed the text to have this spatial quality. It needed to knowingly exist in the physical world. I never want the reader to forget that they’re holding this corporeal object. Moments like the fattest period (which is fatter than any period that Microsoft would let me make normally) or the layered “text” of ff, felt ritualistic during their construction. Like I was very delicately organizing these ceremonial elements. Or building a stone altar.

Vi Khi Nao interviews Mike Corrao.

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Rat Cunning and Bloodshed: An Interview with Simon Sellars published 26/03/2019

Maybe I’m more attuned to the genre of autofiction. These days, everyone’s writing books about their lives but no one’s reading them. I sometimes think there are more writers now than readers. I barely read books myself, mainly because my attention span has been shot to pieces by a severe Twitter addiction, yet I’m obsessed with writing books, can’t stop thinking about it, in fact. But I find writing very hard work. Why put myself through it? After all, only rich people can truly afford the time and headspace to write books. The rest of us must work, raise kids, or both, and then eke out a few hundred words in the cracks between.

Lee Rourke interviews Simon Sellars about his book Applied Ballardianism: Memoir From a Parallel Universe.

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Jigsaw Puzzle Works: An Interview with Liliane Lijn published 01/03/2019

Paris was really lively and open and it was very easy to meet people, and I talked about the jigsaw puzzle work a lot, but I never told [André] Breton about them. I was much too shy. I didn’t tell any of those guys about my jigsaws. You know, frankly, very few people paid any attention to what I was doing at that time. I was a) young, and b) a woman.

As three sculptures from the 1960s by kinetic art pioneer Liliane Lijn go on display at Tate Britain, Tony White asks her about some tantalising and lesser-known earlier works.

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Understanding in Science and Elsewhere published 25/02/2019

It’s very traditional to have theories of art. But the account that I give, for example, of cognitive functions of art links it very closely to cognitive functions in science, instead of each having its own little separate realm, its own separate methodologies, its own separate interests. I’m saying there’s a lot more interanimation. In a way it’s not expanding the scope, but it seems that there is more texture in what’s in the scope. There isn’t a nice division of labor. There really isn’t a sharp division between, say, philosophy of literature and literally criticism or even between theoretical physics and philosophy of science. That is what we have learned from the history of philosophy up to now, that the sharp divides that maybe our ancestors hoped we would find just aren’t there. It’s not my fault!

Ariane Tanner interviews Catherine Z Elgin about her philosophy – and working with Nelson Goodman.

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A Floating Question Mark published 04/02/2019

Richey himself was a big thinker in regards to conspiracy theories. For instance, the meaning of “I laughed when Lennon got shot”. It’s s about him knowing it was a CIA thing with Mark Chapman and that’s why in the lyric he laughed. There are notes in which he thinks it’s hilarious no one can see it and they’re thinking he wrote “I laughed” because he somehow thought Lennon getting shot was funny. With regards to esoteric ideas. To the point where all he was left in was his doubt. Someone got in touch and told us that Richey had hired a hitman to kill him and part of the difficulty is that you find yourself questioning the out-there scenarios because the whole narrative is quite out-there.

Guy Mankowski interviews Sara Hawys Roberts about Withdrawn Traces: Searching for the Truth About Richey Manic.

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Sick Days Harm Amazon published 13/11/2018

You stay on the outside and become a mirror for the others — and they don’t like what they see. But this is all discrete. You just become the Sonderling, the weirdo. It would be wonderful if we could be thankful for a job, and still see where this job becomes cruel, inhumane, hilarious, idiotic, not well constructed, underpaid, too exhausting, etc. and then speak openly about it.

MH interviews Heike Geissler.

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Fearless Perseverance published 21/10/2018

The constant movement and adaptation has made me a nomadically inclined artist and human. I have become easily adjustable to my circumstances, both in art and life and can be quite inventive in my ability to make something out of nothing. Both accumulative and ephemeral nature of my practice stem from that too, as I know what it’s like to begin anew, owning only your body, memories, and courage and will, as well as found materials and places. My boundaries and personal limits have been pushed and pulled many times throughout my life and I learned to understand fragility of life, broaden my worlds, live large, believe in the present moment, as it could all be gone in a mere instant. On the flip side of it all, I am quite aware of the feeling of not belonging to any one place or culture and alienation is painfully familiar and insistent, transience is palpable.

Continuing the States of Anxiety series, Jana Astanov interviews Katya Grokhovsky.

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