Recommended Reading / 27.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Every Monday, words to start the week. 

This week, via White Columns: notes on a gallery exhibition called "Margret: Chronicle of an Affair — May 1969 to December 1970." Composed of photos, writings, and various items found abandoned in a briefcase in Germany, the show chronicles a true life "secret love story" that took place between a 39-year-old businessman and his 24-year-old secretary over the span of 19 months. Featured odds and ends include fingernail clippings, napkins, birth control packets, and a flood of photographs: Margret in bed; Margret on the telephone; Margret in her underwear, lost in thought under a shock of copper-colored curls. Says White Columns, "The collection seems to reverberate with the practices of artists such as Sophie Calle, where the viewer often finds themselves in a conflicted space, exposed to their own voyeurism." 

Having just purchased The Folded Clock — a personal diary kept by the writer Heidi Julavitz over the course of two years — I'm intrigued.

Three more, just because:
-The lunar cycle, as depicted using 450 partially-bitten cookies.
-Income inequality is visible from space.
-All the unpredictability of a disposable camera — on your iPhone.

More recommended reading, here. Have a very happy Monday.


Meghan Silva said...

Sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for sharing.

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burntfeather said...

I never thought I'd say it but I love that disposable camera photo app idea! I also love all the little bits of items kept from the affair, I have strange items kept from all my old boyfriends (not that many bfs mind you and less items as they progressed) but still - it's something I can relate too :)

Kathy said...

Mmm, Nilla Wafers!

I am reading Sarah Manguso's Ongoingness, which explores the writer's need to record everything in her diary for fear of forgetting something important. It sounds like I need to add The Folded Clock to my reading list!

Shoko said...

Meghan, it is! Highly recommended.

Kathy, looking that up now...

Tiffany said...

i went to the opening of this show! it is truly a fantastic exhibit, you are so right!

Shoko said...

Tiffany, lucky you! Looked amazing!



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