‘Transgressive fiction encourages the pursuit of knowledge and actively criticises the monolithic, authoritarian aspects of moralistic society. And, honestly, this is what we need to survive the apocalypse. After all, transgressive fiction embodies such fundamental aspects of the human experience. Among these fundamentals are: initiation and the transition from innocence to experience; the nature of good and evil; the consequences of knowledge; and the notion of free will or individual responsibility, and so on. Writers like Samuel Delany acknowledge the need for rebellion and understand that it is indeed natural. The natural urge of the writer is to first create a solid differentiation between good and bad. Once clearly discerned, the writer can explore the grey in between. But reveling in the darkness is interesting and worthwhile. If you’ve read Delany’s Hogg – a story about a pre-adolescent boy called “cocksucker” who is sold into sexual slavery – you’ll know that beauty can be extracted from our darker compulsions. The story focuses on such deviant behavior – coprophilia, coprophagia, molestation, incest, urolagnia, necrophilia – but the writing is ethereal and crisp. There is no grey. Only black transgressive-coloured shadows. Given the recent institutional changes in education, family relations, coupled with the rise of corporate conglomerates, most books are driven by commodity which inevitably dictate the tastes and strictures of fiction. These books aren’t bad, but they’re usually boring. They appeal to the depleted, part-time animal. But literature, like music and all forms of art, will eventually run out of new places to go, so must turn to cannibalisation. If this is the case, then why not cannibalise the parables of suffering? Sodom and Gomorrah, mate.’ — Chris Kelso
Featuring: Laura Lee Bahr, Tom Bradley, Joshua Chaplinsky, Garrett Cook, Dennis Cooper, Samuel R. Delany, Andrew Gallix, C.V. Hunt, James Joyce, Violet LeVoit, Edward Lee, Nick Mamatas, Thomas Moore, Scott Philips, The Residents, Matthew Revert, R.G. Robertson, Michael Salerno, Lauren Sapala, Gary J. Shipley, Iain Sinclair, John Skipp
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Iain Sinclair reads from ‘I TRANSGRESS’ // Lima 27/06/19
p.s. Hey. So, this weekend the blog has the pleasure of turning into a red carpet for this rather amazing new anthology edited by the fine young writer Chris Kelso. Its transgressors include big names (Samuel Delany, Iain Sinclair, The Residents, a o.), writers/artists well known to this blog’s readers (Michael ‘Kiddiepunk’ Salerno, Thomas ‘Moronic’ Moore, me, a.o.) and a whole bunch of writers familiar and possibly un-. It also includes the first new fiction work of mine to be made public in quite a while, if that’s a draw. Here’s hoping you’ll spend your local weekend checking out the taste on display and maybe even springing for the anthology itself. Thank you, and thank you so much, Chris, for allowing this place to be one of your book’s pathways. ** David Ehrenstein, Hi. Well, I would certainly be interested in reading that large piece. Thanks for the link vis-a-vis Yury. Actually, his interest in fashion is not what it used to be. He’s working in real estate now. ** Steve Erickson, Hi. I personally feel that people who judge others’ relationships, and especially the relationships of people they don’t even know, are not worth wasting time thinking about. Their control freakdom is self-indicting. Huh, interesting about ‘House Warming’. I didn’t know of it. It’s nice that people are still making that kind of experiential, ‘you are the actors’ interactive theater, even if I can’t think of any works of the sort that I’ve attended that actually functioned as well as intended. But the failures are always interesting too, on second thought. Oh, except for a great and weirdly, wholly effective María Irene Fornés piece I saw back in the … 70s? I should see if I can do a legible post about that kind of work. Anyway, cool that you went, and thanks for the obviously very interesting report. ** MyNeighbourJohnTurtorro, Hi, man! His films are not so well known. Shyness is definitely weird, as I well know, but it’s beautiful too. Do you enjoy an itinerant life? Is that a weird question? I’m too neurotic/rigid about having a secure living place, but I know people who thrive on the move and learn a lot. Anyway, the question sprang to mind. Oh, man lucky you to see Yves Tumor! I’ve never seen him live. In fact, I’ve been very curious as to how he replicates (or doesn’t) his music in a live setting as it’s so complex. Does he use tapes? Anyway, if you feel like it, I’d be super interested to know what his live thing is like. Helm should be great. ‘They’ were the time I saw ‘them’. And of course Sunn0))) is singular live. You’ve seen them? Their newest album is probably my favorite of the year or whatever so far, I think. And Xiu Xiu, of course. Very nice itinerary. I’m behind on who’s playing here. I should check up on that ASAP. Thanks for the kind words. Yeah, Disneyland did its thing. Amusement parks are balm, among other things, to me for some weird reason. Have a very terrific weekend! ** _Black_Acrylic, Yes! Everyone, BIG NEWS: The new issue of Ben Robinson’s beautiful and amazing zine The Call is just now available for your visits online, and you simply must head over there and indulge heavily. And doing so is as simple as tapping this. Who-hoo, man! My weekend is sorted! ** Right. I think you know exactly what to do around here between now and Monday. I’ll see you again then.