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Punctum Newsletter for December 2021

Published onDec 09, 2021
Punctum Newsletter for December 2021
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Reviews and More

KJ Cerankowski’s Suture: Trauma and Trans Becoming Selected in Entropy’s Best of 2020–2021 Non-Fiction List

Combining memoir, lyrical essay, and cultural criticism, KJ Cerankowski’s Suture: Trauma and Trans Becoming stitches together an embodied history of trauma and its ongoing impacts on the lived realities of trans, queer, and other marginalized subjects. Suture is a conjuration, a patchwork knitting of ghost stories attending to the wound as its own archive. It is a journey through many “transitions”: of gender; through illness and chronic pain; from childhood to adulthood and back again; of psyche and form in the wake of abuse and through the work of healing; and of the self, becoming in and through the ongoingness of settler colonial violence and its attendant subjugations of diverse forms of life.

Check out Entropy’s Best of 2020–2021 Non-Fiction List here: https://entropymag.org/best-of-2020-2021-nonfiction-books/

Anna Grear on Flash Forward: “What Would a Better Economy Look Like?”

Listen to the Flash Forward podcast with punctum author Anna Grear (who co-edited The Great Awakening: New Modes of Life amidst Capitalist Ruins), "What Would a Better Economy Look Like?": https://www.flashforwardpod.com/2021/08/17/what-could-an-better-economy-look-like/

Gary T. Marx Reviews Anon Collective’s Book of Anonymity

This luxuriantly interdisciplinary, highly original, provocative, deeply reflective, open access volume is most welcome! It should be in the library of anyone concerned with the sociology of information and communication.

Read Gary T. Marx's extensive review of Anon Collective’s Book of Anonymity, "Some Thoughts on the Best Big Book Ever on Anonymity" on the Surveillance Studies Blog: https://www.surveillance-studies.org/2021/08/rezension_bookofanonymity/

Holly Willis Reviews Anna Backman Rogers’s Still Life: Notes on Barbara Loden's "Wanda" (1970)

Rogers meets Loden’s powerful drive to represent a woman’s experience with her own equally searing indictment of American myths:

Read Holly Willis's review in Filmmaker Magazine of Anna Backman Rogers's book, Still Life: Notes on Barbara Loden's "Wanda" (1970): https://filmmakermagazine.com/112329-wanda-film-from-the-future-barbara-loden/

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei on Bruce Nauman’s Retrospective in the Stedelijk Museum

[T]he curatorial drive behind the exhibition was to tease a suggestion of a deeper relation between pandemic times and Nauman’s work, but then to withhold any further elaboration, to deemphasize the queer nature of many of Nauman’s works – in fact, to actively unqueer them by means of a specific curatorial discourse.

Read punctum director Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei's essay, "Straight Innocence," a review of the recent restrospective exhibition of artworks by Bruce Nauman at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam: https://stedelijkstudies.com/straight-innocence-essay/

Adam Bobek Interviews Graham Harman

Skirmishes provides an excellent introduction to the hottest debates in Speculative Realism and Object-Oriented Ontology, a speculative style of philosophy long foreclosed by the biases of mainstream continental thought, but which has turned in recent years into one of the most encompassing philosophies of our time, with a major impact on the arts, humanities, and architecture

Listen to Adam Bobek's interview with Graham Harman, author of Skirmishes: With Friends, Enemies, and Neutrals on the New Books Network: https://newbooksnetwork.com/skirmishes

Alexandra Juhasz on Hyperallergic

"Two artists, Wu Tsang and Adam Pendleton, share a commitment to inter-generational encounter as queer art, taking up vast atria as a matter of intimacy"

Read punctum author Alexandra Juhasz's essay on Hyperallergic, "Reimagining Queer Presence in Grand Museum Rooms": https://hyperallergic.com/687297/reimagining-queer-presence-in-grand-museum-rooms/

Doug Dibbern Excerpts His Cinema’s Doppelgängers in Magazine Hotel

“a history of the movies written from an alternative unfolding of historical time—a world in which neither the Bolsheviks nor the Nazis came to power, and thus a world in which Sergei EISENSTEIN never made movies and German filmmakers like Fritz LANG never fled to Hollywood, a world in which the talkies were invented in 1936 rather than 1927, in which the French New Wave critics didn’t become filmmakers, and in which Hitchcock never came to Hollywood”

Read punctum author Doug Dibbern's "Three Counterfactual Pictures," excerpted from his book Cinema's Doppelgängers in the magazine Hotel: https://partisanhotel.co.uk/Doug-Dibbern

Jonathan Alexander in Conversation with Julietta Singh and Introduced by Lilibeth Garcia

Listen to the interview between punctum authors Julietta Singh and Jonathan Alexander, where they discuss two of Alexander's recent books, Bullied: The Story of an Abuse (punctum, 2021) and Stroke Book: The Diary of a Blindspot (Fordham, 2021), on the Skylit Books Podcast Series: https://skylightbooks.podbean.com/e/skylit-jonathan-alexander-stroke-book-bullied-w-julietta-singh/

Alexander’s books come at a time when queer people, despite finding new forms of freedom, are still making sense of a homophobic history.

Read Lilibeth Garcia's introduction, "Healing through Memoir," to Alexander's two recent memoirs, including Bullied: The Story of an Abuse: https://www.humanities.uci.edu/SOH/calendar/story_details.php?recid=2774

New Releases

Tim Doud & Zoë Charlton (eds.) – Out of Place: Artists, Pedagogy, and Purpose

Erick Verran – Obiter Dicta

Danny Hayward – Wound Building: Dispatches from the Latest Disasters in UK Poetry

Forthcoming

Ida Bencke & Jørgen Bruhn – Multispecies Storytelling in Intermedial Practices

Martin Paul Eve – Warez: The Infrastructure and Aesthetics of Piracy

Jason Edwards – Queer and Bookish: Eve Kosofksy Sedgwick as Book Artist

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