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I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing By Women
How's the day? Say, my spirit, How fares the king and's followers? ARIEL Confined together In the same fashion as you gave in charge, Just as you left them; all prisoners, sir, In the line-grove which weather-fends your cell; They cannot budge till your release. The king, His brother and yours, abide all three distracted And the remainder mourning over them, Brimful of sorrow and dismay; but chiefly Him that you term'd, sir, 'The good old lord Gonzalo;' His tears run down his beard, like winter's drops From eaves of reeds. Your charm so strongly works 'em That if you now beheld them, your affections Would become tender. Hast thou, which art but air, a touch, a feeling Of their afflictions, and shall not myself, One of their kind, that relish all as sharply, Passion as they, be kindlier moved than thou art?
Conceptual art has often been considered a boys' club, despite the crucial role women have played in its history. Lucy Lippard's show "c. I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing By Women serves a similar function, reminding us of the centrality of women to a movement that might sometimes seem masculinist. The volume, edited by Caroline Bergvall, Laynie Browne, Teresa Carmody, and Vanessa Place, arrives at an exciting moment — it comes soon after the publication of the monumental Against Expression , and amidst a growing interest in conceptual writing. In fact, conceptual writing seems to be making inroads into more mainstream conversations — and this is something that I'll Drown My Book is at least partially responsible for: it appears on Ms. The range of work included in the volume is impressive. There is a temptation in reviewing I'll Drown My Book to make of the anthology a list of descriptions of the various projects chosen by the editors for inclusion.
What is this project, you ask? In the book, contributors respond to the question: What is conceptual writing? The book's writer and designer, Janice Lee, wrote about it for Dear Navigator an online journal also worth a good read. Thinking and performance are not separate from process and presentation of works. If a book breathes it can also drown, and in the act of drowning is a willful attempt to create a book which can awake the unexpected—not for the sake of surprise, but because the undertaking was necessary for the writer in order to uproot, dismantle, reforge, remap or find new vantages and entrances to well trodden or well guarded territory. There, you can also find a list of the project's impressive contributors, from Kathy Acker down to Rachel Zolf. Prose Home Harriet Blog.