Poetry. "Reading travel literature—not to mention postcards or emails from your friends—will never be the same after reading Ara Shirinyan's hilarious and sardonic YOUR COUNTRY IS GREAT: AFGHANISTAN-GUYANA. Proceeding alphabetically and hence giving equal time to nations as diverse as Belarus and Belgium, Cameroon and Canada, and splicing found text to produce capsule descriptions of one 'great' place to visit after another, Shirinyan exposes the fault lines of contemporary geopolitics with much wit and aplomb"—Marjorie Perloff.
"Ara Shirinyan gives us an early glimpse at the deadening effects of globalization on language. Collapsing the space between the 'real world' and the World Wide Web, this book calls into question: What is local? What is national? What is multicultural? Instead of accepting current notions of language as a medium of differentiation, Shirinyan persuasively demonstrates its leveling quality, demolishing meaning into a puddle of platitudes. In a time when everything is great, yet nothing is great, you can almost hear Andy Warhol—the king of blandness and neutrality—saying, 'Gee, this book is great.'"—Kenneth Goldsmith
Author City: Los Angeles, CA USA
Ara Shirinyan was born in 1977 in, what was then, the Soviet Socialist Republic of Armenia. Since 1987, he has lived in Los Angeles, where he writes, teaches, and is editor of Make Now Press. His first book, SYRIA IS IN THE WORLD, was published by Palm Press in June 2007. With the group Godzik Pink, he released two CDs (Es Em, Ekele Em and Black Broccoli) on Kill Rock Stars/5rc. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Word Ways, UbuWeb, Greetings, Trepan, Combo, Area Sneaks, Tuli & Savu, among others.