Literary Nonfiction. LGBT Studies. Art. "Bracketed by three deaths—his mother's, his friend's and his dog's—Matias Viegener's 2500 RANDOM THINGS ABOUT ME TOO is an extraordinary capture of a life and a consciousness in middle age, when mortality and the grid of associations laid by one's personal history cannot be denied. Chained to the task of compiling these 'random' lists, Viegener creates a self-portrait—of the whole world!—that encompasses everything from Descartes to the grooming habits of parrots, with plenty of sex, beauty and boredom. Like Basho's Narrow Road to the Deep North, Viegener's journey leads nowhere except to an emptying out. Compulsively readable, the book is a brilliant achievement. I could not put it down."—Chris Kraus
2500 RANDOM THINGS ABOUT ME TOO is published as part of the TrenchArt: Surplus Series, with an introduction by Kevin Killian and visual art by Klaus Killisch.
Author City: LOS ANGELES, CA USA
Matias Viegener is an artist, author, and critic who teaches at CalArts. He is one of the members of the art collective Fallen Fruit, which has exhibited internationally with solo shows in Mexico, Colombia, Denmark, Austria (Ars Electronica), LACMA, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and ARCO 2010 in Madrid. He writes regularly on art for X-tra and ArtUS, has recently published in Cabinet, Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, Radical History Review, and Black Clock, and is the co-editor of Séance in Experimental Writing and THE /N/OULIPIAN ANALECTS.
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