JOHN REED @easyreeder @johnreed.org
FEB 2014 | Poetry
John Reed is the author of A Still Small Voice, The Whole, Snowball's Chance, All The World's A Grave: A New Play By William Shakespeare, and Tales of Woe (MTV Press).
DEC 13-JAN 14 | Books
We look at art in context, but what about people?
NOV 2011 | Express
7:30 a.m. The alarm. Meh meh. Clock radio, but Im too deaf for music to wake me up; I lost my hearing, or made it go away faster, with 20 years of Judo. I reset the alarm for 7:45 and lie there, in a sand of bliss, knowing that the tide of a long day has just rolled in.
SEPT 2010 | Express
City Council Leader Warren Bradley: Brouhaha is one of Liverpools most colorful, vibrant, and diverse cultural celebrations. To see so many people from so many communities getting involved in activities from dance to costume-making, and from music to carnival parades, really captures what Capital of Culture is all aboutcreativity, inclusion and participation.
SEPT 2010 | Fiction
Sarah Palin with her boob job! Talk of a wine bar! And free plastic surgery for every man, woman and child in the United States! Tune in to the ongoing saga of Shitty Mickey! Youre gonna crap!
DEC 10-JAN 11 | Fiction
Shitty Mickey and the whole gang wish you a Very Happy Holiday in this yuletide extravaganza, XXX-MAS!
OCT 2009 | Fiction
Financial Collapse of October 2008. Mickey wants his money back, butdespite the threatsPresident G.W. Bush hangs up on him. But whats this? A call from Vice? The Vice President, that is...
Elka Krajewska BOUND: a projected walkthrough by Elka Krajewska, light score by Anthony McCall, sound score by Bunita Marcusby John Reed
MAY 2008 | ArtSeen
In the American experience, scale is all. A big land to conquer. Big dreams to tear out of the world. Big egos, big defeats, big victories. Beyond the American spectrum, scale will more often flitter beyond the spotlight; a thought, an instinct, a budget. Within America, the inclination is to weigh scalethe big novel, the huge public-works installationas the very soul of the endeavor.
DEC 07-JAN 08 | ArtSeen
Where John James Audubon looked into the avian eyes of faraway migrations and lands unknown, Judith Vivell looks into the eyes of birds looking back.
DEC 04-JAN 05 | Fiction
He pushed his shovel into the sand, and edged it outfull. He emptied the load into the sandboxa six-by-six foot hole that his father had dug and bordered with wood, and filled with sand purchased from Home Depot.
FEB 2004 | Express
Rich people will be taxed till their eyes bleed. Well squeeze them dry like sausages.
OCT 2004 | Books
In 1646, the Piarist Order, which had introduced education to the massesand not only an education in Latin but also an education in basic reading and arithmeticwas disbanded by Pope Innocent X.
JUN-JUL 2003 | Books
In a media environment where all images are apportioned to partisan arguments unreasonable and unthinkingSusan Sontags mission to resume a more considered meditation on photography is a noble one.
NOV 2003 | Local
I gave it a few days. I didnt want to sound dumb. But there may be no undumb way to write about a Skittle crime spree. Yes, I was guilty.
But not of winging a Skittle at a short, fat cop. Actually, the Skittle wasnt winged out the car window, but more like dribbled by a somewhat fearful perpetrator. It wasnt even a chewed Skittle. Specifically, it was a sour Skittle, meaning it was dusted with stuff to make you puckervitamin C and toxins.
AUG-SEPT 2002 | Books
Taking up where he left off in his memoir, Whats Not To Love?: The Adventures of a Mildly Perverted Young Writer (Crown, 2002), Jonathan Ames comes out fighting in My Less Than Secret Life: A Diary, Fiction, Essays.
APR 2014 | Theater
The next morning, I had a black eye, and I didn't remember how I got it.
Alfred Jarrys absurdist satire Ubu Roi and the art punk songs of the cult experimental band Pere Ubu come crashing together in Ubu Sings Ubu, replete with a Live Band! Dancing Girls! And Five Dollar Drinks! Tony Torn and Julie Atlas Muz prance, terrify, and delight audiences as Pa and Ma Ubu, and Dan Safer's rollicking co-direction and choreography make for a whiplash theatrical experience. Recently, I tempted Dan and Tony out for drinks, two orders of mussels, and an interview.
JUNE 2011 | Books
Blank, Davis Schneiderman, performances mime and "qua book or qua gesture."
APR 2010 | Books
No artist is solely responsible for a work of art. Every creative work relies on cultural history, collaboration, and the creative contribution of its audience. Harold Bloom, in declining health, is the subject of discussion these days. Not always a fond subject.
SEPT 2010 | Books
I met Frederic Tuten at the diner we only managed to identify as, that place a block down from the Strand, where we talked about his essays, his short stories, and his five novels and his interest in the visual arts.
NOV 2010 | Fiction
Season Two Continues! A shocking turn! Pinocchio B! And the death scenes! Sickening real life photos of the last moments of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and Michael Jackson!
SEPT 2009 | Fiction
The Black Rabbit, a little known writer and journalist, interviews Mickey Mouse on the subject of his new series of paintings "The Crapper Is Dapper." (The artist's fecal matter, canvas, is the primary medium.) The interview is interrupted by the financial crisis of October 2008, when Mickey fields a phone call from President Bush. Mickey, facing insolvency, threatens to influence the November election...
NOV 2009 | Fiction
Mickey, Britney Spears, Sarah Palin and the Mystery Blonde take refuge at Netherland, while they wait for their royalty checks to make them rich again.
OCT 2008 | Fiction
ACT IV STARRING
HAMLET (As the prince of Bohemia)
JULIET (As the princess of Aquitaine)
IAGO (As Lieutenant to the Prince)
KING MACBETH (As Love to the Queen)
JUL-AUG 2006 | ArtSeen
One can be anywhere in the world, in Havana, in the American Southwest, and come up with the realization, the impossible realization, that “I’ve been here before.”
FEB 2005 | Books
Has the U.S. presidency had a consistent reaction to disasters and human suffering around the world?
JUN 2004 | Music
In 2003, Raul Rothblatt, a Brooklyn-based composer active in musical theater, Hungarian folk, and world music, made a pilgrimage to see the Sosso Bala, an eight-hundred-year-old xylophone that once belonged to Sundiata, the greatest emperor in West African history.
APR-MAY 2003 | Books
George Orwell matters because he not only coined the term "Cold War," but because hes been the champion of Cold War propaganda since 1947.
Of course, despite his title, Christopher Hitchens wont tell you that. Indeed, he makes no effort to address the question of Why Orwell Matters. More in keeping with his trajectory is the United Kingdom title, Orwells Victory, the imperialist boast of which Hitchens was right to suspect might not play too well in the United States.
AUG-SEPT 2003 | Books
Paul Austers 10 novels include, most recently, The Book of Illusions, which comes out in paperback from Picador this August. He has also written several books of poetry, as well as screenplays including Smoke and Blue in the Face (both 1995).
WINTER 2003 | Fiction
Recently, I was afforded the opportunity of interviewing Mickey Mouse at his Chelsea art complex. In a spartan loft of 6,000 square feet, the Marlon Brando of the mouse world sat in a warm buttermilk bath and sipped papaya smoothies (evidently excellent for the bowels) while we discussed his most recent body of work, which surrounded us.
AUTUMN 2002 | Books
David Zimmers family is killed in a plane crash. The loss of his wife and two sons sends him into a downward spiral of pills, alcohol and depression. He battles the life he had, until there is nothing to go back to. Suicide invites him. And then, watching an old silent film on television, he laughs. And thus begins the second phase of Paul Austers tenth novel, The Book of Illusions.