Tag: Eileen Myles

  • Stonewall 25: Gay Rites

    Gay Rites: A Wedding in Denmark, a Ceremony in New York June 25, 1994 Sometimes you stay around long enough to see things you missed. Whole decades come back, and this is actually the most orienting thing that can happen in New York, a city that’s so utterly about people and time and the prestige […]

  • Picture This: Our 5 Can’t Miss Book Events Get Graphic

    Tamara Shopsin Spoonbill & Sugartown Wednesday, 7:30pm, Free Shopsin’s new memoir is arranged the way any harried artist’s journal might be–in fragments, drawings, photographs, and asides–and surprisingly all the more cohesive for it. Mumbai New York Scranton (Scribner) highlights the underlying complexity and humor behind the graphic designer’s line drawings, which are highly recognizable after […]


    The bus might not be adorned in lavender and rainbows, but the people riding in it make Sister Spit the ultimate queer road trip. Touring the country to distribute their wisdom are author Michelle Tea, cabaret sensation Mx Justin Vivian Bond, fierce stage star Erin Markey, Mr. Transman 2010 Kit Yan, poet Eileen Myles, and […]


    Talk about embracing one’s flaws—MOMA PS1 presents An Afternoon of Failure, where shortcomings are highlighted in both literary and musical form. The festivities are in honor of the release of the Review of Contemporary Fiction’s “Failure” issue. Online literary magazine Triple Canopy and Dalkey Archive Press host the day of misfortune and defeat, which will […]

  • Eileen Myles, Still Cool for You: The Importance of Being Iceland

    If any poet deserves a reality-TV show, it’s Eileen Myles. A celebrity in a poetry world that has had difficulty producing real celebrities after Allen Ginsberg, she’s a jet-setter without the jet. In fact, part of Myles’s fame results from the time she spent riding in the back of a van during a Sister Spit […]

  • Theater

    A work subtitled “a new (necessary) opera” risks falling short of the expectations it has raised for itself. While not exactly essential, Hell at least finds partial redemption in its heavenly-voiced cast. In librettist Eileen Myles’s update of Dante’s Inferno, a cell-phone-toting agent (Matthew Chellis) pitches a goth poem called “Horns of Joy” and summons […]

  • Scenes From a Mall

    In The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America (1998), Michelle Tea recounts a date that took place on a church fire escape, where she discussed “schizophrenia as a mystical experience” and “how more than being a woman or gay it was all about class.” Drunk on wine, the two made out. […]

  • Artists run their mouths off on the first day of the year

    Divided into more than 150 blips of performance (poems, prose, and music), the Poetry Project’s New Year’s Day Marathon Reading features a steady parade of local artists, including Eileen Myles, Philip Glass, Daniel Nester, and Patti Smith. A fine alternative to dejectedly mourning the passage of time (with pulsing hangover), this 31-year-old party of a […]

  • Weather Vein

    Eileen Myles has it all—the moxie for politics (poets have a hard enough time getting off their asses to run for their greengrocer’s board, let alone run for president as Myles did), the lyric zeal that satisfies both the avant-gardists and the downtown populists, and the anarchic post-feminist energy that has inspired legions of baby […]

  • My Intergeneration

    At a dark point in my life about five years ago—on the heels of a breakup—I went to San Francisco to do a reading. I was feeling bad and had convinced myself that no one would show. But I do believe in lifting a finger, and with it I picked up the ringing phone. “Is […]