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a copy of the new ken-ichi murata book arrived in the post unexpectedly! – i’d just been out today too to see if it had hit the bookstores yet – published by atelier third (so files neatly next to atsushi tani, kenichi koyama, tama et al books) it is in fact a sort of “best of” compilation from his three german editions reuss books, sprinkled with new/unpublished photos – genitalia is scratched out in this book(!) – a bit insulting and preposterous in this day and age but atelier third obviously wish to take no risks – the 3 reuss books are technically illegal here (tho i have seen them for sale) – there’s an accompanying exhibition at jimbocho gallery next month, 12th to 29th
today setting up exhibition – which i wasn’t required to participate in much – as everything more or less done by the time i arrived – i was however called upon to sign countless hundreds of books : (
the book, hot and wet off the press, looks spiffing – a huge improvement on the drab printing of “alice” – special edition has fluorescent yellow lettering – mini-book also fab
there is a little surprise in the exhibition (a big surprise for me in fact) – but more on that later…
(photo: editions treville)
addendum: setting up pix on editions treville blog
“controversial images : media representations on the edge” edited by fiona attwood – contains a chapter on me written by adam stapleton – other wide-ranging chapters cover photoshopping, prophet mohammed cartoons, bulgarian transexuals, guantanamo bay, kurdish female suicide bombers, a mass murderer’s media manifesto, the british board of film classification, ichi the killer anime, max hardcore, torture porn, animal porn, screened rape, spankwire, call of duty modern warfare 2, and news images – a good read for sure – i’d have bought the book myself, if it wasn’t so hellishly expensive (even the kindle version is over $70!) – the essays are written almost exclusively by university professors and lecturers – so factually intensive and you always get a couple of pages of references – but despite being “academic” it’s very accessible
“moral crusades in an age of mistrust : the jimmy savile scandal” by frank furedi – the first “real” book out on the case – tho it’s more a sociological analysis of the surrounding moral panic – how words like victim and abuse have shifted meaning over the decades, the collapse of trust in authority establishments, crime trawling with people paid for unquestioned allegations (or victim compensation as they call it), the disallowance of skepticism, etc – not a book that’ll receive much love – i enjoyed it! – “savile: the beast (the inside story blahblah)” looks like the pulp paperback that’ll supply the desired sensationalism and requisite disgust – out now in the uk but another month or two wait for america (and thus me) – inevitably other assorted knock-out cash-in kindle books have appeared – the titles give the game away as to their worth: “the ghost of jimmy savile”. “now then : jimmy savile’s adventures in time”, “the folly of deference : what sir jimmy savile, irish paedophile priests, drunken doctors, and incompetent monarchs have all had in common” …and “arrest and trial of jimmy savile” which might be readable except the text is all formatted centered so it’s “unreadable”!
just been tempted by and bought rebecca ray’s “a certain age” (aka “pure”) – a coming of age “lolita” book (there appears to be a number of similar themed books about, by and for young females) – written by an 18 year old (16 when she started it!) – so it does sound authentically brit teenager – of course the appeal is that it’s possibly autobiographical – either way, far removed from melissa p, but i hope a fun read
tho currently reading maurice blanchot’s “aminadab” – which is a sorta allegorical kafka thru the looking glass
and thanks to adam stapleton, russell trainer’s “lolita complex” has now fallen into my possession finally – i must admit i wanted it more as a fetishistic/cult (?) object more than the desire to actually read it!
i-phone size! : ) – image grabbed from the editions treville shop page – it may just be a mock up? – looks cute anyway – and it appears that as well as being a “free” extra for the “special edition” (which costs ¥210 more), it will also be sold by itself (¥840) – pre-ordering opens 30 april – no word on how limited…
new issue of “talking heads” magazine now out, almost! – no.54, a medical theme issue – contains 13 pages of tb (fittingly – 13 ♥ ) – 5 pages in color, 8 in black and white – includes a few new paintings, the couple shown above from “girls war” (“fight” and “drugs”) and one other unpublished work – an article entitled “trevors girls” – and a “20 year anniversary” interview – which after translation misunderstandings maybe bears little relation to what i actually said (which could be an improvement! – my answers were boring) – the only words in english i can read are “low blow art” which should be “low brow art” (haha! – i think “low blow” plobably better!)
also in this issue many tb favorites: moira, kenichi murata, lots of kenichi koyama medical works, tsurisaki kiyotaka, makoto aida, and much more – the bulk of the magazine is actually text but lots of nice art in this issue
related post: th #42