The Box and Semiotext(e), Los Angeles

Mike Bouchet, Noura Wedell, Wayne Koestenbaum, A.L. Steiner, Robert Glück, Colm Tóibín, Stella Schnabel, Julien Bismuth, Paul McCarthy, Andy Robert, Ron Athey, Hedi El Kholti, Dodie Bellamy, and Chris Kraus read  Eden, Eden, Eden.

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The Eden, Eden, Eden readings. On September 9, the day of the 50th anniversary of Pierre Guyotat’s subversive classic, artists and authors gather to celebrate it around the world. For LA, The Box and Semiotext(e) invited fellow-travelers to each read a page from the text during the whole day.  We start with Mike Bouchet (@mrbouchet ) reading pages 22-23 #eden50 #mikebouchet — Since its release with legendary publishing house Gallimard on September 9th, 1970, Eden, Eden,Eden, the work of Pierre Guyotat, a young author then in his thirties, has provoked scandals, fascinations, and marvels. Fifty years later, the work of Pierre Guyotat – who passed away on February 7th of this year – exerts an ever-growing impact, having proven to be prescient of a world on the verge of transformation, through violence, sexuality, decolonization, cosmology. It’s the endpoint of colonialism as well as the starting point of a new history, for language, offering a new vision of the present, the past, and the future.  The question of celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the publication was considered during the last months of Pierre Guyotat's life. Taking inspiration from the fifty years of Tombeau pour cinq cent millesoldats, in 2017, which gave rise to five hours of readings in French, English, German, Japanese andRussian, the Association Pierre Guyotat, established by the author for the conservation of his work will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Eden, Eden, Eden on September 9th, by organizing fifty readings in fifty different places in France, and around the world.

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