Today, Thursday May 17
SJ and Darcey Steinke read about (and show slides from) a joint
expedition to a derelict cemetery in Queens.
"Double Take: It's a commonplace—we all see things our own way. When
three pairs of authors each trade takes on a shared experience they
reveal just how different perception and prose can be."
7 PM at apexart, NY
291 Church Street, NYC, 10013
t. 212 431 5270
Directions: A, C, E, N, R, W, Q, J, M, Z, 6 to Canal or 1 to Franklin.
New & Recent
The SKIN video: commissioned for an
exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum from March 1-May 31 2011, it
features a new iteration of
her Skin project in the form of a collective reading: 191 video clips
of her participants showing off their tattooed words and saying them
aloud, assembled into a new story. (Full information about the SKIN
Just out and available to read online in Dewclaw Journal, SJ's story The Divorce,
entirely made up of words taken from a single page of the NY Times.
Also just published, The
Official Catalog of the Library of Potential Literature, to which
SJ contributed a description of the Slow Book.
Dada Catifesto, written and illustrated by SJ: a children's book
about a dadaist cat, now out from Houghton Mifflin!
The Swan Brothers, a story for My
Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me, edited by Kate
Bernheimer. There is one typo: "you'd" for "you." See if you can find
Sweeper," a story for the Significant
"Consuetudinary of the Word Church, or, the Church of the
Dead Letter," in McSweeney's
"Mars, Marred, Married," in FENCE vol 11 #2.
"Early Dispatches from the Land of the Dead," in Conjunctions #51, The
"King Cow", a short story, appears in Conjunctions
# 50: Fifty Contemporary Writers.
"'n'", a short story, appears in Wreckage
of Reason, an Anthology of Contemporary XXperimental Prose by Women
an essay on the color, for Cabinet
a long-distance collaborative writing project for London's Serpentine Gallery.
Half Life, a novel about conjoined
twins, chosen as one of the Village
books of 2006, and winner of the Tiptree
Cat's Meow, Guernica Magazine
Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County, by Janice Harrington, with
illustrations by SJ, has been honored by the following distinctions,
CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), 2007
Children's Books: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, New York Public
Parents' Choice Award Winner, 2007
Charlotte Zolotow Award / Highly Commended, 2008
Booklist Editors' Choice, 2007
Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List, 2007
Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice, 2007
Illinois Monarch Award: K-3 Children's Choice Award Master List, 2007
Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Master List, 2007
...grows slowly. Full information here.
What's the SKIN project? SKIN is a mortal work of art: a story tattooed
on readers' bodies, one
word at a time. The call for participants first appeared in Cabinet Magazine, issue 11
(Flight); you can also read it here. The
title and first word were published in sequence on Monday September 8
at Bowery Tattoo. See here for
documentation. In a surprising turn of events, this project has been
covered in The
New York Times "Year in Ideas" 2004, Newsweek, the New York Post,
London Observer, The Sunday
The Toronto Star, The LA Weekly,
The Seattle Times, Print, Step, Res, Black Book, Decode, Tattoo Highway,
Italian Elle, the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, the Swedish Dagens
Nyheter, the Argentinian Clarin, and on CNN, NPR's
All Things Considered, BBC radio (twice), BBC Scotland, German
radio, Canadian public radio, Canadian book television, Swedish
national television (see "Ett dÃ¶dligt konstverk" and
click on "se reportaget") and Polish news
radio. It has been blogged, parodied,
and spawned a Yankee
Pot Roast competition and a sermon.
Most recent count of participants: over 1780,
approximately 315 to go. Applicants should expect major delays: SJ is
doing this all by herself.
Jackson Talks with Vito Acconci, The Believer, Dec/Jan 07
and the Numberless New Yorks, an essay on Jenny Holzer's 7 WTC
installation, The Poetry Foundation
MuTT (Mutant Typology Test)
President's Mouth," The Brooklyn Rail, September 2006
for Mouth-Listeners," Moistworks, June 27
"The Original Death & Burial of Cock Robin," a long essay about
literature and taxidermy, appears in Conjunctions #46.
"The Short-Term Memorial Park" is included in Paraspheres, ed. by Rusty Morrison
and Ken Keegan.
"The Marquis de Wonka" appears in Sex and
Chocolate, ed. by Richard Peabody and Lucinda Ebersole.
A story called (yes, its title is a picture)
appears in Conjunctions
#45, Secret Lives of Children.
"Here is the Church," a ghost story about Nina Simone,
appeared in Black Clock #2,
was also selected for The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. In
in a Glass House" SJ mouths off about the Sims
for the Village Voice. A longer version of this essay appears in the
anthology Gamers, published
by Soft Skull. In "Gross
Anatomy": SJ reviews the wonderfully strange books of David Ohle
for Bookforum. The amazing
Kelly Link's new collection of
stories, Magic For Beginners,
has art inside and out by SJ, and you should also
buy her first collection, Stranger
Things Happen, and her anthology Trampoline,
which contains SJ's "Angel." The
Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies published SJ's "Musee
sort of an essay on writing, wind-up toys, Pinocchio, Philip Dick, and
voice recognition software. Yet another incarnation of the
essay/rant "Stitch Bitch" appears in the hardcover anthology edited
by Thorburn and Jenkins, Rethinking
Media Change, from MIT Press. Check out Rebirth
of Roy, a time-travel story by SJ and Matthew
Derby (author of the great Super Flat Times). SJ
answers some questions about books as physical objects, and so do a
whole lot of other people, for Fantastic Metropolis.
Read about "Vitriol," or
bile, in The Dictionary of Failed Relationships, edited by Broussard.
SJ's latest children's book, Sophia,
the Alchemist's Dog, is available from Atheneum. Last but not least:
The Melancholy of Anatomy
Anchor Books, April 2002
SJ's first story collection has ineradicably stained
a large amount of wood pulp (apologies to the world's forests). We
recommend you ask your local independent bookstore to order it. Of
course, you can also get it online. Interestingly, we have found that
if you do a search for "The Melancholy of Anatomy" (by Shelley
Jackson), Amazon will helpfully offer you "The Anatomy of Melancholy"
(by Robert Burton). Of course you already have that, so keep looking.
(Or you can just click here.)
Sooner or later you will come across SJ's book, which we would like to
point out is both shorter and cheaper. (Read about the Shelley Jackson
Kelly Link 2002 book tour, including a high speed blow-out, House On
The Rock weirdness, and an ode to the van, on Bold
For a fairly comprehensive list of older and ongoing projects
Winner of the James
Tiptree Jr. Award!
Melancholy of Anatomy
Read about it:
- Review and
Iowa Review Web
Electronic Book Review (Internet Explorer only)
"Writers on the Verge"
New York Times