Essentially, it is not three singers from Pussy Riot who are on trial here. If that were the case, what’s happening would be totally insignificant. It is the entire state system of the Russian Federation which is on trial and which, unfortunately for itself, thoroughly enjoys quoting its cruelty towards human beings, its indifference to their honor and dignity, the very worst that has happened in Russian history to date. To my deepest regret, this mock trial is close to the standards of the Stalinist troikas. Thus, we have our investigator, lawyer and judge. And then, what’s more, what all three of them do and say and decide is determined by a political demand for repression. Who is to blame for the performance at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and for our being put on trial after the concert? The authoritarian political system is to blame. What Pussy Riot does is oppositional art or politics that draws upon the forms art has established. In any event, it is a form of civil action in circumstances where basic human rights, civil and political freedoms are suppressed by the corporate state system.
There’s an all star cast in Seagull this morning! Artist K8 Hardy, Georgia Sanford of Jessica 6, and filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell are all here staying cool and keeping their lovely locks in order.
Carly created a jaw-dropping blush-platinum for writer Emily Gould that we’re gonna go ahead and call “Rose-Gould”. Platinum haircolor and haircut by Carly.
Sheila Heti’s new book made me feel recognized and inspired, kind of like the first time I heard I heard Wittig paraphrased in a Valley Girl accent. Heti uses stupidity as a social rebuke, unseemly vulnerability in a show of self-assurance, friendship as a laboratory, and plain language to illuminate our most elaborate dilemmas as people and artists. My rave review of How Should a Person Be? for Bookforum is in print and online now.