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The Claudius App V Is Burning Down NYC
We’re unadulterated: The Claudius App V is live! While we at Harriet are clearly partial to the interface of TCA IV, the newest issue is on fire–its Splash a detourned Sim for a torching of NYC “landmarks.”
But this issue’s stuff eyes worldwide, featuring a translation of Georges Perec by Rob Halpern on the nouveau roman; new work from UK poets Christina Chalmers, Connie Scozzaro, Purdey Kreiden, Frances Kruk, and Simon Jarvis; Toronto-based Jaleh Mansoor’s response to the well-read New Inquiry piece on the Man-Child; an interactive game (“Titanichat”) (!!) from Cecilia Corrigan and designer Ian Hatcher; a negative review of Triple Canopy from Kevin Cassem; Giulio Pertile on John Ashbery’s Quick Question; a dialogue between Joshua Clover and Keston Sutherland on poetry and revolution; and poems from Miles Champion, Jean Day, William Fuller, Drew Gardner, Jeff Grunthaner, and Dana Ward (his “Poppy” can be drawn back to “Pop Magic”). The Emily Dorman is more an about than the about page, all while managing to hamburgler (had to) VanessaPlace Inc.
Also with a negative review by Charleski Barrinsky (trans. Kentinski Johansky) on Soviet Conceptualism, Sarah Nicole Prickett on Rap Genius, Oki Sogumi on boys: “A crisp slaw of boy desire…Fresh boy oysters”; and videos by Elena Gomez and Lanny Jordan Jackson. The audio section is TCA’s biggest yet, with 30 recordings from contributors. Early releases were brilliant fast readings from Miles Champion (“Sweating Cubism Out”) and Connie Scozzaro (“What Is Parents?”).
And Jacqueline Rigaut, she of “Poetry and the Love of Friendship,” has translated an Erik Satie piece on critics. It’s a pleasurable reveal:
The true critical sense–the one worthy of the name–doesn’t consist in self-examination or auto-critique, but in criticizing others. And the beam in one’s own eye is no obstacle here in terms of being able to make out the straw in the eye of one’s neighbor: in this case, the beam becomes a telescope–the bigger the beam, the wider the lens–serving to present one’s neighbor’s straw in Supersize.