11 August 2022

A Year of Carte Blanche and Other Chimeras – June, July, August issues

Upreference (from the urn-taciturn)
editorial, by Daniela Cascella
https://mapmagazine.co.uk/upreference-fron-the-urn

By Night, Tidal City
Ella Finer and James Wilkes
https://mapmagazine.co.uk/by-night-tidal-city

Object-Urn
by Dan Beachy-Quick and Kylan Rice
https://mapmagazine.co.uk/object-urn

Rhythm: The Subtle Noise of Prose, That Road of Many Songs
editorial, by Daniela Cascella
https://mapmagazine.co.uk/rhythm-the-subtle-noise-of-prose-that-road-of-many-songs

On Repentance
by Snejanka Mihaylova
https://mapmagazine.co.uk/on-repentance

Unremembering
by Jen/Eleana Hofer
https://mapmagazine.co.uk/unremembering-2

Singing, Fading
editorial, by Daniela Cascella
https://mapmagazine.co.uk/singing-fading

To Be Elastic
by Enxhi Mandija
https://mapmagazine.co.uk/to-be-elastic-part-1
https://mapmagazine.co.uk/to-be-elastic-part-2

Too Likeable (To The Side of Rosemary Mayer)
by Alice Butler
https://mapmagazine.co.uk/too-likeable-to-the-side-of-rosemary-mayer-part-1
https://mapmagazine.co.uk/too-likeable-to-the-side-of-rosemary-mayer-part-2

4 July 2022

Nothing As We Need It: A Chimera

Nothing As We Need It: A Chimera – the first of two books around Chimeric Writing – is now published on Punctum Books’ new imprint Risking Education, edited by Ansgar Allen and Emile Bojesen:

The second book, Chimeras: A Deranged Essay, An Imaginary Conversation, A Transcelation will be published by Sublunary Editions in September.

Nothing As We Need It: A Chimera imagines and writes a composite and impure form of criticism that embodies the writing of research as recursive, entangled, and many-voiced.

Shaped by encounters with literature not translated in English, by the polyphonies, artifices, and concealments of a bilingual self, and by the sense of speechlessness and haunting when writing of works that cannot be instantly quoted, this book’s subtitle derives from the mythological Chimera: a monstrous creature made of three different parts, impossible in theory but real in the imagination and in the reading of the myth. Similarly the book is written in different styles, some of which may seem impossible, monstrous, and disturbing. It manifests critical writing as enmeshment and conversation with its subject matters; favours impurity rather than detachment; embraces exaggeration, repetition, laughter, and self-parody as legitimate forms of knowledge. Yet a chimera also designates the object of a yearning deemed unattainable: this book exists in the space of such yearning, in the tension between words and what exceeds them, their overtones. The critic is exhausted by yearning, rather than the owner of exhaustive knowledge.

A Menippean satire for critical writing, Nothing As We Need It sustains its argument for composite and impure writing in its form. It demands ways of reading equally varied, and wildly imaginative. Listening to literature beyond the limits of textual analysis, it dismisses the visual implications of reflection, which assumes detachment and polished surfaces, in favour of an aural method of resonance, allowing enmeshment and interference. This book unsettles language, welcomes uninhibited exaggeration and wordplay, and manifests possibilities for working with citation beyond the boundaries of inverted commas.

2 May 2022

forthcoming book: Chimeras (September 2022)

My book Chimeras: A Deranged Essay, An Imaginary Conversation, A Transcelation will be published in September this year by Sublunary Editions.

The book is the result of my long-term engagement with the prose work, letters, and journals of Cristina Campo and Alejandra Pizarnik.

It is not a monographic study.

You can read more about Chimeras here.

28 April 2022

A Year of Carte Blanche and Other Chimeras – April issue, and summary so far

A Year of Carte Blanche and Other Chimeras – April issue: 

Critical, Criminal, Cri-de-cœur-ish – my response to last month’s contribution by Sharon Kivland

The Librarian of the World, Part 1 and Part 2, by Jessica Sequeira

We are halfway through the series; all contributions so far are collected in this page.

31 March 2022

A Year of Carte Blanche and Other Chimeras – March

A Year of Carte Blanche and Other Chimeras – March issue: 

Writing That Walks Across the Tops of the Trees – My response to last month’s contribution by Saudamini Deo

Envois V, by Sharon Kivland

Unremembering, by Jen/Eleana Hofer

26 February 2022

A Year of Carte Blanche and Other Chimeras – February

A Year of Carte Blanche and Other Chimeras – February issue:

Dialogue of Chimera and D.C. – My response to last month’s contributions by Craig Dworkin and Patrick Farmer:

Our Lady of the Forest, Part 1 and Part 2, by Saudamini Deo

Unremembering, by Jen/Eleana Hofer

1 February 2022

‘Dubbing Daniela Cascella’ on Flash Art

Manuela Pacella has written a comprehensive response to my work, spanning my years writing music journalism in Rome in the 2000s through to my most recent writing. The piece is part of Tell Me Stories!, the column on Art Writing that Manuela edits on Flash Art. The text is entitled ‘Dubbing Daniela Cascella. Rincorrendo una Chimera e ricominciando Da Capo’ (‘Dubbing Daniela Cascella. Chasing a Chimera and rebeginning Da Capo’). In Italian only.

27 January 2022

A Year of Carte Blanche and Other Chimeras – January

A Year of Carte Blanche and Other Chimeras – January contributions:

Visions in a Flame, Csites with No Maps – my response to last month’s contributions by Richard Skelton and Tomoé Hill

Chimère, by Craig Dworkin

Humuskind, by Patrick Farmer

14 January 2022

forthcoming book: Nothing As We Need It (summer 2022)

I am publishing two books this year. The former, Nothing As We Need It, is forthcoming this summer on Risking Education, a new imprint of Punctum Books edited by Ansgar Allen and Emile Bojesen. Here is a preview of the book on Punctum’s website, I will post more around the project over the next few months:

16 December 2021

A Year of Carte Blanche and Other Chimeras – December

A Year of Carte Blanche and Other Chimeras continues on MAP magazine. This month you can read:

A Lichen, A Spell, my response to last month’s texts by Tristan Foster and Vivian Darroch-Lozowski

The Book and The Lattice by Richard Skelton

-zoic I and -zoic II Tomoé Hill

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