Along with writers Kate Morgan and Evelyn Wh-ell, I was commissioned by Sticky Fingers Publishing to contribute to their Dead Lovers series.
My essay travels across mountain tops, to city cathedrals, and into sticky warehouse clubs, thinking through Anaïs Nin’s writing and life,
"The Erotic to the Ecstatic narrates an experiential topology through diaristic recollections and and episodic sequences. These writings stray away from the linear, pushing a conception of truth out towards a confessional frontier – it’s momentum composed through presence. Encompassing sensuality and discomfort in journeys to airy heights and smoke-filled rooms, it is a tribute to stepping into the pages of your own diary".
"This publication is the second volume in the Dead Lovers series, and focuses on the work of a deceased writer whose shifting positionality and proximity to her own work shows us how complicated love can be: Anaïs Nin. Through a series of close readings and crits, we were commissioned to write in, around, or through Nin’s short story The Labyrinth (1944). By positioning these texts alongside each other and putting them into the world, they enter a dialogue that oozes across the time and space which separates us from Nin".
"These three texts all depart from The Labyrinth in a different way. They are not parts of a whole, but dreams disturbing the same night's sleep, with familiar echoes of meaning, affect, and symbolism radiating through them. Throughout this publication, a web of unresolved questions weaves itself. These texts trouble memory and desire, bolstered in equal parts by the materialisms and surrealisms of being in the world. Asking what it means to record, to come up against facets of experiential truth, the darknesses of desire, and the terror of words as worlds, these texts bring together voices through time to experience the everlasting stretch of the diary".
Copies can be purchased via Sticky Fingers here.