I might need to create a category just for Jonathan Lethem. He’s doing some interesting work. (And I like his writing. Especially Motherless Brooklyn.)
Here’s a link to and a description of his Promiscuous Materials Project. Might be of interest to those of you interested in digging a little deeper into his ideas on appropriation and art leading to more art. Basically, he’s released some of his writing for others to use in different formats. Here’s that description:
I like art that comes from other art, and I like seeing my stories
adapted into other forms. My writing has always been strongly sourced
in other voices, and I’m a fan of adaptations, apropriations, collage,
I recently explored some of these ideas in an essay
for Harper’s Magazine. As I researched that essay I came more and more
to believe that artists should ideally find ways to make material free
and available for reuse. This project is a (first) attempt to make my
own art practice reflect that belief.
I especially like that he’s published some of what’s been done with his words. I first caught this on an interview he gave to Fresh Air, and got to hear a chunk of John Linnell’s version (at the top of the page)of one of Lethem’s songs. Good TMBG-y stuff.