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Importance of Being Iceland: Travel Essays in Art

by Eileen Myles The MIT Press
Pub Date:
06/2009
ISBN:
9781584350668
Format:
Pbk 368 pages
Price:
AU$46.99 NZ$49.56
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Poet and post-punk heroine Eileen Myles has always operated in the art, writing, and queer performance scenes as a kind of observant flaneur. Like Baudelaire's gentleman stroller, Myles travels the city—wandering on garbage-strewn New York streets in the heat of summer, drifting though the antiseptic malls of La Jolla, and riding in the van with Sister Spit—seeing it with a poet's eye for detail and with the consciousness that writing about art and culture has always been a social gesture. Culled by the poet from twenty years of art writing, the essays in The Importance of Being Iceland make a lush document of her—and our—lives in these contemporary crowds.

Framed by Myles's account of her travels in Iceland, these essays posit inbetweenness as the most vital position from which to perceive culture as a whole, and a fluidity in national identity as the best model for writing and thinking about art and culture. The essays include fresh takes on Thoreau's Cape Cod walk, working class speech, James Schulyer and Björk, queer Russia and Robert Smithson; how-tos on writing an avant-garde poem and driving a battered Japanese car that resembles a menopausal body; and opinions on such widely ranging subjects as filmmaker Sadie Benning, actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Ted Berrigan's Sonnets, and flossing.

''Myles's unique writings on art and culture manage to stay right on target while simultaneously misbehaving. Come to think of it, that's not so far from the spirit of Oscar Wilde summoned by her book's title.''
- Village Voice, September1, 2009

''If The Importance of Being Iceland reinforces something Myles’s fans already know, it’s that she’s always writing. Alongside her prolific output of fiction (Cool for You) and poetry (Sorry, Tree), Myles has been drafting essays and reviews and participating in interviews—work in which she challenges herself (and implores readers) to study the overlap between the physical and the intellectual, the personal and the political.''
- Bookforum, October 8, 2009

The Importance of Being Iceland is noted on the “Best of 2009” list in Time Out New York, January 2010. ''The poet and former presidential candidate writes about everything here - from travel, art and poetry to celebrities and politics. And hers is an always-interesting point of view.''

These writings confidently wander and always cohere, held together not just by the author's singular intelligence but by her ability to exude personality on the page.

'Michael Miller, TimeOut New York
Eileen Myles, named by BUST magazine "the rock star of modern poetry," is the author of more than twenty books of poetry and prose, including Chelsea Girls, Cool for You, Sorry, Tree, and Not Me (Semiotext(e), 1991), and is the coeditor of The New Fuck You (Semiotext(e), 1995). Myles was head of the writing program at University of California, San Diego, from 2002 to 2007, and she has written extensively on art and writing and the cultural scene. Most recently, she received a fellowship from the Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Foundation.