Episode 180: Stephanie Brooks and Mess Hall

February 8, 2009 · Print This Article

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This week: Duncan acts like a lunatic in the intro, Richard gets annoyed. Duncan talks to Stephanie Brooks about poetry, her work and her show at the Rhona Hoffman Gallery.

Then Duncan talks to the fine folks at Mess Hall about their 5 year anniversary.
Mess Hall
Stephanie Brooks
I-beams
Rhona Hoffman
Sylvia Plath
Mid-Century Modernism
Brutalist architecture
Hamza Walker
Barbara Kruger
Jenny Holzer
Limbic system
Hyde Park
Lauren Berlant
Seminary Co-Op
Dave Eggers
Virginia Woolf
Smith College
Mortimer Rare Book Room
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
President Obama
Shepard Fairey
Conceptual Art University
Richard Serra
Bill Hicks
Lenny Bruce
Justin Goh
Matthias Regan
Rogers Park

9 Responses to “Episode 180: Stephanie Brooks and Mess Hall”

  1. Duncan seems to have had some sort of critical lapse in aesthetics in his choice of DJ methodologies. Perhaps he needs to examine that in a later episode.

  2. It is true I have some real problems and a voice only the post-NPR world could like. It is a bit embarrassing now that you bring it up.

    duncan.

  3. By the way… Welcome back Balzac. I’ve missed you.

    duncan.

  4. Hey yeah, Balzac. Miss your opinions! I was hoping you’d weigh in on some of my stuff here. Hope you are doing well!

  5. Mess Hall sounds great. I hadn’t heard of it. I liked the DJ voice, Duncan. Sounded kinda US-CNN to me.

    Obama would have better served by Maya Angelou.

    There IS great contemporary poetry, btw, but you do have to look for it. Ask Simone Muench, or read some which we have every couple weeks on Sharkforum. Or go to some Slams, ask Katherine Borne.

    It just is THE least popular form (a far fall from the 19th century when it wsa the MOST popular art form). It requires generally some serious concentration though, seldom one-line type drum roll attention. And that can be hard nowadays. I read poetry, but cannot always muster up the proper attention myself. Over the last couple years, I have read all of Denise Levertov, and she is amazing. It’s so hard to do on the run, though, which seems to be the state of most of my days.

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  7. This has my stamp of approval! And Richard is a great straight man!

  8. As an aspiring academic, I have been grappling with the idea of “artademia” and how one can circumvent its homogeneity and still be allowed into that world. I was recently introduced to the work of Jeffery Byrd whose work is quite goofy yet he also is the head of the art department at UNI.

  9. It was great such a nice conversation with Stephanie Brooks and Duncan.

    I’m always thinking about poetry & art vs academia… so many artists feel between some kind of idealized freedom and the need to explain.

    When I was in school at SAIC, Claire Pentecost said something like “Poetry is the permission to abstract.”
    After complete abstraction, I think the question is always how to how to talk about something with that permission…
    Academia usually has no room for that kind of permission. (In academia, permission is usually called sloppy. But the best kind of academics use incredible abstraction/humor all the time– like Badiou in his lectures.)

    But maybe art has too much of that permission.
    Although I hate dichotomies.

    Good one liners work in a space of abstracted exactitude.

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