Communism is up there and we are down here but it is happening now
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58 pages, 4.5" x 7"
Publication Date: 28 Mar 2013
Blackburn collages language from everyday encounters with the world: listserv battle threads, Q&As, things people say t parties. Her negative humor runs these interactions through a rigorous aesthetic critique. Here is "communist ecstasy for recovering defeatists"
Praise for Communism...
Communism is up there and we are down here but it is happening now stages the playing out of that old adage and historical tragedy: Communism is better than communists. This friction, this incommensurability, constitutes it and wears us down. Blackburn writes of the necessary demand for partisanship and its uncomfortable relation to aesthetic norms. Her negative humor refuses to tip easily into despair, however close to the edge it approaches. What renews us, then, but it and poetry and each other, sometimes. If you swap the word feminism, it's still true and different. It's the same.
Sam Solomon + Emma Heaney
Olive Blackburn is a dancer, writer, and communist from Northern California. She is a doctoral candidate at UCLA in dance history. She lives between Oakland and Los Angeles.