Eileen Myles, Still Cool for You: The Importance of Being Iceland

Violate some categories! A downtown poet-performer collects 25 years of art writing.

In a certain way, every piece in the book is about traveling. After all, at its best, art confirms community while providing an escape from its confines; it renews perception by scraping away embedded clichés. "I like doing the wrong thing in the right place, and vice versa," Myles asserts as we stand on the sidewalk outside P.S.1 after our few hours there. 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.

Critical jump cuts: Myles in her East Village apartment
Andy Kropa
Critical jump cuts: Myles in her East Village apartment

Eileen Myles reads from The Importance of Being Iceland at Artbook @ X in Chelsea on September 10 and at Spoonbill & Sugartown in Williamsburg on September 15

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