Saturday, October 09, 2010

In Praise of Copying

A new book that I'm excited about:

Marcus is a colleague of mine in the English Department at York and a scholar I greatly admire. His previous book, The Road of Excess: A History of Writers On Drugs (Harvard UP, 2002) is brilliant, and is certainly one of my favourite academic texts of the past decade. I had a chance to hear Marcus present a section from In Praise of Copying about a year ago at the UofT and it taught me all I know about Louis Vuitton handbags (as well as being an impressive display of erudition and the ability to draw parallels between subjects as diverse as Eastern philosophy, Heidegger, and Takashi Murakami).

He'll be launching the new book in Toronto this coming Tuesday in conjunction with a performance by the legendary John Giorno:

This Is Not A Reading Series presents:
Marcus Boon and John Giorno in a creative performance and dialogue

at The Annex Live, 296 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto. $5 cover charge.
Tuesday, October 12th, 2010, 8 p.m.

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