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Joe Brainard: I Remember

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I remember jerking off to sexual fantasies of Troy Donahue with a dark tan in a white bathing suit down by the ocean. Whereas the New York School's poetry bore little resemblance to the Abstract Expressionism of the New York School of painters, Brainard’s work could be seen as an artist’s take on the poet's aesthetic. Brainard’s writing is akin to the visual art he made: friendly and image-drenched and nonchalantly funny, kind of telescopic in a diaristic way that’s relentlessly present in its anaphora, and also sometimes sort of sexy. It was a cool early Spring evening but he was wearing only a white shirt with the sleeves rolled up to his elbows.

Despite the fact that I was born in 1986 and cannot relate to everything in the book, this does not stop it from being amazing.Sembra un gioco da bambini, sembra banale, ma Joe Brainard è stato il primo (Georges Perec gli ha poi dedicato ‘Je me souviens’). It bothered me that Goldberg left Brainard’s name out, until I stumbled on it on the copyright page. Although the references to some aspects of 40s/50s American life are now somewhat obscured by time and cultural specifics this is a little gem of a book, perceptive, funny and inspirational. This is an enjoyable read, and – whether you’re looking for inspiration or not – will have you writing your own list of I remembers in no time.

The other half is that I don't remember the other half, although it must exist; yet how can I say it must exist when I'm unsure of what it is - It could possible exist, then, but that is implausible.Un autoritratto di un giovane uomo che si apre ai suoi lettori, anche ai curiosi come me, senza vergogna o imbarazzo, ma con verità per apprezzarlo ancora di più.

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