Bee Reaved (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents) (Paperback)
These essays, written over the course of three decades, may seem disjointed, but still enthralling, at first. Whether recounting her troubles with an online stalker, discussing an exhibit featuring clowns with her partner, or the latest Youtube scandal, Bellamy explores art, sex, and violence with a profound candor. However, it is when her husband of 33 years, Kevin Killian, passes away that this book came into sharp focus for me. Everything here is about human connection and all the frustration, loneliness, and happiness that comes with it.— Jai
So. Much. Information. When does one expand? Cut back? Stop researching? When is enough enough? Like Colette's aging courtesan Lea in the Chéri books, I straddle two centuries that are drifting further and further apart.
--Dodie Bellamy, "Hoarding as Ecriture"
This new collection of essays, selected by Dodie Bellamy after the death of Kevin Killian, her companion and husband of thirty-three years, circles around loss and abandonment large and small. Bellamy's highly focused selection comprises pieces written over three decades, in which the themes consistent within her work emerge with new force and clarity: disenfranchisement, vulgarity, American working-class life, aesthetic values, profound embarrassment. Bellamy writes with shocking, and often hilarious, candor about the experience of turning her literary archive over to the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale and about being targeted by an enraged online anti-capitalist stalker. Just as she did in her previous essay collection, When The Sick Rule The World, Bellamy examines aspects of contemporary life with deep intelligence, intimacy, ambivalence, and calm.