Update 4/9/12: Photos from McNally Jackson reading here:
Black Clock #15 deconstructs the typical “movie issue” by having writers test flights of fancy, offering readers nearly two dozen pieces about films that were “never seen and barely imagined.”
Published semi-annually by CalArts’ MFA Writing Program, Black Clock presents an alternative film universe, beginning with Anthony Miller’s “A History of the Cinema 1920-2014.” From Miller’s revisionist standpoint, we learn that Chris Farley won the 2010 Academy Award for his portrayal of Fatty Arbuckle in the Milos Forman-helmed The Life of the Party; Don Siegel’s ’60s cult B-movie Bonnie and Clyde starred Tuesday Weld and Clint Eastwood; and D.W. Griffith adapted Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.
Geoff Nicholson writes about the meeting of two artistic greats in “Buster Keaton: The Warhol Years (an oral history),” and David Thomson describes his journey on the Amazon with Warren Beatty in “Breakfast Up the Amazon.” Other contributors include Mark. Z. Danielewski, Jonathan Lethem, Geoffrey O’Brien, Janet Sternburg and MFA Writing Program faculty members Tisa Bryant and Janet Sarbanes, providing false film summaries, “lost” program notes and alternative profiles, among other pieces.
Designer Sean Hartter contributes posters that never were—including Humphrey Bogart as a samurai warrior on the journal’s cover—from his “Alternate Universe” collection.
On Sunday (March 25) the New York bookstore McNally Jackson hosts a celebration of Black Clock #15–with readings by Miller, Geoffrey O’Brien, Kyra Simone, Lynne Tillman, and writer and editor Steve Erickson. On March 27, Erickson will be in conversation with New York-based author Christopher Bird at Book Court in Brooklyn.
Black Clock #15 is available at both independent bookstores around the country and blackclock.org.
Black Clock Issue 15 Reading
52 Prince St., New York
Sunday, March 25 at 4:30 pm
In Conversation: Christopher Byrd & Black Clock Editor Steve Erickson
163 Court Street, Brooklyn
Tuesday, March 27 at 7 pm