In an obvious move marking a new low point in an already declining career, poet and sometimes-musician John S. Hall has released a new book with Soft Skull Press, entitled “Daily Negations,” and will be making two, no doubt poorly-attended, New York appearances.
On Monday, October 16th, he will read with musical accompaniment from Dogbowl at St. Mark’s Poetry Project; poet Aaron Kiely will also read. On Thursday, November 9th, Hall will perform with musicians Dogbowl and Sasha Forte at the Bowery Poetry Club; poet Penny Rimbaud will also take the stage that night. Full details are below.
The book is a response to vapid, feel-good self help books that offer platitudes in response to human suffering. “Daily Negations” features a negative thought for every day of the year, and is intended to be of no help whatsoever to anyone. The performances, which will hopefully placate Hall’s publisher, promise to be spectacles of mediocrity.
Mon., 10/16, 8pm
John S. Hall with Dogbowl
also featuring Aaron Kiely
St. Mark’s Poetry Project
131 E. 10th St., at 2nd Avenue
Thu., 11/9, 7pm
John S. Hall with Dogbowl, Sasha Forte
also featuring Penny Rimbaud
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery, b/w Bleecker and Houston
More information is available at http://www.myspace.com/johnshall.
Book information is available at http://www.softskull.com/detailedbook.php?isbn=1-933368-45-4
ABOUT JOHN S. HALL
John S. Hall’s band King Missile was dropped from Atlantic Records in 1994, after having recorded 3 albums, two of which were not very successful at all. King Missile has made several independent records that are widely unknown, and toured the country several times to nearly empty nightclubs. This is John’s second book with Soft Skull, because he couldn’t get a better publisher after his first book. He lives (if you can call it that) in New York.
One of the guys that hosts this website was at the King Missile show last night, and took the most fantastic pictures. Check out JCN’s Flickr set, and then buzz over to his website chock full of beauties.
When one of your favorite bands from college asks you to do a little PR for them, you can’t help but fall over yourself and say, “OhmygodTOTALLY.”
And I can’t say it enough: if you haven’t downloaded “
” yet, you must do so now.