We are excited to welcome Emji Spero to E.M. Wolfman! Spero will be in residence at the bookstore every Friday through August. During this time, Spero will be working on their current writing project, On Exhaustion, a dry lyric essay that documents the affective weight of accumulated subthreshold violences under capitalism. This summer, Emji will also be curating a shelf at the store, featuring some of the books they'll be reading while writing On Exhaustion. Stop by to check it out.
From On Exhaustion:
Gin + tonic, your kitchen. You planted starts and they are just beginning to uncurl. You have a pack of t-patches, 45 remaining. You want them? You say, I had an allergic reaction. So I do. We peel one back to put it on my thigh. I’m not wearing underwear, I say. I pull down my pants and you press the patch against the fat of my upper left thigh. Make sure to switch spots every day, and You’ll grow hair wherever you place them, you say. We are in the kitchen and my pants are around my knees. Take a photo of my crotch,’ I say, So I can remember. You open up the laptop and photobooth it, fridge in the background, waist down, and email it to me. We take a few photos of ourselves holding our mugs 1/2 full of gin, post them on Facebook.
12:03am making coffee. copy edits. sending out acceptances.
Emji Spero is an Oakland-based artist exploring the intersections of writing, book art, installation and performance. Their writing has been featured in Dusie, Jacket 2, Jupiter88, Wheelhouse Magazine, The Vulgate, Not Enough Data, and Boog City Reader. Their first book, almost any shit will do, uses found language, word-replacement and erasure to strange the familiar and map the boundaries of collective engagement. They are currently working on a project called On Exhaustion, a dry lyric essay that documents the affective weight of accumulated subthreshold violences under capitalism.
Read more from Emji Spero at http://timelessinfinitelight.com/pages/emjispero