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News: Disparate Beasts by Basil King

A year ago today:   Disparate Beasts: Basil King’s Beastiary, Part 2 was published in the midst of the year Covid-19 stole

It was announced by the publisher, Marsh Hawk Press, and followed by a wonderful review in Don Yorty’s blog, with a video of Basil reading a few selections.Take a look and buy a book! (Or ask mheditor for a review copy!)

Basil King reads from Disparate Beasts

 

ISBN: 9780996991179 (pbk.)   Price: $18.95   Publication Date: May 22, 2020

Advance Praise

“It helps to have had one’s hands covered with paint. Someone, after a long life, is standing at the door of some facet of wisdom.” –Nathaniel Tarn

“[From the} perspective of someone who has been trained not just to look but to see, and to not miss anything in his field of vision.” —Ammiel Alcalay

“King dissects a variety of paintings principally from the modern movements of nineteenth and twentieth century painting…. He moves through their lives as a demanding Vasari, with whom we test our own visual experience.”  —Roy Skodnick

For further information email: mheditor@marshhawkpress.org

 

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“Light Abstracts…Aesthetics of Basil King” is one year old

A year ago today:  NEW from Talisman House

Light Abstracts the Smallest Things: The Aesthetics of Basil King Edited by Burt Kimmelman

Essays on Basil King’s art and poetry by Vyt Bakitis, Laurie Duggan, Joshua Gardner, Mitch Highfill, Vincent Katz, Burt Kimmelman, Mallory King, Martha King, Andrew Levy, Kimberly Lyons, George Quasha, Barry Schwabsky, Roy Skodnick, and Daniel Staniforth, with an introductory poem by Harry Lewis

  • Paperback, large format (8.5 x 11)
  • ISBN: 978-1-58498-142-8
  • $18.00

2020 was for many of us the year that wasn’t, so here to celebrate publication one year ago are some cogent comments. The book is available now from SPDbooks, Amazon, or through your favorite bookstore.

YUKO OTOMO WRITES:

I love it… the title opened my heart in such a way… love the cover art of “The Green Man” too… his “look” helps me to adjust my focus in life… Especially now in this unusual time, this book will give me a very special spirit & energy I need the most. What an amazing collection of writings by so many I know… I almost cried reading King’s opening piece, “Oh Black Mountain.”

KIMBERLY LYONS WRITES:

Light Abstracts the Smallest Things: The Aesthetics of Basil King arrived in the mail the other day. Gosh, it’s a handsome, nicely sized and wonderfully readable monograph, fronted by an intense portrait from King’s series of paintings, The Green Man Comes to 4th Street….

I found this compelling thought from Levy’s essay, “TALKING PAUSE”: “Susan Sontag wrote that in Walter Benjamin’s “One-Way Street,” memory, the staging of the past, turns the flow of events into tableaux–it’s a project, something to be built. The present is nothing other than the unlived element in everything that is lived. Space is fit to a reader’s experience not to try to recover one’s past, but to understand it, to condense it into its spatial forms, its premonitory structures.”  Basil King’s work feels like a wet seed wild in the hot, blind earth.

 

 

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NEWS: Talisman journal features Martha King

The new spring issue of Talisman has a special section on the work of Martha King!

And it’s a splendid issue all around including another special section on Donna de le Perriere, a lovely chapbook-like collaboration by Susan Quasha and George Quasha, abundant poetry, essays, interviews, and critique. Spend some time with it.  (Do see Burt Kimmelman on Virginia Wolfe and Proust.)

https://www.talismanmag.net

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On line now, no longer in print…but ready for readers!

 

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NEWS: Updated website for Martha and Basil King

Our website is now   basilking-marthaking.com (The old name will continue to work for a while.)   Lots of new content as we’ve been busy during the year that wasn’t.   Take a click.

 

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News about Max Sees Red

Comment & a review

“I love Martha King’s astutely roving eyes & ears, what & who she notices, how deftly she weaves perceptive commentary in & out of encounters, & especially how accurately she pegs the now faint smells of 1970s NYC’s low-key squalor crisscrossed by the ambitions & conflicts of its “aht” world. The book paces like a great film script, which makes this an absorbing page turner.”    –Patrick Brennan

“Not only a clever mystery but a meditation on the fragility and interdependence of a community as it shakily weathers a blow to its integrity.” –Jim Feast from his glowing review in the current issue of Sensitive Skin

Please order from the publisher http://www.spuytenduyvil.net/max-sees-red.html Or a friendly indie bookseller. Or (gulp) Amazon.

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New book from Martha King

MAX SEES RED — is King’s first-ever novel, a murder mystery in which a painter named Max tries to find out who murdered a young literary editor in her Hudson Valley summer house. One of his oldest friends, an experimental novelist, has bumbled into making himself a prime suspect.

The action takes place in the late 1970’s in SoHo bars, lofts, and galleries, and in Dutchess and Hudson counties just north of New York’s suburbia, then a landscape of impoverished small towns and abandoned farms. Artists who have begun to settle there have uneasy relationships with the rural poor and elite establishment landowners, and sometimes encounter a shadow neo-Nazi subculture.

Max Sees Red – cover

The book is populated with painters, sculptors, poets, potters, critics, dealers, and hangers-on, both gay and straight, including newly rich Wall Street patrons and people in the “uptown” world of mainstream publishing.

ISBN 978-1-949966-06-0

256 pages

Available now on Amazon and on the Spuyten Duyvil website.

http://www.spuytenduyvil.net/max-sees-red.html

There will be a New York book launch and reading in May. Please come to Zinc Bar, Sunday May19, at 4:30. (82 West 3rd Street)

 

 

 

 

 

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Our new website name

We have a new website name

You may still use www.basilking.net but when the home page opens you will see the new domain name: basilking-marthaking.com

This is the domain name going forward. The new name makes it clear that works by both of the Kings is presented here. We’ve also made some other adjustments to bring our site into 2019.

Enjoy.

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Important UK magazine features King work

tears in the fence, #69, Spring 2019 is now available.

This issue ranges wide as tears does — and includes Basil King’s new poem, “Pick Up a Stitch — Drop a Stitch, work by Laurie Duggan, and this comment by editor David Caddy on Martha King’s memoir, Outside/Inside:

Martha King’s memoir, Outside/Inside…just outside the art world’s inside (BlazeVOX books) is a beautifully written insight into the world of a young woman who studied at Black Mountain College in its last year, arriving with ‘an old hotplate two saucepans, some picnic cutlery’ and eventually fell in with artist and writer, Basil King. She chronicles her subsequent domestic and bohemian life, including a great many significant figures in and around Black Mountain, San Francisco, and New York art scenes. It is an absolute joy to read and leaves the reader uplifted by a deeply felt clarification of the importance of those movements, and with a broad smile. Amongst many highlights is the story of the wedding of the headstrong protagonists, which is both funny and memorable. King’s prose, warmly inviting, succinct and perceptive moves effortlessly from story to story, and is so giving in her generosity of spirit and emotional intelligence. This intimate portrait, dense with detail, of a critical period in American art and writing, is a page-turner, and sure to become a classic.

Lovely issue of an always essential independent international literary magazine.

Order and subscribe at www.tearsinthefence.com. Use the Donate button. Or mail an order with a check. Four issues for $40  (or $60  if airmail delivery is requested).

BTW, “Pick Up a Stitch” is Part Five of a chapbook-length piece called Basil’s Bean Book – not yet published.