For its movie issue, acclaimed literary journal’s blend of fiction, poetry and creative essay looks beyond the silver screen.
The 15th edition of the “Black Clock” literary journal, published semi-annually by California Institute of the Arts’ (CalArts) MFA Writing Program, takes readers to the movies for a look behind the silver screen.
Features include writer Geoff Nicholson’s meeting of two film pioneers in “Buster Keaton: The Warhol Years” and David Thomson’s journey up the Amazon with Warren Beatty.
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Anthony Miller also outlines a history of the cinema — from D.W. Griffith’s adaptation of Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises” (presenting Louise Brooks as Lady Brett) to Don Siegel’s ’60s cult B-movie “Bonnie and Clyde” (with Tuesday Weld and introducing Clint Eastwood), to last year’s Academy Award-winning portrayal by Chris Farley of silent comedic actor Fatty Arbuckle in Milos Foreman’s “Life of the Party.” The story also stars Jonathan Lethem, Lynne Tillman, Rick Moody, Mark. Z. Danielewski and a cast of tens.
“Black Clock 15″ is available on the Black Clock website and iTunes, and will arrive in bookstores and on newsstands in early March. Advance copies in PDF form are available upon request.
Singular, idiosyncratic, and a little mysterious, “Black Clock” has become one of America’s leading literary journals. Since its inception in 2004, it has featured such established authors as Don DeLillo, Richard Powers, Joanna Scott, Aimee Bender, Samuel R. Delany, Susan Straight, William T. Vollmann and David Foster Wallace along with a growing roster of striking literary debuts.
Work appearing in “Black Clock” has been anthologized in best-of-the-year collections and nominated for O. Henry and Pushcart prizes, and two excerpted novels have gone on to win National Book Awards.
The “Black Clock” staff includes Steve Erickson, acclaimed novelist, critic and member of CalArts MFA Writing Program faculty in addition to being the magazine’s editor; Senior Editor and faculty member of CalArts’ Writing Program faculty Bruce Bauman; Managing Editor Orli Low; Deputy Managing Editor Anne-Marie Kinney; and the latest addition, Art Director Andrew Haug.
“Black Clock” is available in print, ePUB and PDF formats. The ePUB edition will be available on www.BlackClock.org and through iTunes. Printing on demand now makes “Black Clock” greener than ever with print versions distributed in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia and beyond.
CalArts is unique in its multidisciplinary approach to studying the arts through its six related schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater. CalArts encourages students to recognize and explore the complexity of the aesthetic, social and political aspects of the arts. It is supported by its distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its BFA, MFA and DMA students with both the hands-on training and the engagement with the cultural community necessary for artists’ growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 — and opened in 1969 — as the first institution of higher learning in the U.S. specifically for students interested in pursuing degrees in the visual and performing arts.