Tyrant Hotel, Mother Pig (Opposing Disneyland)

By - Mar 12, 2019

A magazine-for-the-ears from Hotel & New York Tyrant
Season TwoEpisode One:
i. “Mother Pig (Opposing Disneyland)


Readers, in order of appearance:*

a. Iain Sinclair, ‘Animal Drums’ (Prompt Note) [0.00]
b. Lily Hackett, ‘Seabird’ [4.12];
c. Brad Phillips, ‘Mom & Dad’ (Deleted Scenes) [7.38]
d. Frederic Tuten, ‘Rimbaud in the Kitchen’ [12.13]§ 
e. Ashton Politanoff, ‘She had Wanted to be Closer to the Ocean’ [23.19];
f. Isabel Waidner, ‘War Crybabies’ [28.19]
g. David Keenan, ‘Bible Time’ [41.50]
h. Vi Khi Nao, ‘Human Camouflage’ [45.26];
i. SJ Fowler, ‘Animal Drums’ (Reprise) [55.10

Notes on the Readings

[†] Sinclair’s ‘Prompt Note’ was read in lieu of an introduction to the premiere of Joshua Alexander and SJ Fowler’s motion picture Animal Drums; the screening took place at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, on December 13th, 2018. Fowler’s poem ‘Animal Drums’ is also featured in the film. Both works appear in the recently published Hotel #5 (see here). []  Brad Phillips’ ‘Mom & Dad (Deleted Scenes)’ is excerpted from his collection Essays & Fictions (Tyrant Books, 2019). [§] Frederic Tuten’s reading, ‘Rimbaud in the Kitchen,’ is excerpted from his memoir My Young Life (Simon & Schuster, 2019). [‖] In ‘War Crybabies, Isabel Waidner reads from the opening pages of their second novel We Are Made of Diamond Stuff (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2019). [¶] David Keenan’s ‘Bible Time’ is an excerpt from his second novel, For the Good Times (Faber & Faber, 2019).

*  The readings are accompanied by a soundtrack of pirated and plagiarized materials with additional original contributions from Satan Li Schtinter

Notes on the Readers

Iain Sinclair is a British writer, documentarist, filmmaker, poet, flaneur, metropolitan prophet and urban shaman, keeper of lost cultures and futurologist.

Lily Hackett lives in Shepherd’s Bush, London. Her writing has been featured in HotelNY Tyrant MagazineEgress #1, Egress #2 and X-R-A-Y Magazine.

Brad Phillips is 45 years old.

Frederic Tuten grew up in the Bronx. At fifteen, he dropped out of High School to become a painter and live in Paris. He took odd jobs and studied briefly at the Art Students League, and eventually went back to school, continuing to earn a PhD in early 19th century American Literature from New York University. He travelled through Latin and South America, studied pre-Columbian and Mexican mural painting at the University of Mexico, wrote about Brazilian Cinema Novo, and joined that circle of film makers (which included Glauber Rocha and Nelson Pereira dos Santos).Tuten finally did live in Paris, where he taught film and literature at the University of Paris. He acted in a short film by Alain Resnais, co-wrote the cult film Possession (with the film’s director, Andrzej Zulawski), and conducted summer writing workshops with Paul Bowles in Tangiers. Tuten’s short stories, art and film criticism have appeared in such places as ArtForumThe New York TimesVogueConjunctionsGranta and Harpers. In addition, he has written essays and fictions for artists’ catalogues including John Baldessari, Eric Fischl, Pierre Huyghe, Jeff Koons, David Salle and Roy Lichtenstein. He has published five novels: The Adventures of Mao on the Long MarchTallien: A Brief RomanceTintin in the New World;Van Gogh’s Bad CaféThe Green Hour; and most recently, Self Portraits, a collection of short stories. Tuten has received a Guggenheim Fellowship for Fiction and was given the Award for Distinguished Writing from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. My Young Life—a memoir detailing Tuten’s early years (his most recent release)—was published by Simon and Schuster this month.

Ashton Politanoff lives in Redondo Beach, California. His fiction has appeared in NOONEgressNew York Tyrant and elsewhere.

Isabel Waidner is a writer and critical theorist. Their books include We Are Made of Diamond Stuff (2019), Gaudy Bauble (2017) and Liberating the Canon: An Anthology of Innovative Literature (ed., 2018), published by Dostoyevsky Wannabe. Waidner is the co-curator of the event series “Queers Read This” at London’s Institute of Contemporary Art (with Richard Porter), and lectures at University of Roehampton, London.

David Keenan is a novelist based in Glasgow, Scotland. His debut novel, 2017’s This Is Memorial Device (Faber & Faber), was the story of a fictional band in a fictional post-punk scene in Airdrie, a small town in central Scotland. It won the Colyer-Bristow/London Magazine prize for debut fiction and was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize. It has been translated into Spanish, French, German and Italian. His second novel, the critically-acclaimed For the Good Times, was published by Faber & Faber in January 2019. The novel takes place in Belfast, Northern Ireland,during the Troubles in the 1970s, and tracks the fate of four young men who join the IRA. He is currently at work on a non-fiction book about South America entitled I Am the Body of All the Conquistadors.

Vi Khi Nao is the author of Sheep Machine (Black Sun Lit, 2018) and Umbilical Hospital (Press 1913, 2017), and of the short stories collection, A Brief Alphabet of Torture (which won FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize in 2016) the novel, Fish in Exile (Coffee House Press, 2016)and the poetry collection, The Old Philosopher (which won the Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry in 2014).  Her work includes poetry, fiction, film and cross-genre collaboration. Her stories, poems, and drawings have appeared in NOONPloughsharesBlack Warrior Review and BOMB, among others. She holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University, where she received the John Hawkes and Feldman Prizes in fiction and the Kim Ann Arstark Memorial Award in poetry.

SJ Fowler is a writer and artist. He has published multiple books of poetry, art, essays and collaborations. He has been commissioned by Tate Modern, BBC Radio 3, Tate Britain, The Wellcome Collection and Liverpool Biennial. He’s been translated into 27 languages. He is the director of Writers’ Centre Kingston and European Poetry Festival. The Animal Drums is his debut feature film.