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Paul Chan, Phaedrus Pron

Paul Chan read at 192 Books on March 29, 2011 from his new book, Phaedrus Pron. The New York city-based artist developed his own version of Plato’s original texts, with an erotic/robotic humor that perhaps only New Yorkers can fully appreciate. The artist created a set of computer fonts named “erotic idiolects” – an evaluation of the conventional alphabet churning in an endless prose. Before you download the contents onto your Kindle, best to hear it live from the author himself. His creation is as much a spoken language as a written one so you'll have to listen to fully appreciate.


Channel 192


Channel 192 is curated by Jack Macrae, editor of the Henry Holt imprint Jack Macrae Books, who says that most bookstores, especially the leviathan Borders and Barnes and Noble, are not interested in books. So he and his wife, gallerist Paula Cooper, opened their own, 192 Books on 10th Avenue in Manhattan. Like bookstores of old, 192 houses a collection that is a very personal reflection of its owners. Programs appearing below were recorded during public readings at 192 Books or Paula Cooper Gallery.