Friday, October 24: Jacqueline Suskin says, “Go Ahead and Like It”

Come celebrate the release of Jacqueline Suskin’s new book Go Ahead and Like It!

Jacqueline sez:

“Many years ago I was in a short-lived band called “List of Likes.” Our performance at Gallery 1412 in Seattle consisted of me reading a long list of things that I like while a strange costumed noise band played behind me. So I am thrilled that I get to bring “Go Ahead & Like It” back to some of its roots. Join me on the evening of Oct 24 at Gallery 1412 to celebrate, make lists of things that you like, buy books, and maybe dance a little.”

New York Times mag sez:

“In our digital era of numbly clicking “like” as we impassively watch our friends’ lives scroll by on Facebook and Instagram, along comes an analog antidote: “Go Ahead & Like It,” a new art book/self-help guide by the Los Angeles poet Jacqueline Suskin. The 29-year-old is well known around town for Poem Store, a self-described “performance poetry piece” she sets up at farmers’ markets, events and weddings. To create each poem, she asks for a subject and then briskly pecks out evocative lines on a vintage Hermès typewriter in exchange for whatever amount the recipient deems it to be worth.

With “Go Ahead & Like It,” Suskin offers up a simple practice that she finds incredibly therapeutic: making lists of things you like. It began several years ago when a friend (to whom she dedicates the book) gave her a list. “It was kind of like a flirty ‘get to know me’ note,” she said. “That’s all it was, just a list of things he likes. I thought it was a fascinating concept to show someone this part of yourself, your interests, but in this really detailed way.” His original list of likes is included in the book, as are many of Suskin’s own. The project is part scrapbook — photographs collaged with a mix of type- and hand-written pieces of paper — and part how-to.”

…come on out and make a list of your own, hear some tasty tunes courtesy of Hair Envelope, and have a little fun, for crying out loud.

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