This year, Guernica celebrates its 10th anniversary as a free, online magazine of art & politics! As we prepare to launch into our second decade, we hope you'll consider making an end-of-year donation. Reader, you make this work possible.

Skip to Content

Share

Rec Room: Joel Whitney: PS122

May 5, 2010


Joel_Whitney-small.jpgIn New York, there’s nothing quite like Performance Space 122. Experimental theater at its most edgy and self-assured, PS122 is definitely not Broadway, though its performances sometimes feature music. It’s usually sexy, often weird (somewhat like a Jesse Ball novel; in fact, I wouldn’t mind seeing them adapt a Jesse Ball novel). But it always leaves your imagination quenched, even a little deflated at how intense withdrawal from a great performance can be. In this sense, it often appeals to what poets call “negative capability,” the ability to be comfortable amidst the absurdism you might find, say, in a dream. One friend leaned to me during a show and asked if I felt like I was tripping. I don’t do drugs, I said. But I knew what she meant.


Bio: Joel is a founding editor of Guernica. Read his interview with Edith Grossman here. Read his last recommendation of the White Rose “here”:https://www.guernicamag.com/blog/1705/rec_room_joel_whitney_an_image/.

Readers like you make Guernica possible. Please show your support.

Tagged with:

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterAdd to BufferShare on LinkedInShare on TumblrSubmit to StumbleUpon
Submit to redditShare on App.netShare via email

You might also like

Leave a comment




Anti-Spam Quiz:

Subscribe without commenting