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I have struggled with feeling isolated in academia, and with the system itself for its limited radical possibilities. I do not want it to be my whole life. And I did resist writing this book towards certain norms that might’ve made it easier to market or explain. I don’t know that I’ll do that next time. But this time, every time I wrote about affect and people said oh, are you an experimental woman writer? Are you hard to understand? I thought about Feel Tank Chicago, or Louise Fishman’s angry paintings, or Lucky Dragons’s “make a baby,” for example, and just stayed on course. For me graduate school was not about swerving but about learning lineages and how I want to be a part of them, or reject them, or already am even if I don’t want to be, and the rad power in that.
—  Mairead Case

The Weekly WORD, Brooklyn

  • On Tuesday, 7/14, join us and staff favorite Sarah McCarry to celebrate the release of About a Girl, the third book in the Metamorphoses series, along with writers Rahawa Haile, Mairead Case, and Lyric Hunter.
  • One Bad Kid and The World’s Largest Man, together for one night only on Wednesday, 7/15! Or rather, their authors: Join memoirists David Crabb and Harrison Scott Key as they present their coming-of-age stories .
  • Bestselling author Scott Sigler presents the first book in his new series, Alive, on Thursday, 7/16.

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Mairead Case on Lady Saints

“She doesn’t like to talk when she is paying tribute. Recently she was looking at a picture of Saint Cecilia, who became a martyr when she lived through three knife-chops to the neck. She died a couple days later, but the whole time she laid there bleeding she was forgiving people and teaching them about Jesus’s love. Before she died, she said please turn my home into a church. In Rosie’s picture Cecilia is holding a violin, and her skin looks soft. It’s scary to see her neck without any chops yet. I don’t know about holy bleeding, but I do believe how that story seems real every time I hear it. I don’t remember the first time someone told it to me. I wish all churches were houses for people first.” - @maireadcase

I think – speaking from my own life too – that if you are a certain kind of tenderheart, one who loves her family but isn’t exactly like them, a major way you discover what to protect/reject/incorporate is vocalizing everything, even just as voices in your head. This can mean treating your brain and body as a puppet for someone else for a while, stuttering through your own beliefs, writing weird shit, putting on a dress, whatever. The process becomes more complicated if you are someone who prays or sings, or wears headphones or takes medication (for example). It gets loud. I thought a lot about oracles and the Wizard of Oz and Shari Lewis.
—  I asked maireadcase​ questions about her debut novel SEE YOU IN THE MORNING for Bookslut, and she answered the hell out of ‘em.
Songs are not poems in fancy clothing, by Mairead Case
A review of Only Love Can Bring You Peace - It's one thing to love Simon Joyner's music. Is it possible to love the lyrics, when they're stripped of the music and bound in a book?

Many thanks to Mairead Case over at The Seattle Review of Books for her generous and thoughtful look at Only Love Can Bring You Peace!

Here’s an excerpt:

“Only Love is an act of generosity and separation. An act of growing-lighter, not loss. Lyrics are intimate, portable things — think of whatever you wrote on whatever notebooks you had as a teenager — and reading a song instead of hearing it is another opportunity to let it hook ever-more relevantly into daily life …

Joyner asks his audience to talk and to listen, not to become someone else, creating an intimacy that asks for empathy but rejects pity. Also he keeps his heart on his sleeve real hard, in a way that makes me uncomfortable when people put his songs onto mixes but seems brave otherwise — brave like a tightrope walker or the third shift.” — Mairead Case at The Seattle Review of Books

Mairead Case (MFAW 2014)

Responding to:
Test Site
by Autumn Hays

Country of Origin
by Dirty Devlin and Mister Junior

This is our real job.
– Temporary Services, Art and Labor

It was hard, deciding how to write about these two performances. Hard because performance—Performance!—is still pretty new to me, so I want to run towards all the pretty sparkly things at once and of course that makes hard, sharp analysis challenging. Hard too because our schedule meant I was writing about the shows in-progress, about dress rehearsals not opening nights, and three because all three people are such different performers. I didn’t want to dull or force anyone.

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Come join us for the BRAIN FRAME one year anniversary! 

Andy Burkholder
Mairead Case [presenting a collaboration with David Lasky]
Lyra Hill
Ian McDuffie
Nicholas O'Brien
Leslie Weibeler

And more…

*NOTE: Wicker Park Fest is occurring the same weekend. Guests are advised against trying to drive. The festival ends at 10pm, which is when Brain Frame starts.

@Happy Dog 1542 N Milwaukee, second floor, $7.

We are bound up in categories and classifications and genres, not in actually evaluating what a writer is saying – like when Eileen Myles says, “You can’t get money without a category” in Chelsea Girls. Well, sometimes you can’t get taken seriously either. People don’t know how to read you unless you tell them – teach them – how to read you. With a first book, you lack context. An audience. You lack a bio. People don’t yet know how to frame what you’re doing. In this country, the genre of fiction is incredibly conservative right now (driven heavily by the market) and therefore limiting in terms of how you can construct it, even though of course everything is a fiction, regardless of what we actually call it.
—  Writer Masha Tupitsyn, with Mairead Case (Bookslut)

Mairead Case wrote and David Laskey illustrated Soixante-Neuf, the story of Jane Berkin and Serge Gainsbourg’s relationship, and it was published in Best American Comics 2011. At Brain Frame 7, on July 28th, 2012, Mairead, with the help of Mason Johnson and Hillary Stone, gave voice to the couple and the comic.

Video thanks to Jenna Caravello, Ryan Gleeson, and Maren Celest.


The Weekly Word, Brooklyn

The literary gods and goddesses are smiling upon all of us this week with 5 (FIVE!!) amazing events to choose from.

Kickin’ it off on Tuesday (2/9) with Kent Russell, who will be joined by music writer Amanda Petrusich for the paperback debut of his blistering memoir and meditation on American masculinity I’m Sorry To Think I Have Raised a Timid Son.

Our friends at Volume 1 Brooklyn, tried-and-true organizers of fantastic free literary events, will be speaking with Mira Ptacin about her new memoir on grief and maternity Poor Your Soul this Wednesday (2/10).

Thursday evening (2/11):

Two WORD-sponsored events to choose from.  

SIX insanely talented women.

In our Brooklyn event space we will be hosting a book party for Mairead Case’s See You In The Morning accompanied by Selah Saterstrom, Jessa Crispin and Danielle Campbell.  Oh yeah, did we mention Danielle will be premiering her new short film and that we will have copies of Jessa’s brand new book The Creative Tarot for sale before pub date?

MEANWHILE at our offsite partner Housing Works on 126 Crosby St. Manhattan, Idra Novey will be joined by novelist Nell Freudenberger to read from her new novel Ways to Disappear, one of the most buzzed about books of 2016.

And on Saturday we we have something special for the gals: regardless of whether you are partnered or not this v-day, I think we can all agree that Galentines Day is the best.  WORD is throwing a party at our offsite partner Villain in Williamsburg on February 13th with a panel of some of our favorite romance novelists, drinks, and a plethora of fabulous prizes. This one is ticketed (ticket includes a book!), tickets and details can be found here.

More info on all of our events can be found here, and as always feel free to sign up to get text reminders about our events.