Raymond Foye is a Consulting Editor at the Brooklyn Rail.
A Tree With RootsBy Raymond Foye
When Phong Bui asked me to edit the Critics Page of the Brooklyn Rail I felt I could not refuse, since its the only art magazine I read anymore. Ezra Pound said culture is news that stays news, and for me the Brooklyn Rail is the news.
CHARLES STEIN with Raymond Foye
Poet Charles Stein teaches art writing at the MFA program of the School of Visual Arts, New York. His work comprises a complexly integrated field of poems, philosophy, art theory, mathematics, translations from ancient Greek, drawings, photographs, lectures, conversations and music performances. Born in 1944 in New York City, he is the author of fourteen books of poetry. He holds a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Connecticut at Storrs.
Portrait of a RoomBy Raymond Foye
For almost sixty years Jordan Belson lived in the same charming corner of San Francisco, the bohemian enclave known as North Beach, named after the region of Italy from where the locals emigratedthe Gulf of Trieste. Rents were cheap and neighbors tolerant.
THOMAS KOVACHEVICH with Raymond Foye
“Im exploring the world at large and my interior dialogues at the same time.”
Michael Snow with Raymond Foye
Raymond Foye speaks with Michael Snow about his pioneering work as an artist and filmmaker.
GERD STERN with Raymond Foye
Gerd Stern is a poet, painter, sculptor, and media artist. His oral history, From Beat Scene Poet to Psychedelic Multimedia Artist: 19481978, was published by The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Peter Lamborn Wilson with Lucía Hinojosa, Diego Gerard, Raymond Foye, and Anne Waldman
We talked for hourssurrounded by his books and objectsabout language and its origins, about technology, US-Mexican politics, and primordial societies, themes we were pursuing in the translation of his texts.
with Raymond Foye and Peter Lamborn Wilson
You want to keep the classical, as one root, and have respect for the beauty of that particular cultural contribution. But then, I support not freezing a culture, especially if it’s not mine, in some attempt to keep it pure.
By Raymond Foye
Growing up in Lowell, Mass., I often took the train to Boston to visit Gordon Cairnies Grolier Poetry Bookshop in Harvard Square, hoping to encounter an authentic poet.
Introducing Eric WalkerBy Raymond Foye
Raised in the redwood forests of Northern California, Eric Walker turned up in San Francisco at the age of 15, his poetic identity very much intact. He believed he was the reincarnation of Arthur Rimbaudhard to deny when confronted with the astonishing flow of words and images, not to mention his stunning physical beauty.
RIDE IT, OR GO UNDER
HENRY THREADGILL AND JASON MORAN with George Grella and Raymond Foye
Jazz, at its best and most essential, is a way of making music that is embodied in the musicians, in what they are imagining and playing in the moment. A fundamentally oral tradition, and one of the most sophisticated of its kind, jazz is far less ably served by written and recorded documents than almost any other kind of creative human activity. Jazz is the players; know jazz by following them, seeing them, hearing them.
Its a glorious thing if you dont expect an explanation.
By Raymond Foye and Jordan Belson
Jordan Belson on his Art
When I lived in San Francisco (1977 79) the person I most wanted to meet (after Bob Kaufman) was Jordan Belson. But he had already become quite a famous recluse and all attempts were rebuffed.
Bob Dylan’s The Philosophy of Modern SongBy Raymond Foye
With Dylan, a few words go a long way. Nothing is belabored. When you are discussing songwriting, and you are arguably the finest songwriter of your era, it needn't be. I wouldn't call it shop-speak, it's more insider knowledge.
CLINTON HEYLIN with Raymond Foye
Whenever I am asked which Dylan biography one should read (if you are only going to read one) my answer is always Clinton Heylin's Behind the Shades Revisited, the 2001 revised second edition of his probing and provocative 1991 classic.
Enlightened Aesthetics: LOUISE LANDES LEVI with Raymond Foye
Poet, musician, and translator, Louise Landes Levi was an original member of Daniel Moores fusion orchestra and experimental theater troupe the Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company in Berkeley, in the late 1960s, where she played alongside Angus MacLise and Terry Riley in outdoor productions that included Balinese gamelan, Tibetan ceremonial instruments, actors, puppets, and chant. Four decades later, Levi continues to practice this tradition in her own way.
Bob Dylan In The BardoBy Raymond Foye
Hard to sum up the Dylan show last week, but in short it was great, for all the reasons big music shows are usually not. It was layer upon layer of weirdness, a sense of dramatics somewhere between kabuki and Artaud's Theater of Cruelty. It was definitely a performance, but it was also terribly real.