16.07.15

Launch of "To Live in the South, One Has to be a Scar Lover"

Thursday 16 July at 19:30 To Live in the South, One Has to be a Scar Lover will be launched at  San Seriffe in Amsterdam.  A publication by former Van Eyck participant Joris Lindhout, made at the Charles Nypels Lab of the Van Eyck published by Zero-Desk (former participant Carl Haase).

Just what is it that makes the Southern States of North America so different, so appealing? Is it the slightly anarchic roughness of its tormented-but-free, poverty stricken inhabitants? Could it be the nostalgia-soaked image of mountain-men with beards who make their own booze and bbq their game? Or is it the sublime relationship between it’s dark & murky politics and highly influential cultural output?

In 2010 Joris Lindhout and Maaike Gouwenberg set out to find the answer to this question. They took Southern Gothic literature as a guide and drove throughout the South for 3 months. The publication To Live in the South, One Has to be a Scar Lover is one of the results of this investigation and is presented in a riso-printed second edition, published by Zero-Desk. 

To Live in the South, One Has to be a Scar Lover brought Lindhout in contact with journalist Martijn Haas. From their common interrest in Southern Gothic literature they started the blog misdaadmythemonstruositeit.nl, where they publish reviews and background articles on all things Southern Gothic. 

On Thursday July 16 both the second edition of To Live in the South, One Has to be a Scar Lover and misdaadmythemonstruositeit.nl will be launched at San-Serriffe. Special guest professor Agnes Andeweg (author of Griezelig Gewoon in which she shows how the Gothic reared its head in Dutch literature) will talk about the connection between the original British Gothic and Southern Gothic. Flannery O’Connor will read from her own work and afterwards Martijn Haas will play some Southern vinyl and we will serve Punch.

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