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The Collected Fanzines
These eight limited-run fanzines were originally created between 1992 and 1999 and were sold out of the Alleged and Andrea Rosen galleries in New York City. Collected together for the first time, all of the original content is represented—low-concept, hilarious juxtapositions of words; scribbles and doodles; lists; monologues; free verse; jokes; innuendo; and both fake and ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published November 18th 2008 by Drag City
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Jul 07, 2009 Matt Margo rated it it was amazing
Rarely before has a book of any sort served as such an otherworldly experience. Much like "A Crackup at the Race Riots," these collected fanzines challenge the separation between fantasy and reality--loveliness and repulsion. For instance, a great majority of this collection consists of celebrity rumors (such as "LLARY KINGS FEET STINK" and "The Oak Ridge Boys smile upon incest") that certainly blur what is merely from Korine's warped mind and what is actually true. Some of these 'zines are wond ...more
This isn't so much of a book as it is a way to look into someone's creative process. You see small jokes in here that Harmony has told in interviews over the years and included in movies and his novel. There's little ideas floating around throughout all of his work and with these zines you can see how long he's thought about them and which ideas or notions possessed him the most early on in his career. I'm a big fan of his films, so his style in this book didn't feel jarring or unorganized like ...more
I always see reviews of Harmony's material stating that he rips everyone off, or that he's a con artist. Personally, I'm very captivated by almost everything he's ever done. Something about his style interests me to the core. Although, I initially was very disappointed in this collection, it began to grow on me. I preferred A Crackup at the Race Riots over this, though. I seriously want Harmony to write more books. Any film he can't get made, he should turn into a novel, in my opinion. This defi ...more
Dec 17, 2008 Kevin rated it really liked it · review of another edition
This is a box set collection of old zines that Harmony used to do (some with the help of Mark Gonzales). It's a bit repetitive content-wise, but because it's Harmony (and I like his movies a lot) there is a certain kind of weirdo mystique. His use of slander and misspellings (Whitney Huston, Jhon Bulushie, Richard Gear) is pretty ridiculous and funny.
That the emptiness of the material is clearly purposeful is not something to praise. Is there anything more boring than art that makes itself immune to criticism? Anti-art of this type began with Duchamp's Fountain and probably should have ended there.
Mar 28, 2012 Terence rated it really liked it · review of another edition
I don't know why I put off this book so much but it has some great insight into Harmony's process. Definitely in his use of humor and trying to figure out how it works. A bit like a Richard Prince painting. Take the time. Some of the zines are actually complex, even with the shitty scrawl
Best known both as the writer of films "Kids" (1995) and "Ken Park" (2002) and as the director of films "Gummo" (1997), "julien donkey-boy" (1999), and "Mister Lonely" (2007), Harmony Korine has been deemed as the "enfant terrible" of modern independent dramatic film. Raised in Nashville, Tennessee, the son of PBS cinematographer Sol Korine spent many of his days at revival theaters, drawing vast ...moreMore about Harmony Korine...