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Jacob Wren

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Jacob Wren makes literature, collaborative performances and exhibitions. His books include Polyamorous Love Song, Rich and Poor and Authenticity is a Feeling. As co-artistic director of Montreal-based interdisciplinary group PME-ART he has co-created performances such as: En français comme en anglais, it's easy to criticize, Individualism Was A Mistake, The DJ Who Gave Too Much Information and Every Song Ive Ever Written. International collaborations include: a stage adaptation of the 1954 Wolfgang Koeppen novel Der Tod in Rom (Sophiensaele, Berlin), An Anthology of Optimism (co-created with Pieter De Buysser / Campo, Ghent), Big Brother Where Art Thou? (a project entirely on Facebook co-created with Lene Berg / OFFTA / PME-ART) and No ...more

Some favourite things from my 2020


[So it seems like I now do this list more or less every year. I really do love lists. As with previous years, this list is in no particular order and many of these things did not come out during the previous year. Normally there would be at least a few performances, but it seems I didn't really get to see any performances this year. What a strange thing that is.]

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Average rating: 4.16 · 321 ratings · 53 reviews · 7 distinct worksSimilar authors
Polyamorous Love Song

4.16 avg rating — 135 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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Rich and Poor

3.91 avg rating — 77 ratings — published 2016 — 2 editions
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Revenge Fantasies of the Po...

4.48 avg rating — 56 ratings — published 2010
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Families are Formed Through...

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If Our Wealth Is Criminal T...

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Unrehearsed Beauty

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Comemadre by Roque Larraquy
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Always Coming Home by Ursula K. Le Guin
When I take you to the Valley, youll see the blue hills on the left and the blue hills on the right, the rainbow and the vineyards under the rainbow late in the rainy season, and maybe youll say, There it is, thats it! But Ill say. A little farther. Well go on, I hope, and youll see the roofs of the little towns and the hillsides yellow with wild oats, a buzzard soaring and a woman singing by the shadows of a creek in the dry season, and maybe youll say, Lets stop here, this is it! But Ill say, A little farther yet. Well go on, and youll hear the quail calling on the mountain by the springs of the river, and looking back youll see the river running downward through the wild hills behind, below, and youll say, Isnt that the Valley? And all I will be able to say is Drink this water of the spring, rest here awhile, we have a long way yet to go and I cant go without you.
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Dictée by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha
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“If we make a union in these fields, is there anything we can do to ensure it doesn't become corrupt? Or that later it doesn't only look after the people who work here, we just look after our own, and everyone else can fend for themselves? We need to fight for ourselves, here and now, but we also need changes so large and impossible they encompass the entire world.”
Jacob Wren, Rich and Poor

“Often the idea of survival is mentioned in relation to capitalism, as in the phrase ‘economic survival’ or the thought ‘I need to earn money to survive.’ However, in our endeavour we hoped to sever survival from economy, striving for a purer form of modernized surviving. Our fight would be a fight for survival and the fighting itself would be our life, not in the sense of employment but in the sense of a full reality with all of the inherent risk, complexity and completion that living implies.”
Jacob Wren, Polyamorous Love Song

“And my theory about professional artists was as follows: artists are not necessarily the most creative or inspired individuals in any given community. Instead they are those individuals most willing to exploit their own creativity and inspiration, most willing to gain personal profit from their unconscious and its emanations, those with the most missionary zeal for the dissemination of their own idiosyncratic perspectives. Questions of pure creativity clearly lay elsewhere.”
Jacob Wren, Polyamorous Love Song

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“My philosophy is fundamentally sad, but I’m not a sad man, and I don’t believe I sadden anyone else. In other words, the fact that I don’t put my philosophy into practice saves me from its evil spell, or, rather, my faith in the human race is stronger then my intellectual analysis of it; there lies the fountain of youth in which my heart is continually bathing.”
Antonio Machado

“I want to say something about bad writing. I'm proud of my bad writing. Everyone is so intelligent lately, and stylish. Fucking great. I am proud of Philip Guston's bad painting, I am proud of Baudelaire's mamma's boy goo goo misery. Sometimes the lurid or shitty means having a heart, which's something you have to try to have. Excellence nowadays is too general and available to be worth prizing: I am interested in people who have to find strange and horrible ways to just get from point a to point b.”
Ariana Reines

“Living together/ is one move closer/ to living apart”
Kristi Maxwell

“People with self-respect exhibit a certain toughness, a kind of moral nerve; they display what was once called *character,* a quality which, although approved in the abstract, sometimes loses ground to the other, more instantly negotiable virtues.... character--the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life--is the source from which self-respect springs.”
Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem

“The right to pursue happiness sends me and other Americans, even here where we are meant to resist outside temptation, on a hunt for it. If I’m not hungry, I might seek other forms of happiness, or pleasure, which is part of my American birthright, though the most misconceived notion of them or the most difficult to realize; I can pursue several means and ways to be happy, if I am able to forget what makes me habitually sad.”
Lynne Tillman, American Genius: A Comedy

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Pamela Hey Jacob...Thanks for accepting my friend request.

message 8: by Laura

Laura Thanks for the friend request. It's great meeting fellow Montreal writers.

message 7: by Helna (last edited Oct 31, 2010 01:04AM)

Helna HI, Jacob :)
Thanks for inviting me.. Nice to know you

 Δx Δp ≥ ½ ħ Thanks Jacob for inviting me :)
Happy reading ;)

message 5: by Aloha

Aloha Jacob, thank you for befriending me. I like performance art. I'm interested in seeing what your work is like. You're definitely creative with your book titles! LOL

message 4: by Beth

Beth Hi Jacob,
Thanks for befriending this fellow Goodreads author!

Rowland Pasaribu Hi Jacob (woow great name), how are you?

message 2: by Rick

Rick Thanks for adding me, Jacob. I see you're in Montreal, a city I visit frequently (and love) because my son lives there.

message 1: by W.B.

W.B. Thanks for the add. Jacob. I find your profile fascinating. I'll have to search out some of your books. I love works skewed towards performance art. Cheers.

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