Afterglow (a dog memoir)

Afterglow (a dog memoir)
Library Shelf Location 35.PHIL
Publication Date 2018

This book is part of the reading list supplied by Heather Phillipson in her exhibition at BALTIC Heather Phillipson: The Age of Love (19 October 2018 – 31 March 2019)

In 1990, Myles chose Rosie from a litter on the street, and their connection instantly made an indelible impact on the writer's way of being. Over the course of sixteen years together, Myles was devoted to the pit bull and their linked quality of life. And starting from the emptiness following Rosie's death,Afterglow launches a playful and incisive investigation into the mostly mutually beneficial, sometimes reprehensible power dynamics between pet and pet-owner. At the same time, it reimagines Myles's experiences with alcoholism and recovery, intimacy and mourning, celebrity and politics, spirituality and family history, while joyously transcending the parameters of memoir.

Moving from an imaginary talk show where Rosie is interviewed by Myles's childhood puppet, to a critical reenactment of the night Rosie mated with another pit bull; from shimmering poetic transcriptions of video footage taken during their walks, to Rosie's final enlightened narration from the afterlife, this totally singular text combines elements of science fiction, screenplay, monologue, and lucid memory to get to the heart of how and why we dedicate our existence to our dogs.

This is the full reading list (NB. Not all of these are available in BALTIC Library)


Butler, Octavia: Blood Child

Cavell, Stanley; Diamond, Cora;, McDowell, John; Hacking, Ian; Wolfe, Cary: Philosophy and Animal Life

Carrington, Leonora: The Debutante & Other Stories

Carrington, Leonora: Jezzamathatics or introduction to the wonderful process of painting (artist's statement)

Carson, Rachel: Silent Spring

Derrida, Jacques: The Animal that Therefore I Am

Easterling, Keller: Enduring Innocence

Eshun, Kodwo: More Brilliant than the Sun: Adventures in Sonic Fiction

Haraway, Donna: Staying with the Trouble

Hildyard, Daisy - Second Body

Hooks, Bell: All About Love

Howard, Len: Birds as Individuals

Myles, Eileen: Afterglow

Pasarello, Elena: Animals Strike Curious Poses

Rich, Adrienne: Arts of the Possible

Ruocco, Joanna: Multi-Course Small Plates, Craft Lofts, Prix Fixe  

Steyerl, Hito: The Terror of Total Dasein

Two Fingers & Kirk, James T.: Junglist (Backstreet)


Juliette of the Herbs, Dir. Trish Streeten

Heart of a Dog, Dir. Laurie Anderson​

ISBN 9781611855142
Quantity 1
Pages 224p; 13.3 x 1.8 x 23.6 cm
Author Eileen Myles
Format Paperback
Publishers William Morrow Paperbacks, New York, Grove Press, London
Related Artist Heather Phillipson
Category Non-art books relating to BALTIC exhibitions
Keyword Reading List for the exhibition 'Heather Phillipson: The Age of Love (19 October 2018 – 31 March 2019)'
Language English

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