Review of LABOR by Jill Magi in Drunken Boat

Review of LABOR by Jill Magi in Drunken Boat

Judith Goldman reviews Jill Magi's LABOR for Drunken Boat

"It is uncanny—or is it?—the (pre)occupation with suicide that haunts Jill Magi’s remarkable LABOR. Perhaps not, given Derrida’s theorization of the archive as equivocating between conservation and destruction, archivization itself a form of archival self-violence.1 Which brings us to the black-and-white, metaphorically “archiviolithic” photograph the reader encounters at the almost-end of LABOR: a double-page spread of the interior of NYU’s Bobst Library, a brutalist building whose ten-story atrium  notoriously attracts student death."                                                                                                 

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