Mature Themes



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Weight .55 lbs
Dimensions 6.2 × .5 × 8.5 in

Andrew Durbin’s Mature Themes is a hybrid text of poetry, art criticism, and memoir focused on the subject of disingenuity—and what constitutes “personal experience” both online and IRL when to “go deep” in a culture of so many unreliable communication technologies is to resend a text at 3 AM. Throughout the book, Durbin’s voice mutates into others in order to uncover the fading specters of meaning buried under the pristine surfaces of art and Hollywood, locating below them the other realities that structure our experience of both.


Mature Themes negatively embraces media culture in its dizzying vortex of self-reflexivity, where facts exist only as powered by dreams, and dreams are in fact, malignant intent.  It’s like that, like a cat chasing its tail.  Durbin’s incisive and often brilliant book offers pitch-perfect feedback of a culture where to go deep is to resend an unanswered text at 3 a.m.

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ISBN: 9781937658236
paperback, 132 pages, 6 1/4 x 8 in
Publication Date: 2014

AD: I’m a writer who deals primarily with slippage, thematically but also linguistically and syntactically. When I write these things, sometimes I look at particular sentences and I know that it will read a bit confusing. It’s not always clear who or what the subject is and what is going on at the sense-level. This goes back in some ways to the rehearsal of various critical discourses or modes or criticism. I like how those things can be sort of hollowed out.

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Andrew Durbin is a writer who lives in London, where is the editor of frieze magazine. He is the author of Mature Themes (2014) and MacArthur Park (2017), both from …

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