Dear Jane

Gini Alhadeff
Negar Azimi
Yto Barrada
Deborah Eisenberg
Lidija Haas
James Hannaham
Fran Lebowitz
Tiffany Malakooti
Nick Mauss
Ariana Reines
Christine Smallwood
Pamela Sneed
Emily Stokes
Lynne Tillman



Puppet Show & Readings Documentation
Monday, January 23, 2017

Artists Space Books & Talks
55 Walker Street




On the occasion of her centenary,
an evening in honor of Jane Bowles.

Featuring

A puppet play by Jane Bowles, staged by Nick Mauss, and starring Deborah Eisenberg and Lynne Tillman

Readings by

Gini Alhadeff
Negar Azimi
Yto Barrada
Lidija Haas
James Hannaham
Fran Lebowitz
Tiffany Malakooti
Nick Mauss
Ariana Reines
Christine Smallwood
Pamela Sneed
Emily Stokes

Music By

Paul Bowles

The writer Jane Bowles passed away too early—in 1973 at the age of 56 after having spent two decades in the Moroccan port city of Tangier. At Tennessee Williams’ urging, The New York Times gave her a proper obituary, quoting John Ashbery: “Few surface literary reputations are as glamorous as the underground one she has enjoyed.” And yet despite her cultish following, she remains unknown to swathes of readers. The occasion of the Library of America’s publication of her collected works offers up a chance to look at her astonishing, antic work anew.

Organized by Bidoun with Negar Azimi, Pati Hertling, Tiffany Malakooti, and Lynne Tillman


For more information on Jane Bowles: Collected Writings (Library of America, 2017), edited by Millicent Dillon, please click here


Videography by Jason Hirata

"A Quarreling Pair," a play by Jane Bowles, staged by Nick Mauss, and performed by
Deborah Eisenberg and Lynne Tillman

Letter to “Spivy” LeVoe, Deal Beach, NJ, January 29, 1937, read by Nick Mauss

Excerpt from Two Serious Ladies, 1943, read by Lidija Haas

Excerpt from Two Serious Ladies, 1943, read by James Hannaham

Excerpt from Plain Pleasures, 1946, read by Gini Alhadeff

Excerpt from Camp Cataract, 1949, read by Christine Smallwood

Excerpt from “Curls and a Quiet Country Face,” early 1950s, read by Yto Barrada

Letter to Paul Bowles, late May/early June, 1958, read by Ariana Reines

Excerpt from a letter to Natasha von Hoershelman and Katharine Hamill, June 1954, read by
Tiffany Malakooti

Letter to Paul Bowles, August, 1948, read by Pamela Sneed

Letter to Miriam Fligelman Levy, New York City, 1936, read by Emily Stokes

Letter to George McMillan, New York City, 1935, read by Fran Lebowitz