Seagull usually doesn't get involved with electoral politics, and has not officially endorsed a candidate since 1992 when Myles threw her hat in the ring and, before that, 1972 when we stood proudly behind the unbought and unbossed Shirley Chisholm.
But, today, I read in the New York Times Magazine that Eileen Myles would consent be the POTUS if called upon by the American People. My heart filled with hope. Myles states, "I mean, if the voters rose up with a write-in campaign, then of course I would serve."
"I think it would be a great time for men, basically, to go on vacation. There isn’t enough work for everybody. Certainly in the arts, in all genres, I think that men should step away. I think men should stop writing books. I think men should stop making movies or television. Say, for 50 to 100 years."
While men should go on vacation, Myles has not had time to. This has been a busy year or so, full of literary and political accomplishments including the celebrated reissue of her canonical iconic Chelsea Girls, the publication of her poetry collection I Must Be Living Twice, and her totally postmodern cameo on Transparent in which she played witness to her fictionalized character performing her real poem. Speaking of Transparent, I am officially forecasting "Goth Moppa" as a 2016 fashion trend as well as the "Ali blouse," (any weird blouse) as a wardrobe staple. Oh, and I also recently learned that Myles is a 2016 Creative Capital awardee. Not to brag, but I got one of those grants—to write about art—last year. Plus I made it on Holland Cotter's top ten, NBD. Anyway, thank the goddess we can look forward to a collection of travel essays from Myles. Our bestie Laura Parnes got a Creative Capital grant,too, to continue production on her very exciting new "multi platform" film Tour Without End which promises to prominently feature Seagull staff and other VIPs, notably K8 Hardy. Which brings me to some crucial news about our muse: K8's Outfitumentary is eligible for the Bright Future award at... ROTTERDAM! And on that high note, I'll sign off. HAPPY NEW YEAR! xoxo Johanna
P.S. Here's my 2015 Artforum Music Top Ten. Nice layout right?