October 4, 2018
This reading and discussion by Dodie Bellamy is titled "The Communal Online: From Utopian Eros to Panopticon."

In this event, she reads from Sexspace, her novel-in-progress, which explores a romantic relationship that begins online in the mid-1990s, before the web took over, and the Internet was still text-based and epistolary in tone.

Afterwards, she leads a discussion about the Internet then and now. Looking back from the vantage of our Facebook and Twitter era, is it possible to feel nostalgia for those early days when it was still edgy to be online and it felt as if new worlds were at the tips of one’s fingers? What happened to hope?

A seminal member of the Bay Area’s avant-garde literary scene, Dodie Bellamy is a novelist and poet whose work has focused on sexuality, politics, feminism, narrative experimentation, and all things queer. In her words, she champions "the vulnerable, the fractured, the disenfranchised, the fucked-up."

Read more about Dodie Bellamy here.

This is the second event in our year-long season dedicated to the questions posed by the work of Dodie Bellamy and how they address art, culture, and society today.

"The Communal Online: From Utopian Eros to Panopticon"
Talk and reading by Dodie Bellamy

6:30 pm
Free

Johanna Jackson & Chris Johanson
Johanna Jackson & Chris Johanson