Sunday, September 6, 2009


Song Dong's "Waste Not Want Not" on view at MOMA is an installation of the artist's mother's possessions accrued in her home over 50 years:
Beijing-based artist Song Dong (b. 1966) explores notions of transience and impermanence with installations that combine aspects of performance, video, photography, and sculpture. Projects 90, his first solo U.S. museum show, presents his recent work Waste Not. A collaboration first conceived of with the artist's mother, the installation consists of the complete contents of her home, amassed over fifty years during which the Chinese concept of wu jin qi yong, or "waste not," was a prerequisite for survival. The assembled materials, ranging from pots and basins to blankets, oil flasks, and legless dolls, form a miniature cityscape that viewers can navigate around and through.


Saturday Sept 12th, 3PM
Fort Washington Public Library
535 W. 179th Street
New York, NY 10033
Janice Eidus and Mindy Greenstein read essays about motherhood and housekeeping

Sun, September 13th, 4-6PM
Sunday Best Reading Series
The Lounge at Hudson View Gardens
Pinehurst Avenue and 183rd Street
Readings by Kathleen Crisci, Laura Shaine Cunningham, and Ann Hood; introduced by Mindy Lewis
$7 admission, free refreshments; reception & book signing

DIRT reviewed in BITCH Fall Issue, p.62

Good review...but Jessica Jernigan may miss the point a bit at the end that this is an anthology of personal essays by writers, not professional housekeepers (though we do include two writers who worked as professional cleaners: Louise Rafkin and Nancy Peacock).

DIRT-worthy news!

In the past week, there have been 3 articles in the NY Times directly related to our topic:
Today's Sunday Magazine article on storage units, "The Self Storage Self"
| September 03, 2009 At Home With E. L. Doctorow: Writing About the Stuff of Legend <>
E. L. Doctorow's new novel is a fictionalized account of the lives of the Collyer brothers, the legendary New York City hoarders, but his own home is as serene as its quiet setting.

Lorrie Moore's new novel deals specifically with housecleaning, as described in 9/1 review:

MADISON, Wis. — Lorrie Moore had just begun working on what would become her new novel, “A Gate at the Stairs,” when she told one interviewer that she was writing a book “about hate.” Later she recalled telling someone else that it was a novel about chores.