Wanderings and Wonderings: Dayna Tortorici

Saturday, September 10, 2016


Siah Armajani, Gazebo for Two Anarchists, Gabriella Antolini and Alberto Antolini, 1992. ©2016 Siah Armajani / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Inspired by Siah Armajani’s Gazebo for Two Anarchists, writers and editors Dayna Tortorici and Stephen Squibb will present their adaptation of Errico Malatesta’s At the Cafe: Conversations on Anarchism, altered and updated for the present. Originally published in Italy in 1922 after his imprisonment, Malatesta’s seventeen fictional dialogues were short, entertaining texts on the practical applications of anarchism that doubled as a running commentary on the times. Set in a cafe, the author’s stand-in, Giorgio, an anarchist, discusses private property, common ownership, the causes of poverty, government and the state, police, patriotism, and gender equality with Cesare (a shopkeeper), Prospero (a wealthy bourgeois), and Ambrogio (a magistrate). Tortorici and Squibb’s adaptation sets corollary conversations—about the New Right and populism, police and the prison system, gender expression and civil rights, and the service economy—among a new cast of characters.

Dayna Tortorici is a writer and coeditor-in-chief of n+1, a magazine of literature, culture, and politics based in Brooklyn. She is the editor of No Regrets and two other small books.

Stephen Squibb is a writer and the editor of e-flux journal, and coeditor of City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis (FSG, 2015).

Presented with the Shandaken Project.

Wanderings and Wonderings, along with artist talks and other general operations, are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


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