The Deep Zoo

By Rikki Ducornet

Included in Library Journal’s "25 Key Indie Fiction Titles, Fall 2014-Winter 2015"

Within the writer's existence, phrases and issues collect energy. For Borges it's the tiger and the colour pink, for Cortázar a couple of amorous lions, and for an early Egyptian scribe the monarch butterfly that metamorphosed into the major of existence. Ducornet names those powers The Deep Zoo. Her essays take us from the fantastic bestiary of Aloys Zötl to Abu Ghraib, from the tree of existence to Sade's Silling citadel, from The Epic of Gilgamesh to digital fact. Says Ducornet, "To write with the impossible to resist ink of tigers and the uncaging of our personal Deep Zoo, we have to be attentive and fearless—above all very curious—and all on the comparable time."

"Ducornet’s ability at drawing unforeseen connections, and her skill to maneuver among outrage and meditativeness, are gripping to behold."—Star Tribune

"This selection of essays meditates on paintings, mysticism, and extra; it’ll depart a reader with lots to ponder."—Vol. 1 Brooklyn

"Rikki Ducornet's new collection The Deep Zoo is full of clever and excellent essays that discover our connections to the world via art."—Largehearted Boy

““The Deep Zoo” acts as a type of foundational textual content, a lens to view her paintings and the other essays via. . . Subversive at middle and acutely perceptive.”—Numero Cinq

"Ducornet strikes among those features of human event with otherworldly grace, developing extraordinary parallels and institutions. . . The Deep Zoo is a testomony to her acrobatic intelligence and unflinching interest. Ducornet not just trusts the subconscious, she celebrates and interrogates it."—The Heavy Feather

“What struck me such a lot approximately this assortment, and what i'm convinced will pull me again to it back, is Ducornet’s seen ardour for all times. She is . . .  attentive, fearless, and curious. And for 100 pages we get to work out the way it feels to exist like that, what it’s wish to imagine significantly and nonetheless be open to the world.”—Cleaver Magazine

“Rikki Ducornet is imagination’s emissary to this mundane world.”—Stephen Sparks, eco-friendly Apple Books at the Park

"This booklet is just like the mystery on the middle of the realm; i have placed different books aside."—Anne Germanacos, writer of Tribute

Praise for Rikki Ducornet

"A novelist whose vocabulary sweats with one of those lyrical heat."—The long island Times

"Linguistically explosive . . . some of the most fascinating American writers around."—The Nation

"Ducornet—surrealist, absurdist, natural anarchist at times—is certainly one of our so much comprehensive writers, adept at seizing at the excellent info and writing with emotion and funky detachment simultaneously."—Jeff Vandermeer

"A targeted mix of the sensible and exceptional, a girl both alive to the chances of pleasure and the need of political accountability, a creature—à los angeles Shakespeare's Cleopatra—of 'infinite variety,' Ducornet is a author of awesome energy, in whose books 'rigor and mind's eye' (her watchwords) practice with the grace and bold of high-wire acrobats."—Laura Mullen, BOMB Magazine

"The perversity, decadence, or even the depravity that Ducornet renders the following think explosively clean simply because their resources are notion and emotion, no longer the physique, and at last there is a few pathos too."— The Boston Globe

"Ducornet's ability at drawing unforeseen connections, and her skill to maneuver among outrage and meditativeness, are gripping to behold."—Tobias Carroll, Star Tribune

"This number of essays meditates on paintings, mysticism, and extra; it will go away a reader with lots to ponder."— Vol. 1 Brooklyn

"Rikki Ducornet's new assortment The Deep Zoo is full of clever and fabulous essays that discover our connections to the area via art."— Largehearted Boy

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Necessary to the nutrition chain, it feeds the fish that penguins and polar bears rely on. the ocean butterfly is safe through its shell. yet as a result of precipitous acidification of the oceans, this shell is compromised. inside of 40 years, the ocean butterfly can have vanished. an ideal factor, regularly just like itself, primordial, and, before, imperishable, i feel the ocean butterfly is just like the sacred vowels of Islamic mysticism alluded to at the start of this essay: the i, the a, and the u—said to spell the realm.

Issues with fabric our bodies are stressed: they're playful, they allure each other, and so they evolve. The tremendous is living in issues simply because they don't stand nonetheless. and that i recalled the early animations of Karl Sims, within which computer-generated creatures made up of geometric solids and programmed to benefit from their error, are offered with stumbling blocks they knock down, climb over, or dismiss. either artists remind us the mind's eye is all approximately subverting limits. “Play,” Margie says, “is all that I do.

Nine [The] animals race by way of . . . 10 —Once upon a time there has been a parrot whose whole physique trembled with ardour while it sang. associates, it will likely be lonely. —There used to be an owl who known as out to its partners telling of rain, and who loved accordion song. There are lonely instances forward. —Once a macaw the colour of lapis lazuli. our youngsters may be wistful for these issues that inform them who they're . . . —A gigantic sea tortoise whose flesh, in line with Pliny, used to be an outstanding treatment for the bites of salamanders.

Her shiny fabrics: The artwork of Margie McDonald steel          wood boat plug          bronze hearth hose nozzle                 aluminum drain fitting          truck horn          copper nectarine pits sea urchin spines & capacitators there's a continual (if hazy) concept that artwork has to be serviceable—provide moorage for a mummy, accommodate the Holy Water, fit the couch, educate us anything uplifting, serve to maneuver item. artwork, like play (and paintings is a kind of play) smacks of frivolity and never goodbye in the past was once faulted for counting on fabrics; during this manner, portray and sculpture have been debased—unlike song, which lives within the ether because the angels do.

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