This program was recorded 11/14/2014 at Symphony Space.
Richard Hell grew up in Kentucky. At 17 he dropped out of high school and came to New York to be a poet. In the early ’70s he formed the band the Neon Boys with his high school friend Tom Verlaine, which evolved into Television in 1974. After a year Richard left that bunch and started the Heartbreakers with former New York Dolls Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan. Hell departed the Heartbreakers in 1976 to found Richard Hell and the Voidoids, whose 1977 album Blank Generation is one of the landmarks of “punk.” The Voidoids would make one more album, Destiny Street (1982), before Hell retired from music. Soon after, Hell became a professional writer, author of the novels Go Now (1996) and Godlike (2005), and the collection of lyrics, essays, notebooks, drawings, etc., Hot and Cold (2001), as well as a contributor of essays, reportage, and fiction to such publications as Spin, GQ, Esquire, Purple, The Village Voice, Vice, Bookforum, Art in America, The New York Times, and The New York Times Book Review. From 2004 to 2006 he was the film critic for BlackBook magazine. His most recent book is the acclaimed autobiography, I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp (2013).
Ariana Reines was born in Salem, Massachusetts. Her books include The Cow (Alberta Prize, 2006), Coeur de Lion (2007), Mercury (2011), Thursday (2012), and The Origin of the World, written for Semiotext(e)’s contribution to the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Her first play, TELEPHONE (2009), inspired by Avital Ronell›s The Telephone Book, was commissioned & produced by The Foundry Theatre, winning two OBIES. Performances and theatrical
works include MORTAL KOMBAT, with Jim Fletcher, at The Whitney Museum (2014), THE ORIGIN OF THE WORLD at Stuart Shave Modern Art (2013), LORNA, with Jim Fletcher, at the Martin E. Segal Theatre (2013); MISS ST’S HIEROGLYPHIC SUFFERING starring Birgit Huppuch at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2009); and SWISSNESS at The Swiss Institute (2012). She’s on the road a lot, reading poems across the United States & in Europe. Other projects include THE OPENING OF THE MOUTH (2012), a silence-based vision quest for artists & radicals in New Mexico, organized with Bett Williams, ANCIENT EVENINGS (2012-2014), a weekly experiment in writing & liturgical reading. Reines is a licensed astrologer offering “Marguerite Hardass Birth Chart Sessions” at her studio, ASTROLOGY QUEENS.
The progenitive NYC icon Richard Hell's influence on popular culture runs so deep it is hard to quantify. With the pioneering 1970s bands Television, the Heartbreakers, and ultimately Richard Hell and the Voidoids, he helped invent punk and what came next. He retired from music in 1984, and has since established a reputation as a writer rivaling his achievement in music. He's the author of two novels, Go Now and Godlike, the collection Hot and Cold, and much journalism in magazines from Vice to the Village Voice to BlackBook (where he was film columnist) to the New York Times. His most recent book is the autobiography I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp.
For Night Out with Richard Hell, he takes up residence in the Thalia to set the stage for artists that interest him today. Each evening in the series features an interview by Richard with an artist chosen by him followed by the artist's performance - five events you will not forget.
For this evenings installment, Hell welcomes poet, Ariana Reines.
The poet Ariana Reines, 32, has been described by NPR's Bookworm as "one of the crucial voices of her generation." Personal, unpredictable, and often extreme, her poetry is at once lyrical and disruptive, with a penchant for overturning convention. Her books include The Cow (2006), Coeur de Lion (2007), and Mercury (2011), her work has been anthologized in Against Expression (2011) and Gurlesque (2010), and she has taught at Columbia, the European Graduate School, and the University of California-Berkeley.