Masturbatory Reader #1

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Featuring D Mortimer, Wes Knowler, Biogal, Tallulah Griffith, Brooke Palmieri, Carl Gent, Sophie Mak-Schram, Alice Butler, Jessa Mockridge, Nat Pyper, Alton Melvar M Dapanas, Sammy Paloma, Donna Marcus Duke, and Ryan Boultbee, with a forward by Emily Pope.

We are writing to you so many surfaces apart – skin, keyboard, screen, mesh, master, ink, paper, all stacked and layered to land in your hands. Through these apathetic technologies is an irreducible heat, not like our laptop is overheating, more like our blood is rushing in a flush of rapture, fear and anticipation; we are hot under the collars writing this, to you.

This Masturbatory Reader asks three main questions.

What power and pleasure can we access through attending to the erotics of knowledge production?
How are the sites, systems and tools of knowledge-making designed to reiterate violent norms (and in turn, erase deviant practices)?
What could the making (and unmaking) of these systems allow us to imagine?

To unpack these questions we gather 16 contributors across 136 pages, conjuring the thinking (wondering, studying, lusting, sweating, ranting) of an expanding chorus of references that sit distances apart, folded here between facing pages. A chorus calling to action, calling to theory, calling to bed.

  • Typefaces Helvetica Neue, Snell Roundhand and Menlo
  • Papers Factory Yellow 270gsm
  • Munken Lynx Smooth 120GSM
  • 136 pages
  • 24 × 17 cm
  • Softcover
  • 2023
  • Edited, designed and published by Sticky Fingers Publishing