June Book of the Month: The Measure of Reality

Book of the month for June is Maija Timonen’s The Measure of Reality. Get it with 30% off for the rest of June.

Fantasies and dreams are a way of accessing hidden dimensions of everyday experience, but what happens when you can’t fantasise? In this work of analytic fiction, creative and heterosexual crises unfold, shaped by the anxieties of our time. Social and economic pressures are almost crippling, yet meticulously understood – obsessively decrypted and re-encrypted by Timonen’s unnamed female protagonist who subjects everyday occurrences and encounters to absurd levels of scrutiny and interpretation, often with recourse to theory. Short story chapters, captioned in a manner reminiscent of episodes of Seinfeld, are interspersed with a letter, a list of forgotten browser tabs, a treatment for an unmade film and a variety of dating scenarios.

In one of these, speed daters smell T-shirts as the narrator desperately tries to account for an alarming absence of desire. The specificities of love and sex are shown simultaneously in Timonen’s project to be something genuinely ‘ours’ yet alienating. They act as both tools for the negotiation of the complexities of subject/object relations in contemporary capitalism and constitute a kind of precarious – even false – refuge from the trauma of living in it.

Maija Timonen is an artist based in London, Berlin and Helsinki.

Published by Book Works as part of G.S.O.H. The Rest is Dark, The Rest is Dark guest edited by Clunie Reid. Designed by Erik Hartin.

June Book of the Month: The Measure of Reality; ; January 1970; | Commission: G.S.O.H., The Rest is Dark, The Rest is Dark Artist: Timonen, Maija; Editor: Reid, Clunie; | Publisher: Book Works: | Designer: Erik Hartin