Do you remember Zak Smith? He's the stylish, scary-smart punk artist who did Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's Novel Gravity's Rainbow. He also did porn. But not by himself. That's why his new book is called We Did Porn (Tin House, $25). Recently, San Francisco's online magazine The Rumpus asked him, "Why work in porn?" He replied, "Nobody ever asks me, 'Why make paintings?' Is wanting to spend your time around attractive women who like to have sex much more difficult a desire for journalists to understand than wanting to dip wisps of horsehair into a wet lake of colored goo and smear it all over a piece of paper until it looks pretty?"
Thu., July 9, 7 p.m., 2009