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Collecting and Hoarding at UCSB's Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, November 5 (on Zoom)

4:00.   The Creative Edge of Collecting--talk by William Davies King of UCSB


4:30.   An Oikos for Everything: Hoarding against Waste--talk by Rebecca Falkoff of NYU

7:00.  Collections of Nothing Enough Is Enough--a play by William Davies King

       RECORDED: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2oLQXa7zX4

          A production of UCSB's LAUNCHPAD--Risa Brainin director, with Irwin Appel and Annie Torsiglieri and WDK

          Both events were followed by a talkback.




Here is a link for more information:


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Hyper-Illuminated Books Click on a year to see the annual gallery

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My one-act play: "Les Mots Justes, or Hold Your Tongue" in Alone,Together anthology

This 6+ hour festival of Zoom plague-inspired theater took place on June 6, sponsored by UCSB's play development program LAUNCHPAD--39 plays, 24 playwrights.

And I was among them with this 10-minute play "Les Mots Justes, or Hold Your Tongue"

Now an anthology of all these plays has been published by Dramatic Publishing Company, and I was happy to be the editor of this book since it gave me the opportunity to work with a great group of professional playwrights.

Here is UCSB's press release on the publication:


The wonderful performance of my play can no longer be seen on the internet because all these plays are now licensed for others to produce, but contact me if you'd like to read my script. Here is a link to the festival website:


Here is the Dramatic Publishing Company's page on the book, which is not available except electronically now but will soon be in print:


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The Creative Edge of Collecting--On exhibit at UCSB Library

This exhibit is difficult, if not impossible, to see at the moment, since the UCSB Library is closed due to the virus.

But IF you were to get in, you would see a wonderful display of collections of nothing, co-curated by me and a UCSB undergrad Museum Studies student, Rhiannon Gonzales.

Here is a link to a video "walkthough" tour I quickly made before the library closed:


And here is a link to UCSB Lirary's page about the exhibit:


This is a feature story about the exhibit, written by a UCSB undergrad, Eddie Lo:


And this is a wonderful interview of the curator, Rhiannon Gonzales:



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Tree of Life (TM) catalogue

To accompany my June 2019 performance event, Tree of Life (TM), my old friend Bill Crawford suggested we create a catalogue. He co-wrote a book of breakfast cereal history, and I am a collector of cereal boxes. Seems to work.

I wrote part, and he wrote part, and we created some cereal box collages with a book designer in Mexico.

It came out pretty well, and I have copies for purchase, if you write to me.

My aspiration is to repeat the Tree of Life (TM) event in some other exhibition space, and the catalogue would apply just as well to such an exhibit.


Here is my exhibition proposal---in pdf.       


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KOLAJ is an excellent quarterly journal of collage from around the world, and they have an annual festival in New Orleans, to which I was invited in 2019:


I brought many bibliolages to show there in the LeMieux Galleries, and I was going to do a presentation on bibliolagerie--hyper-illuminated books.

BUT along came Hurricane Barry, and so after one half of a day, the festival was cancelled, and most people fled for home. Wendy and I stayed around, and the hurricane turned out to be a non-event for New Orleans. It hardly even rained.

No one saw the work.

But Ric Kasini Kadour, who runs the organization, put together a book that includes a section on my work. The book is called Cultural Deconstructions, and it is available for sale through the  KOLAJ site at this link


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About Me

William Davies King is Distinguished Professor of Theater and Dance at the University of California Santa Barbara. His Collections of Nothing (University of Chicago Press, 2008) was named as one of the top 100 books of 2008 by Amazon.com. He is also the author of Henry Irving’s “Waterloo”: Theatrical Engagements with Late-Victorian Culture and History (University of California Press, 1993; winner of the 1993 Joe A. Callaway Prize), Writing Wrongs: The Work of Wallace Shawn (Temple University Press, 1997), “A Wind Is Rising”: The Correspondence of Agnes Boulton and Eugene O’Neill (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2000), and Another Part of a Long Story: Literary Traces of Eugene O’Neill and Agnes Boulton (University of Michigan Press, 2010), and editor of a new edition of Agnes Boulton’s Part of a Long Story (MacFarland, 2011) and the Eugene O’Neill Review. He edited both the critical and the multimedia editions of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night for Yale University Press, and the same press has recently released his critical edition of The Iceman ComethHe is working on another book about collecting and various other projects to do with O’Neill. And he thanks his wife Wendy and daughters Ruthie and Eva for tolerating it all (him).

Find his complete c.v. at https://theaterdance.ucsb.edu/people/william-davies-king

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