Reena Spaulings by Bernadette Bernadette CorporationReena Spaulings by Bernadette Bernadette Corporation

Reena Spaulings

byBernadette Bernadette Corporation

Paperback | July 8, 2005

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A novel set in post-9/11 New York City about a supermodel and the ultimate Broadway blockbuster.

Set in post-9/11 New York City, Reena Spaulings was written by a large collective of writers and artists that bills itself as The Bernadette Corporation. Like most contemporary fiction, Reena Spaulings is about a female twenty-something. Reena is discovered while working as a museum guard and becomes a rich international supermodel. Meanwhile, a bout of terrible weather seizes New York, leaving in its wake a strange form of civil disobedience that stirs its citizens to mount a musical song-and-dance riot called "Battle on Broadway." Fashioned in the old Hollywood manner by a legion of professional and amateur writers striving to achieve the ultimate blockbuster, the musical ends up being about a nobody who could be anybody becoming a somebody for everybody. The result is generic and perfect-not unlike Reena Spaulings itself, whose many authors create a story in which New York itself strives to become the ultimate collective experiment in which the only thing shared is the lack of uniqueness.

The artist-collective Bernadette Corporation was founded in a night club in 1994. In the beginning the group organized spontaneous, purposeless events in public space. In 1995 they morphed into a fashion label, then a self-publishing company that from 1999 to 2001 published an art magazine called Made in USA. Bernadette Corporation has...
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Title:Reena SpaulingsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.44 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.44 inPublished:July 8, 2005Publisher:Semiotext(e)Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:158435030X

ISBN - 13:9781584350309

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[a] sprawling work of crypto-impressionistic fiction that purposefully elides individual authorship for a sort of rarefied mechanical groupthink.

-Christopher Bollen, Artforum