Vestoj - On Failure


We all have to master the embarrassments and discomfitures of life, and ultimately, as the devout tell us, success and failure are both illusions. It might seem hard to appreciate when you feel a failure, but a truly creative life cannot be maintained by the esteem of others, nor can it be ruined by criticism, no matter how harsh. The inevitable ups and downs of a long life seem to suggest that there is only one honourable way towards our unavoidable biological failure. As Samuel Beckett famously wrote in Worstward Ho: ‘Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.’

Texts by:  Christina Moon, Christopher Breward, Ann Rosalind Jones, Nancy Deihl, Victoria Pitts-Taylor, Rachel Shteir, Catherine Kovesi, Aileen Ribeiro, Emily Spivack, Lisa Naftolin, John T. Molloy, Angelo Flaccavento, Mihaela Moscaliuc, John Conolly

Interviews by: Anja Aronowsky Cronberg

Flash Fiction by: Umberto Eco, H.C. Andersen

Images by: Rinko Kawauchi, Lauren Lancaster, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Cara Phillips, Gerhard Riebicke, Alex Prager, Ron Jude, Ed Ruscha, Ari Versius & Ellie Uyttenbroek, Erwin Wurm, Pinar Yolacan

Softcover, 240 x 172mm, 238pp
Published by Vestoj, 2015

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