3 Books
Blaise Larmee

$29.95
288 pages
6 × 9 inches
softcover
smyth-sewn
cold-glued
2 color cover
2 color interior

Intimate, compelling, and uncompromising.
— Mira Gonzalez

A languid dream of sensuality and sex.
— Aidan Koch

How much do you think the frame affects the way we view the object being framed? Shawn Starr & Olivier Ristau

When you first open Blaise Larmee’s 3 Books you feel the spine crack. Adhesive separates and an unfamiliar noise from a new book is made. Shawn Starr

Larmee’s works tend to reconstitute their contexts to such a degree that their contexts seem to be generated by them. James D. Bowman

Unverstandener Comic-Künstler mit High Art-Ambitionen zeigt dem Kunstbetrieb, was eine Harke ist. Olivier Ristau

In talking about Blaise Larmee’s work, it’s said that it’s hard not to talk about Larmee himself. Aaron King

Despite his frequent online forays into deliberately provocative, Dada/Situationist-style culture-jamming, Larmee is an artist who has consistently been 100% committed to whatever he's writing about. In some cases, like Young Lions, his stories were about concepts like erasure and the nature of relationships and art scenes, which was a bit of an ouroboros. In Ice Cream Kisses, Larmee instead explores sexual longing and fantasy. The structure of the book is an extended Skype session between a young man and a young woman, in which we hear the fantasies of the man and see them played out on the page by Larmee. It is important to distinguish between fantasy and reality here, No one actually has sex in the story, other than masturbation. The images we see are fuzzy, even if they are explicit. In many respects, they represent images in the man's mind. Another interesting thing about the book is that we only hear the man's perspective in all of this; Larmee does not allow the reader to hear anything the woman has to think or say. In that sense, the intimacy portrayed here is as imaginary as the sex itself, and the dialogue is deliberately coarse. There is some affection proffered, but this is an extended look at lust and the ways in which levels of separation both heighten and frustrate that lust. The result is a 122-page shaggy dog sex joke without a punchline, which was designed to put the reader through that same experience of unquenchable arousal and fantasy as the narrator. It's an in-between state, a limbo state, and so the end in many ways was as arbitrary as the beginning. Larmee could have accomplished roughly the same thing in a hundred less pages, but that would defeat the purpose of the experience for the narrator, for the reader and perhaps for Larmee himself. Rob Clough

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