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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Thursday, July 31, 2008
    Paradoxical Undressing
     
    ... Cool place
    I'm amazed
    You rock me into space
    You put cake
    Down my throat
    And in my face
    What can I give you
    What can I take ...


    Bring on the summer! I've been enticed to the Edinburgh Festival for the very first time by the prospect of seeing Kristin Hersh performing her new, unique show, Paradoxical Undressing. Very few other artists would take me 224 miles out of my way on an August evening, but very few other artists are like Kristin...

    Paradoxical undressing is the removal of clothes, blankets, or other coverings by those suffering severe hypothermia. This behavior is not fully understood. Kristin Hersh is an introvert. She is extraordinarily shy. Paradoxically, she is known as an artist for her sometimes brutal emotional honesty and openness. "Paradoxical Undressing" by Kristin Hersh is a live spoken word project incorporating film, music and essays. The show will feature excerpts from Kristin's upcoming memoir, "Paradoxical Undressing" read by the artist, with musical accompaniment. The show tells the story of a teenage girl wrestling with issues of extreme creativity, mental illness, pregnancy and life in the music business as founder of seminal American indie rock band Throwing Muses.