I Seem to Live: The New York Diaries, 1969–2011 Volume 2

By Jonas Mekas

Filmmaker, writer, and advocate for experimental art—and cofounder of the Anthology Film Archives—Mekas is a New York City legend. These diaries provide intimate observations about his work, the city, and its cultures. Volume one was published in 2020. Both volumes are essential.

Jonas Mekas’ I Seem to Live picks up in the 1950s, where his extraordinary and popular memoir I Had Nowhere to Go left off. These were crucial years for the artist: Jonas Mekas and his brother Adolfas, having arrived in New York, shot their first experimental films, and Jonas began to develop the essayistic film diary format that he would use to record his day-to-day observations for the rest of his life. In 1954 the two brothers founded Film Culture magazine, and in 1958 Jonas began writing a weekly column for the Village Voice. It was in this period that Mekas’ writing, films and unflagging commitment to art began to establish him as a pioneer of American avant-garde cinema and the barometer of the New York art scene.

2022; hardcover; 6.25 x 8.25 inches; 824 pages; 350 bw images; ISBN: 9783959052887.