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Jay Dantry

Book People


This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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For the past fifty years, Jay Dantry has been selling books in Oakland, taking photographs of his customers and writers he has encountered. An enormous documentation is here distilled into a single Gesture, evoking the space of his bookshop.


Gestures 7: July 31 – October 8, 2005
About The Artist

Jay Dantry (American, 1931 - 2016)was a literary guru who opened Jay's Book Stall in 1959 on Forbes Avenue in Oakland. Jay's Book Stall became one of the premier bookstores in the country, a mandatory stop in Pittsburgh for touring writers. Stephen King, Richard Ford, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Doris Lessing, Mary Higgins Clark, E.L. Doctorow, James Lee Burke, David Sedaris and Pittsburgh natives John Edgar Wideman and David McCullough were among the literary luminaries who stopped by to chat and get a Polaroid photo taken with the urbane and witty Dantry.

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