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Origin of Love and Other Tales of Degradation

Night Gallery is delighted to announce the release of Origin of Love and Other Tales of Degradation, a new collection of short stories by Cara Benedetto. This is Benedetto's third literary work, following 2014's The Coming of Age and 2015's Burning Blue


As the author writes in the book's introductory note:

The following are origin stories, they speculate on drives and desires I observe in every day intra-actions. The characters are unknown and unknowing liars, in-flow and out of touch. 

Contradictions in origin and impulse wake me at night, and are, in part, the reason I write. The body won't let the mind quiet and my I is tied up in the rotten mess. I attempt to move through an inability to locate the thing, sometimes describe it, thereby repeating it. Rosalyn Deutsche said feminism is a shifting of terms, not positions.

Terms are hard to locate in this sentence, even more difficult to distinguish between the voices presented, how they are silenced, and the spaces kept open – allowing for critical readership.

It's all I can do to stretch our understanding of love.



Above is a short excerpt from Origin of Love and Other Tales of Degradation. Copyright © Cara Benedetto, 2020.


Softcover, 142 pages, 5.5" x 8"
​$30 + shipping ($2.50 flat rate)
​PDF editions available for $5


Copyright © 2020 Cara Benedetto
ISBN 978-1-64999-680-0

Published by Night Gallery
Book design by nicole killian

Available from Night Gallery and Oof Books
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Cara Benedetto (b. 1979, Wausau, Wisconsin) has presented solo exhibitions at Night Gallery, Los Angeles; and Chapter NY, New York. She has presented performances at NAVEL, Los Angeles; the Cressman Center for the Visual Arts, Hite Art Institute, Louisville, KY; and the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland. Her work was recently included in the group exhibition Time is Thirsty at Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, and her work has also been highlighted in exhibitions at the Hite Institute, Louisville, KY; MOCA, Cleveland; and Metro Pictures, New York, among others. She was a 2014 fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart. She was a 2014 recipient of a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant. She is the author of two romance novels, The Coming of Age and Burning Blue. She is the editor of Contemporary Print Handbook, published with Halmos. Benedetto is an Assistant Professor in Print Media at Virginia Commonwealth University. She lives and works in Richmond, VA.