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“Literature from the Event Horizon”: the recent work of Evan Isoline, Mike Corrao, & Dale Brett (Self-Fuck)

“Literature from the Event Horizon”: the recent work of Evan Isoline, Mike Corrao, & Dale Brett (Self-Fuck)

David Vichnar of Equus Press continues his series of mini-reviews covering the best of contemporary independent small-press production, each instalment dedicated to some (usually three) of their most recent & interesting titles. In the seventh instalment, the focus is on Evan Isoline’s Self-Fuck Press.

According to their mission statement, the title SELFFUCK is designed “to suggest masturbation, ontological violence, ambiguity and transmutation,” & ambiguous/transmutative feature in their further self-descriptions:

The subject of SELFFUCK is ocular and Dionysian; a dark, bodily plexus where cinema is related to death, voyeurism to god, architecture to entheogenic travel. […] SELFFUCK is a parasitic text-organism from outer space that induces visual hallucinations which slowly and painfully devour your brain. SELFFUCK is an animistic religion of nothingness. Death before death. SELFFUCK is a primitive cult of the future. A giant arachnid with peep holes instead of eyes.

In this instalment of collective mini-reviews, focus will be on three recent small experimental chapbooks/textual objects by Evan Isoline, Mike Corrao, & Dale Brett.

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  • EQUUS PRESS was established in 2011 between Paris, London & Prague with the objective of publishing new writing that is innovative & conscious of being doubly marginalised: outside the literary establishment defined by the Anglo-American publishing industry, & outside the confines of nationalism, pursuing a broadly cosmopolitan “agenda.” // EQUUS believes that such a doubly marginalised position allows for a writing both idiosyncratic & authoritative in its distance from which it can take a stand, make a change, & matter; an ability increasingly rare in titles conforming to the dictates of the book market & tastes of mass readership. // EQUUS considers its mission to offer the possibility of publication to writers & writing that matters, focusing mainly, though not exclusively, on Anglophone writing written outside of its native emplacement.
"Modernity today is not in the hands of the poets, but in the hands of the cops" // Louis Aragon
"It is the business of the future to be dangerous" // A.N. Whitehead

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May 2021