David Vichnar & Jeffrey Howe sit down with Harold Jaffe to talk about his book Performances for the End of Time, just out with Equus Press in October 2022.
EP: What Performances shares with your previous book BRUT (2021) is interest in the (semi)biographical fragment that fuses fact and fiction. Where it differs is its generic demarcation: where BRUT employs the docufictional essay, Performances are… well, “performances.” Could you tell us more about the genre of “textual performance”? Are these texts meant for oral delivery? Are they poetic prose or prose in verse?
HJ: I’d say these are texts for the theatre of the heart-mind.Continue reading