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“THE JOYOUS HERESY THAT WILL NOT GO AWAY”

THE POETICS OF GILBERT SORRENTINO, by David Vichnar   The experimental nature of Gilbert Sorrentino’s (1929-2006)[1] work results from his highly idiosyncratic blend of influences and proceduralist approach to fiction. As he confided to Charles Trueheart of Publishers Weekly, “form not only determines content, but form invents content.”[2] Sorrentino’s output commingles poetry and prose to … Continue reading

“STENOGRAPHERS FOR THE POLICE STATE”

Vít Bohal on Thor Garcia’s THE NEWS CLOWN   Thor Garcia’s News Clown (2012) offers a first-person romp through the present-day, pre-apocalyptic environment of Bay City, USA. The narrator, inconspicuously named Thor, is a legman for the local News Now Network and tries to get the most meaty bits on the brutal murders, rapes, and … Continue reading

JOYCE CINÉASTE / GODARD AUTEUR

Republished from Louis Armand, The Organ-Grinder’s Monkey: Culture after the Avant-Garde (Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2013) 17-32.*   In the 1950s a group of film-makers – self-styled auteurs – emerged in Paris, associated with the journal Cahiers du cinéma. It’s a well-known story. Led by Jean-Luc Godard, these film-makers – heavily immersed in the traditions of … Continue reading

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“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for?…we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us” // Franz Kafka, letter to Oskar Pollack, 27 January 1904
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