&Now 2009 – Excellent Summary and Audio at Big Other

John Madera has written a great summary of his experiences at &Now on the blog Big Other. You should have a look. John has also posted recordings of some of the panels. For this, I'm grateful, as I couldn't attend the entire conference and because, even if I could, with four concurrent panels running at…

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Job Application, by Jacques Rigaut (translation)

In an earlier post, I presented the synopsis of my novel in progress, Housebreaking the Muse. As noted, the novel is haunted by the figure of Jacques Rigaut, the French Dadaist, gigolo, addict, and suicide. Though I'd long had an interest in the Dadas, I didn't hear the name "Jacques Rigaut" until I stumbled upon…

&Now 2009 – Images

As I noted in an earlier post, my effort to be polite and not use flash at sensitive moments left me with many unusable photos. These are the half-decent ones. Lesson learned: If you want a good photo, sometimes you have to be rude!

& Now 2009 – Saturday Highlights

I hit the ground running at 8:30 a.m., presenting "Impressions of Jacques Rigaut"--excerpts of Rigaut narrative from Housebreaking the Muse--as part of the panel "Dreams of Dada/Surrealism." I was in the distinguished company of Steve Katz, Yuriy Tarnawsky, and conference co-director, Dimitri Anastasopoulos. Each of us had, I believe, a wildly different take on the…