&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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&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…

&Now 2009 – Friday Highlights

I had the pleasure and honor of joining Dimitri Anastasopoulos, Dave Kress, and Anne-Laure Tissut for "Purple Brain: A Paul West Panel." The panel was both well attended and well received. Dimitri took as his starting point PW's throwaway line "Much fiction is like mustard rubbed on the belly--take it or leave it," and from…