&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 – 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…

&Now 2009 – Thursday Highlights

The conference is very well attended this year. Dimitri Anastasopoulos and Christina Milletti did an amazing job pulling the thing together. We're hoping they don't collapse from exhaustion. Steve Tomasula presented his DVD "book," Toc. There was some discussion in the wee hours about whether it really is a book, especially since Steve slipped up…