Russian Roo

What do Russian Roulette, Graham Greene, a Vietnam veteran in a motorized wheelchair flying a tattered American flag, and Death in Texas have in common? “Russian Roo.”


Whose Sacrifice?

My fourth online docufiction from my newest collection, Death in Texas, contains a dialogue between an unnamed interviewer and Andrei Tarkovsky, director of The Sacrifice. It’s about the sacrifice artists and visionaries and shamans must make.

Weep, I say

Here’s the third installment from my newly-completed docufiction collection, Death in Texas. It’s called “Weep.” It answers the question: Why do men cry? Here’s a sample from the text:

I know a soul who weeps over road kill but jeers at the death of a CEO.
The globe is swaying, about to slip off its axis.
Like the revolution of the just, weeping has lost its purchase.
My charge — self-imposed — is revival.

Revolutionary Brain

Here’s another text from my latest collection, Death in Texas (which is looking for a publisher, by the way). It’s called “Revolutionary Brain.” Here is an excerpt:

The Red Army Faction cell block had been touted as the most secure prison block in the world; the press was filled with anecdotes of lawyers questioned and searched for an hour or more before being admitted to visit their clients. So when it was announced that Baader and Raspe had shot themselves with guns smuggled into their cells, it was cynically assumed that the authorities assassinated them, as well as Ensslin and possibly Meinhof the year before.

Be sure to read “After the Revolution” after Revolutionary Brain.

What I’m Reading Now

Although I’m teaching several books (which I wrote about in an earlier post), I need to read for my own writing – and learning. Right now I’m reading Wilhelm Reich, several of the novels of Michel Houellebecq, Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy, and the Austrian writer Rober Musil’s Man Without Qualities. All at once, yes.

My Spring, 2012, Teaching Schedule

This semester I’m teaching two courses.

In my graduate-level Short-Short Fiction Writing class:

    Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, by Paul Reps
    Anti-Twitter: 150 50-Word Stories, by Harold Jaffe
    Book of Imaginary Beings, by Jorge Luis Borges
    Selected Cronicas, by Clarice Lispector

In my Comp Lit class, Film and Fiction, the theme is Outlaw Women.

Films: Niagra, Cat People, I Shot Andy Warhol, La Femme Nikita, etc.


    Hour of the Star, by Clarice Lispector
    The Scum Manifesto, by Valerie Solanis
    15 Serial Killers, by Harold Jaffe
    Everybody Talks About the Weather . . . : The Writings of Ulrike Meinhof