Revolutionary Brain by Harold Jaffe
Release date: December 6, 2012, distributed by Ingram
Trade paperback: 252 pages, 7.5×9.25, $13.95, ISBN: 978-1-935738-32-9
Publicist: Jaym Gates, firstname.lastname@example.org
Guide Dog Books is proud to announce the release of Harold Jaffe’s Revolutionary Brain, a collection of essays and quasi-essays from one of our most brilliantly innovative provocateurs. Known for his unique style of “docufiction” and “literary terrorism,” Jaffe has made a career out of exposing the latent realities embedded in our media-saturated consciousness, not just in the US but globally. In Revolutionary Brain, he takes his cue from theorist Julia Kristeva, as he demonstrates how we revel in — and ultimately worship — our chronic state of cultural abjection, which increasingly spirals out of control as we plunge ever further into the realm of (dis)information and simulation.
Revolutionary Brain harnesses its critical and creative energy from an extraordinary variety of sources and artifacts, including ethnocide, activist art, popular film, ethical sacrifice, legislated porn, enraged elephants, and electronic hubris. It will appeal to a wide readership, theorizing with the broad erudition of Baudrillard, Žižek and Virilio while entertaining with the eclectic comedy of Coover, Roth, and Barthelme.
From the Back of the Book
In this timely collection of essays and “quasi-essays,” acclaimed novelist and critic Harold Jaffe explores the maddening chord changes of millennial culture. Gesturing, in a philosophical shorthand, toward a kind of pop Armageddon, Revolutionary Brain is at once thesis, allegory, and surreal comedy, demonstrating just how far we, and the natural world we have debauched, have fallen. Obsessed with technology, we are incapable of reconstructing ourselves. By way of Jaffe’s elegant prose and perfect pitch, our collective disability is laid bare at the 11th hour. Revolutionary Brain is a powerful cry for a brave new aesthetics that turns towards, not away, from our tormented globe.
About the Author
Harold Jaffe is the author of 20 volumes of fiction, “docufiction,” novels and essays. His writings have been anthologized widely, translated into numerous languages, and the recipient of several awards. Jaffe is editor of Fiction International and Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at San Diego State University.
Advance Praise for Revolutionary Brain
“I was transfixed in this volume by Jaffe’s incisive blows to the hypocrisy of flag waving, nation building, and the lethal intent by our leaders who stride the globe in bloody boots commanding the 99 percent to obey the law and get to work in the marketplace of nightmarish dreams. Jaffe has missed absolutely nothing in delineating our expiring Kultur. Brilliant.”
–REGINA KRUMMEL, editor of Prison Poetry by Shackled Women: The Gates Clang Shut
“The bravura essays in Harold Jaffe’s collection, Revolutionary Brain, challenge the conscience and consciousness of their readers. This witty and explosive book is an indictment of injustice and spurious morality and a call to art and enlightened activism as healing alternatives.”
–JONATHAN BAUMBACH, author of You: Or the Invention of Memory
“Brainy and groovy, thoughtful and post-literary, these essays on contemporary media madness are Jaffe at his best: poignant, inventive, right between the eyes of corporate culture.”
–ELOY FERNÁNDEZ PORTA, author of Emocionese asi
About the Publisher
The nonfiction syndicate of Raw Dog Screaming Press, Guide Dog Books publishes innovative, avant-garde books on a range of subjects, including literary criticism, cultural theory, media studies, letters from the opposition, experimental forms, biography, urbanism, philosophy, political manifestos, creative and popular nonfiction, and especially work that engages pop culture and its vicissitudes. Visit the publisher at www.guidedogbooks.com and www.rawdogscreaming.com.