Revolutionary Brain (2012)


(Guide Dog Books, 2012)

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.

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 many awards. Jaffe is editor-in-chief of Fiction International.

Contents

Death in Texas
Crisis Art
Freeze Dry
Anal Acrobats
Pet Girl
Animals
Fear
Iso
Sacrifice
Bride of Frankenstein
Things to Do
Truthforce
Russian Roo
Hijab
Things to Do
Salvation Mountain
Weep
Revolutionary Brain
Things to Do

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: 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 its 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: Emocionese asi

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