April 2nd, 2011

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Interfictions Zero: Towards a Critical Theory of Interstitiality

The first essay in the Interstitial Arts Foundation's new on-line crit zine is live and kicking!

It's called "Oscar Wao:  Murdering Machismo," written by Carlos Hernandez, who some of you may remember as the author of Interfictions 2's wonderful "The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria."  When he's not writing kick-ass stories and experimental novels, he is the Deputy Chair of the Department of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY.

Here are the first two paragraphs:

"It wasn't until I remembered my two encounters with the prostitutes of Havana that I understood the nature of fukú in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

"My first encounter happened just a few days into the trip I took to Cuba – legally, through an educational exchange program sponsored in part by Willamette University in January of 1997. Most of the other students thought going to Cuba would be like going to Cancún, only more anarchic and drug-friendly. I was one of the few on the trip with any familial ties to Cuba, and by far I spoke the best Spanish outside of the instructors – and of anyone there the most idiomatic. So I was the expert, the insider: practically a native."


The rest is on the IAF website.

If you're interested in Cuba, Latin American literature, or interstitial art, you have to read this essay.  If you're just interested in a cool story, you have to read this essay.  No prior knowledge of Oscar Wao necessary.
TUH writing

Progress Report

I'm getting there.  12 chapters out of 15 (or possibly 16) drafted.  27,892 words, not counting the ~2000 words that currently indicate the outlines of Chapters 14 and 15 (at the moment, Chapter 13 exists only as a series of largely incoherent notes).  One plot twist inserted today that surprised even me, and the denouement, like distant mountains, looks closer than it probably is.

Can I finish a colorable first draft of this before it's time to dive into pre-Passover prep?

Well, we'll see, won't we?  I'm certainly going to do my level best.