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Peoples' Weird Shit Namely Mine by Susan Connell Susan Connell 6399
The Diamond Question Mark James Nolan 4510
Cobbler by Willie Smith Willie Smith 4164
Andrei Molotiu's Transfigured Nights Andrei Molotiu 5265
Two Stories Laurie Stone 5484
Three New Stories by Willie Smith Willie Smith 6140
excerpt from The Pit, and No Other Stories by Jordan A. Rothacker Jordan A. Rothacker 5738
Homesick Abortion by Katie Schwartz Katie Schwartz 7531
Digitur by Calin-Andrei Mihailescu Calin-Andrei Mihailescu 6051
Three New Stories by Willie Smith Willie Smith 6917
The Bendy Bus by Mike Longman Mike Longman 5887
Phantom of Love, a story by Dylan Brody Dylan Brody 6017
from ERRATA by Michael Allen Zell Michael Allen Zell 5794
Hairy Tail by Andrei-Calin Mihailescu Calin-Andrei Mihailescu, Professor of Suspect History, University of Ci_migiu 7426
from SEMILIAN?S FILM CLASS: I Daydream a Lot Mariangelica Velasquez 6599
The Norwegian by M.G. Stephens M.G. Stephens 6480
The Animals Began on the Porch Willis Barnstone 6774
The Birth of Liquid Desires Ruxandra Cesereanu 9319
Peter for Peter Orlovsky Herbert Huncke 10292
Lenin's Brain by Yuriy Tarnawsky Yuriy Tarnawsky 8906
Cobbler by Willie Smith Willie Smith 7703
Agnomia by R?bert G?l, transl. from the Slovak by Michaela Freeman R?bert G 8234
Normal & Thin: Two Stories by Laurie Stone Laurie Stone 8685
Night City Tom Clark 8372
Burnt Norway John Vanderslice 13026
The Animals Began on the Porch Willis Barnstone 8956
The Zilchers by Utahna Faith Utahna Faith 9098
EXCERPT FROM "HURT POPULATIONS" Sam Pink 11266
Three Stories by Gloria Frym Gloria Frym 7941
Mike Golden's Memphis Mike Golden 11483
April Fool Tom Clark 11638
Two Stories Sharon Mesmer 69921
Three Stories J.C. Hallman 11780
The Palindrome Laura Riggs 10042
Rubber-Hose Real Estate Jim Lopez 10018
FOUR RIPPED FROM LIFE Trey Moore 11157
1980: the night of the silk worm Elea Carey 10639
Gods Awake Ronald Silver 9422
Man and Dog Susan Kirby-Smith 10548
How to Date a Flying Mexican Daniel A. Olivas 12378
FIFTY/FIFTY Lee Meitzen Grue 10006
The Commy Olympia Vernon 11190
Dachau Idyll Peter Freund 10264
Sea Dreams Lisa Burdige 12844
Attempt Anatoliy Glants 11098
Banter David_Breithaupt 9823
The Man With Six Hearts Peter Schwartz 11416
The Blind: Chapter II of Dark Bodies Stelian Tanase 9680
The Dog Pound of Daddies Dinty W. Moore 10076
How Everyone Came To Put on Their Coat Willie Smith 9871
 
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    Scenarios: Rights for Performance


    This section contains stage plays, street performance works, and film scripts. Query us for rights permission. While we mostly forbid reproduction and authorize memorization for most of our other materials, the works in this section are protected by a squad of rights' attorneys with powerful search engines. As above so below.


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    Upcoming Events:

    March 29, The New Orleans Museum of Art, 2-5 PM.
    Reading and signing The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess.

    March 30, Houston, The De Menil Collection. Reading and signing The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess.

    April 4, Octavia Books, New Orleans.
    Reading and signing of The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess. For details see: http://octaviabooks.booksense.com/NASApp/store/IndexJsp?s=storeevents&eventId=410102.

    April 13, New York Public Library, Celeste Bartos Forum, Fifth Avenue &42nd Street, 7 PM. Andrei Codrescu, Henry Alford, and Mark Twain interview each other. How to Live Dada. $25 general admission; $15 library donors, seniors and students with valid identification.

    April 14, New York, The Romanian Cultural Institute, 7-8 PM. Reading and signing Forgiven Submarine with Ruxandra Cesereanu. Joe Phillips, editor of Black Widow Press, will introduce.

    April 15, New York, St. Marks' Church-in-the-Bowerie, 2nd Avenue & 12th Street, 8 PM. Reading and signing Forgiven Submarine with Ruxandra Cesereanu.

    April 16, New Orleans, The Goldmine Saloon, Dauphine & Toulouse in the French Quarter. Reading and signing Forgiven Submarine with Ruxandra Cesereanu. Dave Brinks will introduce.

    April 18, Baton Rouge, Barnes & Noble CitiPlace. TK. Reading and signing Forgiven Submarine with Ruxandra Cesereanu.

    April 19, Baton Rouge, LSU, Readers & Writers. Music Hall Recital, 5 PM. Reading and signing Forgiven Submarine with Ruxandra Cesereanu.

    April 22, Seattle, Town Hall, 1119 8th Avenue. Lecture followed by reading and signing of The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess. Contact Wier Harman, wier@townhallseattle.org

    April 23, Seattle (Redmond). Lecture at Microsoft, 1:30 PM, followed by reading and signing of The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess.

    April 24, San Francisco, California College of Arts Writers’ Studio, 2 PM. 195 De Haro, corner of 15th Street. This Friday Seminar series is primarily for MFA students and faculty, but guests are welcome. For more information, contact Teresa Walsh at twalsh@cca.eduThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    April 25, San Francisco, Green Arcade, reading, with new musical work by Michael Gendreau. 1680 Market Street @ Gough. Contact Patrick Marks, patrick@thegreenarcade.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    April 26, San Francisco, City Lights Books, Columbus & Broadway, 5 PM. Reading and signing of The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess. For more info call: (415) 362-8193

    April 28, Los Angeles Public Library. Interviewed by Oana Sanziana Marin, followed by signing The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess.

    April 29, San Diego Public Library, Central Library, 820 East Street, 6:30 PM. The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess. Contact Lynn Whitehouse, LWhitehouse@sandiego.govThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    April 30, Portland, Powell's downtown, 1005 W. Burnside. 7:30 pm. Reading and signing of The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess. Contact Michal Drannen, michald@mail.powells.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    May 5, Boston Public Library. Reading and signing of The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess.

    May 6, Princeton, Labyrinth Books.
    Reading and signing of The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess.

    May 9, Garden District Books, New Orleans. Reading and signing of The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess.

    June 9, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich. Spiegalgasse 1. Launch of The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess from the mother ship. Details TK.

    June 24, New Orleans, AFTA (American Family Therapy Meeting), keynote. For more info, write to: john.lawless@esc.edu

    June 28-July 2, UNO Writing Program, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. For more information, write to: Bill Lavender at: bill.lavender@gmail.com

    September 28, Berkeley, California. Poetry Flash at Moe's. Poetry reading with Willis Barnstone, 7:30 PM. Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue. For more infocall 510-849-2087

    September 29, Jewish Community Center (JCC), San Francisco, 3200 California street.
    For more information write to Barbara Lane at: blane@jccsf.

    October 1-3, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. Comparative Literature Conference keynote. For more information, call Professor Ileana Orlich, 480.965.4658

    October 6, Arkansas Arts Council, Hot Springs. Keynote, 11 am. Details TK.

    November 3, 2009, Ohio Wesleyan University, the Sagan Lectures. This year's topic is "Renewing America for a Global Century." My talk is on "What is an Immigrant? What Makes an American?"

    December 9-11, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, The Weiser Center at The International Institute, and the Avant Garde Interest Group. Details TK.



    Public Appearances, Current Obsessions:

    Andrei Codrescu has keynoted conferences, participated in symposia, and performed in many noted venues. In addition to performing his poetry, he is available to groups interested in contemporary cultural issues. The topics below are ever-evolving, because they are areas of ongoing concern, they are not set pieces. Many of them can be found, in nuce or in media res, in Codrescu's essay collections.

    The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess. In 1916 Zurich, Tristan Tzara, the founder of Dada, and Lenin, the daddy of communism, play chess. Also in Zurich at that hour is Carl Jung, Albert Einstein, and James Joyce. In this game in the smoky Cafe de la Terrasse in the neutral zone of a Europe at war, is the stem-cell of the 20th century: when the two men get up from the table, nothing will again be the same.

    American Cities: What Makes them Tick. A seasoned traveler, Codrescu shares his layered (in time) observations on changing American cities and speculates on the urban future. He has written and lectured extensively on New Orleans, both before and after Katrina.

    What is an immigrant? What makes an American? Some reflections on the changing nature of 21st century U.S. The rhetoric of politicians and the reality of the labor markets are forever at odds. Caught between them, the immigrant has a complex relationship to his or her own self. This talk is an evolving inquiry into nationalism, capitalism, and the psychology of emigrants.

    Plato's Cave and the Socratic Agora: A lecture on education, solitude, and utopia. The displacement of the book by newer reading technology returns us to the oral forum of the marketplace, where questions are instantly taken up, answered, googled, returned in new forms, deepened, or disposed of. How does the traditional university deal with this ubiquitous learning environment? Are the "humanities" dealing adequately with the pervasive and quickly morphing realities of culture? Is utopia an exclusive privilege of reading, an activity only the book (or Kindle) makes possible?

    Poetry as Currency. A guide to investment, or a lecture on the currency of the imagination. This is a Codrescu obsession often meant literally, but explored playfully every time.

    Walker Evans: Photographing the Language of the 20th Century. See Codrescu's book on Walker Evans, published the Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

    The Metaphysics of Cyberspace: Who Stares Without Blinking? Considerations of humans and machines in the future. An examination of new virtualities and their rituals. This is an ongoing inquiry about virtual reality, resulting from a continuing conversation with thinkers and engineers.

    Whose Global Village? Reflections on power and imagination in today's world. Related to the "poetry as currency" research, this talk is focused on the differences between globalite (Michel Deguy's term) and globalism. The first is the natural connection and growing awareness of global sympathies, the other a crude, and often unfair, economic reality.

    Literature in the Age of Self-production. Reflections on the future of literature without editors; broadcasting the self & its projections; the proliferation of writing in the age of blogs, and the critical mechanisms developing on the internet. Distinctions between "high" and "low" literature have been already overthrown by the early avantgardes of the 20th century, but are the new instant communications developing new ones?

    Poetry, her battlefields, and hardwon horizontality. American poetry now. This is the battlefield view of an active participant in the poetry scene.

    Editing Exquisite Corpse: A Journal of Letters & Life (corpse.org, since January 1983, ongoing) This journal has published hundreds of writers, instigated dozens of polemics, and has been an active player on the cultural landscape since 1983. Editing the journal, first as a monthly, then a quarterly, then one of the first internet journals (1996), Codrescu has had a privileged view of the dynamics of literary (and not just) culture.

    Swimming Between Languages: Learning English by Osmosis & Other Adventures. A talk about learning a new world with a new language; bilingual education; multiculturalism; language politics. Explored in a number of essays, this too is an ongoing concern.

    Romania: the World’s First Televised Revolution. The infamous video tapes of the Romanian "revolution" of 1989, and how they changed our idea that "the revolution will not be televised." This talk can be focused solely on the exemplary mass-delusions of the Romanian event, but touch also on the new politics of the media and their influence (possibly creation) of new global realities; the late 20th century "revolutions" in East/Central Europe, their roots in Sixties American counterculture, the quick rise of new political-cultural models, and the resurrection of nationalism in the European Union, as seen and created by media.
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