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YES MEN HONCHO SPRUNG FROM CLINK The Yes Men 7341
WE'RE SCREWED The Yes Men 10865
How I Spent my Summer Vacation Hariette Surovell 21654
I PAID FOR WOODSTOCK Susan Silas 8104
Excerpt from "The Egyptian Chronicles" Dawn-Michelle Baude 10676
Teheran Revolution: Remembering American History Thomas Laird 7795
ANDREI MOLOTIU: IMI ADUC AMINTE Andrei Molotiu 8743
THE PAST: BUCHAREST: Labyrinth by Florin Ion Firimit Florin Ion Firimit 10110
CRACK REPORT: Guerrilla Nut Twist & The Peripheral Bullet: Daisy Pulling in the Jungle Jim Lopez 11667
Blagodysseus Richard Collins 8768
A Boy from Los Angeles Jim Lopez 9880
The Agora: End Obama?s Honeymoon Now! Doug Lasken 9299
Washington, DC: Laura Bush's National Book Festival, 9/27/08. Barry Alpert 10815
Irish Bar: a Hopscotch Ballad Jim Lopez 9928
San Francisco: Cabby, or Shots from the Hip Jann Burner 9795
FROM THE MFA FRONT Janis Hubschman 10367
Winter in Istanbul, 1996 Heather Momyer 9720
THE NEWS FROM HOME Beth Bosworth 9159
Da DMT Beyond Pipe-Catcher and The Skin-Dust by Jim Lopez 9176
From The Egyptian Chronicles: A Fulbright Memoir Dawn-Michelle Baude 12591
Smugglers Train Eddie Woods 9849
K-Town: Haints Ryan B. Richey 10924
Dead Drop: Special to the Corpse from the Anti-Oedipal Front D. H. Kerby 9709
Varanasi, India (his) Adrian Sangeorzan 9523
Varanasi, India (hers) Carmen Firan 9343
Bulgaria: Topolovgrad, July 2006 Desislava Stoeva 8897
From the Border: A Corrido Sal Salasin 10448
Report from the Future: Brian's Girl Garrett Cook 11802
The Library Beat Rochelle Hartman 10009
New Orleans: Black and White, with Brown Water All Over James Nolan 17586
New Orleans: A Drowning Theme Michael Patrick Welch 10069
New York: Conversations Over Stolen Food Jon Cotner & Andy Fitch 9294
Burning Man: Jaime Meets A Pervert (Or the Pink Pussy Cat Lounge story) Jaime Becker 12130
New York: Wet Promise Doru Chirodea 10697
Seattle: Aimez-vous Pearl Jam? (a tale of Old Seattle) David Fewster 9351
New Orleans: Katrina Postcard Matt Roberts 9723
Fly Fishing Romania Gary Edward Holcomb 15897
New York: Ira Cohen & The Night A Fried Egg Went to the Whitney Phyllis Segura 11433
Tokyo: Dead Time at the Hospice Tom Bradley 9443
The Front: Bush at War: Laura Mark Doten 10024
 
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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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