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Saturday Afternoon Show: Failure, A Writer’s Life: book launch, lecture and discussion

Sep 15, 2012: 4pm - 5pm
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Joe Milutis will introduce his new book Failure, A Writer’s Life, a catalogue of literary monstrosities, in-person at The Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson and live on WGXC 90.7-FM during the Saturday Afternoon Show. Failure addresses the ways in which unpublished works, textual noise, and the data fall-out of the web have created what he calls “virtual literature.” By arraying loosely connected stories of literary failure, interspersed with theoretical speculation on the future of the literary work, Milutis’s book performs as much as interrogates the problem of the literary as it vies with its own virtuality. Milutis will give an overview of the book, followed by an open discussion.
"The unfinished, unreadable, unpublishable — the scribbled and illegible, the too slowly published, the countless unpublished, all that does not seem to count at all.... here lie all manner of ruins. From Marguerite Duras to Google Maps, Henri Bergson to HP Lovecraft, Orson Welles to Walter Benjamin to a host of literary ambulance drivers (not to mention the FBI, UFOs, and UbuWeb), Failure charts empty spaces and occupied libraries, searches databases bereft of filters, files spam and porn and weather reports into their respective konvoluts, and realizes the full potential of cultural inscription. In a series of snapshots concatenated in the best surrealist mode, Milutis has curated a catalogue of curiosities as essential to understanding our current cultural condition as they are eccentric. With Nietzschean witz and self-reflexive bravura, he teases out the occult links between heterogeneities in the tradition of Allen S. Weiss and Greil Marcus. In the process, Milutis redefines the 'virtual' as something much broader and more interesting than digital simulacra: as the unmanageable storehouse of memory and the inevitable expanse of forgetfulness. Here, in all its glamorous success, is the horizon of failure." --Craig Dworkin