The City As Monster: Phenomenological and Physical Transformations in Writing  


The City As Monster: Phenomenological and Physical Transformations in Writing

A Literary Conversation
Curated/Organized by: Sergio Hernandez, Laura Vena & Janice Lee

7:00 pm
Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Armory
145 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, California 91103

With guests:
Joe Milazzo
Vanessa Place
Bradley Powell
& YOU!

This event will be an informal literary conversation where the goal is to promote a critical discourse of various literary concerns and to foster a productive and collaborative environment where writers can come together to engage, investigate, explore, interact, converse, and widen their aesthetic practice.

Please RSVP: 3strophe at gmail dot com

Joe Milazzo has scratched out a living as a postman, tutor, peddler of
rare books, librarian, freelance opinionator, master of arousal, HTML grease-monkey and editor-for-hire. Joe's writings on music and experimental sound practice have appeared in Copper Press, Paris Transatlantic Magazine, One Final Note and Bagatellen, for whom he served as Editor-In-Chief from 2003 to 2005. His literary criticism has been published in Electronic Book Review and The Dallas Morning News, and his fiction may be read in the pages of Chronometry (an anthology), Explorsion, Forces and elsewhere. Joe is also Associate Editor of the literary magazine Black Clock and co-founder of the online arts journal [out of nothing] (http://www.outofnothing.org). The holder of an MFA in Creative Writing from CalArts, Joe lives and works in Dallas, Texas.

"To be an author is to be more than as mere assembler of signs, however construed. To be an author is to be essentially concerned with issues of design. How are elements to be arranged spatially? Temporally? How does any given text define its own legibility? Its own livability? How do mobile, static, open, closed, vertical ("dimensional)"), horizontal ("flat"), conscious and unconscious phenomena interface so as to create an experience, however bizarre and permeable its contours, that we name "whole"? These same quandaries have long occupied those engaged with the design of civic spaces, and, with the help of three guides -- an architect (Kevin Lynch), a social critic (Richard Sennett) and a novelist (Alain Robbe-Grillet) -- together we will explore the potentially unsuspected ways in which a specific notion of planning can inform an otherwise rather different expression of craft."

Vanessa Place is a writer, a lawyer, and co-director of Les Figues Press.

This pure becoming is not a particular becoming of some corporeal entity, a passage of this entity from one to another state, but a becoming-it-itself, thoroughly extracted from its corporeal base. Since the predominant temporality of Being is that of the present (with past and future as its deficient modes), the pure becoming-without-being means that one should sidestep the present—it never “actually occurs,” it is “always forthcoming and already past.”
-Slavoj Žižek, Organs without Bodies

Bradley Powell is more information coming.

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Monster (V.O.)

The city was a hate crime. Its limitless boarders could never cage the beast. It sprawled everywhere – in the people they knew, in the places they had traveled, in the very ground they had walked upon. All around them. In the smallest and largest of things. And on the silver screen – that luminous projection – flickered a million images. Heard were the cries of a million voices. Their own. Familiar words of ethnography spoonfeed back to them in slick styled hard-boiled fiction. And though they said it merely to repeat themselves, the refrain felt good: Los Angeles … Los Angeles…

Film as monster: Depictions, fictions, and assumptions lost.

Suggested Reading List: TBA

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