Tricky Theatrics & the Vast, Brief, Spectaculars of the Recent Literary Interwebs


  • Robert Falls, director of the stage adaptation of 2666 asks, “How do we do what Bolaño did, only in the time-based, 3-D, actor-driven medium of theater?” As our own Johnny G. asks, about all kinds of things, “How do you put a brick through a colander?” Powerball winnings help. We wanna sit through all five hours anyway.



  • Also at Electric Literature is a great interview with Eka Kurniawan, writer of the novel Beauty is a Wound, on Indonesian history and the classification of his work as “magic realism:”The society tends to simplify it as “magical realism,” just because of how it shows up, both fantastically and realistically. We rarely identify Kafka as a magical realist writer, despite the fact there are many fantastic elements in his works. And why are the comic characters from DC and Marvel not called magical realism, even though they have plenty of fantastic elements? The magic aspects in my novel are influenced by horror and silat (Indonesian martial art) novels of the 1970s. Beauty Is a Wound is quite tricky, as it’s difficult to put it in one genre. Classifying it as “magic realism” would be easier for people to figure it out.

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NAMASTE, readers!



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