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Boris Vian - Woman dies of the lily growing in her lung; because the people they loved are gone, mice persuade diffident cats to kill them

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Boris Vian, Foam Of The Daze, Trans. by Brian Harper (Tam Tam Books, 2003)

"L'Ecume des jours (Foam of the Daze) is a jazz fueled Science Fiction story that is both romantic and nihilistic! Vian's novel is an assortment of bittersweet romance, absurdity and the frailty of life. Foam of the Daze is a nimble-fingered masterpiece that is both witty and incredibly moving. It is a story of a wealthy young man Colin and the love of his life Chloe, who develops a water lily in her lung.
The supporting cast includes Chick, an obsessive collector of noted philosopher Jean-Sol Partre's books and stained pants, and Nicolas who is a combination of P.G. Wodehouse's fictional butler Jeeves and the Green Hornet's Kato. The soul of the book is about the nature of life disappearing and loving things intensely as if one was making love on a live grenade!"

"The most heartbreakingly poignant modern love story ever written." - Raymond Queneau

"For the last thirty y…

Lily Hoang - Calligraphic patchwork of sadness, at once a fractal fairy tale, a fortune, and a translation told through the I Ching

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Unfinished: stories finished by Lily Hoang, Jaded Ibis Press, 2011.

ART: Original art finished by Anne Austin Pearce. Also includes unfinished art by Pearce that readers are urged to finish.
SOUND: original music by by Ron Heckert (Tornado In A Jar)


"Lily Hoang is a daring writer because she attempts to make something new with each piece that she writes. She plays with form and sometimes applies compositional constraints. And she does amazing things with narrative voice." – William Walsh
"Hoang invited over twenty adventurous writers to submit unfinished stories that she then completed. Story fragments ranged from a few sentences to a few pages, and manifested in wildly different styles. "The breadth of range is impressive," wrote book critic Paul Constant, "some entries are science fiction, some are field guides for fictional birds, some are descriptions of fantastic, otherworldly museums." Authors of unfinished writing are Kate Bernheimer, Blake Bu…