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Kassten Alonso - a dystopian fable of science, rebellion, humankind’s inhumanity, and the struggle for identity and survival in a post-human world
Kassten Alonso, The Pet Thief, Fiction Collective 2, 2013.
The Pet Thief is a dystopian fable of science,
rebellion, humankind’s inhumanity, and the struggle for identity and
survival in a post-human world.
the government, and venture capitalists conspire to hybridize humans
with animals—cats, specifically—for organ harvesting, drug testing, and
military applications, the experiment is an irredeemable failure,
producing human-like beings with uncanny abilities who are nonetheless
fundamentally defective. Oboy and his mentor/tormentor
Freda are two wayward hybrids, “cat people,” who have escaped
with others to the depths of a rundown European city being leveled for
reconstruction. They are members of a street gang led by an ominous
leader called Swan.
Oboy is unable to think or speak
except in mimicry, but he is a physical savant, which serves Freda’s
mission. Enraged at what has been done to her, Freda wants to “rescue”
every pet she can. When Oboy returns with a human baby after his first
solo outing, their world and the truths of their existence come
“Just as the characters found in The Pet Thief are deranged biological recombinants, so is the formidable form of this dystopic novel: worsted, unzipped, reraveled, and hooked. Kassten Alonso frack’s the mother tongue. This book is one mean meaning.”—Michael Martone, author of Four for a Quarter
Kassten Alonso, Core: A Romance, Hawthorne Books, 2005.
This intense and compact novel crackles with obsession, betrayal, and
madness, and is an Oregon Book Award Finalist for fiction 2005. As the
narrator becomes fixated on his best friend’s girlfriend his precarious
hold on sanity rapidly deteriorates into delusion and violence. This
story can be read as the classic myth of Hades and Persephone (Core)
rewritten for a twenty-first century audience as well as a dark,
foreboding tale of unrequited love and loneliness. Alonso skillfully
uses language to imitate memory and psychosis putting the reader
squarely inside the narrator’s head. In addition, deliberate misuse of
standard punctuation blurs the distinction between the narrator’s
internal and external worlds. A sense of alienation and Faulknerian
grotesquerie permeate this landscape where desire is borne in the bloom
of a daffodil and sanity lies toppled like an applecart in the mud.
Kassten Alonso’s first novel Core: A Romance was an Oregon Book Awards finalist in 2005. He has previously published in the Portland Mercury, Portland Monthly, and The Oregonian, and was a contributor to Citadel of the Spirit: Oregon's Sesquicentennial Anthology, A Merging of Past and Present Oregon Voices and Stories. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, author Monica Drake, and daughter, Mavis.
across & beyond. ed. by Ryan Bishop, Kristoffer Gansing, Jussi Parikka, Elvia Wilk, Sternberg Press, 2017.
a transmediale Reader on Post-digital Practices, Concepts, and Institutions
Contributions by Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke, Jamie Allen and David Gauthier, Clemens Apprich and Ned Rossiter, Tatiana Bazzichelli, Benjamin Bratton, Florian Cramer, Dieter Daniels, Geoffroy de Lagasnerie, Daphne Dragona, Keller Easterling, Olga Goriunova, Louis Henderson, Geraldine Juarez, Olia Lialina, Alessandro Ludovico, Rosa Menkman, Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev, Erica Scourti, Cornelia Sollfrank, Telekommunisten (Baruch Gottlieb and Dmytri Kleiner), Tiziana Terranova, YoHa (Graham Harwood and Matsuko Yokokoji) This collection of art and theory analyzes today’s post-digital conditions for critical media practices—across and beyond the analog and the digital, the human and the nonhuman. The contributions also look across and beyond the field of media art, staking out new paths for un…
Daïchi Saito, Moving the Sleeping Images of Things Towards the Light,
Daïchi Saito offers a personal reflection on language and image. Saito doesn't write at an expert to theorize practice, but instead offers a meditation as an observer of what happens.
Moving the Sleeping Images of Things Towards the Light is the first book of Daïchi Saito, director and co-founder of Double negative Montreal collective. Preface by André Habib, professor of film studies at the University of Montreal and a specialist in experimental cinema.
“A confused mass of thoughts, tumbling over one another in the dark; when the fancy was yet in its first work, moving the sleeping images of things towards the light, there to be distinguished and then either chosen or rejected by the judgment.” – John Dryden I guess that I’m familiar with Daïchi Saïto’s experimental films. I would have seen All That Rises and Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis at Café Ex and then Never a Foot Too Far, Even at the Blackwood Gallery.…
Thor Garcia, Only Fools Die of Heartbreak:
Stories, Equus Press, 2013. thorgarcia.wordpress.com/
From Thor Garcia, author of the monumental The News
Clown—whose “flashy, satirical style keeps the narrative fresh, entertaining and
eminently readable throughout” (Publishers Weekly)—comes a compelling collection
of interlocking stories, Only Fools Die of Heartbreak.
nightmarish genius of Thor Garcia has returned in this explosive collection of
sordid, hilarious, gut-twisting tales.
Meet the infamous Lenka, the
mournful cripple who never met a penis she didn’t want to chop.
Blump, beaten and raped from an early age, who rises to lead the Blond
There’s father Ernie, the athletic standout who never did
care much for being a man. And George P., the poet and ex-boxer who finds it all
floating out of his grasp.
Meet Halingwhorst, the drunk, once-scorned
writer, as he edges toward unimaginable triumph. And the anonymous man ruined by