Kane X. Faucher - Grey dreams, grey hopes, and a grey future emerges out of the destruction of the Library and a people thoroughly greyed out as "dividual" masses chained to personalized grey machines and even greyer ideals
Kane X. Faucher, The Infinite Grey, Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2013. excerpt
A mysterious grey dust continues to settle everywhere. Grey bureaucratic rulers and reformers dominate politics in a time that has grown weary of flamboyant tyrants. Grey dreams, grey hopes, and a grey future emerges out of the destruction of the Library and a people thoroughly greyed out as "dividual" masses chained to personalized grey machines and even greyer ideals in this final book of the acclaimed trilogy.
Paul Fabulan, subject to an experiment to encode his psyche with the text of an obscure and angry theorist, returns to his former part-time teaching post only to fight against a new reformer named Martin Schulmann who seeks to transform universities into degree mills in line with neoliberal policies. Meanwhile, Gimaldi finds himself teaching a course on codes and ciphers while Castellemare (now just a humble librarian at the university library) and Anton Setzer have misappropriated a grant in Gimaldi's name to create a quantum virus that will carry the encoded imprint of the Library's remaining holdings so that future generations would be entrusted to perform scribal labour in the reproduction of the Library. In the post-Albrecht world, North America is mostly a grey desert save for university campuses that have been repurposed as ecclesiastical towns, under the domination of a new theocracy: the orthodox-conservative and powerful Schulmannites, and the weakening opposition of Calembourists. One lone pilgrim in this neo-feudalist world is misappropriating the Grant to investigate a mysterious place known only by dark rumour: The Grey.
Kane X. Faucher, ZOMG!: A Social Media Novel, Enigmatic Ink, 2012.
Now available, a social media novel. Yes. With all the Twitteractions, Facebook distractions, pop-up interruptus you can handle.
Inspired by Sinclair Lewis’ biting appraisal of contemporary mores, alternative cartoonist Seth’s enchantingly detailed studies of fictional cities, and seasoned with plenty of Jonathan Franzen-esque qualities, ZOMG! takes place in a mid-sized fictitious Ontario city where social media technology touches the lives of ten common people in the run-up to a mayoral election. Media consolidation, midlife crisis, radio piracy, digital addiction, flat-pack furniture, social networking schemes, online narcissism, and vivid visions of hell all feature in this Canadian novel verité masterfully brought to life by Kane X. Faucher.
Read the first few sample chapters downloadable as PDF here
Pop-Up Interruptus... This... is Leamingville. Paul and Molly’s marriage is being disrupted by social media. Lars Purcell, the new media guru, is checked into a midlife crisis centre. Tristan Frazer has come to town with a money-making scheme for social networking inspired by a Russian novel. Gregory Bugg has gone from web junky to therapeutic saviour dedicating himself to unplugging the masses. Corrupt mayor Dmitri Grimm is fighting for his political life as a radio pirate has captivated the otherwise politically disengaged public, and the rise of a social media powered digital shadow mayor. The global village idiot has declared himself the poet laureate of the internets. Inspired by Sinclair Lewis’ biting appraisal of contemporary mores, alternative cartoonist Seth’s enchantingly detailed studies of fictional cities, and seasoned with plenty of Jonathan Franzen-esque qualities, ZOMG! takes place in a mid-sized fictitious Ontario city where social media technology touches the lives of ten common people in the run-up to a mayoral election. Media consolidation, midlife crisis, radio piracy, digital addiction, flat-pack furniture, social networking schemes, online narcissism, a poet laureate of the Internet and vivid visions of hell all feature in this Canadian novel verité filled with pop-up interruptus, Twitter-esque feeds, notification alerts, and web-ads that satirically blends the media of print with the rich multimedia saturated online environment. A novel merging the social media landscape of today with that of a new participatory politics.
Kane X. Faucher & Tom Bradley, Epigonesia. BlazeVOX
Review by Lynn Alexander at Full of Crow
Excerpts available at 3:AM Magazine, Unlikely Stories 2.0, and Danse Macabre
A literary all-star cast of Pound, Celine, Bukowski, Artaud, Hunter Thompson, and Henry Miller, threaded by the mental state known only as "epigonesia." Fans of Faucher and Bradley will delight in this rowdy, raucous collaboration that bring two exquisitely bent irrealists into one book.
Faucher has written Ezra Pound back to life. By various alchemical means, the latter performs the same favor for Henry Miller, Hunter Thompson, Charles Bukowski, Antonin Artaud and Louis-Ferdinand Celine. These authors are dumped in the present, and each is caused to suffer symbolic retribution worthy of Dante's Inferno, based on the particular excess that came to define his literary persona. Celine returns with no memory of the French language. Bukowski is cursed with an inability to drink alcohol. Artaud behaves insanely, but no one seems to notice except for teenagers who think it's "awesome." Miller has erectile dysfunction, while Thompson is expected to write legit journalism.
The quincunx of notorious and occasionally polemical authors gives the novel a kind of literary star-power. Meanwhile, Tom Bradley has recruited himself to provide commentary in an elaborate substructure of footnotes. Bradley seems to have discovered the manuscript on a rickety old laptop which Faucher left behind upon his tragic suicide.
Kane X. Faucher, The Vicious Circulation of Dr Catastrope.
Enigmatic Ink Press, 2010.
A bitter doctor unfairly accused and sent to prison, an old and ornery Frenchman in Louisiana who just wants people to leave him and his lawn alone, a paranoid ex-crooner trying to mount a comeback in the age of human jukeboxes, a dis-gruntled academic whose career is being sabotaged, and a Rabelaisian narrator who has united them all in a tavern tale. Delight in the satirical volleys of vitriol and angry, streaming fury from the mouthiest, most opinionated, and disillusioned old men in a book that surreptitiously draws the essence of polemic in the history of literature and expresses the most outlandish statements with a double donkey punch of humour and shock. This is certainly not a book for the delicate.
Faucher is without a doubt the greatest literary parodist in existence. His Celine, in particular, is uncanny to the point of making me superstitious at times. - Tom Bradley
In this novel, Kane X Faucher seeks to denounce, through language, everything that anyone, anywhere, has ever held dear. Utilizing a shifting array of narrators (separate pieces of a scatological “anti-self”), he treats bitterness as parallax, exploring the relation of perspective to society—banal, oppressive, destructive, but ultimately inescapable… a magnificent work of art, hilarious and virtuosic. - Kyle Muntz
The shadow of Celine’s genius dominates the book; Celine combined with George Carlin. --Prakash Kona
Kane X. Faucher’s schizographic Dr. Catastrophe is a bizzaro-charged scrabblific shrap-spray of apocalyptic logos and Célinian infospection that leaves you raw and gasping as if you’ve just been donkey-punched from Timbuktu to Duluth. Which is a good thing. The poetics of provocation have never prosed so piercingly. —Mark Spitzer
Kane X. Faucher, [+!]
Extending by invention beyond concrete, VisPo, and code poetry, this triple collaboration of experimentation featuring Kane X. Faucher, Matina Stamatakis, and John Moore Williams contains de-code "poems" and textual art under the lysicological rubric that to compose is to de- and re-compose. Studded with multi-linguistic puns, broken and re-stitched prefixes and suffixes to form neologisms, this book is both a linguistic and aesthetic artifact.
Anticipated release by Calliope Nerve Media late summer 2009. Sneak peek of the electronic version here.
For a sneak aural peek at one of the works set to music by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, go to Audioo.
"[+!] is a post-code-poetry experiment, making de-composition into re-composition. .. art in it's truest sense... a bizarre, compelling, visually stunning, important work. Lysicology may not be a part of your lexicon now but it will be..." --Lucindo Anthony (author A Disease of Poetry)
Read the review by Lynn Alexander at Full of Crow
Kane X. Faucher, Metastasis and Metastability: a Deleuzian Approach to Information, Sense Publishers, 2013.
The word “information” carries a number of connotations depending on context, and can be said to be one of the most problematic words to define despite many efforts by statistical theorists, mathematicians, physicists, cyberneticians, communication theorists, computer scientists, and philosophers. Is information physical or non-physical? Is the universe digital, analog, or a “chaosmic” mixture of the two?
This book explores a Deleuzian way of understanding information by retracing Deleuze’s ontology of difference back to Gilbert Simondon’s concepts of transduction, metastability, and perpetual individuation as a source for Deleuze’s concept of the virtual. Although Deleuze did not address information specifically in his oeuvre, this book attempts to construct what a Deleuzian theory of information might look like as a consequence of his philosophical insights.
The reader is presented with a brief survey of information theories, capsule explanations of the philosophy of Gilbert Simondon and Gilles Deleuze, and a discussion on the roles of metastasis and metastability as a means of addressing the problematic known as information outside of computing regimes, and as a critique of cybernetics, informatics, and memetics. Can information be reconfigured as affirmative difference, transformed into a “nomad science,” or must it remain consigned to the realm of probabilism?
- 2012 Review of The Volcker Virus in The Big Stupid Review
- Excerpt from The Infinite Atrocity in The Big Stupid Review
- Advance selection from The Infinite Grey in The Big Stupid Review
- 2011 Pac Man Existential in Clockwise Cat
- Midlife Crisis Response Services in Maple Tree Literary Supplement 8
- Excerpt from Epigonesia in Unlikely Stories
- 2010 Excerpt from Epigonesia in 3:AM Magazine
- Excerpt from The Vicious Circulation of Dr Catastrope in O Sweet Flowery Roses (October)
- An Evening with Tom Bradley (A Japan of the Mind) in 3:AM Magazine (August)
- (draft) An Evening with Tom Bradley (The Japan of the Mind) in The Exquisite Corpse (June)
- A Condensed Version of the Holy Bible pt. 1 (satire) in Clockwise Cat 17
- Is Zombie Porn the New Frontier? (satire) in Clockwise Cat 16
- Interview with a Marxist in Clockwise Cat
- Sexual Education for Young Men (satire) in Clockwise Cat
- How to Survive Apartment Living: A Primer for Bachelors in Clockwise Cat 14-15
- Suburban Safari in Clockwise Cat
- Selection from Codex Infinitum in Copious Magazine (November).
- Flash fiction selection of Fort & Da in Hackwriters
In the final installment of Greg Hainge‘s search to answer the question, “What is noise?” we have a response from scholar and author, Kane X. Faucher.