Wednesday, June 4, 2008


@ 7:30 p.m.

Subtext continues its monthly reading series with readings by Janet Sarbanes & Doug Nufer at our new home at the Chapel Performance Space on the 4th of June 2008. Donations for admission will be taken at the door on the evening of the performance. The reading starts at 7:30pm.

Janet Sarbanes is the author of the short story collection Army of One (Otis Books/Seismicity Editions 2008), and is currently completing a novel entitled This Land: The Adventures of the President's Daughter. She teaches narrative writing and theory in the CalArts MFA Writing Program, and cultural studies in the School of Critical Studies. She has recently published in Popular Music and Society, Utopian Studies, Black Clock, Afterall, and the anthologies Still Moving: Between Cinema and Photography and the Noulipan Analects.

Doug Nufer writes prose and poetry as a rule, some of which he performs alone or with musicians or dancers, some of which has appeared in Bird Dog, Golden Handcuffs Review, and Monkey Puzzle. His novels include Never Again (Black Square), Negativeland (Autonomedia), On the Roast (Chiasmus), and The Mudflat Man/ The River Boys (soultheft). His recent book is a collection of Oulipian poetry, We Were Werewolves (Make Now).

From Janet Sarbanes' Army of One:

There are plenty of folks who should be in the Army of One, she decided,
but never find the courage to enlist. Instead, they wait around to be
drafted, resenting their friends and families for taking up so much of
their time, and accumulating a vast porn collection or a novel in a
drawer. She'd been one of those people. They're the ones who are oddly
chipper at funerals. They're also the ones who drive too fast, and cheat
at ping-pong. It's a pity they can't just get called up, because the Army
of One would straighten them out.

First paragraph of
Doug Nufer's Never Again:

When the racetrack closed forever I had to get a job. Want ads
made wonderlands, founding systems barely imagined. Adventure’s
imperative ruled nothing could repeat. Redirections dictated rigorously,
freely. Go anywhere new: telephone boiler-rooms, midnight grocery
shooting galleries, prosthetic limb assembly plants, hazardous waste
removal sites; flower delivery, flour milling, million-dollar bunko
schemes. Do anything once; then, best of all, never again.

SPECIAL THANKS to NONSEQUITUR for co-sponsoring this event.

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