200 MORE NEO-FUTURIST PLAYS
FROM TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND
27 authors, 200 plays ... six years of my life.
Back in 1998, I agreed to edit a book collection of scripts from Too
Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. If you've ever tried to edit a book
containing work by 27 authors spread out all over the country, or just
herd a couple dozen cats past the place where a tuna truck collided
with an ice cream stand, you'll understand why the book finally arrived SIX YEARS LATER, at the tail end of 2004.
The book is titled 200 More Neo-Futurist Plays (from Too Much Light
Makes the Baby Go Blind), and it collects a couple hundred scripts by
the 27 authors who were members of The Neo-Futurists, in both Chicago
and New York, between 1993 and 2002. The book includes eight scripts by
me, including five that were not already published in my book What the
Sea Means: "Theater Chat," "Copernicus Died for Our Sins," "Play Poems
(Hommage a Kenneth Koch)," "In Praise of Depilatory Walrus Jelly," and
yes, the one you've all been waiting for, "I'm a Potato!" (I also wrote
the book's preface. Editors get to do stuff like that.)
You can get a copy of 200 More Neo-Futurist Plays at The Neo-Futurarium, or buy it online via The Neo-Futurists' online boutique.
"Love The Shirt" in Blithe House Quarterly: In June of 2004, my short story "Love The Shirt" was published in the Summer 2004 issue of Blithe House Quarterly, the pre-eminent journal of gay and lesbian literary fiction.
"Love The Shirt" is a campy little comedy about a man whose shirt is more popular than he is. You can read "Love The Shirt" online at the BHQ site.
WHAT THE SEA MEANS:
My book What the Sea Means was released at a festive book release party at The Neo-Futurarium in Sept of 2002, at which John "Jughead" Pierson's band Even in Blackouts played and many vegetarian mini-corn dogs were served. Here are the specs on the book:
The back cover photo for What the Sea Means. Taken by Kurt Heintz in June, 1999 at the Avebury stone circle in Wiltshire, England.
Title: What the Sea Means: Poems, Stories & Monologues 1987-2002
Publisher: Hope and Nonthings Press
Publication Date: September 21, 2002
ISBN #: 0-9707458-7-7
Cover price: US $12.95 Pages: 192
Visit the What the Sea Means page for full info, ordering information and eventually some excerpts from the book.
NEO SOLO: 131 NEO-FUTURIST SOLO PLAYS FROM TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND:
The long-awaited book of monologues and one-person plays from TMLMTBGB, Neo Solo, is an awesome reading
experience, packed full of work by literary giants like Kotis and
Hermes and Slickman and Strus and Kodeski and Halliday and...oh, you
get the point. There are 25 giants and 131 scripts, for Pete's sake.
And yeah, I've got six pieces in there, too, up to and including "I'm
a Secretary!" You can get it at The Neo-Futurarium, mail order it via the
Hope and Nonthings site, or read
all about it on the Amazon page.
FARM SANCTUARY BENEFIT CD: In 2001 the Mountain Collective released a CD benefiting Farm Sanctuary (a sanctuary for abandoned and abused farm animals), which features a track by yours truly. My contribution to the disc is "Young Person's Guide to Synchronicity," from the Too Much Light CD. The rest of the disc is a compilation of tracks by various punky types including Atom & His Package, Countdown to Putsch, Antiproduct and many more. The disc is available directly from Mountain Collective; you can order it, and hear samples from the disc, by clicking on the banner below.
WEB SIGHTS: I just built and launched the official Web site for Ayun Halliday, author of the hilarious new book The Big Rumpus, publisher of the wildly popular zine East Village Inky, and old Neo-Futurist compatriot. Check out her site it's a melonfarming good time!
If you haven't already, visit the grand hotel lobby of the site where this page is locatedmy Web portal, Ocelot Factory. Content includes my sites devoted to Russell Hoban and Ursula K. Le Guin, and the sites I maintain for my old Neo-Futurist compatriot (now award winning zine publisher and essayist) Ayun Halliday and Chicago's fabulous Sweat Girls.