D. Harlan Wilson Diegeses

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Diegeses

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In Diegeses, acclaimed novelist and critic D. Harlan Wilson channels the "schiz-flows" of Ballard, Kierkegaard, Kafka, Burroughs, and Deleuze and Guattari in two interconnected novelettes. "The Bureau of Me" and "The Idaho Reality" follow a man who goes only by the name of Curd into the nightmarish prism of his own ego. In an ominous, darkly surreal near-future, Curd is visited by a group of mysterious strangers who claim to be representatives of the Bureau of Me. As he struggles to negotiate their weird aggression, he sinks deeper and deeper into alcoholism. The Bureau of Me suspects he is a becoming-god, but deification has its price. Inevitably he finds himself alone in a postapocalyptic wasteland, the last man, zombified physically and mentally. "The Idaho Reality" sees Curd rebooted from end-of-the-world subhuman to futuristic soap opera star. In a series of schizophrenic vignettes that mirror the condition of his psyche, he is turned inside-out. No longer the weak, insecure drunk he was in "The Bureau of Me," now he is an omnipotent television icon, although his penchant for hypermasculine assholery has shifted into high gear, rendering him more clown than becoming-god, degraded by the spectacle of simulation. Literary and grotesque, humorous and dismal, theoretical and streetwise, Diegeses is and avant-pop masterpiece that entertains as much as it enlightens, unstringing the complexities of the mind while tying them into new and undiscovered knots.

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"Judge Schreber has sunbeams in his ass. A solar anus. And rest assuredthat it works: Judge Schreber feels something, and is capable ofexplaining the process theoretically. Something is produced: the effects of a machine, not mere metaphors . . . There is no such thing as either man or nature now, only a process that produces the one within the other and couples the machines together. Producing-machines, desiring-machines everywhere, schizophrenic machines, all of species life: the self and the non-self, outside and inside, no longer have any meaning whatsoever . . . Judge Schreber 'lived for a long time without a stomach, without intestines, almost without lungs, with a torn esophagus, without a bladder, and with shattered ribs; he used sometimes to swallow part of his own larynx with his food, etc.' The body without organs is non-productive; nonetheless it is produced, at a certain place and a certain time in the connective synthesis, as the identity of producing and the product: the schizophrenic table is a body without organs." Deleuze & Guattari

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D. Harlan Wilson is an award-winning, critically acclaimed novelist, short story writer, editor, literary critic, and Professor of English at Wright State University-Lake Campus. In addition to numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, hundreds of his stories and essays have appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies throughout the world in multiple languages. Wilson serves as reviews editor of the academic science fiction journal Extrapolation and managing editor of Guide Dog Books, the nonfiction syndicate of Raw Dog Screaming Press. For more information, visit DHarlanWilson.com and TheKyotoMan.com.

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