Absurdist

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Writers on Artists: Thomas Bernhard’s Old Masters by Ed Winstead
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The use and abuse of art in an imperfect world.

Genre Omnivore: on Dino Buzzati’s Catastrophe by Lincoln Michel
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Fabulism and absurdity from an under-appreciated Italian master.

This Rude World by Cypress Marrs
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Jen George’s The Babysitter at Rest tells tales of the absurd expectations of womanhood.

Horizontal Bar by Benjamin Fondane
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A cinepoem—introduced by Leonard Schwartz.

Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days by Amber Power
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Winnie is buried to her neck in scorched earth. A black revolver rests beside her chirping and disembodied head. Willie, her companion, feebly scratches on all fours at the impossible mound that separates them—at one point nearly rolling down its face into an empty abyss below. “Oh,” cries Winnie, “this is a happy day!”

Lisa Dwan by Elianna Kan
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Finding the hope in the one-woman plays of Samuel Beckett.

Drapes by Barry Yourgrau
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“I need another match,” says the girl.

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