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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Collage No. 4 / "An Afternoon of Failure" at MoMA PS1

@ MoMA PS1 / Long Island, NY

Saturday Sessions: Hosted by Triple Canopy and Dalkey Archive Press featuring "An Afternoon of Failure"

Triple Canopy and Dalkey Archive Press host an afternoon of failure, to celebrate the release of the Review of Contemporary Fiction's "Failure" issue, guest-edited by Joshua Cohen. The program will include attempted readings from the issue by Eileen Myles, Helen DeWitt, Sam Frank, and Keith Gessen; a botched tribute to the classics of American literature by John Collins and Scott Shepherd of the theater group Elevator Repair Service; mangled covers of pop songs by U.S. Girls; and an attempt to resurrect William Gaddis.

The Review of Contemporary Fiction was launched in 1981 to provide a critical discourse around innovative literary works of the highest caliber that have largely been ignored by the mainstream media. Over the years, the Review has provided an alternative canon for contemporary fiction and has introduced such writers as David Foster Wallace, David Markson, and Gilbert Sorrentino, well before they were embraced by the critical establishment. (Wallace served for a time as an editor of the journal, and guest-edited a "Future of Fiction" issue, in 1996.) The Review has also published numerous anthology issues dedicated to new writing from foreign countries, special issues dedicated to innovative publishers (Grove Press, Editions P.O.L), and special topic issues, including the present "Failure" issue.

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