Hemingway disclosed his secret, and committed to his definitive discourse on method, the only indispensable statement he made on writing, in 1926. There are those who lament that Hemingway never wrote a book on the subject, but he had no need of doing so. He had explained it all, and[…]
These books are available from your local independent bookseller, directly from the publishers, or online. SOFT INVASIONS Anti-Oedipus Press, 2017 $12.99 Paperback $5.99 E-Book Click cover to order. “In his exceptionally well-written novel, at times lyrical, elegiac, and even mystical, James Reich asks some profound questions about time and identity. This[…]
The first time I read Susan Sontag’s Against Interpretation (1964), I found it exhilarating. I was twenty-one, or twenty-two, and working through an obsession with Andy Warhol that had begun two years before. In a self-serving manner, I embraced Sontag’s essay; self-serving in the sense that I could use it[…]
“It would be fine to see you in Santa Fe & if you possibly change your mind, address is: Hotel La Fonda, Santa Fe, New Mex. for the next two weeks at least. I keep thinking about that idea we had for a couple of murders.” (Highsmith, p.47) Patricia Highsmith’s[…]
“In his exceptionally well-written novel, at times lyrical, elegiac, and even mystical, James Reich asks some profound questions about time and identity. This fast-paced book is a meditation on history and human relationships which will keep you thinking and reading to the last page.” –Michael Moorcock The novel can be[…]
James Reich’s Inner Space Odyssey: Suburban Spacemen and the Cults of Catastrophe provides an account of the development of British science fiction in the 1960s, and is included in Bloomsbury Publishing’s definitive book on the fiction of the decade. The 1960s: A Decade of Modern British Fiction publishes in July 2018. From the publisher: “The[…]
“James Reich’s Soft Invasions (Anti-Oedipus Press) is a powerful fusion of noir, thriller, and historical fiction, sentence after sentence evincing great style and intelligence, its metaphors as refreshingly unusual as they are perfectly realized. Think Nathanael West, Graham Greene, and Joseph Conrad. With a pre- and post-Pearl Harbor bombing Los[…]
It suffices to understand the mirror stage in this context as an identification, in the full sense analysis gives to the term: namely, the transformation that takes place in the subject when he assumes [assume] an image—an image that is seemingly predestined to have an effect at this phase, as[…]
Some thoughts from my morning walk: A Trans-Siberian railway of column inches has already been laid concerning the US Presidential Election of 2016, which makes dubious and vain the proposition of adding another sleeper narrative to the track. And yet, thoughts press. What occurs to me, in the fog of[…]
Anti-Oedipus Press, publisher of James Reich’s third novel Mistah Kurtz! A Prelude to Heart of Darkness (2016) describes Reich’s latest, Soft Invasions, expected in December 2017 with cover art by Matthew Revert. Here’s the latest: Los Angeles, 1942. Psychoanalyst Maxwell McKinney and his wife Joan await the return of their[…]
Voigt-Kampff, the sinister test designed to detect the schizophenic ‘flattening of affect’ (33) of android psychopathy in Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?/Blade Runner [i] (1968), is an extension of Alan Turing’s 1950 test of human-machine equivalence. Its purpose is to draw and cull the uncanny androids by exposing their[…]
Nicholas Ray’s 1955 cult classic film Rebel Without a Cause[i], starring James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo is broadly understood as a violent, tragic recapitulation of the family. It is—‘following’ abstractedly, at least in title, Robert M. Lindner’s 1944 book Rebel Without a Cause: The Hypnoanalysis of a Criminal[…]
Mistah Kurtz! A Prelude to Heart of Darkness has been named as one of the 20 Best Books of 2016 So Far by Cultured Vultures Magazine. You can see the fine company that the novel finds itself in over HERE.
UPDATE: This essay was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize. Thank you to Bernard Meisler at Sensitive Skin. Sensitive Skin Magazine published my essay Jack the Ripper, Performance, Participation, Fans and Trolls. The introduction is reproduced below, but you can read the full essay HERE. “During the autumn of 1888, the[…]
Entropy Magazine published my essay Against Recycling. The intro is below, but you can read the full work HERE: “In The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, the 2012 documentary companion to his 1997 book, The Plague of Fantasies, Slovoj Žižek constellates a series of ideological vessels, from Starbucks cups, Coca Cola bottles, the Titanic, and Jaws,[…]
Laurence Rickels is our foremost analyst of popular culture’s repressed content, the sublimated presence of an uncanny canon of anti-classics that haunts our scene, in B-movies, in exploitation narratives, science fiction, camp, highly stylized and hysterical productions at the seam of juvenilia, trash, and high conceptual art. This methodology was[…]
Culture writer Alex DeVore conducted a flash interview with James Reich as part of the alt-weekly’s Three Questions series, ahead of James’ reading at The Forum, Santa Fe, with Matt Donovan, author of A Cloud of Unusual Size and Shape (Trinity University Press). Read the Q&A HERE.
FICTION ADVOCATE’S Brian Hurley interviewed James Reich about his latest novel Mistah Kurtz! A Prelude to Heart of Darkness (Anti-Oedipus Press). Read the Q&A HERE.
Artist and writer Pippa Tandy reviewed Mistah Kurtz! Read her thoughtful and perceptive review in full HERE. This is an extract: “The best way I can describe Mistah Kurtz! is as a critical intervention, an appraisal and an amplification of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. The ‘unspeakable’ is spoken in a manner that reminds us of[…]