I don’t recall how I came across Andrea Rexilius’s “excerpt from New Organism,” published at this rad looking journal called Timber, but I’m glad I did.
At first glance I saw the word “séance,” which instantly transported me back more than a decade, to a time when I had the privilege of studying séances and mirror gazing and other such wonders with Dr. Raymond Moody (the guy who invented the phrase “near death experience”) at the Consciousness Studies Center at UNLV. But that’s a whole other story. What matters here is that Rexilius got my attention. So I eagerly read her excerpt and was so impressed I felt compelled to look for more of her work.
Here is a passage from that excerpt:
Can’t wait to read them.
Also, Olivia Cronk interviewed her about the earlier book over at Bookslut, and it’s well worth checking out: she has a bunch of interesting things to say, such as: “the new is often monstrous or ugly because it is new or because we don’t know how to look at / respond to / interact with it yet. This also suggests that we will, that it isn’t impossible or “difficult.” And personally I would rather gaze into the eyes of Frankenstein than Hayden Christensen any day.”
UPDATE: Letter Machine Editions is offering a deal on Half of What They Carried…get it along books by Peter Gizzi & Juliana Leslie–all three for $35