An essay in nineteen parts, where writer-critic Christopher Higgs investigates how a monster is not born but formed. What are the circumstances that can turn a person into a monster, and what are the ramifications of becoming one? Scanning art, philosophy, literature, and television, Higgs is on the hunt not just for the world’s monsters, but for the monstrousness that hides in the depths of human nature. Then again: “What do we mean when we say human,” Higgs asks, “and what do we mean when we say nature?” These unstable definitions are as dangerous as any monster hiding in man’s stories. Part treatise, part warning, Becoming Monster is a critical study of the very nature of the grotesque. The Cupboard is thrilled to put the beastly thing in your hands.
Well, confusion or dissonance are things that sometimes work in opposing ways but they kind of set the story straight. Sometimes the most interesting thing to watch is the way things dance with each other or connect with each other in ways that you would never expect. I’ve always felt more attracted to things that were more emotionally complicated.
I am grateful to Jamie Iredell, author of The Book of Freaks, for tagging me in “The Next Big Thing” blog series, wherein authors answer ten questions about their current works-in-progress and then tag other authors to participate. I’ll do my best…
My remix of Pirandello’s 6 Characters in Search of an Author appears in the latest edition of The Coming Envelope, which is BookThug’s beautiful letterpress publication of experimental prose fiction edited and designed by Malcolm Sutton.
Over at HTMLGIANT, I offered holiday gift recommendations for recently published works of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.
Over at The Paris Review Daily, I interviewed Kate Zambreno about her new book Heroines.
Over at The Brooklyn Rail, the three of us did an interview about ONE.
Over at Fanzine, critic Laura Carter reviewsONE, and declares “There is beautiful language here.”
And the great Dennis Cooper includes both ONE and Bright Stupid Confetti on his list of favorite music, fiction, poetry, film, art & internet of 2012.