Start: 7:00 pm
The University of Washington-Bothell is becoming known for a newly-developing program in cultural poetics. Two writers and professors there visit Elliott Bay tonight with very different books that should make for a stimulating evening. Amaranth Borsuk is the author of an award-winning poetry collection, Handiwork (Slope Editions), and more recently, a striking collaborative, multimedia piece, Between Page and Screen (Siglio), the latter with Brad Bouse. "Between Page and Screen ... mysteriously opens up a new world with the click on a computer screen, chronicling the misfortunes and misunderstandings of two star-crossed lovers ... Here, as Samuel Beckett said of Finnegan's Wake, 'form is meaning and meaning is form.'" - Marjorie Perloff. Joe Milutis is here with a rich prose work, Failure, A Writer's Life (Zero Books). "The unfinished, unreadable, unpublishablethe scribbled and illegible ... here lie all manner of ruins. From Marguerite Duras to Google Maps, Henri Bergson to H.P. Lovecraft, Orson Welles to Walter Benjamin to a host of literary ambulance drivers ... Failure, A Writer's Life charts empty spaces and occupied libraries, searches databases bereft of filters, files spam and porn and weather reports ... and realizes the full potential of cultural inscription ... In the process, Milutis redefines the 'virtual' as something much broader and more interesting than digital simulacra: as the unmanageable storehouse of memory and the inevitable expanse of forgetfulness. Here, in all its glamorous success, is the horizon of failure."- Craig Dworkin.