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From: Exquisite Corpse <dewitt@corpse.org>
To: 'Corpse Submissions' <submissions@corpse.org>
Subject: SPECIAL TO EXQUISITE CORPSE SUBSCRIBERS!
Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2009 21:16:47 -0500

Order now THE POSTHUMAN DADA GUIDE: TZARA AND LENIN PLAY CHESS
by Andrei Codrescu,

 

Order from Cottonwood Books at cottonwoodbooks@bellsouth.net or (225) 343-1266 and we will send you a signed book. Your book will come with a special Exquisite Corpse gift, two rare issues of the print Corpse, one of which features Robert Creeley's "Goodbye" on the front page.

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My new book, The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess, was just published by Princeton University Press. See my reading/signing schedule and a video interview about the book. I don't know about you, but I think that the 21st century cannot do without Dada; this book is not another study of Dada! it is a practical guide to the Dada life. Order now from Cottonwood Books  cottonwoodbooks@bellsouth.net This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or (225) 343-1266 and we will send you a signed book. The first fifty-one books will also come with a special Exquisite Corpse gift. The Posthuman Dada Guide is an impractical handbook for practical living in our posthuman world-all by way of examining the imagined 1916 chess game between Tristan Tzara, the daddy of Dada, and V. I. Lenin, the daddy of communism. This epic game at Zurich's Café de la Terrasse-a battle between radical visions of art and ideological revolution-lasted for a century and may still be going on, although communism appears dead and Dada stronger than ever. As the poet faces the future ideologue over the chessboard, neither realizes that they are playing for the world. Taking the match as metaphor for two poles of twentieth- and twenty-first-century thought, politics, and life, I've created my own Dadaesque guide to Dada-and to what it can teach us about surviving our ultraconnected present and future. Here dadaists Duchamp, Ball, and von Freytag-Loringhoven and communists Trotsky, Radek, and Zinoviev appear live in company with later incarnations, including William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Gilles Deleuze, and Newt Gingrich. The Posthuman Dada Guide is arranged alphabetically for quick reference and (some) nostalgia for order, with entries such as "eros (women)," "internet(s)," and "war." Throughout, it is written in the belief "that posthumans lining the road to the future (which looks as if it exists, after all, even though Dada is against it) need the solace offered by the primal raw energy of Dada and its inhuman sources."

Royal Praise:
"This highly original, beautifully written, and charming book is vintage Andrei Codrescu. No one else has written anything remotely like it. One is carried along by the author's sheer energy and drive, his good humor, his ability to laugh at himself, and his own truly Dada personality. The Posthuman Dada Guide will introduce Dada thinking to a whole new readership."--Marjorie Perloff, author of The Vienna Paradox

"No other book has treated the relationship between the artistic and revolutionary avant-gardes as originally and provocatively as Codrescu's. This is both an immensely illuminating essay of intellectual history and a disturbing meditation on absolute ideals turned into alibis for tyranny. Magically blending sarcasm and gravity, Codrescu invites us to engage in an emancipatory laughter as an antidote to morose scholasticism and dogmatic obscurantism."--Vladimir Tismaneanu, author of Stalinism for All Seasons
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