Biting the Error
What is the best way to tell a story?
In this anthology, the first-ever collection of essays by innovative, cutting-edge writers on the theme of narration, forty of the continent's top experimental writers describe their engagement with language, storytelling and the world. The anthology includes renowned writers like Kathy Acker, Dennis Cooper, Nicole Brossard, Daphne Marlatt, Lydia Davis and Kevin Killian, writers who have spent years pondering the meaning of storytelling and how storytelling functions in our culture, as well as presenting a new generation of brilliant thinkers and writers, like Christian Bök, Corey Frost, Derek McCormack and Lisa Robertson.
Contemporizing the friendly anecdotal style of Montaigne and written by daring writers of different ages, of different origins, from many different regions of the continent, from Mexico to Montreal, these essays run the gamut of mirth, prose poetry, tall tales and playful explorations of reader/writer dynamics. They discuss aesthetics founded on new explorations in the field of narrative, the mystery that is the body, questions of how representation may be torqued to deal with gender and sexuality, the experience of marginalized people, the negotiation between different orders of time, the 'performance' of outlaw subject matter.
Brave, energetic and fresh, Biting the Error tells a whole new story about narrative.
With writing from Kathy Acker, D. L. Alvarez, Betsy Andrews, Dodie Bellamy, Christian Bök, Bruce Boone, Taylor Brady, Lawrence Ytzhak Braithwaite, Nicole Brossard, Mary Burger, Lydia Davis, Jeff Derksen, Aja Couchois Duncan, Michael du Plessis, kari edwards, Corey Frost, Renee Gladman, Robert Glück, Rob Halpern, Carla Harryman, Laird Hunt, Kevin Killian, Chris Kraus, Pamela Lu, Nicole Markotic, Daphne Marlatt, Douglas A. Martin, Steve McCaffery, Derek McCormack, Robin Tremblay-McGaw, Laura Moriarty, Eileen Myles, Doug Rice, Lisa Robertson, Camille Roy, Leslie Scalapino, Kathy Lou Schultz, Gail Scott, X. I. Selene, Aaron Shurin, Nathalie Stephens, Anne Stone, Lynne Tillman, Paul VanDeCarr, heriberto yepez, Magdalena Zurawski.
Biting the Error is edited by Mary Burger, Robert Glück, Camille Roy and Gail Scott, the co-founders of the Narrativity Website Magazine, based at the Poetry Center, San Francisco State University.