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In this timely collection of essays and "quasi-essays," acclaimed novelist and critic Harold Jaffe explores the intricate vicissitudes of millennial culture. Gesturing, in a philosophical shorthand, toward a kind of pop Armageddon, Revolutionary Brain is at once thesis, allegory, and surreal comedy, demonstrating just how far we, and the natural world we have debased, have fallen. Obsessed with technology, we are incapable of reconstructing ourselves. By way of Jaffe's elegant prose and perfect pitch, our ...
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In this timely collection of essays and "quasi-essays," acclaimed novelist and critic Harold Jaffe explores the intricate vicissitudes of millennial culture. Gesturing, in a philosophical shorthand, toward a kind of pop Armageddon, Revolutionary Brain is at once thesis, allegory, and surreal comedy, demonstrating just how far we, and the natural world we have debased, have fallen. Obsessed with technology, we are incapable of reconstructing ourselves. By way of Jaffe's elegant prose and perfect pitch, our collective disability is laid bare at the 11th hour. REVOLUTIONARY BRAIN is a powerful cry for a brave new aesthetics that turns towards, not away, from our tormented globe.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781935738329
  • Publisher: Raw Dog Screaming Press
  • Publication date: 12/5/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

    How many ways can a brain revolt in a technology-obsessed cultur

    How many ways can a brain revolt in a technology-obsessed culture that is beyond repair? Why do we avert our eyes to the profit-mad, corporatization of culture, inevitable climate change and mainstream puritanism insofar as the existing moral order dictates? How can artists and writers make an impact? What good will peaceful protests such as the creation of "crisis art" do in a culture that is without compassion? "It is the gesture that vibrates irrespective of results", Harold Jaffe asserts in this collection of critical essays,50 word stories, and other fictions. In his signature style of "docufiction", Jaffe's precise prose layered artfully as montages merges fiction and fact, treating them critically, with a melancholy beauty and a comic irony that is clean and sharp, catching us off guard. Revolutionary Brain seduces us to look (not avert our eyes)using the very mechanisms our culture subjects us to. Insightful and powerfully on target, Jaffe cites our collective addictive behavior as being fed by "extremity beyond extremity to dodge the torment we are forbidden to acknowledge". Once enlightened by Jaffe's truth, artists and writers have no other choice to but to act. Revolutionary Brain is a call to look at what we have become and to take action, if by no other way than through the use of dialogic art-making.

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