The Blot

The Blot

The Blot

The Blot


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In this supplement to Jonathan Lethem's novel A Gambler's Anatomy, the renowned novelist engages in a concerted transatlantic dialogue with cult theorist Laurence A. Rickels, exploring the vicissitudes of popular culture and the profound influence of Philip K. Dick on their respective lines of flight. Foregrounding the introjections between California and Germany, they address a range of ideas, subjects and figures, from B-movies, science fiction, Wile E. Coyote and the Devil to trauma theory, Freud, Hitchcock and German Expressionism. Animating their zone of interrogation is the "blot"--an algorithm of innuendo, an uncanny defamiliarization of reality and "truth" wherein the trajectories of meaning, desire and perception fold into themselves like an origami in flames.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990573371
Publisher: Anti-Oedipus Press
Publication date: 09/15/2016
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 4.37(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.24(d)

About the Author

About The Author

Jonathan Lethem's novel Motherless Brooklyn put him on the literary register and won him a National Book Critics Circle Award. Prior to that he wrote four genre fiction (detective and sci–fi) books including the post–apocalyptic novel, Amnesia Moon. Lethem has since published four more critically acclaimed books including The Fortress of Solitude and Brooklyn Crime Novel. He has also written a number of short story collections, and several books of nonfiction. In 2005, he received a MacArthur Fellowship. Lethem teaches creative writing at Pomona College.


New York, New York

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


Left Bennington College after two years
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