Riveted: The Obsession Issue

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Bradford Morrow, John Ashbery, Martine Bellen
Bard College, 2012 - Fiction - 345 pages
2 Reviews
The "Riveted" issue of "Conjunctions" explores the world of fixation through previously unpublished fiction, poetry and essays. Compulsion, it seems, is as limitless as the imagination itself. Even the most disciplined among us has at some moment been the spellbound prey of the irresistible, has been influenced by an idee fixe so dynamic and overwhelming as to make life itself shrink into the background. In "Riveted," the reader will tour narratives of mesmerists and hoarders, conspiracy theorists and martyrs, fetishists and addicts, saints and sinners. This issue investigates the dynamic, magnetic force known as obsession and how it can reshape us, for better or worse, into people we no longer recognize as ourselves. Several dozen innovative contemporary writers explore this facet of human nature including Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Carroll, Fiona Maazel, Christopher Sorrentino, Peter Gizzi, Dawn Tripp, John Ashbery and many others.

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Review: Conjunctions: 58, Riveted: The Obsession Issue

User Review  - Frank Hoppe - Goodreads

It's generally a mixed bag ranging from incandescent to to totally incomprehensible, at least to me. Read full review

Review: Conjunctions: 58, Riveted: The Obsession Issue

User Review  - Mike Zinn - Goodreads

Excellent issue of Conjunctions. I particularly enjoyed Julia Elliott, Stephen O'Connor and Brian Conn, but there were many other great stories. One of the better recent issues of this series. Read full review

About the author (2012)

BRADFORD MORROW is the author of numerous acclaimed works of fiction and poetry, including "Ariel's Crossing "and "Giovanni's Gift. "He is also the founder of the literary magazine "Conjunctions, "which he has edited since 1981. He received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2007 and is a professor of literature at Bard College.

John Ashbery is the author of more than twenty books of poetry. his many awards include a Pulitzer Prize and, in 2012, a National Humanities Medal presented by President Obama at the White House.

Martine Bellen is the author of the novella 2X(SQUARED) (BlazeVOX Books, 2010) and seven collections of poetry, including GHOSTS! (Spuyten Duyvil, 2011), THE VULNERABILITY OF ORDER (Copper Canyon Press, 2001); FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE MONKEY GOD (Spuyten Duyvil); TALES OF MURASAKI AND OTHER POEMS (Sun & Moon Press, 1999), which won the National Poetry Series Award; and PLACES PEOPLE DARE NOT ENTER (Potes & Poets Press, 1991). A bilingual collection of her poetry has been published in Germany by Verlag im Waldgut (translator, Hans Juergen Balmes). She has written the libretto for Ovidiana, an opera based on Ovid's Metamorphoses (composer, Matthew Greenbaum) that has been performed in New York City and Philadelphia. She has collaborated with David Rosenboom on Ah! Opera No-Opera, a pioneering collective work, that's been co-composed and performed by creators from around the globe. Its world premiere was in September 2009 at Redcat in Los Angeles. She was a recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation residency in Bellagio, Italy, as well as an American Academy of Poets Award.

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