Infinite Recursor Or the Bride of DJ Spinoza

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Studioradia, 2006 - Poetry - 36 pages
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Poetry. Drama. A verse-drama, Eugene Ostashevsky's INFINITE RECURSOR OR THE BRIDE OF DJ SPINOZA is a polychromatic collaboration with the New York visual artist Eugene Timerman, and the duo's answer to artist-and-poet books of 1920s European avant-garde. With a cast of characters as various as Woodpecker; Infinite Recursor; MC Squared, E; Andrew Marvell; The Bride of DJ Spinoza; and DJ Spinoza himself, Ostashevsky's latest work is part absurdist theater, part verse experiment, where language and image collide in a raucous and unpredictable tessellation of puns on puns: "The bride of DJ Spinoza/ has an absolute cleavage/ like that between natural numbers and Aleph-null"--from INFINITE RECURSOR OR THE BRIDE OF DJ SPINOZA. Eugene Ostashevsky's describes the DJ Spinoza Cycle: "The project is essentially about the shortcomings of rationalism, and was inspired in equal measure by comic books, Spinoza and Goedel's incompleteness theorem. I started working on it after I read Spinoza's Ethics, whose project of constructing an axiomatic system that would be a theory of everything, and of doing so in natural language with all its inconsistencies and ambivalence, I found to be very funny."

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Originally from Leningrad, after a Brooklyn-based adolescence Eugene Ostashevsky went west, performed poetry, got a Ph.D., and helped found 9x9 industries in San Francisco, then came back to New York by way of Turkey. Eugene's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Poetry 2005, JUBILAT, FENCE, Boston Review and other magazines. His translations of Alexander Vvedensky and Nikolai Zabolotsky have appeared in American Poetry Review, CONJUNCTIONS and elsewhere. He is the editor of OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism from Northwestern University Press. He is also the author of INFINITE RECURSOR OR THE BRIDE OF DJ SPINOZA, a collaboration with artist Eugene Timerman, also available from Ugly Duckling Presse here. He teaches at NYU.

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