Latest News - OCTOBER 2004

BREAKING NEWS, BAD AND GOOD: First, the bad news. The previously announced collaboration between DC, the band Wire, artist Martin Creed, and others has been cancelled. The reason? According to Wire's management, the band are 'suspending all activities for the foreseeable future.' In layman's terms, Wire has broken up (again). But the good news is that DC's embarking two other musical collaborations. (1) He's working with the groundbreaking, Virginia based 'grindcore' band Pig Destroyer (roboticempire.com). Details are sketchy, but the results will likely be a CD. (2) He's working on a multi-media project with the Detroit composer/recording artist Perspects (aka Ian Clarke. ex-member of the seminal 'electroclash' band Le Car). More information as it comes in.

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COMING SOON: We will be opening a new section of the website devoted to DC's 'The Sluts' in the next month or so. It will include an inside look at the book's art and design, a gallery/scrapbook of images and materials DC used as inspiration when writing the novel, many relevant links, and an exclusive chat with DC about the novel. In the meantime, 'The Sluts' is on track for publication this December from Void Books. It has also been sold to publishers in France and Italy, with more countries likely to follow. As always, watch this space for updates.

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DENMARK: DC's Danish fans will be happy to hear that his work will finally be published in their native tongue. The respected literary publishing house Tiderne Skifter will release 'My Loose Thread' (Danish title TK) in late 2005. The novel will be translated by Danish writer/translator Henrik List. DC's latest, 'God Jr.,' is tentatively scheduled to appear the following year.

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'I APOLOGIZE: THE SOUNDTRACK ALBUM': DC's theater collaboration with Director Gisele Vienne and composer Peter Rehberg premiered in Lyon, France late last month to packed houses and quite a bit of controversy. While the work received mostly rave reviews, it was also denounced as 'hateful' and 'pornographic' by Liberation, one of France's three major newspapers. 'I Apologize' will begin a European tour this winter, beginning with January dates in Grenoble and Antwerp (the full schedule will be announced here next month). The tour will culminate in an extended engagement at the Festival d' Avignon next July. A US tour is in the planning stages. In January, Mego Records will release the 'I Apologize' soundtrack album, featuring Rehberg's score, DC's texts (performed by DC), and many photos from the production. An excerpt from the soundtrack will also be included on 'Dennis,' the forthcoming book/CD project from Substandard Records/Versus Press.

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ITALY: Don't forget that DC's nonfiction book 'All Ears' (Italian title TK) will be published in early November by the edgy Italian publishing house, Playground. DC will be doing a slew of Italian interviews and press in support of the book, so keep your eyes peeled.

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UPDATE/CORRECTION: 'Enter at Your Own Risk: The Dangerous Art of Dennis Cooper': The forthcoming book of essays and writings on DC's novels, edited by Leora Lev, will be published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press in late 2005. The complete list of contributors includes William Burroughs (on 'Frisk'), Michael Cunningham (on 'Try'), Elizabeth Young ('Death in Disneyland: The Work of Dennis Cooper'), James Annesley ('Contextualizing Cooper'), Kevin Killian (on the influence of 'Guide' on contemporary art), Earl Jackson Jr. ('Killer Looks: Dennis Cooper's Tough Platonic Love', 'Death Drives Across Pornutopia: Dennis Cooper on the Extremities of Being'), John Waters (on DC's novels in general), Matthew Stadler (on 'My Loose Thread'), Avital Ronell (on 'the ass' in DC's novels), Marvin Taylor (on 'Closer'), Dodie Bellamy (on 'Period'), Brandon Stusoy and Lawrence Brose (on adapting DC's work for film), Robert Gluck (an interview with DC), and Leora Lev ('Sacred Disorder of the Mind: Desire, Police, and Dennis Cooper's Hallucination of Words').

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WEST COAST TOUR: 'LITTLE HOUSE ON THE BOWERY' ON THE ROAD, featuring Dennis Cooper, Benjamin Weissman ('Headless'), Derek McCormack ('Grab Bag'), Martha Kinney ('The Fall of Heartless Horse').

Fri., Oct. 29, 8 pm
Track 16 Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave., Bldg. C-1
Santa Monica, CA

Sat., Oct. 30, 7:30 pm
Skylight Books
1818 Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

Wed., Nov. 3, 7 pm
City Lights
261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA

Thurs., Nov. 4, 7:30 pm
Bloomsbury Books
290 E. Main St.
Ashland, OR

Fri., Nov. 5, 7:30 pm
Powell's Books
1005 W. Burnside St.
Portland, OR

Sat., Nov. 6, 7:30 pm
Elliott Bay Book Co.
101 S. Main St.
Seattle, WA

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IN BRIEF: A new edition of Dodie Bellamy's great novel 'The Letters of Mina Harker' is out now from The University of Wisconsin Press. It features a new foreword written by DC ***** Quote of Note: "A big influence on my songwriting were the novels of Dennis Cooper. They had a major impact on us." -- Paul Banks, lead singer and songwriter of the band Interpol ('The Guardian' newspaper, UK, Oct. 4, 2004).. ***** The long delayed film based on DC's short story 'Introducing Horror Hospital' is finally close to being a reality. Or so reports Arcadia Pictures Ltd., the Australian film production company in charge of the project. We should have some concrete news by the end of the year. ***** DC and LHotB author Derek McCormack are among the contributors to the book 'Biting the Error: Forty Writers Explore Narrative,' out this month from Coach House Press.

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DC'S OCTOBER PLAYLIST:
- Wolf Eyes BURNED MIND
- Deerhoof BIBIDI BABIDI BOO (live album, available as a free download at www.deerhoof.killrockstars.com)
- Pinback SUMMER IN ABADDON
- TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE (movie)
- TARNATION (movie)
- SAW (movie)
- Paper Mario (Gamecube)
- Silent Hill 4 (Xbox)
- http://fngeeks.net/urbanwiki/index.php/Main_Page
- Evan Holloway 'I Don't Exist' (Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles)
- Matthew Greene 'she who casts the darkest shadows on our dreams' (Peres Projects, Los Angeles.
- Spooky House 15 (www.spookyhouse.com)
- Knott's Scary Farm (Buena Park, CA)
- Ron Padgett JOE: A MEMOIR OF JOE BRAINARD (Coffee House Press)
- Richard Meltzer AUTUMN RHYTHM (Da Capo Press)
- Wayne Koestenbaum MOIRA ORFEI IN AIGUES-MORTES (Soft Skull Press)



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