Fiction. Art. Richard Kostelanetz's FictionFields: Microscopic Narratives, is a completely new rendition of a formthat he has done before. The typography presented in this project, using many typefaces and styles, creates an entirely new experiencefor new and existing readers of Richard's work. The pages themselves breath between static-linear and spiraling-shifting shapes, buteach word or group of words (no more than three) stands alone, with unique stories and a separate set of stimuli to the imagination,"bestowing conceptional resonances the words wouldn't otherwise have."
"About experiences that happened I writeessays; my fictions portray what hasn't happened. For decades now I've wanted to write the shortest narratives anyone has ever written. Though the words here might be common, the frame in which they appear is not, the frame thereby bestowing conceptionalresonances the words wouldn't otherwise have. One measure of fiction is the suggestion of duration. Within three words orless I've tried to suggest beginning, middle, and end. Every effort was made to exclude all those previously appearing in my Minimal Fictions (1994) and Micro Fictions(2010)."—Richard Kostelanetz, from the Preface
Richard Kostelanetz, in full Richard Cory Kostelanetz (born May 14, 1940, New York, NY, US) American writer, artist, critic, and editor of the avant-garde who is productive in many fields. Kostelanetz attended Brown University (B.A., 1962), Columbia University (M.A., 1966), and King's College, London. He served as visiting professor or guest artist at a variety of institutions and lectured widely. In 1971, employing a radically formalist approach, Kostelanetz produced the novel In the Beginning, which consists of the alphabet, in single- and double-letter combinations, unfolding over 30 pages. Most of his other literary work also challenges the reader in unconventional ways and is often printed in limited editions at small presses. Kostelanetz's nonfiction work The End of Intelligent Writing: Literary Politics in America (1974) charged the New York literary and publishing establishment with inhibiting the publishing and promotion of works by innovative younger authors. His "visual poetry" consists of arrangements of words on a page, using such devices as linking language and sequence, punning, alliteration, parallelism, constructivism, and minimalism. Among his other works are Recyclings: A Literary Autobiography (1974, 1984), Politics in the African-American Novel (1991), Published Encomia, 1967-91 (1991), and On Innovative Art(ist)s (1992). His films include A Berlin Lost (1984) and Berlin Sche-Einena Jother (1988), both with Martin Koerber. Kostelanetz issued many recordings and audiocassettes on his own label and edited works on musicians such as B.B. King and Philip Glass. His A Dictionary of the Avant- Gardes was published in 1999.
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