Literary Nonfiction. Latinx Studies. Memoir. THE INTERNET IS FOR REAL inverts the autobiography in the age of dis-integration, calling into question all narratives of national belonging."Right? So that the universe could eat me & send traces everywhere, this book or the backroom countertop audio of the same scene."Sifting through—and re-writing—the films of Godard, the novels of Henry James, Twin Peaks, VR fantasies, Internet ephemera, and his father's dreams of Cuba, Chris Campanioni reveals the materiality of our spaceless encounters, and forces us to reckon with the violence hidden below the sleek 4G surface. As he revisits his parents' migration to the United States and his own first-generation dislocation through a blur of poetry, prose, and screen-play, Campanioni shows us that in a culture of self-dissemination and unlimited arrivals, we are all exiles under the sign of a mythical return.
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Chris Campanioni was born in Manhattan in 1985. He is the son of immigrants from Cuba and Poland and the author of seven books, including A AND B AND ALSO NOTHING (Otis Books | Seismicity Editions, 2020), THE INTERNET IS FOR REAL (C&R Press, 2019), and DEATH OF ART (C&R Press, 2016). Recent work has appeared in Ambit, Nat. Brut, Poetry International, RHINO Poetry, Hayden's Ferry Review, and DIAGRAM, and has been translated into Spanish and Portuguese. He teaches at Pace University and Baruch College, and edits PANK, At Large Magazine, and Tupelo Quarterly. His selected poetry was awarded an Academy of American Poets College Prize in 2013, his novel Going Down was named Best First Book at the 2014 International Latino Book Awards, and his hybrid piece "This body's long (& I'm still loading)" was adapted as an official selection of the Canadian International Film Festival in 2017. In 2019, he was awarded a CHCI-Mellon Global Humanities Institute fellowship to join the Consortium for the Transnational Joint Research Center for Migration, Logistics, and Cultural Intervention.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA