Fiction. Stuck head-first into a Tomotherapy Radiation Machine, CASE X enters "skull-time," his inner pro-jectionist giving him views of his past, present, and future during a series of thirty treatments over a period of six weeks. He will discover his illness is not simply a biological dysfunction of a body part, but a pervasive disturbance of our being in the world, an all-pervasive existential concern. CASE X will answer the query: "What the %@!! happens when an academic, in a life or death bout with salivary gland cancer, daily enters a radiation machine in a sterile, white room, monitored by his radiation technicians?"
James Hugunin teaches the History of Photography and Contemporary Theory at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1983 he won the first Reva and David Logan Award for Distinguished New Writing in Photography. He is the author of A Survey of the Representation of Prisoners in the United States: Discipline and Photograph, The Prison Experience (1999), and Writing Pictures, Case Studies in Photographic Criticism, 1983- 2012 (2013), New Art Examiner Reviews: 1986 -93), and Afterimage: Critical Essays on Photography from the Journal Afterimage, 1977-88, all collections of his critical writings. He has also written several novels: Something is Crook in Middlebrook (2012), Elder Physics, The Wrong of Time: Stories from an Elder Home (2013), Case- X (taking us inside the mind of an academic undergoing treatment for salivary gland cancer), and Q↔A: AN AUTO-INTERVIEW (JEF Books, 2017). His current novel-in-progress, Finding Mememo, plays with the genres of academic writing, detective and sci-fi genres (forthcoming in 2017) as it critiques the suffusion of neoliberal economics into academia. In 2016, Hugunin was elected a member of Chicago's Society of Midland Authors.Author City: OAK PARK, IL USA