Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Multilateral View

PML: What does it mean to adopt a Renaissance attitude?

DR: Tasso’s message is not specifically different from the message of the other great Renaissance writers and/or poets and/or artists. To make it as brief as possible, it would mean to pass from unilateral thinking (see the Enlightenment: “We are the light. Everything before us, or different from us, is darkness”) to a multilateral view. Since the universe, or even society, surpasses our faculties infinitely, we always need at least two opposite keys in order to approach it, and assume that both / all of them are significant.

To read Philip Murray-Lawson's interview with Dario Rivarossa, please click HERE.

Philip and Dario

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Trafika Europe Radio

Highbrow readers are already familiar with the Trafika Europe online literary journal.  The project has advanced to a new stage as Radio Trafika Europe, a streaming online program dedicated to the discussion and performance of literature. Please click HERE for more details.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Emanations V: The Deadline Approaches

International Authors and the editors of Emanations are happy to announce a Call for Submissions:

Emanations: V

Emanations is an anthology series featuring fiction, poetry, essays, manifestos and reviews. The emphasis is on alternative narrative structures, new epistemologies, peculiar settings, esoteric themes, sharp breaks from reality, ecstatic revelations, and vivid and abundant hallucinations.

The editors are interested in recognizable genres—science fiction, fantasy, horror, political dystopia, satire, mystery, local color, romance, realism, surrealism, postmodernism--but the idea is to make something new, and along these lines the illusion of something new can be just as important. If a story or poem makes someone say, "Yes, but what is it?" then it's right for Emanations. Essays should be exuberant, daring, and free of pedantry. Length is a consideration in making publication decisions, but in keeping with the spirit of the project contributors should consider length to be “open.”

Our editorial vision is evolving. Contributors should see themselves as actively shaping the "vision" of Emanations.

Send files with brief cover note to Carter Kaplan:

Deadline: February 15, 2015

Contributors should place their name in the subject heading, 
and they should include their name and contact information in the submitted file.

Emanations is a not-for-profit literary project and contributors cannot be compensated at this time. All proceeds from the sale of Emanations will support the efforts of International Authors to publish new voices from around the world. Contributors receive a copy upon publication.

Please post questions, suggestions and ideas. The project is a collaborative effort, and as we share ideas the "vision" transforms, evolves, and grows. When we write stories and poems we hope to bring to bear the entire battery of modern and postmodern literary devices. More simply: we like good, strong writing. Our essays are incisive, precise, keen, challenging, and driven by the writer's desire to advance an intelligent audience's understanding of important subjects.

The Fine Print:

1) Submit files as follows: double space, Microsoft Word, Times New Roman size #11.  Set Tabs for .2" and set spacing at 15. Use smart quotes. This will help reduce the workload as the editors format book for publication.

2) No simultaneous submissions (contributors should get fairly quick feedback anyway, especially if their submission meets our needs). Material that is obviously pulled from a file and has nothing to do with the goals of the anthology won't get any feedback beyond the initial acknowledgement.

3) Word count/line count? See details above. We're flexible, but contributors should be sensible when considering what they send in. A novella? Well, maybe, and so on.... Rules of thumb: a) Stories: very short to 20-30 pages. b) Poems: send in 5-10 pages. c) Essays: 5-10-30 pages.

4) Published as hard copy only—Emanations will be available on Amazon. Participants who make a substantial contribution of material, editorial work, or art will get a copy. It can take some time to get copies to contributors outside of North America. In the case of our first anthology, for example, it took forty-five days to get a copy to a contributor in to Nepal.

5) In the past, International Authors has made it possible for contributors to purchases copies “at cost” using coupon codes, and so on. International Authors is a consortium, and as such every contributor is a “member” or our community, and contributors are encouraged to help promote the anthology by sending review copies to newspapers, journals and relevant Web sites.

6) Copyright "reverts" to contributors upon publication. That is, after a piece appears in Emanations, the contributor can seek to publish their piece elsewhere. Contributors should understand that Emanations will remain for sale on Amazon indefinitely. All materials appearing in Emanations are under the exclusive copyright of the contributing writers and artists.

7) Note to poets: Please do not send poems as individual files. All poetry submissions should be sent as a SINGLE MircosoftWord file formatted in Times New Roman, size 11.  Please submit three to ten pages.

Published By International Authors
Board of Editorial Advisors

Ruud Antonius, Netherlands/UK/Spain
Steve Aylett, UK
Joolz Barry, UK
Holly Baumgartner, US
Cedric Cester, Spain
Horace Jeffery Hodges, South Korea
Sushma Joshi, Nepal
Devashish Makhija, India
Aziz Mustafa, Kosovo
Michael Moorcock, US/UK
Elkie Riches, UK
Stephen Sylvester, US

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Rivarossa Draws Cthulhu

Readers of Emanations are familiar with Dario Rivarossa's ability to intuitively grasp a poetic idea and swiftly set forth a corresponding image that is dynamic, emblematic, and enthralling.

Having read H. P. Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu" in English for the first time--the story is featured in the new Fantasy Worlds anthology--Dario took out his pen and set to work.  Contemporary renderings of the ancient malignancy tend towards romantic idealization and glorification--a being marked by Herculean physique, majestic wings, and an ontological aura that seems to radiate from a "higher" angelic substance...  Dario rather sends us a figure closely following the descriptions offered by Lovecraft.  It must be remembered that Cthulhu is indeed a foul beast, a noxious monstrosity properly representing the lowest regions of cosmic consciousness, embracing the base urgings of a "symptomatic" biological alchemy, the empty voids of deep space, and the nugatory significance of nascent elements in solitary and disparate disarray.

Thank you, Dario, for this heady reminder of the ghastly face of anti-human menace and primal evil in the actual form of which Lovecraft warns!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015