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—maximillian pissante, editor, the unre journal
A shocking and unseemly intellectual debacle of the highest order, a teleological catastrophe, an epistemological scandal, a semantic horrorshow: Loydell-Harris have done it again…great stuff.
It takes off with the punch of a runaway rocket, over eventful horizons of the Lit singularity throw the chance encounter of a sewing machine with a rainbow in an abattoir of the senses…then lights the afterburners.
You’re watching the Dystopia Channel, rolling news with the strap-line: “everyone knows nothing is true.” The very latest updates on ancient wisdom from the R&D labs at Fraud Pharmaceuticals, sponsored by Rimbaud Weapons Systems. In-depth reports on scandalous illusions and luminous undoings. Authentic footage of the West going wester than west.
As Ron Sukenick so aptly put it in his last book “Mosaic Man,” Jews are both proto and posthuman. Adam Shechter and Daniel Y. Harris are possessed of that molten globe of fiery perdition that draws the brighter children of the tribe to the flame. Add poetry and oy! What can I say? Shechter and Harris have made another journey to the hellchamber of Jewish mystery/creation/death and came out in company, a big company that includes a lot of fried geniuses, but most of all they came out, and it’s good to see them.
—Andrei Codrescu (www.codrescu.com), is the author of The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess (Princeton University Press) and edits Exquisite Corpse at (www. corpse.org).
I can’t begin to comprehend/surround all that is transpiring here in this Harris/Shechter collaboration/fusion—I’ll need other readings toward adequate bearings—but as Seine suicide Paul Celan hovers among these pages of prayerful heresies—“no Shabbos-always Shabbos”—I experience a language that wields “pen as scalpel,” and I feel flayed but grateful for this awakening into wild inquiry/attack. By way of thousands of years of Jewish history & of their own lives slashed out in poems & prose pieces of mesmerizing power, even as they wonder if they’ve gone too far, these two visionaries/revisionists have made something powerful & new here, something of charismatic complication. Oi Vey, & mazel tov.
—William Heyen, author of Shoah Train: Poems, finalist for the National Book Award
Harris and Shechter have collaborated seamlessly, their individual voices and contents blending into an expansive and finely textured synthesis of soaring art and impressive erudition. Here we find elements of dadaism, surrealism, imagism, objectivism, collage, confession, even memoir. Providing a haunting backdrop—and perhaps giving the work its ultimate context and cohesion—is the poeticized memory of Paul Celan, an homage to the Holocaust, and a testimony on the history of persecution itself. This is quite an extraordinary book, in terms of both vision and execution, one that should leave its mark on contemporary literature.
—John Amen, Editor, The Pedestal Magazine and author of More of Me Disappears
From Shabbatai Tzvi to Paul Celan, it’s a room full of Jewish Messiahs! Shechter & Harris, leap in, grab, pinch, mosh—and thus make an ecstatic space for themselves within. This is a manuscript of an electrified, brilliantly nervous, heart-wrenching conversation that’s dripping with redemptive sweat.
—Jake Marmer, Managing Editor, Mima’amakim Journal
With literary skill, Harris’s and Shechter’s words merge to form a unique and generous form of writing that anyone can connect and relate to—having captured an epochal longing that is a voice of our time.
—Sheema Kalbasi, author of Echoes in Exile, Director of Reelcontent and The Other Voices International Project