Alistair McCartney and Tim Miller - Book Reading and Performance
Alistair McCartney's highly praised, darkly comic first novel, The End of the World Book, is an encyclopedia of memories and obsessions. A 21st century updating of Oscar Wilde's revelatory lecture-performances, McCartney will read from the novel against a backdrop of projected images, leading the audience through his alphabetical guide to the apocalypse, acting as a tour guide through the highs and lows of life and culture, portraying everything from Franz Kafka to Freddie Krueger, Britney Spears to suicide bombers and beyond. Author Dennis Cooper wrote, If I've read a more deeply impressive, beautiful, sweeping, mindful, and innovative first novel...I have no memory of it. McCartney is a writer of peerless, brilliant originality and pure giant talent."
Tim Miller will also perform an excerpt from an evening-length solo work, My Queer Body. Hailed as "funny, deeply moving, and utterly compelling" by The Australia Telegraph, this piece has been performed throughout the world, from The Sydney Mardi Gras in Australia to Schmidt Theater in Hamburg, Germany.
Miller recently taught a sold-out week long intensive solo performance workshop at Links Hall and launched the first ever Charged Bodies Mentorship Program with three Chicago-based queer performance artists. The Charged Bodies artists will perform the results of their residencies on November 21 & 22, 2008 at Links Hall.
More praise for The End of the World Book by Alistair McCartney:
delightfully peculiar David Ehrenstein, Los Angeles Times
If the world is ending soon, I recommend you read it while theres still time. Jim Krusoe, author
Alistair McCartney is the author of The End of the World Book published in April 2008 by University of Wisconsin Press. An encyclopedia of memoryfrom A to ZThe End of the World Book deftly intertwines fiction, memoir, and cultural history. Born in Perth, Western Australia, in 1971, his writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Fence, Bloom, James White Review, and other literary journals, as well as in a number of fiction and creative nonfiction anthologies, including Wonderlands: Good Gay Travel Writing (University of Wisconsin Press) and Between Men (Carroll and Graf). He lives in Los Angeles with his partner Tim Miller and teaches creative writing and literature in the BA Program at Antioch University Los Angeles and Antioch Santa Barbara. www.hometown.aol.com/meaningme
Tim Miller is an internationally acclaimed solo performer. Hailed for its humor and passion, Miller's solo theater works have delighted and emboldened audiences all over the world at such prestigious venues as Yale Repertory Theatre, the Institute of Contemporary Art (London), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is the author of the books SHIRTS & SKIN, BODY BLOWS, and 1001 BEDS, an anthology of his performances and essays which won the 2007 Lambda Literary Award for best book in Drama-Theatre. Since 1990, Miller has taught performance in the theater department at UCLA. Miller has also taught performance at NYU and the Claremont School of Theology. He is a co-founder of two of the most influential performance spaces in the United States: Performance Space 122 on Manhattan's Lower East Side and Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, CA. hometown.aol.com/millertale
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