|Alt-X Audio No. 2|
Our second program starts off with Raymond Federman reading from his
classic Pomo novel TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT. This novel, originally published
in 1976 by avant-pop publisher FC2/Black Ice Books and already in multiple
printings, has become part of the 20th century literary canon and is translated
into many different languages. The excerpt we hear in this Alt-X netcast
is called "The Masturbatory Gesture" and takes us back to the
old days where Federman's bilingual protagonist, Frenchy, a holocaust
survivor now living in the USA, is serving in the Army's 82nd airborne
division in North Carolina. This "exaggerated second-hand discourse"
becomes a farcical response to all of the late-night antics that take
place in the sleazy Army barracks. Federman's reading is followed by a
popular cut from the Dogma Hum archives called "The Revolution of
Everyday Life," a dark comedy-monologue delivered by our host, Harry
Halitosis, whose Miami Beach retiree-rant mixes Situationist pseudo-philosophy
with our populist fascination with serial murder.