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Emanations: Second Sight Paperback – November 8, 2012
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Resolutely battling the fads and fashions of academia, 'Emanations: Second Sight' plots a perilous path through the morasses of Post-Modernism and commercial mediocrity, seeking to discover what might constitute the avant-garde in this rapidly-changing age. Leading on from Dr Kaplan's thought-inspiring introduction (something of a manifesto), the collection features some solid and original contributions, supporting the editor's assertion that "the avant-garde announces that there is before us something actually original."
Fictional highlights include "Sequences", a haunting short story by 'Savoy Books' founder Michael Butterworth, and "The Bottomless Bottle of Beer" a Bulgakovian satire carried out with aplomb by Horace Jeffrey Hodges. Verse occupies over a third of the volume and includes substantial work such as Dario Rivarossa's self-illustrated, Milton-inspired haiku cycle "PL575". The non-fiction section is shorter, but traverses a diverse range of themes from the decline of American technological supremacy observed through the prism of an artistic "Space Program: Mars" installation, through to an interesting appreciation of Gaston Leroux's "Phantom of the Opera".
All in all a satisfying purchase, and part of an ongoing artistic project that is more than worthy of support.
The essays are of interest as usual, and the verse (although not all to my taste) is worth perusing, but I'm pleased with the evolving nature of the fiction section. This issue, in addition to solid stories (I liked in particular the story by Michael Butterworth) has a substantial novella by Horace Jeffrey Hodges.
We have hopes that with time, it will establish itself as a respected and well-known vehicle for interesting fiction, essays and verse. They've made a promising start, and there remains room for more growth.
Versatile writer and editor Carter Kaplan is to be commended for his cat-herding efforts to assemble this collection of words and images from such different writers and artists. Variety is a good thing. ;-)