Harold Jaffe’s Revolutionary Brain

Revolutionary Brain, the newest book by Fiction International Editor-in-Chief Harold Jaffe will be released December 6th, 2012, from Guide Dog Books.

Revolutionary Brain by Harold JaffeIn this timely collection of essays and “quasi-essays,” acclaimed novelist and critic Harold Jaffe explores the maddening chord changes of millennial culture. Gesturing, in a philosophical shorthand, toward a kind of pop Armageddon, Revolutionary Brain is at once thesis, allegory, and surreal comedy, demonstrating just how far we, and the natural world we have debauched, have fallen. Obsessed with technology, we are incapable of reconstructing ourselves. By way of Jaffe’s elegant prose and perfect pitch, our collective disability is laid bare at the 11th hour. Revolutionary Brain is a powerful cry for a brave new aesthetics that turns towards, not away, from our tormented globe.

According to Jonathan Baumbach, author of You: Or the Invention of Memory, “This witty and explosive book is an indictment of injustice and spurious morality and a call to art and enlightened activism as healing alternatives.”

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Call for submissions to Fiction International’s Real Time/Virtual issue

“Virtual” is not just interfacing with “real” time  but devouring it–at least in “developed” nations. Half the world, including much of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the elderly everywhere still inhabit real time, but these millions scarcely count. The electronic revolution/devolution seems unstoppable. Who is really profiting from it?

Fiction, non-fiction, indeterminate prose, and visuals which address “Real Time/Virtual” are welcome. Please submit hard copy from 9/1 to 12/15 2012 to:

Harold Jaffe, Editor
Fiction International
Dept of English
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA USA 92182-6020
Query: <hjaffe@mail.sdsu.edu>

New Submission Theme

Our theme for the Fall 2012 reading period will be “Real Time/Virtual.” This submission period will begin September 1, 2012 and conclude December 15, 2012.

Virtual” is not just interfacing with “real” time but devouring it — at least in so-called developed nations. Probably half the world, including much of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the elderly everywhere still inhabit real time, but these millions scarcely count. The electronic revolution (devolution) is a juggernaut. Who is really profiting from it?

Please see our guidelines at “submit” for submission details and addresses.

#43: Walls

Issue #43: Walls contains fiction and art centered around the theme of WALLS.

#44 Deviate (DV8)

Our newest issue, #44, is called Deviate (DV8).

Hello world!

FI #44: DV8

We decided it was time to get serious about the internet, so we will eventually abandon our website in favor of this WordPress presence. For obvious reasons – we can add components for Facebook, Twitter, and eventually Pinterest and Goodreads – and for the less-obvious reason that we can’t readily maintain a website using a steadily-rotating staff of graduate student editorial assistants, each bringing their own skill-set to enrich FI. This decade’s skill-set is social media (whereas last decade’s was websites and blogs) so we will adapt to the times we occupy.

We will devote the bulk of our effort to build and maintain the Pages you see above – about, catalog and subscribe. We will maintain the Posts only to provide “breaking” announcements – the latest theme, the latest submission period, the latest volume published, and changes and additions to the Pages. Thus, the Posts will be stark and serviceable while the Pages will be alive and brimming with fiction.

Feel free to comment on the Posts anyway, especially if you have questions for us. Questions about the theme. Questions about your submission. Questions about an issue. All will be answered as thoroughly and promptly as possible.

Questions about the weather? Sorry.

Harold Jaffe, Editor
Beverly Price, Managing Editor