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  • By Dean Beckworth
    Apr 15, 2012
    Let me say that Homage to Collateral Damage[Book one]is certainly an easier read than Book three[A Celibate Autopsy]with Book Two/Artaud Adjusts his Hat[e] still to come and complete the trilogy Pathology of a Still Life/For those of us brought up on the cyber culture of the 20 second infotainment byte 500 pages at first seems a lot of work/But the author has cleverly broken up the text into individual chapters that can be read separately or continuously and there are traces taken from The Celibate Autopsy interspersed within the book adding a fourth dimension to the reading/The story line is essentially that of the annexation of the paradigm of human consciousness by the [Machinic] cybernomads who crave the desiring energy of the human libidinal drive/Homage to Collateral Damage explicates the events and the background to this state of cybergeddon/We are in Melbourne Australia somewhere between the 70s and the 80s when Punk anarchy was at its height and various cults such as the... More > Goths and GashGrils and the Borshii Boys lead a hedonistic life of sex drugs and punk music/The age group is twenty something as the viral disease/Critical Porno Synapse/has deleted that age group above with weak immune systems/All the main characters in the book morph backwards and forwards into various avatars and are prone to transforming into Androgynes/The main focus is on Wild Bill Artaud a radical Performance artist who knows the network of stoppages that lead across the Desert of Nagazaki to the enclave of morphs in Kkrate City/This is not a science fiction text but based firmly in the NOW which as the book describes is "the interval between the present and the future" the only space we can realistically exist in/Concepts integral to the text are explained in detail and the reader is not left searching for a sometimes evasive sense of meaning/Homage to Collateral Damage is replete with ironic parody and satirizes everything from Continental philosophy/Religion/Punk itself/and the very act of writing/Those familiar with the works of Deleuze and Guattari Bataille and Blanchot will come across sideways glances towards their various works/There is also a subtle influence from Burroughs and Kwo even appropriates his own work in the form of traces from the other published text/Celibate Autopsy is all the more fascinating now that Homage is published/A strange way to write almost backwards/What Kwo does with book two remains to be seen/< Less
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First Edition
April 15, 2012
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
2.04 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6.14 wide x 9.21 tall
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