Disasterologies by Mike Cartmell (2016)

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Table of contents
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Bad Timing 12
Orphanhoodedness 13
Eat the Book 15
Scène de naufrage: Reading The Lover with Blanchot 20
Some Vocal Current Electric: Melville’s Faith 36
Landscape with Shipwreck 52
Experience Torn to Shreds/Experiments From the Granary 80
Stet 88
I Come Here For The Rites Of Your Unworlding 98
Flintmaker 116

In the form of the letter “X” 138
Ithaca 140
Room 143
O, Fortuna 144
Vocables 148

Films + Videos, Biography
Films and videos 156
Bio 158

This definitive volume of texts by writer and media artist Mike Cartmell includes a collection of essays written across three decades that examine reading and desire. Lacan, Blanchot, Sebald and Melville lead the charge. In his later years Mike developed a unique and unusual essay style, making ample use of quotations and multiple voices, weighing in on fringe media moments with an exuberant experimentalism. This book also contains scripts/treatments for five of his movies, along with a humorous and enlightening list of finished and unfinished films and videos.