Magically blending sarcasm and gravity, America's favorite surrealist poet and NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu offers an impractical handbook for practical living in our posthuman world.
Andrei Codrescu has been a commentator on All Things Considered since 1983. Codrescu is an homme-de-lettres whose novels, essays and poetry have been infiltrating the American psyche since he emigrated from his native Romania to Detroit in 1965. Codrescu is the author of forty books of poetry, fiction, and essays, and the founder of Exquisite Corpse.
He has received a Peabody award for the PBS version of his film Road Scholar, and has reported for NPR and ABC News from Romania (1989) and Cuba (1996). His new books are The Posthuman Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess (Princeton University Press, 2009) and Jealous Witness: New Poems (Coffee House Press), with a CD of Storm Songs by The New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars. Codrescu lives in New Orleans and the Ozarks.
Oana Sanziana Marian
Oana Sanziana Marian and her mother moved to America when she was 8, one year before the Revolution, which they watched on TV. She attended Westover High School, a private all-girls' school.
She went to Yale University to study studio art, but defected to the English major, graduating in December of 2002. She spent time abroad in Romania, Ireland and Brazil, looking for the poppies of her far-off childhood, bards and Elizabeth Bishop's dear ghost.
She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
Nihilistic movement in the arts. It originated in Zürich, Switz., in 1916 and flourished in New York City, Paris, and the German cities of Berlin, Cologne, and Hannover in the early 20th century. The name, French for hobbyhorse, was selected by a chance procedure and adopted by a group of artists, including Jean Arp, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Francis Picabia, to symbolize their emphasis on the illogical and absurd. The movement grew out of disgust with bourgeois values and despair over World War I. The archetypal Dada forms of expression were the nonsense poem and the ready-made. Dada had far-reaching effects on the art of the 20th century; the creative techniques of accident and chance were sustained in Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, conceptual art, and Pop art.