JEF is celebrating the 70th birthday of author James R. Hugunin, whose many JEF books include the novels Something Is Crook in Middlebrook (2012), Elder Physics, The Wrong of Time: Monologues from an Elder Home (2012), Tar Spackled Banner: A Sequel/Prequel to Arboretum (2014), and Case X (2015), and three volumes of theory (Writing Pictures: Case Studies in Photographic Criticism (2013), Wreck and Ruin: Photography, Temporality, and World (Dis)Order (2013), Afterimage:Critical Essays on Photography from the Journal “Afterimage” (2016). If you have not yet seen one of these books, let me just tell you that they are gorgeous full-color books published in hardcover in 8 1/2″ x 11″ format. And they aren’t cheap. The printing costs are exorbitant, so the books list between $65 and $85 a volume. But to celebrate Jim’s birthday, we’re offering copies of his most recent novel, Case X, for the ridiculously low price of $10.00 per copy plus a flat fee of $3.99 for postage per order (not per copy!) in the U.S. (foreign is a little more), which is less that the postage even costs! Just use the promo code “Happy Birthday” and the discount will kick right in. We really want people to have a copy of Jim’s work so they can see for themselves how wonderful it is! Here’s the cover of Case X.
What’s the book about?
Stuck head-first into a Tomotherapy Radiation Machine, CASE X enters “skull-time,” his inner pro-jectionist giving him views of his past, present, and future during a series of thirty treatments over a period of six weeks. He will discover his illness is not simply a biological dysfunction of a body part, but a pervasive disturbance of our being in the world, an all- pervasive existential concern. CASE X will answer the query: “What the %@&#!! happens when an academic, in a life or death bout with salivary gland cancer, daily enters a radiation machine in a sterile, white room, monitored by his radiation technicians?”
Want to know more about Jim?
James Hugunin teaches the History of Photography and Contemporary Theory at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the author of four experimental novels (the first of which critic/writer Derek Pell called “the best experimental novel of 2012”), three books of art criticism/theory, and numerous artist books. He is the founder and editor of two art journals, The Dumb Ox (1976-80) and U-Turn (1982-present). In 1983, he won the first Reva and David Logan Award for Distinguished New Writing in Photography from the N.E.A. and The Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA.
If you’d like a peek inside the book, here’s a look (courtesy of our distributor, SPD Small Press Distribution), but then come back and order it directly from us because the distributor doesn’t have this birthday discount!
At the very least, Jim’s books are very collectible, and the $10 is a great investment in a $75 book that is destined to remembered as one of the great books of our era.
Here are a couple of reader reviews!
“ Laar, Lita, Ondoe, Endu…. Laar, Lita, Ondoe, Endues “ –Photographer, critic, writer, historian, Jim Hugunin chants for survival in his brilliant book: Case X ‘s a contemporary diarist visual tale. Hugunin orchestrates, dissects and tenderly balances the persisted thunderstorms of daily life. In Case X, a deeply personal and intimate absurdist tale, Hugunin leads the reader in a triumph of the spirit of thought, densely flavored and collaged with flowers of absurdity and anarchy which is the foundation of Hugunin’s well of creativity. Each paragraph is deliciously woven and lavishly written silhouettes decorated with Pulp imagery reminiscent of ancient scrolls or other books of piety. However, instead of homilies we are given clues for the reader to pick up, examine, discard and integrated into their own existence. It is akin to a board game or puzzle: What piece is not like the other? Indeed, when taken apart and sliced up his writings are incredible reflections of the human experience and expose the chaotic structure of existence that is the essence of life. Yet, what is the purpose of art but observations and reflections? Hugunin understands that when, we humans are stripped bare, all that is left is the passion and energy and spirit of our souls. This is a book for a lifetime of pursuit and understanding. Enjoy the adventure! — Helen Smith-Romeron
This is formidable book. On the dedication page, James Hugunin suggests “The author recommends reading one treatment per day to the sound of a dripping faucet.” These evocative instructions set the tone of this potent book. It begins a compelling and powerful artists’ book describing the artist/author’s fight with cancer by way of chapters that chronicle a series of radiation and other oncological treatments. A thinly disguised memoir of his sickness, the book is rich in not only first person observations about his condition, but all sorts of stream-of-consciousness cultural associations and tangents. The detailed personal narrative is unsparing and powerful…., the content is heart-wrenching and compelling and important. I highly recommend this book. Here is the human condition laid bare, vulnerable and exposed. — Phillip Zimmermann
Have we convinced you yet? Let’s hope so! Order your copy today. Heck, order several!