Fiction. When Hy (“Mememo”) Grader jumped or was pushed off the balcony of the famous art and literary club known as The Cliff Dwellers (founded 1907 as The Attic Club), a terrible event occurring on the same date (September 8) as Hy’s father’s death seven years earlier, it also recalled the mysterious death-fall by New York artist Ana Mendieta in 1985, and a bizarre suicide attempt witnessed by Hy and his friend Ichiō at Chicago’s famed Art Institute Museum five months previous. This novel investigates the downfall of Mememo in a colorful story told in richly illustrated four-color documents. Those already familiar with Hugunin’s amazements will love this novel, his biggest and boldest yet. Those who are not yet familiar with his work need to, well, um, take the plunge….
About the Author
James Hugunin teaches the History of Photography and Contemporary Theory at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1983 he won the first Reva and David Logan Award for Distinguished New Writing in Photography. He is the author of A Survey of the Representation of Prisoners in the United States: Discipline and Photograph, The Prison Experience (1999), and Writing Pictures, Case Studies in Photographic Criticism, 1983- 2012 (2013), New Art Examiner Reviews: 1986 -93, and Afterimage: Critical Essays on Photography from the Journal Afterimage, 1977-88, all collections of his critical writings. He has also written several novels: Something is Crook in Middlebrook (2012), Elder Physics, The Wrong of Time: Stories from an Elder Home (2013), Case-X (taking us inside the mind of an academic undergoing treatment for salivary gland cancer), Q↔A: An Auto-Interview (JEF Books, 2017), and Finding Mememo: A Book in Search of an Author (JEF Books, 2019). Finding Mememo plays with the genres of academic writing, detective and sci-fi genres as it critiques the suffusion of neoliberal economics into academia. In 2016, Hugunin was elected a member of Chicago’s Society of Midland Authors.