Finding Mememo: A Book in Search of an Author - Novel by James R. Hugunin - The Journal of Experimental Fiction

Finding Mememo: A Book in Search of an Author

Novel by James R. Hugunin

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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 Ichi_ 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. He is the author of four experimental novels (the first of which critic/writer Derek Pell called "the best experimental novel of 2012"), two 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. He is the author of Wreck & Ruin: Photography, Temporality, and World (Dis)order (2013) and Writing Pictures: Case Studies in Photographic Criticism 1983- 2012 (2013), as well as the novels Elder Physics: The Wrong of Time: Stories from an Elder Home (2013), Something is Crook in Middlebrook (2012), Tar Spackled Banner (2014), Case X (2015), Afterimage: Critical Essays on Photography (2016), Q_A: An Auto-Interview (2017), Finding Mememo: A Book in Search of an Author (2019) and Picky Hunting: A Journal of the Plague Year (2021), all published by JEF Books (The Journal of Experimental Fiction).

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