Saturday, September 24, 2011

Apocalyptic Imaginary: The Best of Modern Mythology 2011

A cover mockup based
on the MM site design.
James Curcio

After a short discussion with Rowan and some thought, I've decided on the full title for the anthology that will be hitting Amazon and other major retailers by the end of 2011. Apocalyptic Imaginary: The Best of Modern Mythology 2011. This will be a reaction to his class at SUNY Binghamton, "The Apocalyptic Imaginary," and will be used as core curriculum in his class in 2012, along with, I imagine, a piece or two from The Immanence of Myth, which featured prominently in this semester's class.

Here's my first stab at the copy, though I'm sure it'll morph a bit in the time it takes to prepare the text for publication:
This book captures and expands upon the unique commentary and analysis that has helped define the Modern Mythology project in 2011. Through the voices of many contributors, we collectively take a hard look at the blurred lines between narrative and truth, philosophy and literature, personal history and cultural memory. All of this is done with an eye towards the imagined apocalypse that is always just around the corner. Join in the discussion, and leave your cultural blinders at home.

You'll be able to pick up a copy of your own for $.99 as an eBook everywhere but Amazon (their pricing strategy forces it to a bottom price-point of $2.99), and the paperback should come in at around $16. I will announce the final price when it is laid out, as prices are based on final page counts.

Meanwhile, I'm preparing to get my bus tickets for my trip up there to sit in on the class the week of October 10th, and bounce off of Rowan's frenetic style as I have in the past.

We are also working to raise funds to help expand the reach and quality of this and other works that we do into 2012. Please pitch in a hand if you believe in the hard work many of us have put in over the past few years.

I guess this is as good a time as any to announce that I've been working to prepare myself for MA-PhD applications, alongside all the projects that you've seen come to life here. I feel that the classroom is as good a place as any to get these issues center stage, with the explicit subversive intent of exploding traditional ideas of academic formality. And with the state of corporate America these days, frankly, I don't want to have anything to do with it, and would rather put my effort where it is more likely to be understood and appreciated.

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