The Double – a novel series

In progress – looking for a publisher

Before punk, before the Beats, before existentialism, and beyond Surrealism there were two visionaries, two rebels, two friends…and two tragic heroes,
Antonin Artaud and Robert Desnos.
These two men should never be forgotten.

Please visit the Association Rodez Antonin Artaud for more information about Artaud’s life and work

  • From Book 4: Resistance

    November 17, 2019 by

    This section presented in its entirety. Let us never forget those who fought so others could be free.             In the protection of a dry creek bed we gobbled our tepid rations and leaned against the embankment in shifts to nap. “How’s your ankle, soldier?” Raymond asked me for the hundredth time as he lapped… Read more

  • From Book 3: Aube

    November 14, 2019 by

    I understand Aube Elléouët-Breton still lives in Paris. This fictional section is offered in respect and affection.             Artaud was still lecturing in Mexico City, and Louis was preoccupied with his upcoming marriage. Lee was preoccupied with her work. She was photographing Man Ray now and the two were at least speaking to each other.… Read more

  • From Book 3: George Malkine and Louis Aragon’s Buttocks

    November 14, 2019 by

                I had a garden. Not much of one, but in Desnos’s scrabbly yard, between the two large sunken medallions in the ground that had been apparently stolen long ago from a cemetery, I managed to plant flowers, herbs, and even a few rows of carrots, and Louis and I would crawl through the lilacs… Read more

  • From Book 1: Holiday with Artaud and Desnos

    November 12, 2019 by

                During breakfast the clouds gathered together and pelted the house with darkness and drops, a steady rain I could tell would not clear up soon. We dodged raindrops out to the woodpile, stacked up wood beside the hearth in the front room, built a fire in the fireplace and lit the lamps, and resigned… Read more

  • For Veterans Day: Normandy

    November 11, 2019 by

    In memory of Rupert L. Harley. This section offered in its entirety.             Waiting.             The latrines were coated with diarrhea and vomit. Any bucket within reach of a man was overflowing with vomit. The smell of vomit pervaded the ship and even days of continued rain couldn’t wash it away. No man could eat… Read more

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Photos from my visit to Paris to write this series


The Double, a novel series
about Antonin Artaud and Robert Desnos

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i have been working on this series for 30 years and it has taken me where I did not expect to go. I never set out to write this book. Artaud and I merely shared the same concerns about language.

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About the Author

So often have I dreamed of you
So often walked, so often talked
So much have I loved your shadow
That there now remains nothing left of me
But the shadow of your shadow always with me
To be a hundred times darker than any darkness
Than the shadow that crosses and shall joyously cross
your living sundial.
—R. Desnos

A novel, about my friends and beloved teachers who I’ve never met, Antonin Artaud and Robert Desnos.

It was Artaud who took over the book I tried to write, and it was knowing Artaud who led me to Desnos.

I am a writer, a former actress and dancer, and many other things. I have not been born yet; I am not in the world yet.

All I ask is Life. Therefore I offer this failed “spell.”


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