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 3: Desnos and Youki

            The weekend—two days of rain, two days of revelation—was over and now the sun was out, drying up the puddles in the streets, puddles that had caught the glitter and frivolous paper streamers of some Montparnasse street party. The sun turned the glistening streets to dry pavement and raised my fears. Artaud was likeContinue reading “From Book 3: Desnos and Youki”

From Book 3: Never!

After the attempted suicide of Valentine Hugo finally faded from the gossip columns, they filled with reports that Foujita had lost millions in a game of baccarat. Youki told Desnos it was not true, but nevertheless she and Foujita received a notice of back taxes owed. When Foujita sent his new secretary to the taxContinue reading “From Book 3: Never!”

From Book 3: The Lecture at the Sorbonne

            On the night of Artaud’s lecture on “Theatre and the Plague,” Desnos had his radio show to do, and Louis was showing his paintings to an interested buyer, and I could not find Sonia or Anita, so I went to the Sorbonne alone and located Dr. Allendy’s lecture hall.             The square Amphithéâtre MicheletContinue reading “From Book 3: The Lecture at the Sorbonne”

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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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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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