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.

  • From Book 3: Allons-y!

    October 15, 2019 by

             In the spring of 1932, Breton was exerting more control over an ever-younger coterie, guiding the group’s activities and dominating the discussions. Yet, this did not appear to be entirely his choice. At the Prophete, Justine and I overheard him snarl in a corner to Tristan Tzara (“that Hungarian homunculus shaped like an anarchist’s bomb,”… Read more

  • Link: Is Ferdière Reliable?

    October 9, 2019 by

    This review of Sylvère Lotringer’s Mad Like Artaud is worth reading, but unfortunately the review is uncritical of “facts” stated by Gaston Ferdière. (Of course, Lotringer ‘s book is worth reading and I highly recommend his lecture at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, too.) “Artaud didn’t wash”? Not according to Cécile Schramme! In my… Read more

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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 novel 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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