Anti-Oedipus Press • 2014
A semi-sequel to the visionary Anti-Twitter: 150 50-Word Stories, Induced Coma: 50 & 100 Word Stories once again features Harold Jaffe writing to the Nth power, taking as his subject no less than the benighted globe. Including published mainstream narratives and “news” articles from the US and abroad, the collection covers an extraordinary range of subjects—activist art, global warming, revolution, the entertainment industry, and the freakishly banal happenings of our day-to-day lives—all of which the author deconstructs to expose their ideological subtexts in uncanny ways. Satirical, critical, tragic and ruminative, Jaffe works every register masterfully. Induced Coma is a singular tour de force composed by one of the most innovative writers of our generation.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR INDUCED COMA
“Upending the notion of ‘flash’ by installing a cryptic directness that tells of our times unflinchingly, without artistic fluff or emotional posturing, Jaffe has continued his venturesome break with tradition in Induced Coma. They’re not sleepers; these miniature anti-fictions give maximum pleasure. They also create unease and awareness. Absorb them." —Stephen D. Gutierrez
“A wonderfully prismatic insight into the current mania of our society, Induced Coma simultaneously offers a comment on the reductivism of Twitter culture—and exponentiates the form to a level of psycho-philosophical prose poetry, with infinite nuances and ironies.” —R. Sebastian Bennett
“Harold Jaffe’s Induced Coma makes ‘news of the weird’ not only not-weird but also not-news. In other words, Jaffe has brilliantly turned all our news into weird news.” —Mark Yakich
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Harold Jaffe is the author of 22 volumes of fiction, novels, docufiction and essays, most recently Anti-Twitter: 150 50-Word Stories, OD, Paris 60, Revolutionary Brain and Othello Blues. His books have been translated into 15 languages and he has received many accolades, among them two NEA grants, two Fulbright fellowships and three Pushcart Prizes. Jaffe teaches literature at San Diego State University and is editor-in-chief of Fiction International.