Anti-Oedipus Press • 2014
Paperback: 142 pages • 5 x 8 • $13.95 • ISBN 978-0-9892391-3-4
Kindle: $7.95
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Written during Olsen's five-month stay at the American Academy in Berlin, [[ there. ]] is part critifictional meditation and part trash diary exploring what happens at the confluence of curiosity, travel, and innovative writing practices. A collage of observations, facts, quotations, recollections, and theoretical reflections, it touches on a wide range of authors, genres, and places, from Beckett and Ben Marcus to David Bowie and Wayne Koestenbaum, film and architecture to avant-garde music and hypermedia, the Venezuelan jungle and Bhutanese mountains to New Jersey mall culture and the restlessness known as Berlin. [[ there. ]] is an always-already bracketed performance about how, by inhabiting unstable spaces, we continually unlearn and therefore relearn what thought, experience, and imagination feel like.


“Olsen is among the finest writers of social critique and speculative fiction today.” American Book Review

“Perhaps no other American author writes as expansively and insightfully as Lance Olsen about what it means to be alive at this place, at this time.” —Steve Tomasula

“Striking, shocking . . . In the world of contemporary fiction, Lance Olsen is a rockstar.” Brooklyn Rail

“Lance Olsen reminds us that defying classification has lasting, imaginative value.” Review of Contemporary Fiction


LANCE OLSEN is author of more than 20 books of and about innovative writing, including the novels Theories of Forgetting, Calendar of Regrets, and Nietzsche’s Kisses. His short stories, essays, poems, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies, such as Conjunctions, Black Warrior Review, Fiction International, Village Voice, BOMB, McSweeney’s, and Best American Non-Required Reading. He serves as chair of FC2’s Board of Directors and teaches experimental narrative theory and practice at the University of Utah. Visit him online at