Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Everything's Coming Up Delany

I seem to be tripping all over Samuel R. Delany lately. Not physically (that would be scary) but in the imaginary world of lit.

It started with the issue of Black Clock that I'm now going through, which features an interesting interview with him. This past Saturday, Miss Anonymous L. pointed out a sign to me on the National Mall for an exhibit at the Anacostia Museum showcasing an exhibit on African-American writers organized by D.C. poet E. Ethelbert Miller, with one of the writers in the exhibit being Delany.

Now I find a review of his new novella Phallos as well as the new printings of Hogg and his autobiography The Motion of Light in Water, and that he's a doing a special program for the Smithsonian on Friday November 19 with Octavia Butler.

Anyway, he's a brilliant, albeit sometimes disturbing, writer. The event looks really interesting, as does the exhibit. Tomorrow I'll post a little about the interview in Black Clock, because it does have some interesting points.



LadyLitBlitzin said...

I'm looking forward to hearing about the interview, since I am embarrassed to admit, I haven't heard of this guy before!

Hebdomeros said...

He's an amazing writer. One of a small handful I'd actually toss the word "brilliant" at. His best book, especially for non-SF and fantasy people, is Dhalgren.

LadyLitBlitzin said...

Wow, thanks for the heads up. I'm definitely noting that so I can read it!