White Box Rocks on March 16th


On Saturday, March 16, 2013, for one night only, White Box (329 Broome Street, New York, NY 10002 | Tel: 212-714-2347) will present an evening, subject to impromptus, of video-film presentations, performances (including the shortest musical piece in the history of music), readings and interpretations in what could only be described as a not-to-be-missed ‘Avant-Garde Variety Show’, orchestrated by the one and only Alain Arias-Misson.

Alain Arias-Misson, a Belgian-American living in Paris and one of the inventors of visual poetry in the early sixties, will comment on a brief video-film of his notorious Public Poems, street-texts that have disrupted city life in a score of cities; and will read a short story from his seventh (erotic) book, The Man Who Walked on Air & other Tales of Innocence, published by Black Scat Books.

Frédéric Acquaviva, self-taught experimental French musician and performer living in Berlin, has published 17 single CDs of his work and written 30 compositions performed at institutions in Europe and the U.S. He will perform the shortest musical piece in the history of music, and read a text in Google Translation English regarding his discovery of this DNA of sound. He will show his hieratic/demotic short videos and a music video of a piece performed at the Fenice Theater of Venice, accompanied by

William Niederkorn and Yolanda Hawkins, musicians, performance artists and founders of the True Comedy Theatre Company of NYC, which has staged original plays over the past three decades, will present an excerpt from a work in progress: a couple of artists at a party discuss the situation of the East Village, overrun by students mortgaging their lives to go to NYU, Wall Street types revving up the housing market, curators phoning them to get them to donate their lives’ work to the nonprofit institutions that afford the curators summer residencies in Provence.

Our Man in Panama

panamaThe legendary literary maestro, Alain Arias-Misson, has disappeared from Paris. Well, no, that’s not quite accurate… he hasn’t vanished in the sense that, say, a CIA operative might suddenly leave the scene. No…Alain is basking in the balmy breezes in Panama. He and the lovely Karen avoid the nasty winters in France by disappearing  (escaping) to their undisclosed hideout (is there any other kind?) on the Pacific. Actually, their hideout looks like a love-nest, oui?

At the Black Scat Books bunker in northern California, we’re all rather jealous of M. Arias-Misson since temperatures have dipped to 30-degrees! In other words we’re freezing our butts off but cannot afford to escape.

To make matters worse, Arias-Misson sends taunting emails from Panama wishing us warm regards, etc. We took revenge, however, and made certain his vacation was interrupted by a lot of work, i.e., we gave him stiff deadlines for compiling his collection of short stories: The Man Who Walked on Air & Other Tales of Innocence. 

This, by the way, is a significant edition featuring 15 “innocent” tales, spanning 195 pages — experimental, erotic, poetic, passionate, obsessive, and hilarious. But that’s stating the obvious… damn it, the man is bloody brilliant and we’re honored to be unleashing the book any moment now. (No joke, check back here today.)

Why a winter pub date you ask?

Once the new book rears its head on Amazon in the U.S. and Europe, the author will head to New York where he’s always in demand for readings and performances.

And NYC is cold as hell in winter.


Pornobongo Has Arrived!


Our sublime anthology of erotic wordplay is now available—featuring titillating works by Eckhard Gerdes, Alain Arias-Misson, Larry Fondation. Harold Jaffe, Derek Pell, Andy O’Clancy, Farewell Debut, Rusty Cuffs, Opal Louis Nations, Tara Stillions Whitehead, Samantha Memi, Shane Roeschlein, Lance Olsen, and Ryan Forsythe. [Absurdist Texts & Documents – No. 4; Edition of 50.]

Each constrained text is limited to 600 words and is subjected to an oulipian constraint of the author’s choosing. Is it wordplay or foreplay? You be the judge. You’ll also find provocative “potential” images by artists Norman Conquest and Farewell Debut. All seductively packaged and perfectly bound—52 pages of puzzling seduction and literary tricks. There has never been an anthology like it.