THE COMPLETE DARK SHADOWS (OF MY CHILDHOOD) & SOAP OPERA CONFIDENTIAL
Tony Trigilio, author of The Complete Dark Shadows (Of My Childhood) Books 1 & 2 (Blazevox 2014, 2016) and other books of poems and literary criticism will read at Mac's on Thursday, September 28th at 7 p.m. He will be joined by CWRU professor Marie Lathers, a contributor to Soap Opera Confidential: Writers and Soap Insiders on Why We'll Tune in Tomorrow as the World Turns Restlessly by the Guiding Light of Our Live.
"'Dark Shadows made me believe / in a world of paranormal certainty,' and after you read this book, you will too. Tony Trigilio writes a world in which there is no separation between his dailiness and the fictional realm of DARK SHADOWS, the supernatural soap opera he clearly loves, even with its daily rash of continuity errors, bad makeup, flubbed lines, and inherent camp, a show that has possessed him since he first watched it as a child with his mother. This book is haunted--how could it not be? --not only by Barnabas Collins, the doddering vampire who enfolds and catalyzes the show's time-traveling retreat to 1795 New England and back to its present, but also James Earl Ray, the Boston Marathon bombings, and, most intensely, Trigilio's mother, who emerges in this book as a complex figure worthy of the multi-volume poem the poet has undertaken, even if it may well bury him alive." --Nick Twemlow
Besides the Dark Shadows collection, Tony Trigilio has published White Noise (Apostrophe Books, 2013) and Historic Diary (BlazeVOX [books], 2010). He is also the editor of Elise Cowan Poems and Fragments (Ahsahta Press, 2014) and author of the critical monograph Allen Ginsberg's Buddhist Poetics (Southern Illinois University Press). He hosts the poetry podcast Radio Free Albion and plays in the band Pet Theories. He is a member of the core poetry faculty at Columbia College Chicago, where he is Interim Chair of the Department of Creative Writing.
Soap operas have captured loyal, often lifelong viewers since the first American daytime serial debuted in 1949. Soap Opera Confidential collects 29 new and five classic essays and recollections. Authors and soap opera insiders delve into the passion for television melodrama that compels viewers to “tune in tomorrow.” Marie Lathers contributed Thirty Years in Pine Valley, an essay about All My Children. Other contributors include iconic soap star Thorsten Kaye, journalist Leigh Montville, authors Elinor Lipman and Ann Hood, and editors of Soaps in Depth magazine. They explore the soap phenomenon from a range of perspectives and consider the appeal of a venerable genre in which, as novelist Jacquelyn Mitchard observes, “everyone’s life was more depressing than mine.”
Marie Lathers is Treuhaft Professor of French and Humanties. She received her Ph.D. from Brown University. She is the author of three books: The Aesthetics of Artifice: Villiers’ L’Eve Future (1996); Bodies of Art: French Literary Realism and the Artist’s Model (2001); and Space Oddities: Women and Outer Space in Popular Film and Culture, 1960-2000 (2010).