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Happy 67th Birthday, Lance Olsen!: 67 Reasons to Celebrate Lance Olsen


I’ve had the deep pleasure of knowing Lance Olsen (for at least fourteen years now), reviewing his work, interviewing him twice, publishing him eight times in Big Other, teaching two of his books (Skin Elegies and Architectures of Possibility: After Innovative Writing), working as his publicist on six books ([[ there. ]], How to Unfeel the Dead: New & Selected Fictions, Theories of Forgetting, Skin Elegies , and My Red Heaven, Always Crashing in the Same Car, and featuring him in the inaugural lineup of Subversity’s Innovative Fiction Seminar, all the while impressed by his profound courage, creativity, intelligence, rigor, humor, generosity, and so much more. So here are at least sixty-seven reasons for all of us to celebrate Lance Olsen:

    1. Shrapnel (forthcoming from Anti-Oedipus Press in February 2024)
    2. Always Crashing in the Same Car (FC2)
    3. Skin Elegies (Dzanc, 2021)
    4. My Red Heaven (Dzanc, 2020)
    5. Dreamlives of Debris (Dzanc, 2017)
    6. There’s No Place Like Time: A Retrospective (&Now Books, 2016)
    7. Theories of Forgetting (Fiction Collective Two, 2014)
    8. Calendar of Regrets (Fiction Collective Two, 2010)
    9. Head in Flames (Chiasmus Press, 2009)
    10. Anxious Pleasures: A Novel After Kafka (Shoemaker & Hoard, 2007)
    11. Nietzsche’s Kisses (Fiction Collective Two, 2006)
    12. 10:01 (Chiasmus Press, 2005; hypermedia version: Iowa Review Web 7.2, 2005)
    13. Girl Imagined by Chance (Fiction Collective Two, 2002)
    14. Freaknest (Wordcraft, 2000)
    15. Time Famine (Permeable Press, 1996)
    16. Burnt (Wordcraft, 1996)
    17. Tonguing the Zeitgeist (Permeable Press,1994)
    18. Live from Earth (Available Press/Ballantine Books,1991)
    19. Architectures of Possibility: After Innovative Writing (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2012)
    20. Rebel Yell: Writing Fiction (Cambrian Press, 1998)
    21. [[ there. ]] (Anti-Oedipus Press, 2014)
    22. In Memoriam to Postmodernism: Essays on the Avant-Pop, co-edited with Mark Amerika (SDSU Press, 1995)
    23. Lolita: A Janus Text (Twayne, 1995)
    24. Surfing Tomorrow: Essays on the Future of American Fiction (Potpourri, 1995), editor
    25. William Gibson: A Reader’s Guide (Starmont House, 1992)
    26. Circus of the Mind in Motion: Postmodernism and the Comic Vision (Wayne State University Press, 1990)
    27. Ellipse of Uncertainty: An Introduction to Postmodern Fantasy (Greenwood Press, 1987)
    28. How to Unfeel the Dead: New & Selected Fictions (Teksteditions, 2014)
    29. Hideous Beauties (Eraserhead, 2003)
    30. Sewing Shut My Eyes (Fiction Collective Two/Black Ice, 2000)
    31. Scherzi, I Believe (Wordcraft, 1994)
    32. My Dates with Franz (Bluestone Press, 1993)
    33. “(Trans)Forms as Philosophy” (Big Other, 2022)
    34. “Always Crashing in the Same Car” (Big Other, 2021)
    35. “He Can’t Remember, He’s No Longer Sure, Maybe” (Big Other, 2021)
    36. “Beautiful Boy Falling” (Big Other, 2020)
    37. “A Sentence About a Sentence I Love: From Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons (Big Other, 2019)
    38. “169 Tweets on the Nature of Possibility” (Big Other, 2019)
    39. Lance Olsen’s “Literary Pillars” (Big Other, 2012)
    40. Between the Covers podcast with Lance Olsen about My Red Heaven
    41. Interview with Lance Olsen on NPR’s Berlin Journal
    42. My interview with Lance Olsen about Head in Flames
    43. My interview with Lance Olsen about Calendar of Regrets
    44. John Domini’s Interview with Lance Olsen about Theories of Forgetting
    45. Interview with Lance Olsen about Nietzsche’s Kisses
    46. “Urgent Possibility: Talking With Lance Olsen on FC2’s 40th Birthday”
    47. “The Difficult Imagination”
    48. “Narratological Amphibiousness, or: Invitation To the Covert History of Possibility”
    49. Marcus Smith’s interview at WBYU’s Thinking Aloud
    50. Rachel Levy’s interview at the Lit Pub
    51. “Blindmanning as Being”
    52. But I Digress… podcast interview with Lance Olsen
    53. “Book Notes” for [[ there. ]] at Largehearted Boy
    54. “Book Notes” for Theories of Forgetting at Largehearted Boy
    55. Robert Lopez’s interview with Lance Olsen
    56. George Salis’s interview with Lance Olsen
    57. Lance Olsen interview for Architectures of Possibility at Audible Authors
    58. Interview about Architectures of Possibility
    59. “Accretive Dreams, Junk Narrativity, & Orphaned Excess in Moderation”
    60. “Embodying the World”
    61. “Learning to Wish for More”
    62. Interview with Lance Olsen at continent
    63. Flashpoint’s interview with Lance Olsen
    64. Pop Matter’s interview with Lance Olsen
    65. Continuum’s interview with Lance Olsen
    66. Pif Magazine’s interview with Lance Olsen
    67. Chiasmus Press’s interview with Lance Olsen

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