The Constraint, The Cookbook, and the Anecdote – Tan Lin

The Constraint, The Cookbook, and the Anecdote – TAN LIN

This will be a workshop in constraint driven exercises, prison escape schemes of writing, box and fugue variations, generic descriptions, the anecdote, and ambient, environmental language works. Some attention to plants, perfumes, and cookbooks as cross-references. Occasional recourse to music and the non-rock music associated with growing up. Works conducted in various scales, from the tiny to the extra large. The course will also explore writing in paratextual arenas, footnotes, indexes, wikis, bibliographies and the like. There is no “free” writing in this class. The course will be supplemented with a few short readings. TBA.

Tan Lin is the author, most recently, of 7 Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004 The Joy of Cooking, and Insomnia and the Aunt.  He is the recipient of a Getty Distinguished Scholar Grant and a Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writing Grant to complete a book on the writings of Andy Warhol.