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Trapped: Svetlana Lavochkina & Stefan Rak in Chicago
August 8, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC+0
Join Whiskey Tit stalwarts Svetlana Lavochkina (ZAP, DAM DUCHESS), Stefan O. Rak (ADVENTURES OF BASTARD AND M.E.), with SPECIAL GUEST Chicago’s own Valya Dudycz Lupescu and musical guests as we make landfall on Chicago for a perfect storm of reading, music, and the sweet brown sauce. HEAR Svetlana’s DAM DUCHESS, lauded for its “savage ironies twisting every sentence.” WITNESS Stefan’s ADVENTURES, “A pataphysical, oulipian, menippean satire of and maybe the only real antidote to our current alternative truth, synthetic drug-fueled, semi-consensual nightmare of a civilization.” DRINK our Whiskey. GROOVE to our jam.
Do we have friends in Chicago? Can we make some? Join us and see.
Svetlana Lavochkina is a Ukrainian-born novelist, poet and poetry translator, now residing in Germany. Her novella DAM DUCHESS (Whiskey Tit, 2018) was chosen runner-up in the Paris Literary Prize. Her debut novel, ZAP (Whiskey Tit, 2017), was shortlisted for Tibor & Jones Pageturner Prize 2015.
Stefan O. Rak lives in New York City, because it makes sense.In the 1940s, his grandparents fled Ukraine for NYC, otherwise he may have never been born. He’s worked as an archival director, film professor, record producer, experimental music programmer, and bartender. Rak’s ADVENTURES OF BASTARD AND M.E. is a pataphysical romp through a seedy underworld of criminal comic charactersWhiskey Tit attempts to restore degradation and degeneracy to the literary arts. We are unwilling to sacrifice intellectual rigour, unrelenting playfulness, and visual beauty, often leading to texts that would otherwise be abandoned in a homogenised literary landscape. In a world gone mad, our refusal to make this sacrifice is an act of civil service and civil disobedience alike, and our work reflects this.