Praise for Porno Diva Numbero Uno
Diva is a book of desperate longing disguised by bravado, whimsy
and wild intelligence. B. (Berg) creates a labyrinth for our age as K.
(Kafka) did for his. It is deeply and joyously original."
"In the aftermath of avant-gardes, Flesh is the extreme to which
our words, aching for tenderness, struggle to return. Porno Diva
Numero Uno is a magnificent transmission of this struggle, an
agon of recaptured otherness. Its accomplishment is nothing less than
a new Mortalism which Stephen Berg freely offers to voices — Duchamp's,
Van Gogh's, yours and mine — that had almost forgotten how to die,
almost forsaken the chance to be reborn."
"By turns edgy, ecstatic, self-doubting, rapturous, transgressive,
all-forgiving, Steve Berg's imaginary encounters with Marcel Duchamp catch
the flesh and blood adrenalin rush of fevered consciousness, its fork-tongued
polyphonies, heart-breakingly honest & vulnerable 'inner human music,'
its porno peep show sadnesses & hidden delights: 'the hole...in the
wall in the woman in the amazed self' where 'we have pockets now into
wings the wings are inside singing of that place beyond the heavens' —
'the song of eros the unheard never ending song.'"
"From Joyce to Morrison the great accomplishment of the 20th Century
was to establish what a Writer is. Not many are left, but Berg is squarely
among them. This book represents the essence of what a conscientious and
writerly imagination must do. To have it in print at last is a blessing
for us all."
"Porno Diva teems with Stephen Berg's trademark
acuity and whipsawed tenderness. This rhythmically propulsive, improvised
encounter with the great subversive, Duchamp, returns the reader to the
undirected now in which we all exist — "life grows stranger
more beautiful scarier but the taste of each instant's full of itself."
Audacious, and moving. All over the place a challenging crazy and wise
lifeforce more vivid than a thousand Internet web sites."
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