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"You people are cursed. All of you cursed. Cursed by love."
A love god recreated by the poetry of Mina Loy, Pig Cupid finds himself in contemporary Los Angeles helping UCLA poetry professor Harley Keno win back Columbina Zanni. Organized around an ancient Commedia dell’Arte scenario, past and present, L.A. and 1920s Florence, and the worlds of theatre and “real life,” frequently overlap.
"The world's oldest profession, and I’ve been practicing it since the dawn of time."
Something Rich & Strange
"I look out towards that blue horizon ... and think, 'What’s out there? What will I find?'"
On May 28, 1967, Francis Chichester finished his solo circumnavigation of the globe aboard his yacht Gypsy Moth IV. He made only one stop in more than 30,000 miles and nearly 300 days at sea.
This singular feat inspired nine other sailors to attempt the first solo, non-stop circumnavigation of the globe. In the end, only one of these completed the trip. This is the story of that race, the men who sailed it, and the one who threw it into chaos.
“… what is [justice] in this world? Merely a tourniquet on fatal wounds.”
In 1876, a Savate-trained killer, scarred by the events of the Franco-Prussian war and motivated by an ancient heresy, stalks expectant mothers in Paris. Two Paris police officers, and an American Pinkerton agent, try to stop him before he can move on the world.
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"Strange, isn’t it? The way he went. Playing God opposite Lucifer. On a damn mountaintop."
A buddy road story in the tradition of The Seventh Seal and Waiting for Godot — in the summer of 1971, a troupe of drama students performs along the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Vienna, Virgina where they perform at Wolf Trap on opening night.
"We only live, only suspire. / Consumed by either fire or fire."
Interested in war trauma, religious mania, and the late 19th/early 20th century labor movement, Henry Fire follows the progress of an eponymous hero as he makes his way from the rural, antebellum South to his demise in the Depression-era Midwest.
Stains Upon the Silence
"I could not have gone through the awful wretched mess of life without having left a stain upon the silence."
After recovering from a near-fatal stabbing, Samuel Beckett joins the French Resistance: an experience that helps him chart the course of his literary career.