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    Thanks to 277 generous backers for our Interfictions Indiegogo Campaign, we raised $10,318 by the time our campaign ended at midnight, July 14th, 2014.  When we launched on June 3rd, we were staggered to find donations doubling almost daily, until after about 3 weeks we had reached our original target goal of $8,500, and were able to move on to our Stretch Goal of $10,000.

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    INTERFICTIONS issue #3 is up online!

    The editors of Interfictions Online are happy to announce the birth of the journal’s latest issue, on May 22, 2014!

    The Spring 2014 issue’s non-fiction offerings include Mark Craddock’s poignant collage in Aerial Acrobatics and Gender Reassignment Surgery – A How-To Guide, while Inda Lauryn’s Parallels and Transitions splices analysis of contemporary female vocalists into a graduate school memoir. Isabel Yap’s Life Is Not a Shoujo Manga speaks for itself. And in an interview with Jeff VanderMeer and Jeremy Zerfoss, the two creators discuss their illustrated guide to writing, Wonderbook.

    The fiction offerings remix tropes from ghosts to automata, with new work by Richard Butner, Su-Yee Lin, Kat Howard, Tade Thompson and S. Craig Renfroe Jr.

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  • First Interfictions Zero essay is up! “Oscar Wao: Murdering Machismo”: Comments welcome
    by Ellen | April 4th, 2011 |

    IAF’s newest project, Interfictions Zero, the rolling online anthology of interstitial criticism on interstitial texts, launched April 1 – no kidding!  Our first essay author, Carlos Hernandez, says:

    Hey gang, my essay “Oscar Wao: Murdering Machismo” is inaugurating Interfictions Zero, a new web anthology of essays about genre-busting literature. It’s lit. crit. by way of memoir, and it recounts the story of how, on my visit to Cuba in 1997, I was emasculated by Havana prostitutes–not once, but twice! Have a read!

    We can’t do any better than that. Interfictions Zero begins over here:
    http://www.interstitialarts.org/projects/interfictions0.php

    Congratulations to co-editors Delia Sherman & Helen Pilinovsky for a job well begun. Next essay to appear May 1st, so watch this space! ….And remember, we’re accepting rolling submissions for IF0, so if you have an idea, please go here for Submissions Guidelines.

    Want to respond to Oscar Wao:  Murdering Machismo ?

    We welcome your comments RIGHT HERE:

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    5 Responses to “First Interfictions Zero essay is up! “Oscar Wao: Murdering Machismo”: Comments welcome”

    1. Asakiyume Says:

      Enjoyed the essay very much–very thought provoking!

    2. Ellen Says:

      Charming, witty, funny…loved the excursion into fiction and hope there
      will be many more!

    3. Sue Lange Says:

      So apparently in Cuba, macho means spending money on others.

      Nice evaluation of a book that I’d never heard of. Will check ‘er out.

    4. Saladin Ahmed Says:

      The essay was a blast, but I have to disagree with its conclusion that “The fukú is machismo.” I love love love this book as I haven’t loved a “literary” novel in years, but Yunior’s voice ventriloquizing Oscar is *absolutely* about having one’s cake and eating it too. Anyone who finds “Yunior’s voice merely sexist” isn’t giving Diaz enough credit, but anyone who misses that the voice is indeed “infuriatingly self-assured and macho” is ignoring that part of the appeal of this book – to the geeky literati of all colors – is that it fuses the safely nerdy world of readerliness, D&D and comic books, to an an enticingly ‘authentic’ and macho hood-speak in a manner that seems effortless but is in fact the result of astonishingly self-conscious craft.

    5. Umberto Lorcan Says:

      I liked the article. But I think the writer enacted the very thing he was supposedly challenging by sort of exoticizing the women and his experience. Overall, his descriptions of the scene with the women at el malecon reads as the report of a native informant. Although he praises Junot Diaz’s deep irony, he didn’t plumb deep enough to understand the political tack Junot affects in his fictions and the pitfalls of hewing to close to stereotypes when not conscioulsy working to rework or undermine them.

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