fuel4talk: Jim Nisbet

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On July 30, 2007 the haudenschild Garage held a FUEL4TALK with author Jim Nisbet. was the moderator. As part of his presentation, Nisbet read an excerpt from his 2006 novel Dark Companion.

Following Nisbet’s talk, Gun Crazy, the 1949 film noir feature film starring Peggy Cummins and John Dall in a story about the crime-spree of a gun-toting husband and wife, was screened.

Gun Crazy (aka Deadly Is the Female), the forerunner of director Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde (1967), is considered by many to be the ultimate B-movie with film noirish elements. Director Joseph H. Lewis’s cult picture was taken from a Saturday Evening Post story by novelist MacKinlay Kantor, and developed from a screenplay by Kantor and blacklisted Dalton Trumbo (credited as Millard Kaufman to hide the fact that he was one of the Hollywood Ten).

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About Jim Nisbet

Jim Nisbet has published eight novels. Seven of them have been published in French as well as English, with an additional miscellany of translations into German, Japanese, Italian, and, forthcoming, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, and Romanian. An eighth novel, Ulysses’ Dog, has been published in French only by Editions Payot et Rivages(Paris). A ninth novel, How I Got Work will be published by Rivages Noir in Spring, 2008.

Nisbet has also published five volumes of poetry: Poems for a Lady, Morpho (with Alastair Johnston), Gnachos for Bishop Berkeley, Small Apt (with photographs by Shelly Vogel), and Across the Tasman Sea. Two “audio narratives” — stories told via sound effects — have been issued under the title The Visitor. (You can listen to both if you step into the ARCHIVES.) And innumerable individual poems, essays, stories and excerpts have appeared in nearly as many newspapers, magazines and anthologies, including American Poets Say Goodbye to the 20th Century, The Bay Area Reporter, Big Bridge, Blind Date, The Bolinas Hearsay News, Bombay Gin, Caïn, Carbuncle, Cinizas, City Lights Journal, La Croix, Exquisite Corpse, Green Level Anthology, Gulliver, the photographer David Perry’s Hot Rod Pinups, La Licorne, Life of Crime, Measures of Poison, Mike and Dale’s Younger Poets, No Difference Here, The North Carolina Anvil, Pangolin Papers, Panta, Plots with Guns, Poetry Flash, Poetry USA, Polar, Public Illumination Magazine, The Punctual Actual Weekly, Rolling Stock, San Francisco Noir, Shuffle Boil, The Stone, Sumus, Temps Noir, Thus Spake the Corpse vols I & II, Vogue Hommes International, and WET — not to mention Crow, Raven, and The Turkey Buzzard Review. Nisbet has twice won the Pangolin Papers Annual Fiction Award, and thrice been nominated by that magazine for the Pushcart Prize in short fiction. His 2006 novel, Dark Companion currently contends with four other nominees short-listed for the 2007 Hammett Prize.

Aside from reading and performing his own work for nearly forty years, Nisbet has written and seen produced a modest handful of one-act plays and monologues and himself directed the original productions of most of these works. Furthermore, he has sunk but thrice to teaching “Creative Writing” at the Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, in Boulder, Colorado. Over a period of ten years (late 70s – mid 80s), with David Schein and Berkeley’s Blake Street Hawkeyes, Nisbet co-produced six Actualist Conventions, marathon performance events presenting a different poet, performance artist, musical ensemble, theater group, dance troupe or film every 30 minutes for 12 – 48 hours.

Nisbet also owns and operates his own business, specializing in but not limited to the design and construction of its eponymous Electronics Furniture. Click here to visit his website for more information.

About Steve Fagin

Steve Fagin (stevefagin.net) is Professor of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego, and has produced a series of feature length videos including The Amazing Voyage of Gustave Flaubert and Raymond Roussel, The Machine That Killed Bad People and TropiCola. These films have been featured prominently at museums, international film festivals, art biennials and have been screened on Bravo International in Latin America, Canal + in Europe and PBS in the United States. His work has had a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and is the subject of a book from Duke University Press, Talkin’ With Your Mouth Full: Conversations with the Videos of Steve Fagin. The work has been presented at both the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York in many contexts including both of their summary shows of the essential art of the twentieth century. From 2005-2009 he worked as creative consultant for the haudenschild Garage and commissioning editor of the hG, Spare Parts projects. The Last Book, an hG, Spare Parts project, was conceived and directed by him. Currently he is working on a feature film, A Cloud of Hope, about the independence movements in Africa, circa 1960 and on a series of “smart phone pieces”, both as commissioning editor and as one of the artists for LACMA.