Lance Olsen has teamed up with mixed media artist Tim Guthrie to breathe digital life into an excerpt from Olsen’s 1996 novel Burnt. “The Nature of the Creative Process” is a flashfiction-alized version of one of the most darkly comic passages I’ve come across as both a reader and live audience member, in which a lovably eccentric novelist likens his writing gig to a roadside Situationist spectacle featuring a row of ducklings and a ball peen hammer. On his own, Olsen has made this particular piece a crowd favorite at readings over the past decade; with Guthrie’s help, “Nature” is going worldwide digital, currently circuiting a handful of animation festivals. Olsen and Guthrie are also collaborating on a multimedia version of Olsen’s forthcoming novel 10:01, about “what goes through the minds of a theater full of people the ten minutes and one second before the feature commences.” Chiasmus Press will be releasing the dead tree version in spring of 2005.
6 September 2004
Olsen and Guthrie: flashers