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Event

Petrushka: Proceedings of a Meeting on Severe Epidemic Phytonotic Syndrome (SEPS) – Book Launch and R

September 15, 2017

6-8PM

Join us for the launch of Petrushka: Proceedings of a Meeting on Severe Epidemic Phytonotic Syndrome (SEPS). The event will include an introduction to the project from editor Peter McCarey, and readings from publication contributors.

Petrushka gathers the proceedings of a meeting that took place in Cape Cod last autumn, about a major pandemic in which people turn into various species of plant, anything from parsley to bamboo.

The event confronted experts in various fields with the breakdown of their respective domains, asking them what they would want to salvage from the situation. The participants were mostly Rockefeller Foundation Fellows – among them a public health specialist; a State Dept. ambassador-at-large (from the previous administration); an ecologist; two historians; a philosopher; an artist/filmmaker; and an epidemiologist.

The aesthetic of the work is quite deliberately borderline boring, designed to look like and read like a League of Nations report, evoking catastrophe without allowing readers to focus on the survival (or not) of individuals with whom they might feel some affinity. It will be published only on paper, because part of the fiction is that the pandemic is exacerbated by electromagnetic radiation.

Published by Molecular Press.

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