5.83 x 8.27 inches
“Soup is Served!” the call goes, and the reader finds Miss Pumpernickel Bread naked with a ladle serving an entire town from her bathtub. The final portion, which has been absorbed by her body, she serves directly from her bladder into the bowl of a seven-year-old boy. Amidst a standing ovation, Kevin eats his soup, Miss Pumpernickel Bread dies and a legend begins. Kevin’s stomach becomes the site of a personal and social identity crisis that not only causes a lifetime of psychological indigestion but also captivates the media and bolsters the economy of newly named Souptown.
DAVID COLOSI launches his cartoonish literary satire at religion, the economy and the media like a Brothers Karamazov cocktail. In a blast of opposing ideologies where objective truth is replaced by fabricated confusion, the reader sits in the dust with only one faith restored: fiction is the only truth worth believing in. Though completed in 1997, Sarah FoldEconomy’s "greater purpose" to bring down the twin towers of Capitalism and Christianity, the political and ideological strategies of the GPPP, and the aggressive politicization of Miss Pumpernickel Bread’s body resonate with recent parallels. Reminiscent of novels by authors like Robert Coover, Italo Calvino and Ishmael Reed, the seriousness with which this novel takes its comic execution places it on the bookshelf somewhere between The Adventures of Pinocchio and Foucault's Pendulum; Alice in Wonderland and Infinite Jest; Tristram Shandy and House of Leaves; and The Confederacy of Dunces and The Song of Percival Peacock.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
DAVID COLOSI was born in Fairport, New York, and has lived in Brooklyn since 1994. He is the author of two exhibition documents, Imaginary Numbers and Other Calculated Fictions (2011) and The Life and Thoughts of a Retired Apostrophe (2010); a theoretical work, Towards a Three-Dimensional Literature, Part 1, (2012); and his poems have been collected in Laughing Blood (2004) and anthologized in From Totems to Hip-Hop: a Multicultural Anthology of Poetry Across the Americas, 1900-2002 (2003). Miss Pumpernickel Bread is his first novel. He received a BA from SUNY Plattsburgh (1989), an MFA from California Institute for the Arts (1991) and an MA from New York University (2006) in art and literary practice and theory. His artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2009 he received a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award for his artworks that unite literature and visual art. The Center for Three-Dimensional Literature (3dlit.org) archives his projects.
photo: Hidemi Takagi Bastien