Monday, November 14, 2011
Steven interviews James Reich.
Judas Iscariot is the historical symbol of betrayal. But what really happened at the Garden of Gethsemane? What really compelled Judas to hang himself from a tree? I, Judas reimagines Iscariot's relationship to Jesus Christ and explores Judas's orchestration of the elaborate con of the divinity of Jesus Christ, subverting the legend of Judas as he inhabits some of our most notorious literary and historic figures in their darkest hours. Custer, Sexton, Van Gogh: These famous suicides converge through the figure of Judas in a cutting-edge piece of fiction that exposes the dangers of seeking universal truths in myth.
Born: 1971, Stroud, England. Writer. Also artist, and founding member of post-punk band Venus Bogardus. James Reich lectures on 'Literature and the Posthuman', and 'Dada and Anti-Art'. Recent Venus Bogardus albums including 'Spitting at the Glass' and 'Tourist' are available for download via Amazon.com. He has lived in the USA since 2009.