Nocturnes

La Bière éternelle

La Bière éternelle

With the January 2003 publication of “Nocturnes: A Triptych,” which comprised three short tales (“The Secret Seduction of the Subtle Serpent”; “The Triumph of the Autosomes”; “The Return of the Low Bunnies”), I started to explore a mode of storytelling that I describe as Nocturnes and that eventually included a series of microfictions that appeared under the Lost Myths banner. As of 2007, I began performing a rotating set of these Nocturnes & Lost Myths at various venues. From 2009 to 2012, I collaborated with visual artist Rupert Bottenberg on the Lost Myths facet of the Nocturnes project; the collaboration encompassed a website with 101 Lost Myths posted, various publications, and a dozen multimedia (with music and a slideshow) live shows of the growing Lost Myths set list. Since 2014, to promote my collection Nocturnes and Other Nocturnes, I’ve been performing a rotating set of Nocturnes included in that volume; as that collection gets translated internationally, I continue to perform some of those Nocturnes in various countries. And I continue to pepper various events with the occasional performance of brief Nocturnes and Lost Myths. My Nocturnes have been adapted into art videos in several languages — most notably Ian Cameron’s English/French bilingual short film “La Bière éternelle” (2012) is an adaption of the 2008 Nocturne “The Cornucopia of Dionysus.”