LA-Lit interviewed Mark von Schlegell Sunday, April 15 at 3pm at Betalevel.
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Mark von Schlegell’s novel Venusia, the 1st volume of the System/Series, was issued in late 2005 by M.I.T./Semiotext(e). The book gained controversial notice and the tour led to his being invited to 2006’s World Science Fiction Conference, where he appeared on 13 panels. Mark’s short science fiction has been included in the anthologies Juncture (Soft Skull Press) and Futureways (Arsenal Pulp) and appears regularly in the international art underground. He has published cultural criticism in Art/Text, Flash Art, NYFA Quarterly, X-tra and Art on Paper. Mark holds a ph. D. in English from NYU and has taught at NYU, CalArts, The San Francisco Art Institute, L.A. City College and City College, New York. He’s lectured on SF at Harvard, the Newton Correctional Facility near Jasper, Iowa and the Palais Tokyo in Paris. He’s also worked as a cartographer, plumber’s assistant, security guard, archivist and librarian. He currently divides his time between Los Angeles and Cologne, writing and teaching. Recent projects include editing the final issue of insurrectionist L.A. newsletter The Rambler, “You Are Leila Waddell” — world’s first-ever WhoreTML document, and http://highwichita.com — an expanding mini-verse based on his 2006 novelette “High Wichita.” Mercury Station, 2nd volume of System/Series, is nearing completion.