Roy Scranton

Roy Scranton is the author of the novel War Porn (Soho Press, 2016) and the philosophical essay Learning to Die in the Anthropocene (City Lights, 2015). His journalism, essays, fiction, poetry, and reviews have been published in The Nation, Rolling Stone, the New York Times, LIT, Boston Review, Prairie Schooner, Los Angeles Review of Books, Contemporary Literature, The Appendix, and elsewhere. He is also one of the editors of Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War (Da Capo, 2013). He holds a Ph.D. in English from Princeton and an M.A. from the New School for Social Research, and teaches creative writing in the Department of English at the University of Notre Dame.

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31 October 2013

"The Curse of Coherence" at The Appendix


I'm delighted to have my research into a potential CIA-funded Oulipian translation of Herman Melville's The Confidence-Man published at The Appendix. The article, "The Curse of Coherence: Cold War CIA Funding for Oulipo's Confidence-Man," explores intimations a series of archival constructions suggest. Did the CIA fund an extensive translation of Herman Melville's work into French by the Oulipo, the infamous experimental coterie which included Italo Calvino, Raymond Queneau, Harry Mathews, and Georges Perec? Shocking covert file leaks expose the avant-garde OPERATION BARTLEBY...