Publication Information

Publication Date: February 2024
Publisher: Anti-Oedipus Press
ISBN: 979-8-98-654791-6

$24.95 hardcover
$18.95 paperback
$5.95 ebook

298 pages
5 x 8 inches

AOP Publicity: Stanley Ashenbach
Cover Design: Matthew Revert


© 2024 Anti-Oedipus Press

For decades, Lance Olsen has been a wellspring of literary innovation, sophistication, and elan. With more than thirty books to his name, he consistently pushes the limits of narrative and aspires for the New. Shrapnel brings together some of Olsen’s most compelling nonfiction from the twenty-first century. In this collection of essays and interviews, he discusses topics ranging from the philosophy of contemporary writing and the corporatization of the literary scene to entropology, creative disjunction, autrebiography, media culture, and identity politics, with insights into the lives and writings of fellow stylists like Jorge Luis Borges, Franz Kafka, Donald Barthelme, Steve Tomasula, Kathy Acker, and many others. All this is supplemented by reflections on his own craft and worldly experiences. Intuitive, edifying, and earnest, Shrapnel reveals Olsen’s breadth of knowledge while (re)establishing him as one of the few living authors invested in preserving the increasingly lost art of literature.

LANCE OLSEN is author of more than 30 books of and about innovative writing, most recently the novels Always Crashing in the Same Car: A Novel After David Bowie (Fiction Collective 2 2023) and Absolute Away (Dzanc 2024). His short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies. A Fulbright Scholar as well as a recipient of the Guggenheim, Berlin Prize, D.A.A.D. Artist-in-Berlin Residency, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, two-time N.E.A. Fellowship, and Pushcart Prize, he taught experimental narrative theory and practice at the University of Utah.