The Steve Machine
By (author) Mike Hoolboom
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Steve Machine by Mike Hoolboom
Book DescriptionAuden flees the small town of Capreol for Toronto, bewildered, HIV positive, and in search of an entirely new personality. He falls in love with orgy maestro Wrik, mainly because the old Auden would never even have talked to him. And through Wrik, he meets Steve Reinke, his new best friend. Steve -- and here's where it gets confusing -- is, in real life as well as in The Steve Machine, a renowned video artist, someone who makes television for one person at a time, small-screen excursions designed to cure arthritis or night blindness. Despite being a virtuoso with video, however, Steve is not so good with love. He falls for a football star, and, with his medium-is-the-message videotapes, is able to slow down the other players so his beau can run past them all at normal speed. Though the team wins, Steve does not, and the jock dumps him. Then there's the chess whiz, followed soon after by hustlers and tattoo artists, and and then Jody, who's got a mouth so big and red that Steve is overcome with lust. Truth is, it's a mouth used to settling scores, only Steve doesn't catch this. Blinded by passion, our fictional Steve contracts HIV, then sets to work building a videotape that will relieve him, and the millions of others afflicted, of their illness. On the way, he stars in a reality TV show, decides to wear only white paper suits, and meets childhood idol Yoko Ono. Auden accompanies Steve in this quest that is at once a plague narrative, a love story, a reflection on media technology, and a joy to read. As an added bonus, this volume has been written both as a regular hold-in-your-hand novel with a beginning, middle, and end (though not necessarily in that order), and as a machine designed to replace the voice of the inner monologue with something (or someone) far more soothing and satisfying. Like the videotapes of Steve Reinke, the book itself is a machine. The Steve Machine.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781552452028
(203mm x 127mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Coach House Books
Publisher: Coach House Books
Publish Date: 18-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: Canada
Books By Author Mike Hoolboom
You Only Live Twice, Paperback / softback (April 2016)
"YOLT" explores two artists lives before and after transitions: from female-to-male, and from near-dead to alive."
Beauty is Relentless, Paperback (September 2012)
Writings by and about enfants terribles Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby and their ground-breaking movie art.
Life without Death, Paperback (July 2009)
This book is a ravishing odyssey of inner and outer visions, a heaven-sent trove of first-person experiences and critical vantages.
Practical Dreamers, Paperback (May 2004)» View all books by Mike Hoolboom
Features twenty-seven artists who discuss about how they get fringe movies done and why it matters.
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Author Biography - Mike Hoolboom
Mike Hoolboom is the author of three books: "Plague Years, Fringe Film in Canada" and "Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie Artists." He is a founding member of the Pleasure Dome screening collective, and has worked as the artistic director of the Images Festival and as the experimental film coordinator at Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre. He has won more than thirty international prizes and enjoyed nine retrospectives of his work.
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