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The Horror of Normalcy: Katherine Dunn, Geek Love, and Cult Literature Exhibition and Reception

Date: 5:00pm - 7:00pm PDT April 4 Location: Watzek Library

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    Cover of Dunn's 1989 novel Geek Love. A National Book Award finalist, Geek Love propelled Dunn to cult-figure status and amassed a remarkable fan base for its odd characters and highly imaginative story of the Binewski family carnival.

Watzek Library

Please join us for the launch of The Horror of Normalcy: Katherine Dunn, Geek Love, and Cult Literature on Tuesday, April 4, 5–7 p.m., Aubrey R. Watzek Library Atrium, Lewis & Clark College. 

This exhibit, curated by Sydney Owada (Lewis & Clark, class of 2019) and Mike Mirabile (Lewis & Clark English Department), is in concert with the public opening of the Katherine Dunn archive, held by the Aubrey R. Watzek Library Special Collections.

Opening addresses will be followed by a reception. Drinks and canapés will be served.

Geek Love , a manuscript draft of which can be seen above, begins with the Binewski patriarch, Al, telling his children the story of why he and his wife, Crystal Lil, created a family of genetically mutated offspring. In an interview with Neighbor (1979), Dunn explained that calligraphy influenced her composition: “because I like the way the stuff looks on the page, and I like the feel of it, it's a very musical feel. Writing that way feels like's almost onomatopoeic.”

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