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"Black Clock 10" Evokes Twenty-First Century Noir

Front and Back cover. :O) ophelia, Image: Jeff Bridges

Delivering every suspenseful moment...every betrayal...every kiss in the hard boiled city.

February 3, 2009, Valencia, California--Born out of the despair of the Great Depression, flourishing in the first radioactive blush of the nuclear age, noir is more than just a style, it's a sensibility. The tenth issue of California Institute of the Arts' (CalArts) literary journal Black Clock, arriving on newsstands in mid-March, operates on the premise that Twenty-First Century noir is a mutated genre still bearing kinship with the original.

In Black Clock 10, Robert Polito traces early signs of noir back to Eighteenth Century America in "It Would Be a Queer World If," and Dana Spiotta takes a look at one of the classic Fifties film noirs in "First is First, Second is Nobody." In Diana Wagman's "The Five Elements of Noir," some noir archetypes find the movie they're in has taken them over. The genre gets decidedly weird with Michael Ventura's cross-dressing private-eye in "One Marilyn Too Many," and becomes altogether supernatural in stories by Denise Hamilton and Francesca Lia Block. Amid work by major contemporary authors Scott Bradfield, Brian Evenson, Geoff Nicholson and others. Black Clock 10 also identifies 70 essential noir movies, novels, comics, poems, paintings, performances and pieces of music.

Black Clock celebrates its first five years and 10th issue with a reading at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater) on Sunday, March 8 at 7 p.m. Editor Steve Erickson along with contributors Joanna Scott, Aimee Bender, Samuel R. Delany and Greil Marcus will read selections from Black Clock's first five years and look ahead to more great literature for years to come. Admission is free.

Singular, idiosyncratic, and a little mysterious, Black Clock has become one of America's leading literary journals since its inception five years ago, featuring such authors as Don DeLillo, David Foster Wallace, Richard Powers, Miranda July, Darcey Steinke, Susan Straight, Geoffrey O'Brien, Janet Fitch and William T. Vollmann, along with a growing roster of striking new literary voices. Work appearing in Black Clock has been anthologized in best-of-the-year collections, nominated for O. Henry and Pushcart prizes, and two excerpted novels have gone on to win National Book Awards.

Black Clock's staff includes Steve Erickson, acclaimed novelist, critic and member of CalArts MFA Writing Program faculty in addition to being the magazine's Editor; Senior Editor and adjunct member of CalArts Writing Program faculty Bruce Bauman, Editor-at-Large Dwayne Moser, Managing Editor Michaele Simmering, Production Editor Laura Vena, and Art Director Ophelia Chong.

Black Clock is published semi-annually by the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) MFA Writing Program. Black Clock: One-year subscription (2 issues): $20 Single issue cover price: $13. To subscribe, consult Black Clock subscription agent Fiction on Demand.

For more information see www.blackclock.org.

CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its BFA and MFA students with the hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.

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