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CMOK to YOu To presents the 2015 email correspondence of the Serbian-born poet, art critic and playwright Nina Živančević and Canadian cultural theorist Marc James Léger. In December of 2014 Léger invited Živančević to contribute a text to the second volume of the book he was editing, The Idea of the Avant Garde – And What It Means Today. Taken with each other’s idiosyncrasies, their correspondence gradually shifted from amiable professional exchanges and the eventual failure to organize a scholarly event to that of collaborating on some kind of writing project. Several titles were attempted for the eventual book – Marshmallow Muse: The Exact and Irreverent Letters of MJL and NZ, The Orange Jelly Bean, or, I Already Am Eating from the Trash Can All the Time: The Name of This Trash Can Is Ideology, The Secreted Correspondence of Mme Chatelet and Voltaire, and I’m Taken: The E-Pistolary Poetry of Kit le Minx and Cad – but none of these proved to be more telling than CMOK, the Serbian word for kiss, which sums up the authors’ quest for “harmony” in an altogether imperfect world and literary medium. In this book, names of real people were changed in order to protect those who might otherwise be offended by the unguarded and absurdist commentary of its authors. Despite this fact, it is the fragility and elasticity of the writers’ superegos that is tested as they vacillate from personal registers to intellectual strata. At once a cis-avant-gardist’s exploration of anti-art and a poet’s claim to some weak form of autonomy, CMOK delights in both the pleasures of casual email and the sublime realizations of Jacques Lacan’s theory of sexuation. CMOK is a hybrid genre and a quest into the real of virtuality that defies the literary standards. Its authors, who never met, answer one another’s basic needs and questions, separated as they are by time zones and the ocean, but not culturally or spiritually.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page
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  1. Copyright, Support the Publisher
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  1. Preface
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  1. Rép: Re: From Nina Zivancevic
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  1. Fwd: tande noam chomsky (22 janvier)
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  1. Fwd: Invitation a la Sorbonne
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  1. Goldslinger theme
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  1. brilliant!
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  1. about schleiermacher
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  1. De ta lectrice dévouée
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  1. Fwd: Tr : Fwd: merej/ projo
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  1. Re: nina la rouge minimaliste
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  1. Fwd: My Room
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  1. a poem
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  1. Fwd: Micika
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  1. Wow
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  1. nina z
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  1. Fwd: Tr: La Couverture
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  1. Fwd: [SAES] [COLL] [Erratum] Programme du colloque international « Ici et ailleurs dans la littérature traduite », Université d’Artois, 21-22 mai 2015
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  1. oh well this amorphous thing
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  1. from Nina Z.
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  1. Now evrthin is clear 2 me
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  1. conférencier – avant garde – cinéma
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  1. from Bruno
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  1. Tr : PROGRAMMATION MARS
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  1. who's your eunuch?
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  1. ninasville
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  1. Yes
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  1. De nina zi
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  1. look at these impertinent people!
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  1. please girl
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  1. serious stuff
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  1. Fwd: Colloque Kantorprogramme (version finale), invitation au déjeuner
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  1. From "Kittie cat"
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  1. Kittie
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  1. When I started loving you
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  1. Here i go again
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  1. De moi
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  1. To the
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  1. all manner of obscenities
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  1. Wait...i'll send u
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  1. Re: When I started loving you
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  1. what are you doing tomorrow nite?
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  1. Art critic cum friend can we
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  1. Nin
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  1. For Marcus Aurelius from his ghandara freind
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  1. Ok I’m getting this object jus 4
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  1. Fwd: Now u have me de Lanclos in her
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  1. Venice VIP Invitation
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  1. Me as pink kitty with my pal MJL
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  1. surely but slowly...
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  1. I... I... Just want to
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  1. nina z
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  1. So I hope u don't mind this dope of
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  1. Loving you is like talking to Voltaire
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  1. Fwd: 201
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  1. A serious poem for Marc J.
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  1. Fwd: Joseph Nechvatal – bOdy pandemOnium. Immersion into Noise – Vernissage 24. April, 20h
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  1. pardon me your royal heinie
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  1. Second set of questions
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  1. Part 3
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  1. late night entertainment with artistes
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  1. yet another arrow until I OD on these emails
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  1. Re: ,you’re my emotional rescuuueeeee
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  1. save for later – marcs 1 and 2
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  1. Re: telling it like it zizz
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  1. Nina again
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  1. Fwd: Pozdav!
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  1. the first ever chaplinbook in the history of x-kind
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  1. de nina Z.
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  1. you're lucky
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  1. Comfort pf strangets
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  1. from KIT aka Minx
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  1. You and your bronze effect obsession
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  1. Fwd: Living On Air (corrected plus back cover text)
  2. pp. 376-381
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  1. title for a change
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  1. Fwd: Living On Air by Nina Zivancevic
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  1. Angel
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  1. Angst
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  1. Re: from KIT aka Minx
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  1. Re: Googleplex playgirl
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  1. whatcha know
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  1. theme song yes?
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  1. Hyper Urgento
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  1. Re: Googolplex playgirl
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  1. why
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  1. It hurts
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  1. confusion - the sequel
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  1. confusion which one
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  1. You know it don't you my hair
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  1. De pet impitoyable
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  1. bon bon
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  1. You know it don't you my hair (reprise)
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  1. minx alert
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  1. Tr : TR: Mercredi 19 mai à 19h30 : Julie Kristeva invitée des Rendez-vous de la Bargeinfo@fsju.org
  2. pp. 482-485
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  1. speaking of roger vadim
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  1. Cant tell u How much our friendship
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  1. (no subject)
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  1. epilogue taxi home
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  1. Epilogue
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780615988047
MARC Record
OCLC
1178720763
Pages
516
Launched on MUSE
2020-07-28
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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