FINGERING ALICE: A BOOK OF DREAMS

 

An experimental novel, Fingering Alice: A Book of Dreams is a selection of dreams, at once intense, vivid, and visionary in content. They follow Charles Karaway as he continues the story begun in both Days of Madness and Saints and Angels. Whereas those novels trace a linear, or horizontal, trajectory of events in Karaway’s life, Fingering Alice is a vertical exploration of Karaway’s consciousness and its intersection with the experiences of those novels.

 

A non-linear and discontinuous narrative, Fingering Alice shuffles and combines sequences that appear like continuations from previous novels with sequences of intense violence, sexuality, and what can only be described as visionary states. Locations and people fold in on one another to create a composite state that is in eternal flux, and that can only be found deep in the subconscious (or possibly the collective unconscious) of Charles Karaway.

 

The collagist narrative of Fingering Alice finds Charles Karaway once again visiting the familiar bars and nightlife with Neil Nevada and Christian Black from Days of Madness. It sees him exploring the open road, talking with David, and discusses writing and art with William C. Sears from Saints and Angels. We also see him interacting with a who’s who of writers, artists, and filmmakers. Modernist writers James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, and Samuel Beckett are joined by such other luminaries as William S. Burroughs, Orson Welles, Jasper Johns, Stanley Kubrick and John Coltrane, amongst many others.

 

What this book potentially illustrates more so than anything else is that for the writer the membrane between waking life and dreams, between levels of consciousness and perception, is thin at best. What the reader discovers is that every step that Karaway takes in his exploration of consciousness brings to the forefront the question of the nature of reality.

NOTES ON THE SOUNDTRACK:

 

With dreams, you find yourself in a world for which you have no understanding. It is a confusing world, a troubled world, and you are simply trying to make your way through it.

 

You are in a world that remains at once familiar and yet completely alien.

 

It is a unique world where astral projection, alternate dimensions, and alien universes fluctuate with murder, sex, drugs, and as always . . . writing.

 

There is an eternal dark corner that is impenetrable, where an underlying terror waits for you to make the wrong move.

 

That is the world of this soundtrack.

 

 

 

SOUNDTRACK: FINGERING ALICE: A BOOK OF DREAMS

 

 

1. Xerrox Atmosphere by alva noto

 

2. Re:turn! by Nonkeen

 

3. Descent by Scuba

 

4. Celtic Folk Melody by Brad Mehldau

 

5. Islands by Philip Glass

 

6. Im Gestein: I. Flugenlnacht I by Gyorgy Ligeti

 

7. Piano Counterpoint by Steve Reich

 

8. Xerrox Spark by alva noto

 

9. Luxus 1-3 by Ryoji Ikeda

 

10. Elaenia by Floating Points

 

11. Veiled Grey by Christian Loffler

 

 

All Copyright Michael P. Toussaint 2017