"The alley was once famous for its whorehouses. Flame throwers, sword swallowers, and fortune tellers lurked there in the soft tropical evenings. The whores lingered in the doorways. Our Naked Detective, from a distant future, looks at them with some disdain..."
The Temple Dancer dances her way into oblivion. This is an ancient Hindu dance, the Odissi. It was banned during the British Raj, because of its erotic nature. Now, a famous Hindu dancer—played, of course, by Yasmeen—revives the dance, with a modern twist, bringing it to an unfathonable conclusion.
Every night an old man descends into his dreams. In these dreams he is young again: an adventurer, an exporer, a lover. He finds lost cities, grotesqueries, half-naked women, beasts and succubi, great beauty and great danger...Evidence is both a novel and an animated movie. Here are images and a video excerpt from the movie.
The Muses, the Greeks claimed, were nine women with names like Euterpe, Calliope, Erato. They inspired the artist to great heights. But in our modern world Muses can hardly exist alongside Walmarts and asphalt parking lots. Could an artist actually create his own muse? And give her a name like--Viktoria Xi?
Artifacts began life many years ago at Mike Neff's literary site Web del Sol. I used it to show work from a variety of web artists who mostly used Adobe's Flash. Eventually I abandoned it: I was spending most of the year in Mexico those days, writing a new series of novels, and had little time for other work. I kept the web url, but basically just combined it with my dnstuefloten.com site. Now, however, I've decided to revive Artifacts, though with a different slant: to show off my own new work, and my works-in-progress. I expect to produce a new issue every couple of months.
Stuefloten doesn't play by the rules realistic. He follows the amoral rules of the unconscious.The Columbia Dispatch
- As a world traveler and former black-marketeer, D. N. Stuefloten brings his unique, quirky perspective to the exotic and erotic elements of human ambition in this dynamic collection of three novels. In "Maya" three actors are abandoned to their own devices on an inescapable film set that could be jungle or could be Hollywood. "The Ethiopian Exhibition" follows the motorcycle misadventures of John Twelve in a tourist trap where life is defined in terms of profitability; and "Queen of Las Vegas" addresses the theme of the unblinking camera's brutal objectivity when a has-been director attempts to make a pornographic film in the midst of an eerily imitation Las Vegas
- Mexico Trilogy reads like a hallucinatory exercise in unnerving and displacing the reader. Recurring characters and metaphors describe bucolic, fecund societies which have been corrupted and virtually destroyed by Western commercialism and imperialism.
Our next issue will include another story, "The Night Dreaming Alms Peddler and His Uncle in the Mifrror," and another video segment from Evidence of a Lost City: "The Magnificent Delicacy of the Dervishes."
Soon there will be a video of the Temple Dancer, and some excerpts from Kongo, another novel.