A few years ago, Margaret Christakos invited me to present a paper on Rachel Zolf's Human Resources (Coach House) for her Influency course at University of Toronto. It was a fantastic opportunity to examine this brilliant book. I had posted the essay on my website, but I have now uploaded it to Scribd. Here's the link:
Rachel Zolf's Human Resources
Rachel's new book is Neighbour Procedure (Coach House, 2010). It is, according to Coach House
a virtuoso polyvocal correspondence with the daily news, ancient scripture and contemporary theory that puts the ongoing conﬂict in Israel/Palestine ﬁrmly in the crosshairs. Plucked from a mineﬁeld of competing knowledges, media and public texts, Neighbour Procedure sees Zolf assemble an arsenal of poetic procedures and words borrowed from a cast of unlikely neighbours, including Mark Twain, Dadaist Marcel Janco, blogger-poet Ron Silliman and two women at the gym. The result is a dynamic constellation where humour and horror sit poised at the threshold of ethics and politics.