An American Bookworm in Paris, Part V

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jerk.jpgJerk, a play, from a story by Dennis Cooper, directed by Gisèle Vienne
Our series closes with American writer Dennis Cooper, who lives and writes in Paris. His work is believed to continue the French lineage of poète maudits (outlaw poets) a tradition that includes Baudelaire, Rimbaud and Sade. Choreographer-director Gisèle Vienne has been collaborating with Cooper to create beautiful and appalling theatrical pieces (including one based on his story, "Jerk") that are alarming tout Paris.

Banner image of scene from Jerk: © Gisèle Vienne