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Susan diRende


AUTHOR ARTIST wanderer

 

Self Portrait: A Year in Miniature Day 234

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Susan diRende


AUTHOR ARTIST wanderer

 

Self Portrait: A Year in Miniature Day 234

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Winner 2017 Philip K. Awards special citation of excellence

An interstellar romp, this utopia with attitude follows Rose Delancy, a disgruntled Jersey waitress picked by lottery to represent the Earth on a planet of peaceful, pink blobs. Rose settles in and starts teaching the natives all about humans with the help of Hollywood movies, junk food, and the occasional bout of PMS. Find out more ...

Reminiscent of the space fantasies of Douglas Adams and Kurt Vonnegut, this improbable tale spoofs popular star-trooper fiction, as well as the vain politics of both Washington and Hollywood.
— LASplash.com book review

Susan diRende

Susan diRende communicates big ideas with a unique concoction of irreverence and insight. Her published works, from serious academic to sci-fi space farce, share a common thread of humor. Born in New Jersey of Italian parents, she has always looked to create at the intersection of worlds. An accomplished painter as well as writer, a strong visual imagination keeps her grounded in the "thingness" of the plastic arts alongside the ephemeral "nowness" of the lively arts. Learn more about Susan ...


Is there some way I could contribute to your community with a reading, workshop, or panel? My bags are always packed!

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Susan diRende presents an alternative off-world reality that will transport you out of whatever everyday funk you happen to be in.
— Gerald Everett Jones of Get Published! Radio
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what the funny?!

"It is a very serious thing to be a funny woman"

Feminist humor is not an oxymoron. All female humor is feminist, because all female humor takes over the body of the audience/reader when it triggers a laugh. It isn't just different in that a woman is making the jokes. Women's humor in general has a different shape from the guys' in what I call the "multiple-orgasm model" that is as different from Aristotle's as lipstick is from a hockey stick. (title quote by the 19th Century humorist,  Frances 'Berry" Whitcher)


Female comedies generally do not follow the Aristotelian model of a single giant climax followed by a cigarette (also known as the “dénouement.”) Instead of criticizing the missing “big one” as a weakness, think of these comedies as a way for men to experience the multiple orgasms women take for granted.
— Susan diRende