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We can all remember, if that's the right word, a time before our own identities existed. And so it's easy for us, if we choose to, to imagine a blank, empty time after our identity ceases. But identity isn't all there is to creativity, or exploration of possibility. What is going on all over the place? It's not as simple as we sometimes imagine it to be. Death is not the end of the chemicals we're made of, nor of the energy the interaction of those chemicals produce, even if it's only heat. And there is an entire universe creating structures and energy out there with unfathomable inventiveness.

In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen cues up the mystical third side of a Nick Cave record and considers the nature of matter, experience, pretzel dough, turtle stacks, various energies, matrices, chemicals, crystals, consciousness, eggs and all the other imaginary clutter that's less ideal and more universal than any other ideal universe you might imagine.

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Jeff Dorchen

Jeff is a visual artist, songwriter/musician, actor, essayist, fiction writer, poet, playwright and screenwriter. He's been a playwright, songwriter, and performer with Chicago's Theater Oobleck since 1988, a writer and actor with Red Baron Films since 2000, and a contributor to This Is Hell! since 1996. He currently lives in Los Angeles.


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