Featured Work

Monica's Chronicle
Monicaís Chronicle, endless sketchbook drawn directly from life yet a model of another idea of fiction and the source of much of Ascher/​Strausís work (most obviously ABC Street and Hank Forestís Party), can be read here in installments as itís being edited.


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Hank Forestís Party, Green Integer, 2013, ISBN: 978-1-933382-47-0
ABC Street, Green Integer
The Other Planet, McPherson & Co.
The Menaced Assassin, McPherson & Co., 1989 (revised edition; original edition, 1982)

Red Moon/​Red Lake, McPherson & Co.

Red Moon/​Red Lake, Top Stories
Letter to an Unknown Woman, McPherson & Co.
Discovery of the World, Ghost Dance #22
Green Inventory, Ghost Dance #26

The Living Underground: A Prose Anthology, Hugh Fox (Editor), Whitson Publishing Co.
15 Years in Exile, Exile Editions, Toronto, Canada
Top Top Stories, City Lights
Chouteau Review: Ten Year Retrospective
Chelsea: A Retrospective (Twenty-Five Years), Chelsea Associates
Likely Stories, McPherson & Co.
Pushcart Prize Anthology, III, Pushcart Press
Language and Structure in North America, Kensington Arts Assoc., Toronto
Chicago Review Two Volume International Survey of Innovative Fiction

Action/​Image; Annex; Aphra; Aspen Anthology; Assembling; Asylum Annual; Benzene; Beyond Baroque; Calyx; Central Park; Chelsea; Chicago Review; Chouteau Review; Coda; Confrontation; Cumberland Journal; Epoch; Exile; Gallimaufry; Interstate; Modernsense; New American Writing; Panache; Paris Review; Queen Street Magazine; Source; Sun & Moon; Tamarisk; Telephone; White Walls; Zone; Zone/​Benzene

SPACE NOVEL (Installation and Events)

AS IT RETURNS: installation of two flat volumes (40 square feet and 33 square feet) of corresponding "pages," a book derived from the planes of the gallery space: Contemporary Arts Gallery, NYU

THE BLUE HANGAR: a narrative (text and activity) whose form and materials are derived from a large public environment with interior and exterior spaces; method of distribution adapted to mobile readership; Gateway National Recreation Area New York; sponsored by U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, American Crafts Council, Participation Project Foundation, Poets & Writers, Inc.

THE BLUE HANGAR: 12th Annual NY Avant Garde Festival, Gateway National Recreation Area

12 SIMULTANEOUS SUNDAYS: a novel written publicly over 12 Sundays, with installation and performance elements: Gegenschein Vaudeville Placenter

AS IT RETURNS: "Beyond the Page" exhibition, Y Poetry Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

AS IT RETURNS: models, photographs and related prose: University of Nevada

AS IT RETURNS: "TELIC" exhibition, Art Research Center, Kansas City, Missouri

SPACE NOVEL (Publications)

THE BLUE HANGAR: Partial text and photo-documentation, Queen Street Magazine (#10-11-12-13) Toronto

THE BLUE HANGAR: Photo-documentation and brief text, Coda (volume 3 #4)

THE BLUE HANGAR: Complete text and photo-documentation, Interstate (#12)

AS IT RETURNS: diagrams and partial text, Seventh Assembling

AS IT RETURNS: complete text, New American Writing

12 SIMULTANEOUS SUNDAYS, partial text, Zone (#7)

12 SIMULTANEOUS SUNDAYS, partial text, Benzene (volume 1 #4)


Selected Works

Companion volume to ABC Street, chronicling the events and characters of ABC Street as they amble by, circling around and through Hank Forestís party, while finding ways to suggest the warp of time.
The boundary between novel and journal: the passing world chronicled as fiction.

"ABC Street sends out ripples that change our reading of the other Ascher/Straus books, blurring lines of memory and realism and imagination. . . ."

-- Stephen Beachy, San Francisco Bay Guardian

". . . characters Ė Celeste, the Dane or the Swede, the taxi driver, one or several men named Antonio Ė are . . . obsessed with the future and with the unlimited sense of possibility that only gets horribly reduced anytime a decision is made, meaning created."

-- Stephen Beachy, San Francisco Bay Guardian

"...the best kind of experimental fiction--innovative and entertaining."
--Caryn James, The Village Voice

". . . dialogue at once so real and so unreal that it seems like the way people might talk in dreams. The way people would talk if they were possessed by a rare intelligence. . . ."

-- Stephen Beachy, San Francisco Bay Guardian

A mysterious "novel-in-stories": "Some of the most stylish Ďpost-modern fictioní there is."
--John Strausbaugh, New York Press

". . . Valeria is haunted by the sense that there's a completely different way to live, akin to living on another planet. . . . She journeys. . . through Ascher/Straus-world, a world where film, TV, dreams, and brief conversations collide to create a hyperreal and moody landscape."

-- Stephen Beachy, San Francisco Bay Guardian
ď. . . [an] absorbing, sexy and troubling reflection of these weird times. . . it should be read."
--John Strausbaugh, New York Press