Eldon Garnet was the editor of IMPULSE, an influential international magazine of art and culture. Simultaneously pursuing his interests in visual art, theory, and literature, Garnet has become one of Canada’s most original contemporary artists, with exhibits at the National Gallery of Canada, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, and the Amsterdam Center of Photography. He is the author of Reading Brooke Shields: The Garden of Failure (Semiotext(e), 1995), called by The Toronto Globe & Mail “a terrific book, an unforgettable pop novel.” Garnet lives in Toronto, but spends months alone in his remote cabin in the Canadian wilderness.
Lost Between the Edges
In Eldon Garnet’s Lost Between the Edges, a feverish intellectual, frustrated by the failures of government, acts alone to eliminate an infamous Holocaust denier. The protagonist, a renegade academic and punk intellectual known only as X, puts his radical ideas into action by firebombing the headquarters of Ernst Zundel, publisher of Did Six Million Really Die?
With its incisive critique and its use of real documentation, Lost Between the Edges blurs the boundaries between fact and fiction. Garnet, like W. G. Sebald before him, uses factual documentation of dubious authenticity to construct his narrative.
This dialogue about depression and culture constitutes Canadian author Eldon Garnet’s “confessions” as a failed cultural critic who, after writing all his life, is faced once again with the desire. Awakened from semi-retirement by a magazine commission on Brooke Shields, an icon of virginal perfection, Garnet has his narrator weave a dark tale of professionalism, the abyss of failure that remains when the fifteen minutes of fame have long since dried up.