Here’s the thirty second installment of LiteratEye, a series found only on The Art of the Prank Blog, by W.J. Elvin III, editor and publisher of FIONA: Mysteries & Curiosities of Literary Fraud & Folly and the LitFraud blog.
LiteratEye #32: Pranks With a Novel Twist — An Interview with Elusive Wu Ming
By W.J. Elvin III
September 25, 2009
The counter-cultural creative arts collective Wu Ming, based in Italy, evolved out of the madcap Luther Blissett phenomenon (see LiteratEye #15).
Blissett scattered into a million little pieces, becoming an incredible world-wide prank epidemic. For a time it seemed everyone was doing bizarre creative “actions” and attributing them to Blissett.
Then some members of the group that launched the Blissett project morphed into Wu Ming.
Apparently they are now four culturally revolutionary Italian novelists cranking out very popular books.
Being anonymous – the name means “no name” in Mandarin – they are only identified by number, Wu Ming1 through Wu Ming5.
Right. And we just said there are four of them. Well, one of them must have dropped out. Or something. Continue reading “LiteratEye #32: Pranks With a Novel Twist — An Interview with Elusive Wu Ming”