“Quintessence from Nothingness: Zero, Platonism, and the Renaissance”
Master Teacher of the Humanities, General Studies Program, New York University (NYU)
“I graduated in 2000 with a PhD Dissertation on the concept of zero in the Renaissance. The dis was called Quintessence from Nothingness: Zero, Platonism, and the Renaissance, which is a stupid title, but the one I wanted turned out to have been taken.
I am now more or less back in Slavic, because I am translating and writing about the OBERIU. Northwestern is publishing my book in November 2005. (Oberiu: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism. Texts by Alexander Vvedensky, Daniil Kharms, Nikolai Zabolotsky, Nikolai Oleinikov, Yakov Druskin and Leonid Lipavsky. Ed. with introduction and notes by Eugene Ostashevsky. Translated by Eugene Ostashevsky and Matvei Yankelevich. Evanston, IL:
Northwestern University Press, November 2005.) My OBERIU translations won the Wytter Bynner Poetry Translation Fellowship in 2003.
A book of my own poems is coming out in two weeks from Ugly Duckling Presse in Brooklyn. It´s called Iterature. My poems have most won the 2005 New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship. One poem is coming out in Best American Poetry 2005. There’s a webcast of me reading at http://webcast.berkeley.edu/events/details.html?event_id=192 . I am now finishing a poetry MS about the pros and cons of rationalism. Its protagonist is named DJ Spinoza.
I teach at NYU at its General Studies Program, which is basically a Core Curriculum kind of gig. My current academic title, if this is really necessary, is Master Teacher of the Humanities.”