Up All Hours by Itza Vilaboy with illustrations by Nora Riggs

September 4 – 27, 2013

Press Release


“Have you ever read a novel, a short story, a play, or a poem and then been asked to write an essay about it?”

- “Writing About Writing,” Contemporary English Modules.


“But I believe I was blinded by my wish to appear as an ex-corpse, and I was delighted with the discovery that death was impossible if I could be with the woman.  The variations with all their monotony were almost monstrous:

You have kept a dead man on this island from sleeping.


I am no longer dead: I am in love.


But I lost my courage.  The inscription on the flowers says:

The humble tribute of my love.

The way things turned out was natural enough, but unexpectedly merciful.  I am lost.  My little garden was a dreadful mistake.  When Ajax – or some other Hellenic name I have forgotten now – slaughtered animals, he made a mistake of equal magnitude; but in this case, I am the slaughtered animals.”

-“The Invention of Morel” by Adolfo Bioy Casares


“Finnies nous attendons bonne chance…Quite a story connected with this.  In 1960 four young men got together in Paris and bought a Land Rover to cross the Libyan desert.  Their names were Armstrong, Shannon, Pelieu and Yves Martin.  The first two were American, the other two French.  They picked up a guide in Aswan near the Sudan border.  Months later an Egyptian patrol found the stalled Land Rover.  Four corpses were in or near the car, but advanced decomposition made identification difficult.  Who was missing?  Was it the guide?  The Egyptians said it was Shannon.  A diary was found in the car and this is the last entry…

Finnies nous attendons bonne chance…

Finished we await good luck

Ungrammatical French would suggest that one of the Americans made the entry.  A chapter in The Soft Machine entitled “Back Seat of Dreaming” was based on this incident.”

- “The Adding Machine: Selected Essays” by William S. Burroughs.


Light & Wire Gallery is pleased to present excerpts from Up All Hours, a work of fiction by Itza Vilaboy with illustrations by Nora Riggs.

Itza Vilaboy is a writer currently living in San Diego, CA.  She studied at UC Berkeley and Art Center College of Design.  Her work has appeared in other arts publications.  She is currently working on a project with Eric Ramos Guerrero and his pirate radio show for La Bienal 2013 on exhibit at El Museo del Barrio, New York and finishing up Up All Hours.

Nora Riggs is a painter and illustrator currently living in Brooklyn, New York.  She studied fine art at the Rhode Island School of Design.  She is currently working on the illustrations for Up All Hours and other projects.