jalal toufic is a thinker and a mortal to death. he was born in 1962 in beirut or baghdad and died before dying in 1989 in evanston, illinois. he is the author of distracted (1991; 2nd ed., 2003), (vampires): an uneasy essay on the undead in film (1993; 2nd ed., 2003), over-sensitivity (1996; 2nd ed., 2009), forthcoming (2000), undying love, or love dies (2002), two or three things i’m dying to tell you (2005), ‘âshûrâ’: this blood spilled in my veins (2005), undeserving lebanon (2007), the withdrawal of tradition past a surpassing disaster (2009), graziella: the corrected edition (2009), what is the sum of recurrently? (2010), and the portrait of the pubescent girl: a rite of non-passage (2011). many of his books, most of which were published by forthcoming books, are available for download as pdf files at his website: http://www.jalaltoufic.com. he is a guest for the year 2011 of the artists-in-berlin program of the daad.