Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Michael Kimball at Apostrophe Cast

I'm behind on this, but you can hear Michael Kimball reading from Dear Everybody in the latest installment of Apostrophe Cast. Of course, Dear Everybody is an amazing novel that I was fortunate enough to be able to read way before it was released here in the States. Here is my review of DE. And I had the pleasure of being able to interview Kimball and get to know him through emails. In October, I got to hear/see him read at Michigan State University when he came home in support of the novel (similar to the Apostrophe Cast reading, except it was about a 50 minute marathon read), and I had a great time hanging out with Michael and his family after the reading. The MSU reading is archived online as part of The Michigan Writers Series (my friend Jeff Vande Zande participated in the series in 2005).

A reading by Sam Lipsyte is up next at Apostrophe Cast on December 17.

I read an older short story of mine, "Work Release", for Apostrophe Cast in October.

I don't know why I'm such a narcissist and have to keep mentioning myself.

But, seriously, Michael Kimball rocks the house. Listen. Read.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

In case you somehow don't read HTMLGIANT:

Dalkey Archive has a massive sale going on right now. This deal is too good to pass up. Here's the thing.

Also, Pushcart nominations are coming out. Check your local listings to see if you or your compatriots have been blessed with this fine line for the CV. Congratulations to all the nominees, and good luck.

He has been stricken with a bizarre malady. He has become incapable of reaching his thoughts; he has retained all his lucidity, but no matter what thought occurs to him, he can no longer give it external form, that is, translate it into appropriate gestures and words.

The necessary words desert him, they no longer answer his summons, he is reduced to watching a procession of images without very much connection from one to the next.


Monday, December 1, 2008

My apologies for the nearly-dead blog for the past few months. Thank you to everyone who still checks now and again.

I have not 'thrown in the towel early' as the old adage went/goes. I've been writing in the spare moments I have when not working full time, warming bottles, changing diapers, and generally having an amazing experience being a dad. I seriously never expected how great this would be.

The thing (not sure yet whether it's a series of flash fictions, a short story, a novella, or maybe even a novel) I've been working on and rambling vaguely/annoyingly about in emails to people has me on the edge of excited and anxious with plenty of moments of disgust. It's a schizophrenic thing that is warping and growing nodules and transforming all the time. I have a feeling I'm aiming at and I'm trying to follow my intuition about things, and I think it's going well so far. But that feeling changes by the hour. It keeps growing.

I am behind on my book reviews and emails, but they are a comin'.

I have also been by far the most useless contributor at the illustrious HTMLGIANT, which I will work hard(ly?) to change.

Anyway, lots of stuff is happening elsewhere as always.

I meant to post about this when it came out a week or two ago (time and memory are also shattered for me lately), but Ryan and Christy Call's art/text collaboration entitled Pocket Finger has been released by Publishing Genius. I first saw some of the image/texts on Ryan's blog awhile ago and was blown away by how well the two complemented each other. I love the last drawing where the person is in pieces in the tool shed. Excellent work Ryan and Christy, and Adam Robinson, the Publishing Genius. Check out the interview with Ryan and Christy about PF.

HTMLGIANT has become a big deal in the indie lit world (and beyond?). The aforementioned Ryan Call has put together the first annual HTMLGIANT Secret Santa gift exchange. There's still time to sign up and give the gift of independent literature. This is a fun idea. Good work again, Ryan.

I wonder if maybe another similar kind of thing could be set up where people buy copies of lit mags, chaps and full length books by indie presses and get them into the hands of people who are not necessarily writers. You know, like a variation on Baltimore/Nashville is Reads, to get indie lit out beyond this big loving writer's circle? Indie lit into the hands and before the eyes of the 'general reading public' by leaving lit mags in doctor's offices, sneaking Shane Jones's novel LIGHT BOXES (available for pre-order now from Publishing Genius) onto the public or university library shelves, seeding the shelves at Barnes and Noble and Borders and etc with Blake Butler's novella EVER (forthcoming from Calamari Press, also available for pre-order now). Just an idea. I know lots of other people have had it already, but still.

Seriously, Shane Jones's LIGHT BOXES and Blake Butler's EVER. Can't wait. Blake says he's giving away extra free stuff with pre-ordered copies. There's no telling what you'll get. Maybe a set of chocolate covered eyelashes or a miniature paper door that will release the laughter of small children from inside your couch. Plus, Blake's novel in stories, SCORCH ATLAS, will be published by Featherproof Books on 09/09/09. Git it. Congrats to Blake for the cluster years of success. Couldn't happen to a nicer or more deserving guy.

CM Evans is running his all time favorite cartoons. I've enjoyed CM's cartoons for a few years now. This past spring he was invited by Dave Eggers to show his work in an art exhibit at Apexart in New York City along with the work of artists like Leonard Cohen, Henry Darger, Marcel Duchamp, Kenneth Koch, David Mamet, David Shrigley, Art Spiegelman, Ralph Steadman, Kurt Vonnegut, and more.

Also, Christopher Higgs, who I would like to spend at least twelve years talking to about everything, has a new piece in Abjective entitled "A Mash-Up of Caribou and Faulkner" and it is a language bomb of beats and rhythms that weaves its own potent web of movement. Chris also has a novel entitled Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously forthcoming from Publishing Genius. PG is quickly building a staggering catalog of chapbooks and full length work. I am very anxious to get my eyes on this novel. Higgs's brain is an iceberg, a spiderweb, a byzantine schizophrenic interconnected supercomputer. I am reading Deleuze and Guattari's Anti-Oedipus right now and will move on to A Thousand Plateaus, and I am going to ask Chris Higgs to lecture me at his leisure. And if you want to know anything avant-garde, see Christopher Higgs.

Johannes Göransson and Joyelle McSweeney on "Soft Surrealism"

The Guardian did a piece on Michael Kimball Writes Your Life Story (on a postcard). Kimball is still getting rave reviews for Dear Everybody. No surprise here.

I know, I missed a ton of stuff.