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.



thanks josh, good to see you back.

peter b. said...


Michael Kimball said...

Thanks, Josh. And I love this: "I have a feeling I'm aiming at and I'm trying to follow my intuition about things."

Shane Jones said...

very cool - thanks Josh.

CM said...

I knew you'd be back, posting, just as I knew you'd busy with the new kid and discovering how awesome kids are. As for the mention, I really appreciate it, and I need to stop using the word "really", but I can't help myself when it comes to you. Cheers!

Josh Maday said...

thanks blake, peter b., you are some fine young men.

Thanks, Michael. Yeah, I find myself fighting the snickering voice always telling me how slowly I work, too, but I am sticking to feeling and intuition, letting things evolve and happen.

No problem, Shane. IWUYWMHH was a banana clip of fast hard bullets. Looking forward to Light Boxes with sweats and shivers.

You know it, CM. I'm happy to remind people of your cartoons. Being a parent is something you can never prepare for. I use the word really a lot, too. And 'definitely'. And 'great' and 'excellent'.

ryan call said...

im glad
and thanks for nice words

christopher higgs said...

Josh, you are too kind. I am blushing from your words.

Please let's communicate about D&G. I would love to share thoughts. The desiring machines of AE are less interesting to me than the anti-genealogical stuff in ATP, but badass nonetheless. Any text that can singlehandedly put Marx and Freud to bed is worth the praise of all.

Point of clarification: Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously will actually be a chapbook not a novel; it'll be part of that wonderful pdf chapbooks series.

Anyhow, thanks again for the praise. You are a good man.

ps - I owe you an email. I have been slack but will tighten.

BlogSloth said...

wicked. Good links all around.

Josh Maday said...

no problem, ryan. you are a master.

Yes, Chris, I want to hear what you know about D&G; the link on your blog to understanding their concept of mapping vs. tracing was great. If you get time, and if you have any other helpful hints like that, I'd be much obliged. So how necessary is it to read AE before reading ATP? Because I'm mostly interested in reading ATP. The concept of rhizome is eating at me. I first read about it during the latter stages of writing the Martone piece and have been fascinated and wanting to tackle ATP ever since.

Thanks for clarifying about the novel/chapbook. Can't wait for the chap. PGP is maximum.

No worries on the email. I'm about three months behind right now, so I know how it goes.

Sean, glad you enjoyed. Loving the literary match-ups on your blog, too. And pretty much everything else there. Nachos. You've infected me with a thought contagion craving for nachos. I hope you're happy.