Thursday, July 30, 2009

Michael Kimball on NPR's All Things Considered

Madeleine Brand's interview with Michael Kimball about his project Michael Kimball Writes Your Life Story (on a postcard) aired today on NPR's All Things Considered. It's been great this year to see the attention Michael's work has been getting.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Pre-Order: Baby Leg by Brian Evenson from Tyrant Books

Only 400 copies, signed and bloody, at $30, this won't last long. Here's the slip:

In the fall of 2009, The New York Tyrant launches its book arm TYRANT BOOKS with Baby Leg, a limited edition novella by Brian Evenson. Each copy of this collectible will be signed and numbered. Brian will also be dipping his writing hands in blood or some bloodlike substance, handling and fingerprinting the covers to make each copy truly unique.

About Baby Leg
Imagine having recurring nightmares of a woman who has one normal leg and one baby leg, and then waking up to wonder if today will be the day when they—whoever “they” are—find you and kill you. Unless you’re missing the point. Maybe “they” already have “you” and the world is a great deal more grotesque than you could ever imagine. Film noir collides with virtual worlds in this dark and strange novella that only Brian Evenson could have written. Illustrated by Eric Hanson.

Review from Blake Butler
Via a series of sparely rendered dream loops, each wormed so deep into the other that it is no longer safe to say which might be which, Baby Leg extends the already wide mind-belt of Brian Evenson’s terror parade another mile, and well beyond. Those familiar with the Evensonian memory fractals, his freak-noir theaters, and his fetish for leagues of amputees, will find herein not only another puzzle box to nuzzle in its reader’s memory long after the book is closed, but as well enough blood and fearlight and paranoia to make Kafka or Hitchcock seem a foundling. "Who am I?" our narrator, Kraus asks, among Baby Leg’s endless questionings, its barrage. "Where am I?" “What is it?” “And now?” Thereafter, through the magicked wrath of Evenson’s dream speaking, from each of these questions birth more questions, and more questions, on and on, creating around the reader a glassy lockbox much like the one we find, we think, our Kraus, poor thing, inside.

First Paragraph
Night after night, Kraus dreamt of a woman with a normal leg and a baby leg. In the dream, she clomped about on her adult-sized knee and the baby leg, wielding an axe, lurching. He kept watching her pass, yawing with each step. He would hear her first, the thud of the knee and the soft slap of the baby foot, and then see her come by, slow and off-kilter, the sound of her slowly fading. He couldn't move, not even his eyes. He had to lie there, listening to his own breathing, until he heard her coming back. She kept coming and going, until finally, shaken, he managed to wake up.

Dalkey Archive Summer Sale

It's on.

5 books for $35
10 books for $65
20 books for $120

Prices include shipping.
This is going to cost me a lot of money.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Michael Kimball interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered

Michael Kimball was interviewed for NPR's All Things Considered about Michael Kimball Writes Your Life Story (on a postcard). It's great to see Kimball getting such good attention, for this project and in general. Latest word is that it will air next week.

Part 2 of John O'Brien interview at LA Times blog Jacket Copy

Part 1 and Part 2.

Thank you, John O'Brien, for Dalkey Archive Press.

Re: Dalkey Archive: I recently read the new title by Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Running Away, and it's great. A full review is forthcoming.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Some things that have not been done before in exactly this way

Rain Taxi's Spring 2009 issue is available online.

New work by Michael Martone from his collection of monologues entitled "Whinesburg, Indiana."

Interview with Adam Robinson re his forthcoming book ADAM ROBISON AND OTHER POEMS, and more miscellaneous brilliance at DOGZPLOT.

New work by Kim Chinquee at Web Conjunctions.

Charles Lennox's ML Press chapbook "A Field of Colors" is now available online at Keyhole Magazine. I'm glad J.A. Tyler expedited this one into the world, and that Peter Cole immortalized it online.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Call for Submissions: On the Clock: Contemporary Short Fiction of People and Their Work

I will be co-editing an anthology of fiction about post-industrial work life. Here are the details. Please spread the word. Blog. Tweet. Email. Print out the flyer below and post it everywhere.

On the Clock: Contemporary Short Fiction of People and Their Work
Working Lives Series from Bottom Dog Press Inc.

We want to anthologize some outstanding fiction about working in a post-industrial world or making the transition from manual labor to intellectual labor, or the conflict of living in both spheres. In short, we want modern stories about people and their work. Although we prefer post-industrial fiction, we will also look at any fiction that deals with work in a meaningful way. Money and how we earn it are an endless source of conflict, loss, redemption and the source of great fiction. Please send us your best fiction about work.


Length: up to 5,000 words.

Submissions are open now.

Deadline: October 1, 2009.

Email submissions strongly preferred (query first if you absolutely must send a hard copy). Send attached .rtf or .doc file to: ontheclocksubmissions [at] and make sure the word “Submission” is somewhere in the subject line.

Payment: $50 and two copies

Reprints are acceptable. Please let us know where it’s been published.

Simultaneous submissions are okay as long as we are notified immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Multiple submissions are allowed, up to three stories.

July issue of The Chapbook Review

New reviews of all manner of chapbooks:

Here is my review of Leonard Schwartz's Language as Responsibility

An Insistence on Meaning: Nicolle Elizabeth in Conversation with Shya Scanlon

J.A. Tyler reviews Tina May Hall's novella All the Day's Sad Stories

Matt DeBenedictis reviews Jamie Iredell's Before I Moved to Nevada

Andrew Borgstrom reviews Norman Fischer's Charlotte's Way

Tina Hall reviews Sarith Peou's Corpse Watching

John Dermot Woods reviews Mary Ruefle's comic Go Home and Go to Bed!

Matt Bell reviews Geoffry Forsyth's In the Land of the Free

J.R. Angelella reviews Michael Kriesel's Moths Mail the House

J.A. Tyler reviews Thomas Cooper's Phantasmagoria

Andrew Borgstrom reviews a multi-writer project entitled Spider Vein Impasto