Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Review of Blake Butler's Three Hundred Million

Right off the bat: Three Hundred Million is the most full, most fully realized and the most consistently engaging novel that Blake Butler has written in his career to date.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Some Music

I've been listening to a lot of drone and dark ambient lately.

Here is some of the better stuff i've found:

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wouldn't Fuck You

I was out shoveling snow.
The first snow had fallen the night before.

Two women came out of the cantina across the street, speaking loudly.
Obviously drunk.

They seemed trashy to me.
They crossed the street.

About twenty feet away one of them loudly said,
          Oh my gawd a hard working man, I want that, I'd fuck that

I stepped off to the side to let them pass
I said,
               in sort of a disdainful way.

          Excuse me?
The one said.
          Just because I say I want to fuck you doesn't I want to talk to you.

Well, they walked on.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

New Interview

I interviewed Mark Gluth about his new novel 'No Other'.

The interview is posted on Litpub.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Juliet Escoria's Black Cloud

For a debut collection Black Cloud is very good.

Escoria is very obviously talented but I felt the stories lacked heft. Just as soon as they started to pick up steam they inevitably ended. I would love to see what she does with more solidly developed characters, story lines et c. It is hard to distinguish the line in (all of) these stories between fiction and non-fiction. Most if not all are written in first or second person which has a great deal of impact. This is difficult to pull off.

I found 'The other kind of Magic' to be the most well developed story in the collection.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Portland Zine Symposium

The Portland Zine Symposium is this weekend and NADA will be there.

NADA will be carrying the 'best of year two' anthology as well as three chapbooks including Rural Information.