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|Dave Housley at Necessary Fiction|
At Necessary Fiction, J.M. Gamble writes: "For Housley, commercials have become the mythic ur-texts, and he takes up the poetic task of their undoing -- their reimagining, the peakings-under-their-skin. He, like Keats, takes these mythic people, these every(wo)men of commercials, and unveils the shaking palsies that they always already were." Wow. And at Largehearted Boy, Dave compiles a playlist for his collection. Watch the ads, with excerpts, here.
"If there was a dating service|
that matched people and books. . ."
Edward J. Rathke interviews Ravi Mangla at Monkeybicycle, and at Fanzine, Ravi and Mel Bosworth talk shop. Brad Listi hosts a chat at Other People. The Nervous Breakdown hosts an excerpt and a self-interview. At 3 Guys, 1 Book, Jason Rice offers a great review, and at 3AM, Michael Jauchen calls the book "a deadpan, sharply-observed novel" that tunes into "a contemporary world fixated on simulation and celebrity." At largehearted boy, Ravi shares his playlist for the book. (Stream it on Spotify here.) Also: Word Riot and Vol. 1 Brooklyn present excerpts. And Ravi self-interviews at The Collagist, which hosts an excerpt as well. Watch for more reviews here.
|.||The Autobiography of Daniel J. Isengart|
at The Brooklyn Rail and Filip N. at The New School
"In whatever medium he works, one senses Noterdaeme's joy in appropriation, a joy which undoubtedly helps to connect and to sustain the artists around him." That's from David Copenhafer's The Brooklyn Rail review and excellent close reading of The Autobiography of Daniel J. Isengart. The New School's Research Radio hosts a recent interview with Filip, too. Reviews - and Penny Arcade's Foreword - are posted here.
|.||Colin Fleming at The Atlantic and Sports Illustrated|
Colin praises Beethoven's 8th and Olympic hockey. Other recent review work: On "John Singer Sargent Watercolors" at Boston's MFA in The New Criterion. On "The Little Demon" by Fyodor Sologub at The Boston Globe. On mono recordings by Miles Davis at Jazz Times. On the piano work of Earl Hines at The Weekly Standard. And The New Yorker has a shout-out for Colin's recent Dickens review. Read reviews of Colin's Dark March right here.
|Eric Barnes at North American Review
Eric explains his approach to his story "One Day, One Week, An Hour." Pierre Kimsey interviews Eric at Memphis public TV, posted online here. And at GoodReads, Something Pretty, Something Beautiful hit a big milestone recently: over 1,000 readers have added the novel to their to-read list. Afer a busy summer reading schedule, Eric sat down with at WYPL's Book Talk chatted with Eric Barnes. More reviews are online here, including Emily St. John Mandel's at The Millions
"Hard knocks have never been so entertaining."|
National Treasures at The Rumpus
At The Rumpus, Malcolm Forbes reviews Charles McLeod's collection: "we accompany the lost and the jilted, the misfits and the victims, and revel in pitch-black humor and fiendishly inventive prose. Hard knocks have never been so entertaining." And at David Abrams's ongoing series, Charles remembers his first appearance in print. David has also put National Treasures on his 2013 best-of so-far list. Earlier this year, Matt Roberts at Fanzine gave the collection an excellent and thoughtful rave, too.
|.||"I Killed It, You Cook It"|
Daniel Mueller at Santa Fe Writers Project
Dan's Nights I Dreamed of Hubert Humphrey earned a runner-up spot at the Santa Fe Writers Project 2013 awards, where they featured one of the collection's stories recently. A full list of the collection's reviews is here, including Weston Cutter's at Corduroy Books and Michael Jauchen's at The Rumpus.
|"Keeper of the Flame"|
Matthew Vollmer in Best American Essays 2013
Recently released: The Best American Essays 2013, which includes "Keeper of the Flame" by Matthew Vollmer, originally in the NER. Matthew's inscriptions has earned praise far and wide. A full list is here, including Matthew Daddona at The Brooklyn Rail
|"a flashlight, a copper pipe and a pair of wax earplugs"|
Tom Molanphy at We Wanted To Be Writers
Tom reveals what books and other paraphenalia he keeps on his bedstand, in WW2BW's ongoing series. Read an excerpt from Tom's collection here.
Upcoming & recent author events|
|Jan 30|| Morehead, KY, Morehead State University, Q&A with Dave Housley and Phong Nguyen |
|Feb 6|| Baltimore, MD, You're Allowed Reading Series, Dave Housley, Commercial Fiction|
|Feb 20|| Philadelphia, PA, TireFire Reading Series, Dave Housley, Commercial Fiction|
|Feb 28|| Seattle, WA Kundiman at AWP, Feliz Lucia Molina celebrates her collection Undercastle (Magic Helicopter Press, 2013)|
|Mar 1|| Seattle, WA HTMLGiant at AWP, Feliz Lucia Molina|
|Apr 2|| New York, NY The Center for Fiction, Epiphany magazine contributor event, Douglas Watson, A Moody Fellow Finds Love And Then Dies|
|Apr 3|| Hadley, MA Flying Object, Feliz Lucia Molina and Ben Segal, The Wes Letters|
|Apr 10|| Brooklyn, NY, WORD Brooklyn, book launch event, Douglas Watson, A Moody Fellow Finds Love And Then Dies |
|Apr 11|| Philadelphia, PA, TireFire Readings, Douglas Watson, A Moody Fellow Finds Love And Then Dies |
|Apr 27|| Encino, CA, Maria's Italian Kitchen, Douglas Watson, A Moody Fellow Finds Love And Then Dies |
|Apr 30|| San Francisco, CA, Book Passage, San Francisco Ferry Building, Douglas Watson, A Moody Fellow Finds Love And Then Dies |
|May 1|| Portland, OR, Powell's, Douglas Watson, A Moody Fellow Finds Love And Then Dies |
|Jun 27|| Minneapolis, MN, Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Daniel Mueller, Nights I Dreamed of Hubert Humphrey |
See the full list here.
What folks are saying|
"the poet laureate of pop culture" - Matt Bell on Dave Housley|
"funny, moving, perceptive, artful" - Joanna Scott on Ravi Mangla's Understudies
"some kind of mad artistic genius" - Paul Harding on Daniel Mueller
"one of the truly exciting and significant writers of his generation" - Richard Burgin on Colin Fleming
"the most harrowing portrait of American boys careening into boyhood that I've ever read" - Benjamin Whitmer on Something Pretty, Something Beautiful
"It's hard to imagine anything more charming" - Andrew Solomon on The Autobiography of Daniel J. Isengart
"the best kind of book -- a book that I could step into and out of quickly, a book with no space wasted and a book which made me wish that I had written it." - Joe Hessert, ARDOR, on inscriptions for headstones
". . .steeped in the tar and nicotine of Raymond Carver, and bathed in the crackerjack wisdom of Flannery O'Connor. . . Let's just say I spent the entire book hypnotized by McLeod's wordcraft" - David Abrams on Charles McLeod
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