Friday, November 27, 2015

"Masterful modern storytelling." The New York Stories. Thankful still.

Most thankful in fact. Excerpt? For sure.

"The New York Stories exceeds on the old maxim: show, don’t tell. Here in Ben Tanzer’s modern Yankee Yoknapatawpha, the reader is a third wheel in the lives of the residents of the author’s fictionalized hometown, and is allowed to feel and experience first hand, rather than consume from an unnamed omniscience. Beyond anecdotal, the New York Stories eschews linear storytelling in favor of juxtaposing memory and nightmare, moving in fits and starts, so that the reader, when the NY Stories is at its best, can honestly be left confounded if his or her memories are their own or one of Tanzer’s vignettes."

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The new edition of This Zine Will Change Your Life is live. All Morning. And full of Elias.

The new edition of This Zine Will Change Your Life is live, and we are thrilled to have new poem, Morning by new friend Carolyn Elias, and (almost) as always, photo action from Adam Lawrence, music curation from Jason Behrends and Louisiana Governor race what prose love from Pete Anderson. We hope you enjoy this edition and we appreciate all shout-outs and links. Finally, please note, we are hoping more of you will submit comix, and music, novel excerpts, and art, and video, yes, video, and combinations there of. And most finally, Happy Thanksgiving, yo.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

"Tanzer's greatest talent is his ability to make the personal universal." The New York Stories. The Clayton Smith. The appreciations.

Endless. All of it. Excerpt? Totally.

"All of these tales center around a fictional small town in upstate New York, the sort of unimpressive geographical black hole that you hate growing up in but don't ever seen quite able to escape. Maybe this collection speaks so loudly to me because I'm from a town just like Tanzer's fictional Two Rivers, New York, but I think the fundamental truth of the place and its people is rooted in all of us; we grow up thinking we know everything, and that everything is tragic, and we grow old learning that the tragedy is what we've made for ourselves."

Monday, November 16, 2015

"Tanzer has the gift of writing characters who are believable and flawed." You Can Make Him Like You love from the Steve Karas who much to our great pleasure has clearly disappeared down the rabbit hole.

Not that it's merely our great pleasure, though it's certainly that, but we greatly appreciate it too. A lot. Excerpt? Cool.

"You Can Make Him Like You is such a cool, pop-culture-infused Chicago novel. It’s 2008, Obama versus McCain, and Chicago is “the center of the universe” for this brief period of time. There’s The Billy Goat Tavern and Mike Royko, Kyle Orton and Carlos Zambrano, Castaways and Mothers and Five Faces and Metro and Oprah, of course. And within that Chicago world, Tanzer resurrects Sister Hazel and Chumbawamba and TiVo and Beverly Hills Chihuahua and The Bachelorette with DeAnna. Then there’s Keith, most importantly, who’s struggling with his fears of impending fatherhood, monogamy, and facing his own childhood demons. Keith trying to become “anti-Keith,” the universal struggle we all face at some point, don’t we? To be better people, and finding it easier said than done. Tanzer has the gift of writing characters who are believable and flawed. Characters you feel like you know, feel like you’ve known for years in fact, that you may talk shit about with your spouse or other friends, but still love nonetheless and will always love."