Monday, October 20, 2014

This Book Will Change Your Life - Project Genesis by the Jerry Brennan.

There is the Brennan and Project Genesis from the Tortoise Books and we have read it and blurbed it and we are happy to report that it changed our lives and we believe it may just change your life as well, so please do hit it, like now, well done, thank you.

"If it takes balls to revisit, if not re-imagine, the stories of the Bible, than Jerry Brennan must have the biggest balls in the room. That he does so with enough humor and poignancy to fill both Sodom and Gomorrah is a tribute to his skills as a writer and interpreter."

Sunday, October 19, 2014

"If you’ve wondered what it means to be a man and a father in the modern world, Lost in Space is one of the best places to start." Lost in Space. The Geeky Press. Most beautious.

Indeed. And most appreciated. Excerpt? Word.

"The most devastating piece is “Anatomy of a Story,” which rips open what it means to be a man and realize how helpless you are when your child is sick. Bred to protect, life quickly teaches each of us that our powers extend only so far. As one of Tanzer’s children is wheeled into the hospital for surgery, Ben retreats into his writing, the one place where he can exert control over what happens. More to the point, the story illustrated just how badly we handle those emotional experiences when our wires get overloaded and we grasp at anything to make meaning."

Saturday, October 18, 2014

"Absolutely brilliant." Lost in Space.

Love. Humbled. Thankful. All of that. Excerpt? Word.

"This should be required reading for any modern-day father of young boys."

Friday, October 17, 2014

This Book Will Change Your Life - Here Comes The New Joy by the John W. Barrios.

The John W. Barrios is ephemera and love, and while biased we are, in so many ways, to read Here Comes The New Joy is to know the pain, and yes, joy of its author, someone we call friend, even if in fact we've never met in person, shared a cup of coffee, or had any actual contact that might otherwise constitute connection. That the Barrios' opening essay The Quick And Sick Of Life, in what is otherwise a poetry collection, will break your heart in 10,000 ways is a given. That we will be drawn to that which is more prose than poem, take The First Time I Lied for example - though do note our most subjective bias, as this lovely, haunting, terrible piece appeared in Daddy Cool - or The Stuffed Version Of Himself, is also mostly always a given, does not minimize the head-butting power of The Poet At The Podium or New Mexico, 1970-Something, much less the fragmented poems that litter both the landscape of Here Comes The New Joy, and what we assume is Barrios' psyche laid-bare for our consumption. Because they are all of a piece, life and its odd mixture of joy and pain, and pain and joy, and how it all becomes mashed together. At least for Barrios there are words, intricate and blown-up, a gift not all have at their disposable when it comes to their need to escape their own vulnerable brains, much less change their life.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

In which the Megan Stielstra and Victor David Giron talk Once I Was Cool, Curbside Splendor, and small press lit love at Poets&Writers.

And most beautious it is. Excerpt? Totally.

"Real talk: Independent publishing is not six-figure advances. It’s people who love books, who love stories and ideas and the impossible architecture of language so fiercely and furiously that they back it with blood, with sweat and cash and precious, precious time. Curbside Splendor put everything they had behind this book, and I couldn’t be more proud to count myself among them."

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

"A parenting book written for fathers raised on Star Wars and Homer Simpson, but implemented with Tanzer’s unique charm, warmth, and brilliance." Lost in Space. The Brian Alan Ellis. Thanks. Endless.

And endlessly at that. Excerpt? Word.

"Despite the fact that I don’t have kids of my own and that I grew up an only child without a dad, I somehow found Lost in Space, Ben Tanzer’s essay collection about (predominately) parenting, both relatable and humorously engaging, which is a true testament to the man’s talent."

Monday, October 13, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

This Book Will Change Your Life - Gone Girl by the Gillian Flynn.

"Fucker." Indeed. Travel. Obsess. Planes. Delays. Read. Gone Girl. We are caught up in wanting to see the movie. We have been enviously watching a co-worker consume it. A copy is just sitting there in the laundry room as if planted and waiting for us. And it's really impossible to put down. It is. The idea of the "cool girl," while likely already cliche, or soon to be, is quite incisive in its take down of men and just how limited men are when it comes to what we want from women generally, and sex more specifically, and how little we look at how not self-aware we truly are. The twists and turns are endless and smart and feel unexpected even when expected. The writing is taut, and knowing, and while we suppose the commentary on the media, social and otherwise, is probably knowing as well, it's probably overstated. If we have any problem with such a relentlessly readable book, its that as it evolves it's hard not to feel like the author sort of hates women, or at least celebrates a little too much, as opposed say to skewering, the ways people hate women when they say why they do. It may be that we are feeling particularly sensitive to this during a time when so many male, and some female, authors have been exposed as being quite as terrible towards women as we hope they won't be. It may also be that this can be a blind spot of ours, this being, how these men seemingly, not allegedly, it clearly isn't alleged, but seemingly view women, as things to have sex with, bully, and take advantage of because they think they are allowed to, and that women are there for those reasons, more objects than people. And while the character of Nick may not fill this space, it's hard to feel like Amy isn't being treated this way - portrayed as broken and sad, possibly crazy, and yet not much more than a vehicle to project all sorts of bile onto. Still, is Gone Girl compulsively readable regardless? It is. Do we hate ourselves for feeling this way? Yes, sort of, maybe. It's so hard not to want to see what happens next, much less what David Fincher will do with it. It just feels a little wrong feeling that way. Fucker indeed.