How to Detonate the Novel: A Rough Guide to the Later Fiction of Louis Armand
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1M ago
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Espresso Shots: 404 Error: memoir of a nobody, by RG Vasicek & Zak Ferguson
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7M ago
Via Small-sized reviews, raves, and recommendations. Operating like a pendant to Mike Carrao’s Desert Tiles, 404 Error: memoir of a nobody, by RG Vasicek & Zak Ferguson is about a schlub named Darius and his interactions with a rogue AI. This glitch in the matrix, the 404 Error, takes on a life of its own. The short novel shifts between comedy and horror, commentary and meta-commentary, wetware and meatspace. The battle between Darius and the AI are interspersed with Darius’s online rants and self-referential episodes (he’s currently reading Louis Armand’s Vampyr). Imagine if David Cronenb ..read more
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Commonplace Book: 3 Random Passages from Richard Makin Novels
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7M ago
Compelling passages, notable quotables, bon mots, disjecta, ephemera, and miscellany. Inquisitor: Do you ever feel your behaviour is vampiric? Accused: Only when sinking my fangs into somebody’s neck and draining their blood, transforming myself into fog to seep under a locked door, or using my bat-like sonar to see through walls. But apart from that, no. — Work (2022) Subfusc, a cabin in the forest – from the depths of language, something threatens to disappear. Do not be deceived: the tarrying ceases in time, albeit a false appearance. Ensiform flame, from a sword to form. The part which ..read more
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Speculative Los Angeles, by Denise Hamilton @ nyjb
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7M ago
“Accessible, challenging, and fun by turns, Speculative Los Angeles possesses everything a fan could want ..read more
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Natural Complexions, by D. Harlan Wilson
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7M ago
“Here on the chipped wall is the five-fingered shrapnel imprint made of bits of human brain.” – Vladimir Mayakovsky, “We, Too, Want Meat” (1914) “Art is a pharmaceutical product for imbeciles.” – Francis Picabia, “Dada Manifesto” (1920) Natural Complexions by D. Harlan Wilson is either a collection of microfictions or a fragmentary novel. A critique of media as fever dream, complete with boldface names a la People or other supermarket check-out schlock. First, some preliminaries, to contextualize this high-concept literary experiment: D. Harlan Wilson has written an academic analysis of John ..read more
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GlassHouse by Louis Armand
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7M ago
Via GlassHouse by Louis Armand “Coffined thoughts around me, in mummycases, embalmed in spice of words.” Ulysses (1922), by James Joyce “By turns gnarled, tuberous, the mythic upturned baobab enfolded the sky[.]” So begins GlassHouse by Louis Armand. A taut miniature, it stands opposite The Combinations, Armand’s magnum opus (all 888 pages worth), a Ulysses-manque, a dizzying doorstopper skewering the false promises of Cold War soteriological half-truths (communism and capitalism; democracy and tyranny), with a wandering schlemiel in Prague. It’s, well … a lot. GlassHouse, by contrast, is a sh ..read more
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TOP THREE: BANGERS: NUMBER 2: “Jesus Built My Hotrod,” by Ministry
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7M ago
Personal, subjective rankings with a short commentary. (KEΦAΛHΞΘ aka) Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs Sire (1992) I must have discovered “Jesus Built My Hotrod” via the Butthole Surfers. In this propulsive, maniacal banger of a song, Surfer’s frotman Gibby Haynes shouts a non-stream of scat/gibberish/something while Ministry assaults the eardrums. The music video is an awesome spectacle of Americana, petrolhead mania, monster trucks, race cars, drag racers, motorcycles, and preachers. A stock footage apocalypse dedicated to the majesty of the piston engine. “Jesus was th ..read more
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Reflections in Gold and Mud: Monstrosity, Agency, and Stability in Early Modern Europe
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7M ago
Author’s Note: This is another essay I wrote for a graduate-level history class back in 2005. Along with my other essay on the printing press and the weaponized pamphlet, this paper worked as another foundational piece for my master’s thesis on Martin Luther’s monster interpretation. The foci here involve early modern Europe – roughly 1492 to 1700ish – and the concept of monstrosity. To draw parallels to today’s foetid political environment, both the Left and the Right have specific targets to demonize, otherize, and monster-ize, whether it is Big Business, Big Data, the Illegal Immigrant, or ..read more
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The Disorder of Things: Politics and The Printing Press in The Early Reformation (1517-1526)
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7M ago
The Disorder of Things: Politics and The Printing Press in The Early Reformation (1517-1526) AUTHOR’S NOTE: I wrote this essay as a term paper for a graduate-level history class back in 2005. It would form the basis for my master’s thesis. (I will upload that later this year.) Despite its obscure subject matter – Martin Luther’s “Mooncalf” pamphlet – the political, religious, and technological aspects surrounding the pamphlet are still relevant today. Like our current poisoned, divisive, and sanctimonious environment, early modern Germany dealt with sectarian turmoil, a fragile electoral-base ..read more
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