Nate East

Tag: literature

Quick Update

Some quick updates, and I’ll be sure to post some cooler stuff soon.  Expect at the very least some new published flash fiction around December 15th at an AS YET UNNAMED location!

I read a couple of books:

1.  Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis

This was a super, super fun read and I finished it all in literally one sitting.  It helps that it’s also pretty short.  I also laughed out loud ~10 times during the read while I was alone in my apartment.  All in all definitely recommended!

2.  The Girl on the Fridge by Edgar Keret

This one was amazing.  Mind-blowing.  I had been meaning to buy and read this FOREVER since it seems to be featured in the “staff pics” section of every indie bookstore in the Bay Area.  Seriously I have vivid memories of considering this purchase like last January at Pegasus Berkeley (hollatcha Simon!).

But seriously – believe all of the hype.  Keret is like, super famous in Israel, and it’s immediately clear why from these ultra short (like two pages each) stories / flash-fiction pieces.  Each one is a little funny, there’s a little “restrained magical realism” (to quote some reviewer) from time to time, and each one is twisted in an extremely subtle yet mind-bending, stick-with-you type of way, so you end up thinking about them over and over again.  Really really great read, especially if you don’t have lots of time to devote to a new novel and are looking for something super-satisfying and deep that you can read for only a few minutes at the time.

Some other news:

as per the usual, Sam Owen brings the nightmarishly-rad art like it’s his job.  This newish piece is a sweet example of his intersection-of-text-and-visual-art type of style.  What does it mean to write something like this as an static “art piece” that addresses like, what is happening in real time as you write it?

And finally some records I’ve been into lately!  Pictures are links 🙂

News + Music + Books

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In honor of Halloween,  I posted a very short ghost story I wrote a few weeks ago below – scroll down to check it out!  “Aguilas Range.”  Additionally, one of my flash fiction pieces was accepted at The Northville Review, and will be posted sometime in the next few months.  I’ll link it up when it’s live.

I recently started reading Swann’s Way by our friend Proust, but took a quick break to discover, buy and read Shoplifting from American Apparel by Tao Lin, a 26-year old Brooklyn author, which led me to hella google Mr. Lin, read a bunch of interviews, and even peruse his children’s books site.  Lin is so interesting to me because it seems like he’s achieved a veritable “writer’s dream” at a very young age: through somewhat absurd(ist) publicity stunts but also a really interesting writing style, he’s managed to make a big enough name for himself that he now writes full time.  This is also very cool when considered through the whole death-of-print-death-of-lit-death-of-art lens.

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To summarize the above paragraph, I’ve been talking about nothing but Tao Lin for the past few days and I’m sure everyone’s sick of it.  Okay moving on.  Oh also his book is really good and you should read it.

In terms of writing I’ve got lotsa material, but all in submissions queue.  As always, if you want to read any of the new stuff please let me know!  I just don’t want to post it here, because some sites/journals count that as “already published.”

Finally, I bought these three albums over the weekend and have been loving all of them.  The Microphones one is especially notable for having, like all records and CDs from PW Elverum & Sun, amazing packaging with tons of cool photos taken by the musician. Word.

11352-the-glow-pt-2Tarot_SportNone_shall_pass_aes_rock*Note: gnarly new black-and-white photos by jess.