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I just finished Bed by Tao Lin:
which brings the number of Tao Lin books I have read in the past few months to a shocking THREE.  I would say it’s the most ’emotional’ book of his I’ve read and also the one with the most overtly ‘literary’ language (?) and certainly emotionally heaviest-hitting.  Like, super depressing, in an accurate and too-familiar way.  Really good and worth a read.

I found photographer/musician Nick Wortham’s website recently while flipping through old Fecal Face POTD posts:

There are lots more arrestingly beautiful and inspiring photos at his site, ‘this is not a story.’

And, finally, I’ve recently been listening to a lot of:

Kind of Mish-Mash Update

I posted a small story here the other day, but took then took it down since I ended up using a piece of it for a submission. I’ll hear back soon though, and then I’ll throw it back up, WITH IMPROVEMENTS!

In the meantime here are some things I’ve been checking out lately:

1.  Miranda July‘s short story collection.  Very fun read, although I have to say that for the style of “hipster yuppie disaffected Berkeley vegan etc” fiction I probably prefer Tao Lin.  Very cool nonetheless.

mirandajulynoone-7208702.  This novel by Tao Lin.  It’s the second book I’ve read by him, and compared to SFAA (see previous post) it’s a lot funnier (I actually laughed out loud a couple times reading it) and also more intensely emotional.  Stylistically much more like a “novel” rather than a pure transcription of Tao’s thoughts.  Both are great.  Check ’em out!

eeeeand I’m currently reading an unbelievable short story collection by Richard Lange, which I’ll post a more in-depth thing on later, for sure.  Really devastating so far.  Devastating in a good way.  Also working through one of Bolano’s poetry collections.

And finally for some music I’ve been listening to a lot lately.  All recent purchases.  Click the albums if you’re curious!




News + Music + Books


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.

tao lin

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.