Saturday, January 31, 2015

This Podcast Will Change Your Life, Episode One Hundred and One - Grit Lit, starring the Steph Post.

So Grit Lit we are. And so Steph Post. We are also so podcast and Justified and Star Wars and Daniel Woodrell and ink and A Tree Born Crooked and dogs and so you should so hit it now because it just might change your life.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"Smart." Lost in Space. And the Hosho McCreesh. Yes, that Hosho McCreesh.

Indeed. And such. Excerpt? Word.

"Tanzer has given us another engaging, heart-felt, and thought-provoking read, one any parent new or old could certainly recognize and find comfort in."

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Lost in Space Twitter hype there is.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

These Books Will Change Your Life - Winterswim and The Waiting Tide by the Ryan W. Bradley.

We could tell you all about how much we love the Ryan W. Bradley in all of his sexually obsessed awesomeness. Well, at least the obsessiveness of his characters anyway. Maybe we could just tell you how much we love him regardless of all that. But it's possible the two are intertwined. The personal is the political is the words and the art. Or something like that. We suppose we are ruminating on this because we just read Winterswim and it is one nasty piece of work. Something we say mind you in the most loving way possible. It's a folk tale, and it is obsession and sickness, and as you might expect a book where the reading experience engenders an equal amount of obsession and sickness, if only to see what will happen next, the good and the ill. 

However, to say we felt sullied as we read it would not be accurate. To say that we were reminded of Bradley's poetry collection The Waiting Tide, which we hadn't revisited since the MS landed in our inbox some time ago, would be. We re-read it with the film of Winterswim still coating our brain, and to do so, is to see some of the same obsessions, water and sex certainly, spill out across the pages as something else, a love song, and an homage. Which is not to say Winterswim isn't an homage and love song to Bradley's Alaska. It's just that they're different experiences, both possibly warped, but in their own ways. One because love overwhelms everything in its path, and the other because illness and decay does the same. That both find sex and water as a means to the end, as well as, the end itself, only reminds us that authors have their themes, and that when they are good, and even when they are not, they are trying to figure something out, and trying to change lives, if even only their own.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

"Nerve twitching literature." After the Flood. Much appreciated goodness.

Much goodness and much appreciations. Also, much love to Notes on the Shore for making it so. Excerpt? Word.

"I think this is his magnum opus. Which would be a dumb thing to say since I haven't read anything else of Tanzer's other than the story collections, but I'm getting there. But this was seriously my most fave CCLaP publication. Here's a funny thing, yesterday, there was a sudden black out because some doofus broke something somewhere in New Jersey and that caused something to break and knock out the electricity in the late afternoon, so I actually read some of this in the dark and it just fit so well. Luckily, it came back in the evening, so the post-apocalyptic feelings didn't freeze me to death. This is also his most violent and the darkest, I was actually kind of worried, because the characters felt so familiar. I was actually waiting for it to somehow turn into a horror story, the best horror story ever, because I rarely get scared despite being scared easily. If that makes sense. But I think it's also because we all dealt with hurricanes and that Super Sandy storm was so scary, this was pretty close to real life."