Augusto Abelaira - a masterfully constructed narrative device not only generating a plethora of meanings for each reader, but also giving us the pleasure of watching a great ludic mind at work

Augusto Abelaira, O Bosque Harmonioso [The Harmonious Forest],Lisboa, O Jornal, 1982.

No, this is not some tongue-twisting onomatopoeic coinage from Finnegans Wake. As a matter of fact, in the language of  a certain tribe inhabiting the interior of Java Island, this word is habitually used  as the coordinate conjunction equivalent to the English and. Incidentally, these people make do with only thirty words most of which have multiple meanings. For example, the word trob can convey such disparate notions as “eagle”, “sea”, “milk”, “dog”, “stone”, “mother”, “son” as well as many other ideas.
We learn this curious but hardly trustworthy factoid from The Harmonious Forest, a 16th century manuscript analysed by the narrator of Augusto Abelaira’s novel of the same name – a slim book with plenteous rewards. This Portuguese novel, published in 1982, follows in the footsteps of Jorge Luis Borges, Italo Calvino  a…

THE COLLECTION_ Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard - one big step for transgender visibility in literature, and clearly sends the message that transpeople defy stereotypes

THE COLLECTION_ Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard, Ed. by Tom Leger & Riley MacLeod, Topside Press, 2012.

A dynamic composite of rising stars, The Collection represents the depth and range of tomorrow’s finest writers chronicling transgender narratives. 28 authors from North America converge in a single volume to showcase the future of trans literature and the next great movements in queer art.
I met a girl named Bat who met Jeffrey Palmer / Imogen Binnie -- Saving / Carter Sickels -- To the new world / Ryka Aoki -- The cafe / R. Drew -- Black Holes / RJ Edwards -- Other women / Casey Plett -- Greenhorn / K. Tait Jarboe -- Tammy Faye / A. Raymond Johnson -- The queer experiment / Donna Ostrowsky -- Tomboy of the western world / Terence Diamond -- A Roman incident / Red Durkin -- An exquisite vulnerability / Cyd Nova -- Masks of a superhero / Mikki Whitworth -- Stones stand still / Madison Lynn McEvilly -- Two girls / Alice Doyle -- Runaways / Calvin Gimpelvich -- To do …

Erling Kagge - The book expands the concepts of silence and noise beyond their aural definitions and engages with modern culture’s information overload, need for constant connection, and cult of busyness. Kagge draws on his experiences as an explorer, including a solo sojourn to the South Pole

Erling Kagge, Silence: In the Age of Noise,  Pantheon, 2017.

What is silence?Where can it be found?
Why is it now more important than ever?
In 1993, Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge spent fifty days walking solo across Antarctica, becoming the first person to reach the South Pole alone, accompanied only by a radio whose batteries he had removed before setting out. In this book. an astonishing and transformative meditation, Kagge explores the silence around us, the silence within us, and the silence we must create. By recounting his own experiences and discussing the observations of poets, artists, and explorers, Kagge shows us why silence is essential to sanity and happiness—and how it can open doors to wonder and gratitude.

“Breathtaking and inspiring, it teaches us how to find precious moments of silence—whether we are crossing the Antarctic, climbing Everest, or the train at rush hour.”—Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Silence braces a space within which we can hear ourselves think. Quietly, wisely,…

Mat Laporte defamiliarizes our understanding of the status quo through a dizzying, punk-vibed, and relentless layered universe, burping, throbbing, oozing, and bristling

Mat Laporte, Rats Nest, Book Thug, 2016.

Mysterious and sometimes hallucinogenic, RATS NEST builds a narrative out of the complexity and dialectical uncertainty that many people feel about being alive in the 21st century. This debut book of sci-fi stories by Mat Laporte introduces readers to a protoplasmic, fantastical underworld, as navigated by a self-reproducing 3D Printed Kid made especially for this purpose. As the Kid descends the layers of a seemingly never-ending pit, its nightmares and hallucinations—recorded in stunning detail—unfold in twelve chilling stories of unreality that will make readers think twice about what it means to be a human (or humanoid) on the planet we call home.
RATS NEST is a fragmented and extended transmission from ‘the world’s first 3D Printed Kid.’ It is a dissident, noir, cyberpunk diary that recalls the monotony of service/ office labour and projects that struggle onto the failed tropes of ‘what the future may hold.’ Here, the future is a recursive…

Philip Sandifer - By a wide margin the best thing anyone has written on Nick Land, the alt-right, etc. A work of theoretical philosophy about the tentacled computer gods at the end of the universe. It is a horror novel written in the form of a lengthy Internet comment. A savage journey to the heart of the present eschaton

Philip Sandifer, Neoreaction a Basilisk: Essays on and Around the Alt-Right, Eruditorum Press, 2017.

Eruditorum Press is pleased to announce the publication of Neoreaction a Basilisk, a new collection of seven essays about the alt-right and the end of the world. A book of insane philosophy for our insane world, Neoreaction a Basilisk asks what the left can and should do in the face of literally apocalyptic defeats. Equal parts menacing horror philosophy and snarky humor, Neoreaction a Basilisk is less a roller coaster ride than a runaway train plummeting straight off a cliff and into a strange and tenebrous abyss beyond human comprehension. While making fun of right-wing assholes. And Eliezer Yudkowsky. In other words, exactly the book you need to make sense of 2017.

A software engineer sets out to design a new political ideology, and ends up concluding that the Stewart Dynasty should be reinstated. A cult receives disturbing messages from the f…