Showing posts from May, 2014

Jan Millsapps - Three women – three generations – all linked by a mysterious journal, one man, and the enigmatic planet Mars

Jan Millsapps, Venus on Mars, Jaded Ibis Press, 2014.
[Venus on Mars will be published in multiple editions, including interactive multimedia iBook, ebook, full-color print, black and white print and fine art limited edition.]

“Three women – three generations – all linked by a mysterious journal, one man, and the enigmatic planet Mars. With great imagination and a lyrical flair, Jan Millsapps has fashioned an engaging tale about finding your place in the cosmos." —Marcia Bartusiak

”In a style that recalls the haiku imagery of Basho and the laconic economy of Hemmingway, Millsapps writes across the unbounded interplanetary gulf that separates Earth from the brooding red planet Mars and intermingles the lives of three generations of women trapped in an involuntary struggle for gender equality that persists, even in the halls of haute science. Millsapps has a literary gift in her ability to bring the reader inside the eyes and mind of her characters. E…

Fanny Howe - classics whose characters wrestle with serious political and metaphysical questions against the backdrop of urban, suburban, and rural America

Fanny Howe, Radical Love: Five Novels, Nightboat Books, 2006.

NIGHTBOAT BOOKS is proud to present this historic volume, a collection of five critically acclaimed novels by Fanny Howe, originally published between 1985 and 2001. Nod, The Deep North, Famous Questions, Saving History, and Indivisible are out-of-print and hard to find classics whose characters wrestle with serious political and metaphysical questions against the backdrop of urban, suburban, and rural America. Howe s fiction has been praised by writers, activists, and social thinkers alike from Paul Auster to Alice Walker to Robert Creeley. For this new publication, Howe has revisited and revised her novels to present an arresting and poetic portrait of life in the late twentieth century.

“I have not the least doubt that her work is parallel to Paul Auster’s… or any other writer thus whose books are not simply products for the market–albeit the work can reach a very large number of potential readers indeed. I…

Matt Longabucco - A collection of savage directives from some other time, some other heterotopic helios. Half heartbroken, half ever-hopeful — for the heat of smoky nights, the hot wind of the road, the heartstrings of lyricists and lovable liars alike

Matt Longabucco, Everybody Suffers: the Selected Poems of Juan Garciá Madero, Trans. by Matt Longabucco.  O’clock Press, 2014.

In 1976, Mexican-born poet Juan García Madero, aged 17, ventured into the Sonoran desert with the so-called visceral realists Ulises Lima and Arturo Belano and a young woman named Lupe who was under their accidental protection. They were all one step ahead of a savage avenger, and at the same time intent on the trail of a lost master. Their adventure is recorded in García Madero’s diary, the only document he left us—until his book of poems, written in a burst of inspiration in the few months before his departure, came to light. Here at last is the work of his youthful imagination. As its translator I have come to know it first as an object of fascination and later as a source of wonder and dread. As for my method I may only say that, in order to bring my English closer to García Madero’s Spanish, I was compelled to bring my misplaced purity closer to his s…

Nicholas Rombes - a slippery, mysterious study of a rare-film librarian, living now in isolation on the fringe of the Wisconsin wilds, and those movies, or moments from movies, or film-stills culled from movies, that have managed to linger with him through the years. It is a gorgeous, ambient, layered story of obsession, the creative mind, and the effects of film on our lives.

Nicholas Rombes, The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing. Two Dollar Radio, 2014.
Rombes’ Blue Velvet Project at Filmmaker

Roberto Acestes Laing, the obscure film obsessive who has destroyed rare, single-print films by notorious directors because their truth was too severe … and the journalist haunted by his own demons who’s tracked him down for a three-day interview in remote Wisconsin … and the waitress in yellow who knows too much … and the doorway that leads into a photograph …and the missing children …

"This hallucinatory and terrifying secret history of film is so meticulously researched and gorgeously written that I wonder if, in fact, Nicholas Rombes has uncovered a lost trove of works by David Lynch, Orson Welles, Antonioni and Jodorowsky somewhere in the California desert. The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing  is post-modern noir at its best: beautiful and nightmarish by turns. I read it late into the night a…