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Christopher Kang - These 880 stories taken together form a kind of sly, wondrous narrative whole, full in equal measure of humor, sadness, and brilliance. Each of these stories contains a world, tilted on its own axis, strange, remarkable and bursting with heart

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Christopher Kang, When He Sprang From His Bed, Staggered Backward, And Fell Dead, We Clung Together With Faint Hearts, And Mutely Questioned Each Other, Green Mountains Review Books, 2017.


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Christopher Kang's extraordinary collection, WHEN HE SPRANG FROM HIS BED, STAGGERED BACKWARD, AND FELL DEAD, WE CLUNG TOGETHER WITH FAINT HEARTS, AND MUTELY QUESTIONED EACH OTHER, resists easy classification. A daring, remarkable book that challenges on every read. These 880 stories taken together form a kind of sly, wondrous narrative whole, full in equal measure of humor, sadness, and brilliance. Kang is an ambitious writer, and this book is an achievement. Each of these stories contains a world, tilted on its own axis, strange, remarkable and bursting with heart.

"Christopher Kang's brilliant first book, a steady accretion of Robert Walserian feuilletons, filled me with such quick strobes of delight and confusion and dismay and envy that, in the end, I mostly felt vertigo. Th…

Norman M. Klein and Margo Bistis - Carrie’s archival tale (filled with evasions and contraditions) functions as a psychogeographical diagnostic that for us, operates as a kind of short-circuit — a comic tale potentially snapping many millenials out of their wi-fi induced social media malaise

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Norman M. Klein and Margo Bistis, The Imaginary 20th Century, ZKM, 2016.


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The Imaginary 20th Century is a historical comic novel, written by Norman M. Klein and Margo Bistis, and published by the media art museum ZKM.  With a team of artists, the authors have invented a unique narrative engine where facts and fiction split off and return to each other. The viewer accompanies the characters across three continents.
In 1901, a woman named Carrie, while traveling in Europe, selects four men to seduce her, each with a version of the coming century. At least this is how the legend comes down to us. Inevitably, the future spills off course. We navigate through the suitors’ worlds; follow Carrie on her misadventures; discover what she and her lovers forgot to notice. Gradually we find out that Carrie’s life is implicated in her uncle’s world of business and political espionage. For over forty years, Harry Brown was hired by oligarchs to erase crimes that might prov…

Mitch Sisskind opens the door to a world of another time, in an unusual mix of stories and poems, of solid realism and weird fantasy and wit, combining steamy sex and nostalgia, the Mickey Mouse Club and Talmudic scholarship

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Mitch Sisskind, Do Not Be a Gentleman When You Say Goodnight, The Song Cave, 2017.


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Admired by Donald Barthelme and Lydia Davis, Mitch Sisskind is a professional satirist whose stories and poems can finally be read in one new volume. DO NOT BE A GENTLEMAN WHEN YOU SAY GOODNIGHT, a selection from the last five decades, includes an introduction from poet Amy Gerstler, who calls Sisskind "a postmodern master of the anti–epiphany," and an afterword by David Lehman. Bestowed with outlandish names, Sisskind's characters make up a cast of failures for whom grace is absent. The hilarity and sadness of many of their surprising situations have the ability to startle readers until, as in his imagined filmography of Tokyo Liscomb, "all hell breaks loose." The divine is often called upon and sometimes shows up but never in expected ways, since Sisskind, gifted with originality, unsettles all we thought we knew about this world and the next.

"Mitch Sissk…

Lionel Ziprin - For decades, Mr. Ziprin, a self-created planet, exerted a powerful gravitational attraction for poets, artists, experimental filmmakers, would-be philosophers and spiritual seekers

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Lionel Ziprin, Songs for Schizoid Siblings, The Song Cave, 2017. 


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Harry Smith, John Zorn, Jordan Belson, Thelonious Monk, Bob Dylan, Robert Frank, Bruce Conner - in fact an entire generation of New York's underground artists, musicians and filmmakers found themselves deeply influenced by the poet and jewish mystic Lionel Ziprin.


“He was larger than life and so far beyond a certain kind of description that I am bamboozled,” said Ira Cohen, a longtime friend. “He was much larger than a poet, though that’s hard for me to say, as a poet. He was one of the big secret heroes of the time.”
Introduction by Philip Smith.



Mr. Ziprin, a brilliant, baffling, beguiling voice of the Lower East Side and the East Village in all its phases — Jewish, hipster and hippie — died last Sunday in Manhattan. He was 84. The cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his daughter Zia Ziprin said.
For decades, Mr. Ziprin, a self-created planet, exerted a powerful gravitationa…

Mallory Whitten - In these poems & stories—pleasantly varied in style, form, subject, & place—Whiten lucidly transmutes the complex magic, joy & trials of a healing process from trauma, from within the quotidian performance & experience of being & existing as a woman

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Mallory Whitten, God Box, Monster House Press, 2017.






Excerpts: Driveway (Monster House Press) Nine Poems  (Muumuu House) Dream (Dark Fucking Wizard) Service Industry (NY Tyrant) Hawaii Poems (Monster House Press)



God Box is a sacred container replete with self & other, brimming with dazzling & touching clarity, language, emotion, confidence, & self-love. In these poems & stories—pleasantly varied in style, form, subject, & place—Mallory Whiten lucidly transmutes the complex magic, joy & trials of a healing process from trauma, from within the quotidian performance & experience of being & existing as a woman. God Box, Whitten’s second book, is bright with offerings, dreams, blessings, boundaries, affirmations, prayers, synchronicities, & her signature, meticulous & necessary noticing—all of which constellate in a radiating affirmation of life that returns a self to its provenance: the holy box that holds the entire universe and—most importantly & m…

Giorgio De Maria - a cult novel, an unholy masterwork of the macabre, more than just a beautifully terrifying ghost story. A writer of uncanny, occult powers, De Maria has crafted an intensely relevant allegory that will take its rightful place alongside the darkest of Saramago and Poe

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Giorgio De Maria, The Twenty Days of Turin: A Novel,Trans. by Ramon Glazov, Liveright, 2017) [1970.]




Written during the height of the 1970s Italian domestic terror, a cult novel, with distinct echoes of Lovecraft and Borges, makes its English-language debut.
In the spare wing of a church-run sanatorium, some zealous youths create "the Library," a space where lonely citizens can read one another’s personal diaries and connect with like-minded souls in "dialogues across the ether." But when their scribblings devolve into the ugliest confessions of the macabre, the Library’s users learn too late that a malicious force has consumed their privacy and their sanity. As the city of Turin suffers a twenty-day "phenomenon of collective psychosis" culminating in nightly massacres that hundreds of witnesses cannot explain, the Library is shut down and erased from history. That is, until a lonely salaryman decides to investigate these mysterious events, which the citiz…