Thu 2 Aug 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Not sure if I believe him, but this laugh out loud lines these are one of the reasons to read Will’s Hang Fire blog:

Speaking of pulp fiction If you haven’t seen Black Snake Moan drop everything and rent it now! Christina Ricci play the greatest Jailbait Trailertrash Nympho ever captured on film…and I would know.



OMD, Maid of Orleans

Thu 2 Aug 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Not at all sure what if anything the video means—but that’s the way of the genre. Its incredibly catchy and there are cousins somewhere who look somewhat like that McCluskey fellow:



Wed 1 Aug 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | 5 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

The conversation about What the Hell is Interstitial? and Maybe It’s Everything? and Hey, This Book is Ok! rolls on with a recent review at Strange Horizons (“each “interfiction” shares this sense of disjointed narrative, but in very different ways that do not lend themselves to easy genre categorization”) and today on Bookslut.

The latter characterizes Small Beer as seeking “to provide a definition for the genre of interstitial fiction.” Nope. In no way are we into defining things (except on the very satisfying good chocolate/great chocolate scale) or taking a shot at writing definitions. We leave that to the editors, the IAF, and John Clute et al. All we did was get in the editors’ ways and try and push the book out there. Which is right there at the end of the review:

The concluding interview with editors Sherman and Goss provides further insight into how these specific stories were chosen and the overall plan the editors had for the book. I found a similar sense of adventure in all the writing found within Interfictions and certainly enjoyed exploring the ideas and formats put forth by these exciting authors. There is much here to delight and confound readers of any age. Seek it out for the bedside table and decide for yourself just how successful these experiments in fiction truly are.

The new ish of Bookslut also has an interview with Matt Ruff by our pal Geoffrey Goodwin and a good review of Kelley Eskridge’s collection, Dangerous Space. And a ton of other stuff, you know.

More blog reviews due soon from those happy/unhappy readers who received free copies from the Interfictions giveaway.



Wed 1 Aug 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

The conversation about What the Hell is Interstitial? and Maybe It’s Everything? and Hey, This Book is Ok! rolls on with a recent review at Strange Horizons (“each “interfiction” shares this sense of disjointed narrative, but in very different ways that do not lend themselves to easy genre categorization”) and today on Bookslut.

The latter characterizes Small Beer as seeking “to provide a definition for the genre of interstitial fiction.” Nope. In no way are we into defining things (except on the very satisfying good chocolate/great chocolate scale) or taking a shot at writing definitions. We leave that to the editors, the IAF, and John Clute et al. All we did was get in the editors’ ways and try and push the book out there. Which is right there at the end of the review:

The concluding interview with editors Sherman and Goss provides further insight into how these specific stories were chosen and the overall plan the editors had for the book. I found a similar sense of adventure in all the writing found within Interfictions and certainly enjoyed exploring the ideas and formats put forth by these exciting authors. There is much here to delight and confound readers of any age. Seek it out for the bedside table and decide for yourself just how successful these experiments in fiction truly are.

The new ish of Bookslut also has an interview with Matt Ruff by our pal Geoffrey Goodwin and a good review of Kelley Eskridge’s collection, Dangerous Space. And a ton of other stuff, you know.

More blog reviews due soon from those happy/unhappy readers who received free copies from the Interfictions giveaway.



The Best of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet

Wed 1 Aug 2007 - Filed under: Books | 2 Comments| Posted by: intern

So good there had to be a book. Or something. The Best of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet is now available from Del Rey. It’s a collection of fiction and sometimes fancy (but usually plain) knitting patterns (a lie), recipes (ok, there are a few drink recipes), poetry (some great poetry), and an apology or two.

It is the most surprising anthology of the year (in many ways: scary stories, poetry, a book from a zine, a flying iron, so many ways).

We hope you will enjoy it and we hope to do another of these. There was so much we wanted to put in and couldn’t.

Read the preface.

What did Jim Munroe say? “Like the whisky sours they so admire, the Rosebud Wristlet gang have brought whimsey and fantastical twists to a malt steeped in literary tradition: stories as potent as they are tasty.”

Order signed by the editors!

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Pictures of the book.
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Table of Contents

  • Cover by Jacob McMurray
  • Preface by Chunterers
  • Dan Chaon, Introduction
  • Kelly Link, Travels with the Snow Queen, LCRW 1
  • Scotch, An Essay Into A Drink, LCRW 2
  • David Findlay, Unrecognizable, LCRW 3
  • Ian McDowell, mehitobel was queen of the night, LCRW 4
  • Nalo Hopkinson, Tan Tan and Dry Bone, LCRW 4
  • Margaret Muirhead — An Open Letter, LCRW 4
  • Margaret Muirhead, I am glad, LCRW 4
  • Margaret Muirhead, Lady Shonagon’s Hateful Things, LCRW 5
  • Karen Joy Fowler, Heartland, LCRW 6
  • What a Difference A Night Makes, LCRW 7
  • Ray Vukcevich, Pretending, LCRW 8
  • Shh! I can’t hear the music! LCRW 8
  • William Smith — The Film Column
  • Amy Beth Forbes, A is for Apple, LCRW 9
  • Shh! I said I was listening to some music! LCRW 9
  • Mark Rudolph, My Father’s Ghost, LCRW 9
  • A list of chickens (From The Fairest Fowl, Portraits of Champion Chickens)LCRW 9
  • Jeffrey Ford, What’s Sure to Come LCRW 10
  • Roadtripping, zinemaking, cooking, cleaning, reading, and eating musicLCRW 10
  • Geoffrey Goodwin — Stoddy Awchaw, LCRW 10 (Listen)
  • A selection of teas the LCRW kitchen has acquired or been given over the years LCRW 10
  • Theodora Goss, Rapid Advance of Sorrow LCRW 11
  • Nan Fry, The Wolf’s Story, LCRW 11
  • Sarah Monette — Three Letters from the Queen of Elfland, LCRW 11(prize winner!)
  • David Moles — Tacoma-Fuji, LCRW 11
  • David Erik Nelson — Bay, LCRW 12
  • Richard Butner — How to Make a Martini, LCRW 12
  • All About the T: Swept (not sweeped) away by the love of irregular verbsLCRW 12
  • Jan Lars Jensen — Happier Days, LCRW 12
  • Philip Raines and Harvey Welles — The Fishie, LCRW 12
  • The Switch. Hope in the form of planted tomatoes LCRW 12
  • Gwenda Bond — Dear Aunt Gwenda
  • William Smith — The Film Column
  • David J. Schwartz — The Ichthymancer Writes His Friend with an Account of the Yeti’s Birthday Party, LCRW 13
  • A By-No-Means-Complete Joan Aiken Checklist LCRW 13
  • Veronica Schanoes – Serpents, LCRW 13
  • Homeland Security, LCRW 13
  • David Blair — Vincent Price; For George Romero, LCRW 13 (First book coming soon!)
  • Douglas Lain — Music Lessons, LCRW 14
  • James Sallis — Two Stories, LCRW 14
  • Karen Russell — Help Wanted, LCRW 15
  • Sarah Micklem — “Eft” or “Epic”, LCRW 15
  • John Kessel — The Red Phone, LCRW 16
  • Lawrence Schimel & Sara Rojo, The Well-Dressed Wolf, COMIC LCRW 15
  • Deborah Roggie — The Mushroom Duchess LCRW 17
  • Seana Graham — The Pirate’s True Love, LCRW 17
  • You Could Do This Too, LCRW 17
  • Sunshine Ison — Two Poems LCRW 18
  • [Name Withheld] Article Withdrawn
  • Becca De La Rosa — This Is The Train The Queen Rides On LCRW 18
  • A selected list of Automobile City/Hwy Mileages LCRW 18
  • Gwenda Bond — Dear Aunt Gwenda
  • John Brown — Bright Waters LCRW 17
  • K.E. Duffin, Two Poems LCRW 19
  • D.M. Gordon, Sliding LCRW 19
  • Cara Spindler & David Erik Nelson, You Were Neither . . . LCRW 19

Reviews

“Because of its quirks, rather than in spite of them, the collection is an immersion into a fantastic world.
— Adrienne Martini, Baltimore City Paper

“Genre-blurring stories, poems and articles by a few major authors—including Theodora Goss, Sarah Monette and Karen Joy Fowler—and a host of relative unknowns appear in The Best of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant. With a major SF imprint publishing this hefty anthology, LCRW’s times as a low-profile fringe zine may be at an end, though it remains to be seen whether mainstream readers will share Link and Grant’s fondness for the oddball and peculiar.”
Publishers Weekly

“An otherworldly Farmer’s Almanac.”
—Library Journal

“Showcasing a selection of the top new and exciting writers working today, The Best ofLady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet presents a wondrous playground for lovers of experimental and avant-garde literature. If this is the 21st century zine, the form can be taken off the endangered list.”
—Rick Klaw (Austin Chronicle)

“LCRW is one of my favorite literary magazines, featuring authors like Jeffrey Ford and Nalo Hopkinson and strange and lovely stories you won’t see being published in the Paris Review or VQR. (And why not, I might ask you.) The fact that one of the editors is one of the best living short story writers doesn’t hurt.”
Jessa Crispin

“Idiosyncratic to the extreme, this collection of the best of the zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlethighlights some of the weirdest and most interesting writing in speculative fiction. Short stories, poetry, essays and assorted nonfiction make this a must for fans of bleeding-edge speculative fiction with a distinct literary — and bizarre — bent.”
Romantic Times (4.5 stars)

“A treasure trove. . . . a quirky mix that has become the hallmark of LCRW. Eclectic, heart-warming, cautionary, funny, informative, and most of all enthralling best describe this book. You will find no better place to explore this outstanding and unique publication: I highly recommend you pick up a copy today.”
Sf Revu

“Dan Chaon provides an introduction, but really, no introduction can quite prepare you for the celebrated mix of insane ideas that await in the pages, ready to pounce. Link herself delivers the first, a modern-day revisionist fairy tale titled “Travels with the Snow Queen.” Karen Joy Fowler’s “Heartland,” about doomed young love amongst fast-food employees, is a heartbreaker, and among the book’s early highlights.”
–Rod Lott (Bookgasm)

Comments from the cheap seats: Yay!


Audio interviews

Kelly Link, Gavin J. Grant, Karen Joy Fowler

Seana Graham

interviews

Sci Fi Wire · Amazon


Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet still goes out sometimes:

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