Mon 14 May 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Birnbaum on Generation Loss (where he notes our antecedents and gets a plug in for AVH Books). GL was also mentioned in Sarah Weinman’s Dark Passages column on the LA Times:

Cass is a marvel, someone with whom we take the difficult journey toward delayed adulthood, wishing her encouragement despite grave odds.

Very much enjoying the friction in the reviews that comes from the book being a page turner about a superficially unlikable character. Must gather the quotes on Cass at some point.

We have good news about an ’08* title which we will spill (the news, not the title) at some point soon. (In other words: we have a new book coming, yay! 1 of 3 we’re planning so far. Hello future.)

Mr. William Smith, writer of an occasional film column for our august journal, has a bookity bloggity thing here where much pro-zombie writing will no doubt be posted.

LCRW, that journal, that zine, is in progress: we have a cover and it can be ordered (although there is no page for the zine yet). The final contents will not be known until WisCon or so. We are far behind in our LCRW reading, sorry writers. 3 months reply? Nope. Not any more. Not for a while.

* Updated to say: stupid WordPress. Putting an apostrophe before 08 (as: ’08) gives the wrong apostrophe. A quick look at a fave reference (Thanks Webmonkey!) gives the correct character (’) for it. Pah. We defeats the internet.



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

Can’t remember where the link came from (big place, bboing? Bookslut?, but A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge is a great comic. Anything New Orleans from Katrina (and the ongoing huge government failure) is car-crash addictive reading. This comic has many angles and is worth following. Nice web set up, too, for easy reading.

Gasoline prices are back up near $3. Wonder if truck sales will plummet again? Where’s the damn hybrid van? Haven’t explored it yet but World Without Oil looks interesting.

(Yes, someone sent something that continues to crash the email, therefore: blogging. Dum de dum.)

Jeff VanderMeer explains that Liz Hand is actually a saint. This may have come as a surprise to Liz, but not to the citizens (subjects? artifices?) of Smagardine.

Smagardine history has some parallels to that of Hav and readers of one country’s news might be interested in Jan Morris’s update (from last year) of her notes from that country simply titled Hav. Morris’s novel (which has a beautiful image on the cover) is quite simply wonderful. It has a slow-building complexity that draws the reader in and insists on the truths underlying the fictions. There are characters we recognize from our own travels (and our own towns), relationships touched on (like nerves), and always there is a growing tension that the writer can never quite get a hold of.

Alt TextThe second part of the novel (the new section), “Hav of the Myrmidons,” is a fantastic addition that changes everything we were told. Where Hav before was part of the past, the Great Game, Le Carre and Greene novels, Patrick Leigh Fermor’s autobiography, Hav has now moved into the present. It is clean, simple, unknowable. What is obvious is the money and the beliefs behind it of the unnamed—but known—financiers. Morris tracks down some of her acquaintances and sources from her previous visit and some of them are happier than others. Post-revolution (here: the Intervention), we would be the same.

And: The Buffalo News bookclub, perhaps getting ready for the upcoming movie, is reading The Jane Austen Book Club:

As always, the books selected by The News can be found at branches of the public library. Talking Leaves, Barnes & Noble and the Book Corner in Niagara Falls offer special displays and discounts. Free bookmarks that match each month’s selection are offered in stores and at library branches.
Also, we want to hear your thoughts — on Fowler’s book, yes, but also on Jane Austen, and on ideas for future Book Club choices. Send an e-mail to [email protected], or write to Buffalo News Book Club, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14203.

Found this (posted during the Interfictions giveaway) quite striking—thanks Yileen.



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

Can’t remember where the link came from (big place, bboing? Bookslut?, but A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge is a great comic. Anything New Orleans from Katrina (and the ongoing huge government failure) is car-crash addictive reading. This comic has many angles and is worth following. Nice web set up, too, for easy reading.

Gasoline prices are back up near $3. Wonder if truck sales will plummet again? Where’s the damn hybrid van? Haven’t explored it yet but World Without Oil looks interesting.

(Yes, someone sent something that continues to crash the email, therefore: blogging. Dum de dum.)

Jeff VanderMeer explains that Liz Hand is actually a saint. This may have come as a surprise to Liz, but not to the citizens (subjects? artifices?) of Smagardine.

Smagardine history has some parallels to that of Hav and readers of one country’s news might be interested in Jan Morris’s update (from last year) of her notes from that country simply titled Hav. Morris’s novel (which has a beautiful image on the cover) is quite simply wonderful. It has a slow-building complexity that draws the reader in and insists on the truths underlying the fictions. There are characters we recognize from our own travels (and our own towns), relationships touched on (like nerves), and always there is a growing tension that the writer can never quite get a hold of.

Alt TextThe second part of the novel (the new section), “Hav of the Myrmidons,” is a fantastic addition that changes everything we were told. Where Hav before was part of the past, the Great Game, Le Carre and Greene novels, Patrick Leigh Fermor’s autobiography, Hav has now moved into the present. It is clean, simple, unknowable. What is obvious is the money and the beliefs behind it of the unnamed—but known—financiers. Morris tracks down some of her acquaintances and sources from her previous visit and some of them are happier than others. Post-revolution (here: the Intervention), we would be the same.

And: The Buffalo News bookclub, perhaps getting ready for the upcoming movie, is reading The Jane Austen Book Club:

As always, the books selected by The News can be found at branches of the public library. Talking Leaves, Barnes & Noble and the Book Corner in Niagara Falls offer special displays and discounts. Free bookmarks that match each month’s selection are offered in stores and at library branches.
Also, we want to hear your thoughts — on Fowler’s book, yes, but also on Jane Austen, and on ideas for future Book Club choices. Send an e-mail to [email protected], or write to Buffalo News Book Club, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14203.

Found this (posted during the Interfictions giveaway) quite striking—thanks Yileen.



Wed 25 Apr 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

A week or two ago we asked our punk queen Liz Hand how’s the weather in Maine? She sent pix. Looks peaceful. Maybe some snow on the ground:

http://lcrw.net/images/people/handelizabeth3-72.gif

Then she spooked us with her I.C.U. hand (I see you—see novel for full spookiness of this pic) and the lobster about to give her the head-bitey:

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So, uh, maybe we’ll delay that trip to Maine.

Yes, Liz lives up there and we could visit and those among us who are tempted could take revenge upon the head-biting lobsters. Sure, Clute is there, too, and we could talk about The Darkening Garden — eek, more horror!

Not going! Not even to Liz’s reading at Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick on what’s supposed to be a nice (“nice”, ha!) Saturday afternoon in May (der 5th). So we’ll bring her down here to Northampton instead. A grand plan!

The group mind is made up. We do not have to go to Maine!

Hmm. At least until summer, when another trip to Stone Coast is on the calendar. Eek!



Wed 25 Apr 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

A week or two ago we asked our punk queen Liz Hand how’s the weather in Maine? She sent pix. Looks peaceful. Maybe some snow on the ground:

http://lcrw.net/images/people/handelizabeth3-72.gif

Then she spooked us with her I.C.U. hand (I see you—see novel for full spookiness of this pic) and the lobster about to give her the head-bitey:

The image “http://lcrw.net/images/people/handelizabeth2-72.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

So, uh, maybe we’ll delay that trip to Maine.

Yes, Liz lives up there and we could visit and those among us who are tempted could take revenge upon the head-biting lobsters. Sure, Clute is there, too, and we could talk about The Darkening Garden — eek, more horror!

Not going! Not even to Liz’s reading at Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick on what’s supposed to be a nice (“nice”, ha!) Saturday afternoon in May (der 5th). So we’ll bring her down here to Northampton instead. A grand plan!

The group mind is made up. We do not have to go to Maine!

Hmm. At least until summer, when another trip to Stone Coast is on the calendar. Eek!



Wed 25 Apr 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Liz Hand on music for Generation Loss at

 Generation Loss has a lot of autobiographical elements in it. Cass Neary, the novel’s screwed-up, tattooed speedfreak protagonist, is essentially me if my brakes had been cut in 1977. As the Shangri-Las put it in “Great Big Kiss,” “She’s good bad, but she ain’t evil.”

more more more



Wed 25 Apr 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Liz Hand on music for Generation Loss at

 Generation Loss has a lot of autobiographical elements in it. Cass Neary, the novel’s screwed-up, tattooed speedfreak protagonist, is essentially me if my brakes had been cut in 1977. As the Shangri-Las put it in “Great Big Kiss,” “She’s good bad, but she ain’t evil.”

more more more



Liz Hand on air

Thu 19 Apr 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Inaugerating our podcastery thingie (which can be subscribed to here) is Liz Hand who recorded an awesome reading of the first couple of chapters of Generation Loss. Check out that voice!http://www.elizabethhand.com/2007/gen_loss.mp3



Liz Hand on tour

Thu 19 Apr 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Updated with a couple of readings and reviews below.

Generation Loss is shipping out from our distributor this week—and we will be shipping pre-orders, too. The reviews continue to come in, including a great one in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Sunday which included this quote from the book:

“I can smell damage; it radiates from some people like a pheromone. Those are the ones I photograph. I can tell where they’ve been, what’s destroyed them, even after they’re dead. It’s like sweat or semen or ash, and it’s not just a taste or scent. It shows up in pictures if you know how to catch the light.”

and went on to say:

Only, now, as the story opens, it’s been a decade since Cass took any photos she rates worth the paper they are printed on. She is too busy managing her highs that mask her decline and anger, stubbornly resisting digital technology and embracing Jack Daniel’s. All this would curdle into suffering-artist pap if Hand weren’t wise and brisk enough to put Cass on the road by page 33, driving toward Maine and a fresh challenge, perhaps even a shot at redemption.

Today there’s a review in Time Out New York which goes against the grain, not seeing it as a trad. arr. mystery from the start.

Time Out Chicago likes it a bit more:

This novel disturbs like Cass’s photos of dead junkies and squalid club scenes. While in some ways she’s just another self-destructive person, Cass’s intelligence and talent make her an appealing mess. Hand propels this oddly appealing character through an old-fashioned mystery-thriller with stirring results.

Another review ran in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and can be read here:

Hand (Mortal Love, Black Light) expertly ratchets up the suspense until it’s at the level of a high-pitched scream near novel’s end.

Liz will out on the road doing some readings in the next month. Catch her if you can:

Saturday May 5 3 PM
Gulf of Maine Books
134 Maine St.
Brunswick 04011
207-729-5083

Thursday May 10 7 PM — Washington City Paper
Olsson’s
7th Street NW
Washington DC 20004
202.638.7610

Thursday May 17 7 PM
Artifacts
28 North Maple Street
Florence, MA 01062
413-320-9480
—reading with John Crowley, Paul Park,& others, & music from Flora Reed & Philip Price (of the Winterpills). Books supplied by Amherst Books. (Named Best Bookstore of New England by Boston
Magazine
!)

Friday May 18 Time TBA
Hiram Halle Memorial Library
271 Westchester Avenue
Pound Ridge, NY 10576
(914) 764-5085

Saturday May 19 2 PM
Borders
162 E Main St
Mt Kisco, NY 10549
(914) 241-8387

Wednesday May 23 7 PM
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
(800) 542-READ

Megan Sullivan of Harvard Book Store recommends Generation Loss:
“This smart, dark, literary thriller will keep you up at night. A photographer who has been drinking, doing drugs, and alienating everyone around her since the ’70s goes to Maine to interview a legendary photographer and gets caught up in the case of a missing girl.”
Boston Globe

Saturday May 26
Sherman’s Books
8 Bay View Street
Camden, ME 04843
1-207-236-2223, or
1-800-803-5949

BookExpo America
Jacob Javits Center, New York City
Signing: Sat. June 2, 12-12.30 PM
Reading: Sun. June 3 10.30 AM (Foreword Second Stage)

June 23+24
Maine Festival of the Book
Portland, ME
(Reading and panel participant)



Generation Loss updates

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

Things are going gangbusters for Liz Hand’s new thriller — a review popped up in Entertainment Weekly*, it was listed in the Washington Post‘s spring recommendations list, first chapter is here, there’s the promise of a fantastic review in Booklist, readings are beginning to be set up.

Now, how about that book?

Turns out there was a printer mistake. The book should have shipped from the printer on March 16th (even that was a week later than expected). What happened? In one of those small early (with huge consequences) wrong-checkbox-ticked mistakes: the printer chose the wrong paper stock. We didn’t discover this until final copies were shipped to us. Too late and suddenly we were in the midst of perhaps our biggest printer screw-up ever. Evah? Ever.

So the book was restarted from zero and is now scheduled to ship next Monday — Yet another week and amost a month after it was expected to go out. Liz is probably thinking, “What was all the hurry for anyway back in December and January?” and we’re gnashing our teeth. Natch.

Fingers crossed the book will ship next Monday (and be in stores maybe a week after that) andthat all these early challenges just makes the final book stronger.

In the meantime the EW review is below. Next week we’ll be sending out more review copies (and early orders) and be posting something about looking for pictures of fave punk bands (or people) and weird and damaged pix a la Cass Neary. But that’s next week.

Update:  There’s a groovy review in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal:

“Hand (Mortal Love, Black Light) expertly ratchets up the suspense until it’s at the level of a high-pitched scream near novel’s end.”
- Dorman Shindler

*Here’s the EW review:

Thirty years ago, Cassandra Neary’s grim photos of punks and corpses briefly made her the toast of the downtown art scene. Now an alcoholic wage slave, Neary accepts a magazine assignment to interview one of her reclusive photographer heroes on a Maine island, where a rash of missing-teenager cases and an off-kilter populace grab her attention. It takes time to warm to the self-destructive, sour-tempered protagonist –she drives drunk, pops Adderall and Percocet, and generally tries to not stick out her neck. Luckily, Hand’s terse but transporting prose keeps the reader turning pages until Neary’s gritty charm does, finally, shine through.

B



Mon 26 Mar 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , , , , | 4 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

Last Wednesday some of us here trundled down the glorious winter roads to New York to the KGB Bar to see Carol Emshwiller and David Louis Edelman read. Both readers were worth getting the matched pair out and the (somewhat long) curricle ride. And is there anything more beautiful than the rural fields of Stamford and the rolling hills of New Haven on the approach to the glittering metropolis of New York?

However, despite the lovely readings and the feast following the reading, we left with something unexpected: a “Devil Bug of Doom” (copyright Gwenda Bond) which had us shaking like Elvis for a couple of days. Or maybe just Shakin’ Stevens.

Things You the Reader Could Do*:

Send us the new Adobe Creative Suite…? MacRumors says the pricing will be released tomorrow — which is far enough ahead of the software packages’ ship dates (which run April to June) for us to get over the sticker shock. We are using new (for us, maybe 6 months old now) MacBooks (tiny, cute computers!) and PhotoShop and InDesign run a bit slow so these upgrades are much anticipated. The Design package is what we’re looking at:

CS3 Design Premium (up) $1799.95
CS3 Design Standard $1199.95

…although we might be able to get an upgrade from PhotoShop 7 for only $900. So, Johnny, you know how we promised to take you to DissMeLand for your birthday this year? Small Beer says, Sorry Kid, maybe next year, maybe never. Don’t cry kid. Aw.

* If you were perhaps either stuck in traffic for 36 hours and bored out your head. Or just a little more than tipsy. Or a crazy stalker**. Or just wealthy. Or just plain crazy.

** We don’t have any of these, yay!

In other news:

  • John Crowley’s Endless Things received one of its first big reviews in Book Forum: “With Endless Things and the completion of the Ægypt cycle, Crowley has constructed one of the finest, most welcoming tales contemporary fiction has to offer us.”
  • Liz Hand (whose novel is will shipped from the printer next week) is part of a new group blog, the inferior 4 +1.
  • Matt Cheney posted the contents for the first Best American Fantasy anthology which includes Kelly’s “Origin Story” from A Public Space, Liz Hand’s “The Saffron Gatherer”, as well as a ton of other great stories.
  • Happy to see that Michael Dirda’s Washington Post piece was run by the Austin American Stateman this weekend.
  • Did Scotland actually win at football? Reports say the final score in some kind of European tourney was Scotland 2, Georgia 1. But we were in Georgia recently, in Atlanta, and while the accents were strong, they did not seem to be Europeans (and I could have sworn we drove, so how did we cross the water?). Scotland play Italy on Wednesday. You never know. Unless you’re a Scotland fan.


Mon 26 Mar 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , , , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Last Wednesday some of us here trundled down the glorious winter roads to New York to the KGB Bar to see Carol Emshwiller and David Louis Edelman read. Both readers were worth getting the matched pair out and the (somewhat long) curricle ride. And is there anything more beautiful than the rural fields of Stamford and the rolling hills of New Haven on the approach to the glittering metropolis of New York?

However, despite the lovely readings and the feast following the reading, we left with something unexpected: a “Devil Bug of Doom” (copyright Gwenda Bond) which had us shaking like Elvis for a couple of days. Or maybe just Shakin’ Stevens.

Things You the Reader Could Do*:

Send us the new Adobe Creative Suite…? MacRumors says the pricing will be released tomorrow — which is far enough ahead of the software packages’ ship dates (which run April to June) for us to get over the sticker shock. We are using new (for us, maybe 6 months old now) MacBooks (tiny, cute computers!) and PhotoShop and InDesign run a bit slow so these upgrades are much anticipated. The Design package is what we’re looking at:

CS3 Design Premium (up) $1799.95
CS3 Design Standard $1199.95

…although we might be able to get an upgrade from PhotoShop 7 for only $900. So, Johnny, you know how we promised to take you to DissMeLand for your birthday this year? Small Beer says, Sorry Kid, maybe next year, maybe never. Don’t cry kid. Aw.

* If you were perhaps either stuck in traffic for 36 hours and bored out your head. Or just a little more than tipsy. Or a crazy stalker**. Or just wealthy. Or just plain crazy.

** We don’t have any of these, yay!

In other news:

  • John Crowley’s Endless Things received one of its first big reviews in Book Forum: “With Endless Things and the completion of the Ægypt cycle, Crowley has constructed one of the finest, most welcoming tales contemporary fiction has to offer us.”
  • Liz Hand (whose novel is will shipped from the printer next week) is part of a new group blog, the inferior 4 +1.
  • Matt Cheney posted the contents for the first Best American Fantasy anthology which includes Kelly’s “Origin Story” from A Public Space, Liz Hand’s “The Saffron Gatherer”, as well as a ton of other great stories.
  • Happy to see that Michael Dirda’s Washington Post piece was run by the Austin American Stateman this weekend.
  • Did Scotland actually win at football? Reports say the final score in some kind of European tourney was Scotland 2, Georgia 1. But we were in Georgia recently, in Atlanta, and while the accents were strong, they did not seem to be Europeans (and I could have sworn we drove, so how did we cross the water?). Scotland play Italy on Wednesday. You never know. Unless you’re a Scotland fan.


Mon 19 Mar 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Want a free copy of Liz Hand’s new novel Generation Loss? There’s a dozen going The Great American Book Giveaway.



Mon 19 Mar 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Want a free copy of Liz Hand’s new novel Generation Loss? There’s a dozen going The Great American Book Giveaway.



Early reviews

Thu 8 Mar 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

How early? Over a month! The official publication date for Elizabeth Hand’s lit thriller Generation Loss is April 16th and the book should just be hitting stores then. (Pre-orderly people may see it a tiny wee bit earlier if we can get the AutoOctopoidal Shipping Contrapshun to work right this time.)

But reviews are good, so here we go! Bookslut jumps in the water ahead of the rest and our own Valley Advocate gets in there too with a review so early they use the galley cover! (The real cover is prettier and, ooh, shiny!)
In the same issue editor Maureen Turner has a hilarious and cutting editorial that shouldn’t be missed about the fate of a Springfield family whom the patriach epnymously dubbed “the Kennedys of western Mass.”

Should we feel bad for Ray Asselin, Sr., the 69-year-old former head of the Springfield Housing Authority who was sentenced last week to 10 years in federal prison for a years-long scheme in which his family stole an estimated $6 million-plus from his agency?



Generation Loss excerpt

Sun 18 Feb 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Generation Loss Added a page for Generation Loss (reviews | Elizabeth Hand bio) and posted the first chapter:

There’s always a moment where everything changes. A great photographer — someone like Diane Arbus, or me during that fraction of a second when I was great — she sees that moment coming, and presses the shutter release an instant before the change hits. If you don’t see it coming, if you blink or you’re drunk or just looking the other way — well, everything changes anyway, it’s not like things would have been different.

But for the rest of your life you’re fucked, because you blew it. Maybe no one else knows it, but you do. In my case, it was no secret. Everyone knew I’d blown it. Some people can make do in a situation like that. Me, I’ve never been good at making do. My life, who could pretend there wasn’t a big fucking hole in it?

More.




some reading

Mon 5 Feb 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Interview at Hobart with Ray Vukcevich.

Jacob McMurray, who designed the cover for Elizabeth Hand’s Generation Loss, has a fantastic new blog where he is posting huge amounts of his poster and book work.

Early bloggerly rave for Generation Loss.

Henry Wessells, bookmaker, publisher, and seller extraordinoire, has started a blog.

Not sure what to make of this. Except: my, that’s a big one. How can Burns night be celebrated without whiskey? (That unforgettable line from that forgettable film: “Argh! The haggis! The Haggis!”)

Lone Star Stories has a new story by Gavin, Jenn Reese, and Nina Kiriki Hoffman.

Chris Nakashima-Brown goes nuts on Futurismic.

We are still in the Southron Hemisphroid and interweb access is like unto our teenage years: spotty and unpopular, so: apologies for slow replies and shipping and all that. Back to normal amounts of poor emailng and so forth in mid-month.



Wed 10 Jan 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

This woman is . . . sending out Generation Loss galleys. We made a video of it. But we had to send it to the CDC it was so infectioussss.
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Wed 10 Jan 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

This woman is . . . sending out Generation Loss galleys. We made a video of it. But we had to send it to the CDC it was so infectioussss.
The image “http://lcrw.net/images/owl-mask.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.



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