Author: R N Jorden
Release Date: 2017-03-31
Major Karen Keller isn't having a good day. She knows her helmet wasn't sealed properly. The in-flight computer is a second-rate circuitboard asshole. She was drafted by the USMC-NASA to go on this boring inter-dimensional mission. Her mother went on this same mission years ago, returned a mumbling wreck, and burnt down a children's hospital, you know just 'cause. The only other person to go on this assignment returned to Earth liquified. No pressure. None at all.Karen is about ready to discover what awaits her on the other side of the wormhole is someone (or something?) beyond her wildest pot-induced imagination.
Author: M. Suddain
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2013-06-27
This is the story of M. Francisco Fabrigas, explorer, philosopher, heretical physicist, who took a shipful of children on a frightening voyage to the next dimension, assisted by a teenaged Captain, a brave deaf boy, a cunning blind girl, and a sultry botanist, all the while pursued by the Pope of the universe and a well-dressed mesmerist. Dark plots, demonic cults, murderous jungles, quantum mayhem, the birth of creation, the death of time, and a creature called the Sweety: all this and more waits beyond the veil of reality.
Periodizing contemporary fiction against the backdrop of neoliberalism, After Critique identifies a notable turn away from progressive politics among a cadre of key twenty-first-century authors. Through authoritative readings of foundational texts from writers such as Percival Everett, Helena Viramontes, Uzodinma Iweala, Colson Whitehead, Tom McCarthy, and David Foster Wallace, Huehls charts a distinct move away from standard forms of political critique grounded in rights discourse, ideological demystification, and the identification of injustice and inequality. The authors discussed in After Critique register the decline of a conventional leftist politics, and in many ways even capitulate to its demise. As Huehls explains, however, such capitulation should actually be understood as contemporary U.S. fiction's concerted attempt to reconfigure the nature of politics from within the neoliberal beast. While it's easy to dismiss this as post-ideological fantasy, Huehls draws on an array of diverse scholarship--most notably the work of Bruno Latour--to suggest that an entirely new form of politics is emerging, both because of and in response to neoliberalism. Arguing that we must stop thinking of neoliberalism as a set of norms, ideological beliefs, or market principles that can be countered with a more just set of norms, beliefs, and principles, Huehls instead insists that we must start to appreciate neoliberalism as a post-normative ontological phenomenon. That is, it's not something that requires us to think or act a certain way; it's something that requires us to be in and occupy space in a certain way. This provocative treatment of neoliberalism in turn allows After Critique to reimagine our understanding of contemporary fiction and the political possibilities it envisions.
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2013-06-10
Blacklist Publishing promises to bring you the kinds of books the other presses do not dare: the forbidden, the forgotten, the condemned. Our wonderful list exclusively features titles from authors whose works have been burned, banished, or simply neglected by history. From a book for adolescents on the problems of turning yourself into an artificial vampire (Flesh of the Fallen), to a chilling dystopian novella written by a literary computer (Beyond the Senses). From a seditious fragment of an ancient hypertext (Theatre of the Gods) to a book which proposes, with heretic bravado, that we are all the fleshy descendants of old gods (The Gorgon Wakes). With these controversial titles and many more available to preview in this sampler, we are expecting a hearty series of battles with clerics, politicians, frigid lunatics and conservative activists.
The Oulipo celebrated its fiftieth birthday in 2010, and as it enters its sixth decade, its members, fans and critics are all wondering: where can it go from here? In two long essays Scott Esposito and Lauren Elkin consider Oulipo's strengths, weaknesses, and impact on today's experimental literature.
Author: Zadie Smith
Publisher: Penguin UK
Release Date: 2009-11-26
Genre: Literary Collections
Changing My Mind is a collection of essays by Zadie Smith on literature, cinema, art - and everything in between. 'A supremely good read. Smith writes about reading and writing with such infectious zeal and engaging accessibility that it makes you want to turn up at her house and demand tutoring' Dazed and Confused 'Alarmingly good' Metro 'Striding with open hearted zest and eloquence between fiction (from EM Forster to David Foster Wallace) and travel, movies and comedy, family and community in a self-portrait that charts the evolution of a formidable talent. In lovely elegiac pieces on her late father Harvey, D-Day veteran and Tony Hancock fan, Smith also delivers some of the most affecting autobiographical writing in any form' Independent, Books of the Year 'Brilliant. She's friendly and conspiratorial, voicing the kind of clever theories we could imagine ourselves holding if only we were as articulate as Zadie Smith' Vogue 'Fascinating. Smith has the gift of showing you how she reads and thinks; watching her do it makes you feel smarter and more observant. Her account of her struggles as an author may be the most authentic, unglamorous description of novel-writing ever put on paper' Time Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. Her debut novel, White Teeth, won the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Guardian First Book Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and the Commonwealth Writers' First Book Prize, and was included in TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. Her second novel, On Beauty, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has written two further novels, The Autograph Man and NW, a collection of essays, Changing My Mind, and has edited a short-story collection, The Book of Other People.
A sequel to the novel Motorman finds Moldenke still down and out, and now the victim of a memory erasure that leaves him with only his name and a few facts about his former life as he wanders through a manufactured alternate reality. Original.
Perhaps the funniest man in the newspaper business, Little Lit contributor Kaz has been cranking out his postmodern comic strip masterpiece Underworld for over ten years now; it runs in over a dozen major metropolitan weeklies. Sidetrack City collects his best comic book stories.
Author: Steve Finbow
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
Release Date: 2014-11-28
Grave Desire is an analysis of the occasions of necrophilia throughout history, literature and the arts. It is an examination of the breaking of taboos and the metastasizing of fetishes in individuals and cultures using the works of Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Sigmund Freud, Georges Bataille, Jacques Lacan, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Slavoj Žižek and others to explore the biographies of known necrophiles such as Carl von Cosel, Karen Greenlee and Ed Gein, and to analyze the cultures of Ancient Egypt, Greece, Troy, Victorian England and the first to eighth century CE civilization of the Moche people in northern Peru who used necrophilia as a means of religious time travel. Throughout the book, examples from the works of Herodotus, the Metaphysical poets, the Marquis de Sade, Cormac McCarthy, Poppie Z Brite, Jörg Buttgereit and more are used for illustration.