Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Eileen Tabios Reviews Bombyonder in GALATEA RESURRECTS #23

I want to say: the above excerpt (like the rest of the book) strikes me as the kind of stuff that can be written by someone who doesn’t suffer fools well.  But that’s just me having fun.  What I should note is that my focus in genre stems from hearing stuff about the work's genre—what is it?—prior to its release and before I came to read it.  One of the blurbers, Lindsay Hill, even says it is “its own genre.”  But actually, I easily recognize a genre for this book.  It’s the howl
I sense the howl because one of the book’s biggest strengths is voice (yep, voice the old-fashioned way).  The strength of the voice is not that it’s a howl but that it stays strong and consistent from beginning to end—indeed, it’s not just consistent but ratchets up in intensity as one goes deeper into the book.  The author was “on”—in that space of the author being the pen rather than the one wielding the pen for words that alchemized their own urgency for existence—as she wrote out this project—but she was on for an entire 343 pages and that’s impressive. 
Howl.  Wilderness.   More actually, wild.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Dreamsplaining at Queen Mob's Teahouse

Another recurring feature I'm doing at Queen Mob's Teahouse is Dreamsplaining which I introduce here:

Bored with traditional profile pieces & interviews? Me too! Here I will introduce writers and artists via their psyches by sharing one of their dreams and then explaining it. The unconscious doesn’t lie or bloviate, so we can bypass all the bullshit and get to know these misunderstood souls in-depth and truly understand them, better than they understand themselves, thanks to my top-notch dream analysis skills.

My first misunderstood soul who I set straight is Simeon Berry and there's plenty more to follow. My job has just begun.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Tarot Spat at Queen Mob's Tea House

The first installment of Tarot Spat is up at the newly launched Queen Mob's Tea House. This "spat" is between Elisa Gabbert and myself. You definitely want to know what the higher powers have to say about that.

And you definitely want to make Queen Mob's Tea House part of your daily reading.


Fer sur.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Rauan Klassnik Works His Magic on Bombyonder

Rauan created several Newhives based on Bombyonder. It's worth the clicking. I promise. Be sure to have your sound turned on.

I'm feeling particularly blessed these past few weeks. Folks have been wildly supportive and generous in regard to Bombyonder. In some cases I'm not even sure how to convey the level of my gratitude.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Tonight: Little Salon 6

It's happening again — this time at an amazing Takoma Park home that is a work of art itself. Get ready for: installation art by Ignacio Joseph Orzal and Rodrigo Carazas Portal; Bach and Haydn performed by the LeDroit Chamber Players; mixed-genre narrative by Reb Livingston; and fiction by Tim Denevi. And if you want to stick around afterward, we can all have a drink around the bonfire (weather permitting). 

Doors open at 7pm for the installation art and socializing. So swing by as close to 7pm as you can. The performances will begin at 8pm. As always, BYO your favorite B. 

And please pad your pockets with a $10+ donation — your support lets us keep the show going and thank the performers for giving us an incredible night. 

Plenty of street parking available and a 20-minute walk from the Takoma Park Metro. If you'd like to car pool or offer rides from your hood, feel free to leave a note on this page or email chris@madebylittle.com.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

SPD Recommends Bombyonder

Small Press Distribution recommends Bombyonder along with some other great books, like After-Cave by Michelle Detorie, Ending in Planes by Ruth Ellen Kocher and Bribery by Steven Zultan among others.

Check out the whole list here.

If you want to support small press publishing, ordering directly from SPD is by far preferable to ordering from other retail outlets (Amazon, B&N, etc.). Retail outlets take a substantial cut and often the presses clear only pennies from these sales. I know I've banged this drum before, but it's worth repeating.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Queen Mob's Teahouse

There's a new online arts magazine around the corner called Queen Mob's Teahouse founded by Rauan Klassnik and Russell Bennetts. I'm one of the contributors and here's my introduction.

Other contributors include: Mary-Kim Arnold, Lucy Biederman, Edia Connoley (Dublin, Ireland), Paul Cunningham, Donald Dunbar, Jeremy Fernando, P.E. Garcia (Little Rock, Arkansas), Penny Goring, Russell Jaffe, Erik Kennedy (New Zealand), Tiffany Midge, Rachel Milligan, Natalia Panzer,  Gary J. Shipley, Laura Warman, Rion Amilcar Scott, M. Lopes da Silva, Russel Swensen (Parts Unknown), Sean Tatol and Daniel Tutt