Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Lit Randomness: Joe Meno, FC2, David Peak of Ghost Factory, Komunyakaa and Calvino

Totally missed this Joe Meno interview back in Feb. at about his new book, The Great Perhaps, a somewhat anti-war novel with heavy influence from Vonnegut, according to the interview. Anyone who puts out a book with Akashic and Punk Planet will always have a place in my heart. I haven't read Meno's new one yet, but I'm sure it's awesome like blueberry pancakes on a Sunday.

The best: "It’s set in 2004, just in the few weeks before the presidential election, and there are all of these questions about war, and about terrorism. It’s just this really weird, complex moment about people struggling with these big questions. And what seemed to happen was that people were overcome by fear, and resorted to these really simple answers."--Joe Meno. His website is here.

FC2 picked a new winner for its contemporary fiction prize and publication. I recently just checked out Sukenick's 98.6 and thought I didn't quite agree with all going on, liked the intent and FC2. I'm sure Amelia Gray will carry on the tradition of experimental wonderment. (h/t HTML Giant)

Interview with David Peak, editor of Ghost Factory: At Chicago Examiner.

Interview with Yusef Komunyakaa: at KCRW.

Been diving into If on a winter's night a traveler, and here are some new Italo Calvino stories: at Conversational Reading.

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