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Author: Adam Robinson

Let Mike Young Tell You About “Only Love Can Bring You Peace” by Simon Joyner

Here’s a song by Simon Joyner: Here’s a picture of his new book: Only Love Can Bring You Peace is freshly published by the small press (from our own Mike Young everybody) Magic Helicopter. Mike went to where the stops were and pulled them all out in order to make this book. I mean it’s really beautiful. The cover is printed on a fabric-y laid paper, very soft, and it has flaps. And at about 300 pages, it’s girthy. There’s art inside, like this page, which is in color: And what the book is, you see, is a selection of Simon Joyner...

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What a Country! Ridge & Bosworth Talk Camouflage

  Oh hi! I didn’t see you there. Mel Bosworth here, co-author of the short story collection Camouflage Country. I live in Massachusetts. My co-author is Ryan Ridge, and he lives in Kentucky. We wrote this collection together over the course of about two years, I think. Maybe three. I have no concept of time anymore! In any case, Ryan was recently kind enough to answer some questions I asked him about the book, the book’s illustrator (it has pictures!), and what’s for dinner tonight. It sounds delicious! ** Mel Bosworth: What does “Camouflage Country” mean? Ryan Ridge: If...

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Everyone knows we’re big fans of Alban Fischer here, so this announcement about Sip Cup is pretty exciting. With his stalwart journal, Trnsfr (newly minted as an imprint of Curbside Splendor Press), Alban is launching a one page spin-off that you’ll be able to download every other Tuesday. And they’re taking submissions,...

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The Farmacist by Ashley Farmer

Ashley Farmer’s The Farmacist, the first book from Jellyfish Highway Press, came out yesterday. Christopher Kennedy’s blurb explains the book pretty well. He says, the book, “a meditation on the Facebook game, Farm Town, explores the realm where the ‘real’ world buffets the imagination,” and that it “is fiction crashing the lyric’s slumber party.” Nicely put. At The Small Press Book Review, Christy Crutchfield wrote an awesome review of the book. She says, “Farmer infuses the serious with a good dose of humor – ‘Hit “Like” If You Love Your Mother’—and the writing is equal parts wit and terror translated...

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Lincoln Michel’s Book Trailer

I like Lincoln Michel’s trailer for Upright Beasts, his new short story collection from Coffee House Press: That tells you everything you need to know, right? If you missed it, here’s the scoop on Upright Beasts—it comes out this month, it features 20+ stories, some are 12ish pages and some just a few paragraphs, Lincoln Michel is a master of the opening, Laura van den Berg said the stories are mighty surrealist wonders, “People say I have a baby face. You can look at me and pretend I’m drowning” is one of the openings that I like a lot, “Or take...

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LEFT Magazine Is Right

Have you checked out the new issue of LEFT yet, the journal from Jackson Nieuwland and New Zealand? It includes work by some of my favorites, like Sarah Jean Alexander, Crispin Best, Melissa Broder, Dalton Day, Carolyn DeCarlo, Dorothea Lasky, M Kitchell, Edward Mullany, Chad Redden, Bob Schofield, A.L. Snijders (trans Lydia Davis)—plus tons more who might be your favorites. I’ve held it. It’s hefty. It was designed by The NewerYork people with lots of white space. Many pages have textured backgrounds. Sometimes it’s white text on a black page. It’s pretty long. In terms of size and design and quality...

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Literature Still Isn’t Broken If I Have Anything to Say About It

Serial Box is more than just a clever name—it’s a whole new thing (with a clever name) that makes reading ebooks more like watching TV. Which of course is the Holy Grail, so how’d they do it? Mostly in that their ebooks are written by a team, and you have to wait a week for new “episodes” to come out. Each episode takes about 42 minutes to read, which is how long TV shows are if you cut out the commercials. Their own introductory commercial thing is fun. It has a soundtrack that’s fit for theatres, and there are definitely some knives and...

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Free Blurbs for Your Book!

  Everyone needs a blurb for their upcoming book, but no one wants to go to the trouble of asking their favorite writers. That’s why at Real Pants, we’ve done this for you. Here are dozens of blurbs of all kinds, from all your favorite writers. Help yourself. “You need these blurbs.” —Real Pants “[Book Title] is so shamefully beautiful that it hurts to read. [Author Name] draws you in page after page until you have nothing left but a finished book, a weird heart, and a dry mouth. It’s like watching your cat throw up on the carpet. It’s like trying to...

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The One-Hour MFA (Table of Contents)

Michael Kimball’s brief and excellent book on the craft of writing fiction, The One-Hour MFA (Publishing Genius, 2015), is available in print and ebook, but Michael also allowed us to make it available for free here at Real Pants. We put out two chapters every week for 8 weeks, and finished the whole book yesterday. Here’s a table of contents (links will open in a new window): Openings and Process Word Counts, and Story & Plot Language & Sentences, and Acoustics Syntax & Diction and Narration & Voice Character and Dialogue Description & Details and Figurative Language Endings & Revising Punctuation & Last...

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Introducing Lithic Bookstore

Kyle Harvey, author of the excellent chapbook July (poetry, smart and spare, recurring lines in a variety of tones, spatial, earthy and astronomical, very elegantly designed and produced), recently contacted me to buy some Publishing Genius books for a bookstore that just opened in Fruita, Colorado. I looked up Fruita. It’s way out there. We’ve got this whole country. I asked Kyle some questions about opening a literature store there. Is it a permanent thing or a popup shop?  Lithic Bookstore & Gallery is a permanent shop that will offer a fantastic selection of books, art openings, handmade goods and other curiosities. So you...

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New Journal Comes Out, Has Sloth

Looking for something to read this weekend? There’s a slick new issue of Big Lucks out—the tenth if you go by the subdomain—that features poetry and prose poetry and fiction by writers like Lana Huh, Seth Landman, Rachel Springer. On Facebook Barrett Warner says it best: “This is a very nicely curated issue, with lots of tension (rather than balance) between the abstract and the concrete, yet without lots of personal rhetoric. One of the few times I looked at a magazine without looking so much at the authors.” I like this story by Bud Smith a...

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DeWeese DeWeek at Octopus Books

Public Service Announcement: today if you buy Christopher DeWeese’s new book, The Father of the Arrow is the Thought (which I previewed recently at Pitchfork Fest and it’s a beautiful book, way more beautiful than average), you’ll get Heather Christle’s two books from Octopus—The Difficult Farm and The Trees The Trees—as also beautiful kickers. There are other deals all week, like tomorrow if you buy it you’ll get a note from the author. Astute readers might remember Chris DeWeese from the Salamun tribute he put together earlier this year. Here’s a video of Chris that just came out, in which he reads a...

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