Oh, why did the brain always have to bring pressure to bear on the information fed into it? Lordy, Lordy. What was wrong with a good stupor? A snort of etherizing slumgullion?
in crumpled song
so many parties
too much everything
dancing on broken glass
blue lips of lust
George Salis: Your upcoming book, An Angel of Sodom, contains a short novel and seven short stories. What was the thought-process behind curating this collection? How do the stories complement each other?Continue reading “Driving a Bug: An Interview with David Vardeman”
George Salis: How did you first discover the work of David Foster Wallace and which of his works did you first read? Please paint a picture of the beginning of this love affair.Continue reading “Infinite Wallace: An Interview with the Co-Founder of The Great Concavity”
L’appel du Vide
crime scene: your hand is parallel
to mine, 90° bridge that ends
by falling in until you become
god. we can stumble
into recadency, even though your shadow
I woke somewhere in the soft drone of a library’s ventilation. It wasn’t the same library I had rested in, putting my head on the desk. The room was shaped as a hexagon. Above, pale lights and almost-identical books in identical wall shelves, and air pushed from some subterranean generator….Continue reading “Biblioteca of Babel”
Right beside the moon of planet Aqueous Uteterux, a gray octopus-shaped ship hovers. The owner of this stadium-wide craft, Sal Malbehavior, Supreme Emperor of Crime, runs his empire of extortion, murder, and drug trafficking from that celestial location. Beneath the ship, on the planet below, the various governments, armies, and police departments comply with Sal’s will. Through a combination of logistics and an advanced arsenal of weaponry from other universes, Sal maintains his status as a powerful tyrant.Continue reading “Another Laser Razemore Adventure”
As a goodwill jester,
invite the invaders
to your slumber party.
George Salis: Your novel, A Greater Monster, seems to focus more on language and imagery than plot. Was this a conscious choice?
David David Katzman: Wittgenstein would say that it depends on what you mean by “conscious.” Most conscious choices are actually unconscious choices driven by irrational, emotional motivations deep within our psyches. Only after we make a decision does our rational mind kick in so as to justify and explain our decision to ourselves.Continue reading “Breaking Open the Head: An Interview with David David Katzman”
The Symphony of the Whiskered
Send the children off to bed.
It is time for us to determine if
our kin is the same sex as the crickets.
Shall we start by examining the variation
in the dead or shape our expectations and
our precedents from the testimony of crows.
By some strange process, the continent of North America has become attached to the celestial sphere at the place where land and heavens meet. It is slowly getting detached from the crust of the Earth, like an old scab being peeled neatly from a healed wound, without any tearing at the edges.Continue reading “Amerika in the Sky (In Memoriam)”