Brian Alan Ellis is both a prolific writer and champion of other prolific writers, releasing knock-out books by the likes of Noah Cicero, Sam Pink, Bud Smith (through House of Vlad Productions) between publishing his own steady stream of wry, scuzzy poetry and flash fiction.
His most recent book, Sad Laughter, is a cavalcade of witty one-liners, shitposts, and disarmingly funny micro-commentaries on the current state of indie publishing. Between bad band name puns and evocative new manifestations of a writer’s quiet desperation, Ellis breaks down the everyday absurdities behind trends like #AmWriting with the grace and power of Rob Van Dam’s Five Star Frog Splash. But, in line with the master-your-craft ethos behind professional wrestling, Ellis’s piledrives are safely choreographed and, dare I say, delivered with love.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on the new anthology “Everyday People,” revisiting a classic from Talking Heads, and more.
In our weekend reading: exploring the music of Julia Holter, poetry by Brian Alan Ellis, great rock novels, and more.
In our afternoon reading: an excerpt from Jeff Jackson’s new book, a review of Swearin’s new album, and much more.
In our weekend reading: interviews with Brian Alan Ellis and Kelby Losack, book recommendations from Deborah Eisenberg, and more.
The guiding principle of Six Ridiculous Questions is that life is filled with ridiculousness. And questions. That only by giving in to these truths may we hope to slip the surly bonds of reality and attain the higher consciousness we all crave. (Eh, not really, but it sounded good there for a minute.) It’s just. Who knows? The ridiculousness and question bits, I guess. Why six? Assonance, baby, assonance. So, then, without any further disturbance, my first guest/victim is writer […]
We’re pleased to offer an excerpt from Brian Alan Ellis‘s new collection The Mustache He’s Always Wanted But Could Never Grow, available now. Reviewing the collection for CCLaP, Karl Wolff noted that “beneath the despair and kamikaze lovers, there is a stubborn, profane, but very American, humanity that animates these individuals.” Two of the stories from this collection appear below.