Afternoon Bites: Jack Handey Returns, Steve Gunn Reviewed, Surreal Fiction, The Gordon Kurtti Project, and More


Jack Handey has a new book. Given Katherine Rooney’s recent essay on “Deep Thoughts,” we may well be in the midst of a full-fledged Handey revival.

“Their energies are probably best encapsulated in their 1983 performance marathon “Seven Days of Creation,” and “The Extremist Show,” which the crews staged at ABC No Rio–where, as Allied Productions notes in the catalog, artists never went to bolster their resumes. It was a place for experimentation, and quite possible failure.” Whitney Kimball on the Gordon Kurtti Project.

The New York Times on a number of small Washington presses dedicated to poetry.

“Gunn’s a descendent of the Dead, but also of J.J. Cale and La Monte Young and Bert Jansch and Frank Hutchinson, and his guitar playing has a mesmeric quality, a tender circling that feels almost like being swaddled.” Amanda Petrusich reviews Steve Gunn’s Time Off.

Rookie has some recommended books on the subjects of “emulation, imitation, and replication.”

“Here’s a man whose faith in cinema manifests itself in a commendable faith in his protagonists, whom he would not forsake and whom may very well have kept him alive—the inverse essence of mono no aware.” A look at the new edition of the film The Life of Oharu.

Karen Joy Fowler reveals her favorite surreal fiction.

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