Currents, an Interview Series with Brian Alan Ellis (Episode 57: Duncan Birmingham)

Duncan Birmingham

DUNCAN BIRMINGHAM is a writer and filmmaker in Los Angeles. His fiction has most recently appeared in Mystery TribuneJuked, 7×7 and Joyland. He’s been a writer and producer on numerous TV shows including Maron (with Marc Maron) on IFC and Blunt Talk (from Jonathan Ames) on Starz. His short films have premiered at Sundance, AFI, GenArt and New York Film Festival. He can be found procrastinating on Twitter at @duncanbirm. His first book of short stories, The Cult in My Garage, (Maudlin House) was published in August. 

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Fake Autofiction, Eve Babitz, and Ghosts: An Interview With Catie Disabato

Catie Disabio

LA writer Catie Disabato’s novels explore the complex terrain of millennial life with wit, candor, and high intelligence. Her latest, U Up?, out from Melville House, is about a woman named Eve who lives on the Eastside of Los Angeles, working online, hanging out in bars, drinking, fighting, searching for one friend while also grieving the loss of another. Eve also happens to be a psychic medium, and communicates with her dead friend via text message. The novel’s form is highly original, interspersing visual text messaging bubbles throughout the book. 

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“A Little Arrhythmic Blip”: An Excerpt From Beth Gilstrap’s “Deadheading and Other Stories”

"Deadheading"

Today, we’re pleased to present an excerpt from Beth Gilstrap’s forthcoming collection Deadheading and Other Stories. Set in the Carolinas, Gilstrap’s fiction explores questions of gender, class, and geography, offering a series of haunting scenes from everyday life – or what Jared Yates Sexton called “heartbreaking worlds, but nonetheless beautiful.”

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Currents, an Interview Series with Brian Alan Ellis (Episode 56: Shane Jesse Christmass)

Shane Jesse Christmass

SHANE JESSE CHRISTMASS is the author of The Sex Shops of Sherman Oaks (Amphetamine Sulphate, 2021), Latex, Texas (Self Fuck, 2021), Xerox Over Manhattan (Apocalypse Party, 2019), Belfie Hell (Inside The Castle, 2018), Yeezus In Furs (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2018), Napalm Recipe: Volume One (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2017), Police Force As A Corrupt Breeze (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2016) and Acid Shottas (The Ledatape Organisation, 2014). He was a member of the band Mattress Grave and is currently a member in Snake Milker. 

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The Paradoxical Geographies of David Leo Rice’s “A Room In Dodge City Volume 2: The Blut Branson Era”

"Dodge City vol 2"

David Leo Rice’s A Room in Dodge City, Vol. 2: The Blut Branson Era is the second book in a trilogy about a nameless protagonist, who arrives in Dodge City, a town which is quintessentially American in the way in which it embodies both the realization of the great dream and its contrapasso, having to endure watching a replay of its perversion ad nauseam. A paradox that defines the everyday experience in America today.

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Something Powerful and Direct: A Review of Big Bruiser Dope Boy’s “Something Gross”

"Something Gross"

There are a lot of things I like about Something Gross. I want to point out some sections in the novel I like and talk about why I like them and maybe what that means in a bigger way, outside of myself and the novel. Maybe what those parts of the novel mean for writing in general too. You know. A review. 

I was excited about this book for a lot of reasons. It was a surprise and it was a novel and relatively lengthy. Over 200 pages. I didn’t know what the book was about except Big Bruiser Dope Boy (BBDB) wrote it and I appreciate BBDB as a writer. 

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