SEAN KILPATRICK wrote Anatomy Courses (with Blake Butler; Lazy Fascist Press, 2012); Gil the Nihilist: A Sitcom (Lazy Fascist Press, 2013); Sucker June (Lazy Fascist Press, 2015); Thank You, Steel China (Schism  Press, 2016), Sir William Forsythe’s Freebase Nuptials: A Screenplay (Sagging Meniscus Press, 2017), and Collected Scripts (11:11 Press, 2021). He has written for Nerve, Fence, Vice, Bomb, Evergreen Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Hobart, New York Tyrant, Exquisite Corpse, Juked, and The Collagist, among several other publications. Check out his podcast.
I am an actual person in a concrete historical situation. So are you, and that guy? Over there? Yep. Same. Look at us. Just some actual people in a concrete historical situation. Seems obvious, but, really, I mean, is it? When’s the last time you thought about being an actual person in a concrete historical situation? Actual stuff – life stuff – situated in some broader context. Your birth and death and the stuff in between. That’s all it is, and you’re doing it. Thanks for spending some of it reading this introduction with me. Let me tell you something.
This July, your reading might get weird, with a host of new books dealing with mythical history or bizarre futures. Your reading might get insightful, unlocking a new way of seeing the world or an insight about yourself. Or your reading might be relevatory, prompting you to see or hear something familiar in a brand-new way. Here’s what’s on our reading list for this month.
BRAM RIDDLEBARGER writes, plays music, runs Gob Pile Press, and lives in SE Ohio. His books include Messages from the American Trashcan (Cabal, 2020) and Western Erotica Ho (Trident, 2020).
CONSTANCE ANN FITZGERALD is the author of Glue (Lazy Fascist Press, 2016) and Trashland A Go-Go (Eraserhead Press, 2011). She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where her happiness is wholly contingent upon whether or not there is a dog in the room.
DANGER SLATER is the Wonderland Award-winning author of several books of horror and bizarro fiction, including Impossible James, Puppet Skin, He Digs a Hole, and I Will Rot Without You. If you wanna know what he’s up to, follow him on Twitter (@Danger_Slater) or just use Google or something.
The music made by Gdańsk’s Trupa Trupa covers a wide range, both musically and emotionally. “Fitzcarraldo,” from their 2020 EP I’ll Find, is more on the blissed-out side of things, juxtaposing nimble guitar melodies with an airy musical backdrop. The brand-new video (also available below) finds the band crossing the United States, and includes some footage shot at their show at Union Pool.
My author copies of The Bridge arrived today. My new puppy Eleanor barked as I opened the boxes, in either fear or excitement. The book sits on the desk as I write this. My fourth book and third novel, this time it is an out-of-body experience. Previous books arrived in similar boxes and it was euphoric, terrifying, victorious, or any happy-dance-air-punching combination of the above. But this time it’s different. I look at The Bridge and it looks back and me and any minute one of us is going to say, “Wait. Do I know you?”