They Put A Gun In My Face About Poetry: The Liver Mush Interview with Graham Irvin

Graham Irvin

After I finished Graham Irvin’s new book, Liver Mush, I biked to the grocery store to buy some liver mush. In the frozen meat section, there was one solitary block of liver mush left—almost like it was waiting for me. I ate the liver mush on a pillsbury biscuit with American cheese, like Graham suggests in Liver Mush. The liver mush was phenomenal, an unexpected and great discovery. Liver Mush is also phenomenal, also an unexpected and great discovery. Two brand new delights in the course of an afternoon. It made for a good day. And you can discover them, too. They’re waiting for you, too. I had the pleasure of talking with Graham about liver mush and Liver Mush

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Duncan Birmingham Offers His Own Take on Cult Fiction

Duncan Birmingham

Duncan Birmingham writes fiction about people at their wit’s end. Some of them have seen relationships implode; others have begun to glean the true shape of the world around them. Birmingham’s characters make terrible decisions and are prone to excess; the stories in which they appear blend humor and dread in unexpected proportions. Birmingham’s collection The Cult In My Garage is an excellent distillation of his skills as a writer, offering a window into a simultaneously beguiling and terrifying vision of California. I spoke with him about the book’s origins, the role of the pandemic in its genesis, and its celebrity cameo.

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An Excerpt From Leah Angstman’s “Out Front the Following Sea”

"Out Front the Following Sea"

Today, we’re pleased to present an excerpt from Leah Angstman’s novel Out Front the Following Sea, due out in January on Regal House Publishing. Set in 1689, it follows a woman accused of witchcraft who flees her home in search of safety, and instead ventures into a much larger conflict. Regarding the novel, Steph Post said, “Leah Angstman creates an immersive world for readers to get lost in and a fascinating story to propel them through it.”

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Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s November 2021 Book Recommendations

November 2021 books

What does this November hold for us, in terms of new books? For whatever reason, this month seems to abound with compelling fiction, from gripping tales of characters in flux to immersive explorations of inner lives. Some of the books we’re most excited about are the latest works from writers we admire; others fall into the category of highly-anticipated debuts. As the weather outside gets colder, here are some suggestions for your autumn reading.

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Ducu (Alive): An Excerpt From Sarah Kornfeld’s “The True”

"The True"

We’re pleased to present an except from Sarah Kornfeld’s new book The True, about her search to understand the life and death of theater director Alexandru “Ducu” Darie — and the unexpected route her investigation took when her path crossed with that of a con artist. Courtney B. Vance called the book “[a] hauntingly beautiful tale of love, loss, politics, and art that dares us all not to look away from our own disillusionment.”

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Currents, an Interview Series with Brian Alan Ellis (Episode 61: Dennis Cooper)

Dennis Cooper

DENNIS COOPER is an American novelist, poet, critic, editor, filmmaker and performance artist who currently spends his time between Los Angeles and Paris. He is known for the George Miles Cycle, a series of five semi-autobiographical novels (Closer, Frisk, Try, Guide, and Period) published between 1989 and 2000, and is the director (with Zac Farley) of Permanent Green Light and Like Cattle Towards Glow. I Wished (Soho Press, 2021) is his first novel in ten years.

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An Excerpt From Joan Schweighardt’s “Before We Died”

"Before We Died"

Today, we’re pleased to present an excerpt from Before We Died, the first book in Joan Schweighardt’s Rivers Trilogy.

The excerpt opens in 1907, in Hoboken, New Jersey. Irish American brothers Jack and Baxter Hopper hope to leave their jobs working on the docks of Hoboken so as to travel to the South American rainforest to become rubber tappers. But they must first find a patron who will pay for their ship passage and the supplies they’ll need. It is Baxter who travels across the river to New York to meet with Abalo, a potential patron, and Jack, the narrator of Before We Died, who describes Baxter’s telling of how the interview went. 

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