On December 11, I’ll be performing at Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s Greatest 3-Minute Stories series. The theme this time is metal. My very true story will be about “The Great Metallica-Inspired Chemical Fire of 1985.”
“We’re such voyeurs you can never get enough of watching someone. Just watching someone who needs to get into the bathroom and they’re pounding on the door and the person in the bathroom won’t let them in. I mean, you could just watch that for a good forty, forty-five minutes.”
Wherein we discuss reality TV as part of an ancient aesthetic form, Rodney Dangerfield, Gilles DeLeuze, and a Czech village named Syzygy.
“Incredible…IQ84 meets CSI.” The Atlantic
“Brilliant, and refreshingly unsentimental.” The Guardian
The Composites includes 66 pages of character images from throughout literary history, full-color design, as well as excerpts from: Herman Melville, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Victor Hugo, Bram Stoker, Gustave Flaubert, J.-K Huysmans, and Thomas Mann.
All royalties from this book will be donated to Joyland Magazine. Since 2008 Joyland—funded only by donations and grants—has had a mandate to support and publish emerging authors from across North America and around the world.
This entire project has been a collaboration with Tumblr users and that collaboration has changed everything about myself as a writer and as a reader. For that, and making this project work, thank you. (And please keep sending the suggestions. The Composites will return next week after a brief vacation.)
Earlier this month I spent an afternoon at the Tumblr office talking about characters, Tumblr-as-art platform and the digitization of literature with very smart, very wonderful people. The video from that day is now up at Storyboard. Thanks to videographer Ryan Jones and everyone at Tumblr for the invitation!
I’ve slowly been archiving audio/video work to YouTube. I’ve made a joke to friends that, for digital art, YouTube might prove to be the only stable archival platform. The channel is here and one of the cooler things is being able to combine the 10 Banned Albums Burned Then Played images with their sounds after such a long time. (Downloads are still on the download page of course.)