For the sake of ease of access, I'm linking here to an interview that Susan Landers conducted with me, quite some years ago now, about my novel Dead Carnival. I wouldn't necessarily agree now with every comment I made in the interview; still, I think the interview is a worthwhile discussion of my approach to that book.
Of the book, Rob Halpern writes,
Recalling Georges Perec’s Things: A Story of the Sixties, Wallace’s
devastating Notes from the Center on Public Policy addresses itself to a
time in which “there were no things, only claims about things,” a time
contemporary with our own but addressed from a strange temporal distance whose
past tense assumes the quality of our fossilized present suspended in an
arrested dialectic. In Wallace’s stunningly calibrated sentences, subjective
interiority has been knocked out by a semblance of its own objectivity,
hollowed by soiled calculation, made cavernous by ruin. Were the sun to explode
and all go dark, these Notes would remain like a ghostly inventory of
all that will have been here, an acutely registered paradigm containing all our
fungible particulars, “not like dust but like the memory of dust.”
My writing has appeared in many
literary magazines over the years, but I don’t think I’ve ever had it presented
in a more visually striking format than in the latest issue (Spring 2013) of Manor House Quarterly, called Post-, and which features the opening
sections of The End of America, Book 8,
juxtaposed with the startling, utopian/anti-utopian paintings of Ricky Allman.
Manor House Quarterly is a journal founded by Dane Cardiel and devoted
to combining literature with the visual arts. Partly based in San Diego, it’s
essential reading for those interested in any of the multiple
Other Featured and Contributing
Featured Artists: Sarah Bancroft
& Richard Diebenkorn, Anna Schuleit & the Eastman Composers, Destin
Daniel Cretton, David Adey.
Contributing Artists: Sophie
Sills, Felicia Simion, Julia Bloch, Melissa Difatta, Michael Robins, Dennis
Oppenheim, Kate Schapira, Debra Scacco, Sarah Lillenberg, Devon Hirth, Thomas
Barrow, Nicholas Gulig, Julian Talamentez Brolaski, Sarah Trahan, Jason Thorpe
Buchanan, Stylianos Dimou, and Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez.
Before now, my latest novel The Quarry and the Lot has received two occasionally
positive, ultimately lukewarm reviews by writers whose take on the book seemed
trapped in their own limitations as thinkers, as well as several thoughtful
small responses on Amazon. Finally, this month’s issue of Open Letters Monthly features a detailed and perceptive (and whew,
positive) review of the book, as well as a review and analysis of my earliernovel, Dead Carnival, that traces the
connections and differences between the two books.
All the foibles John Cotter describes
are simply the author’s own (that is, mine).
The May issue also features Elisa
Gabbert on Kate Zambreno, Rohan Maitzen on Kate Atkinson, John Cotter on Mark
Wallace, Greg Waldmann on the new surveillance state, Steve Donoghue on
Audubon, Joshua Harmon on who the Talking Heads ripped off, and much else.
I hope you’ll take a look at the review and at the rest of the issue. If
you’ve wanted to read my novels and haven’t, I think this review will either
encourage you to do that or to run away screaming. Either reaction is fine with
The latest issue of Fiction
International, the fine fiction magazine published here in San Diego, now has
a new issue. #45, About Seeing,
features a lot of great work, and also includes the first part of my
non-fiction narrative, “We Need To Talk.”
The online journal ooteoote, out of the Netherlands, named
after Jan Hanlo's legendary tone poem, identifies itself as an online
information hub where Dutch and Flemish authors report on literary news and
related concerns from home and abroad.
Issue #36 of ooteote’s Vertaallab (Translation Lab)
features a poem of mine from The End of
America, Book 8, and you can find it here.
For more information about ooteeote, click here (note: opening this
page in Google Chrome will make it easier to translate).
The journal has separate
sections for poetry, prose, and essays. For more details on some of the poems it has recently published, including work by K. Lorraine Graham, Jane Leusink,
William Thies, Anne Cotton, and many more in various languages, try the poetry link or just click here.
My thanks go out to fantastic
poet, performer, and musician Rozalie Hirs for selecting my work for the most
recent issue of the Vertaallab section.