Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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.
You can find it here.
People interested in getting a copy of the novel can contact me directly or, for the time being, can still find copies at Small Press Distribution here.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
My new book, Notes from the Center on Public Policy, from The Altered Scale press, is now available for purchase online through the Publisher’s Graphics Bookstore.
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.”
Thanks to James Meetze for the cover design.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
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 Artists include:
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.
For further information about Manor House Quarterly, including a downloadable phone app, go here.
Those who download the app (which is free) can download a sample version of the latest issue (free) and have the opportunity to our purchase any of the last four issues at only $5.99.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
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 me.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
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.”
Anyone who is interested in the leading edge of contemporary short fiction should check the issue out, and purchase a subscription.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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.