The Big Other Interview #1023: Andy Devine

Several years ago a writer with whom I have been linked, Henry Mescaline, published a piece in The Iowa Review (37.3) titled “First paragraph of Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way, (Translated from the French by C. K. Scott Moncrieff), Alphabetized,” which begins like this:

a a a a a a a a a actually after all an And and and and and and and and appeared as asleep astonished at awake awaken away be be become bed been been begin between blow book book book burning but but candle candle cause channel Charles V  […]

Thus, I was delighted to discover Andy Devine’s new book from Publishing Genius, Words, a short text that take these experiments to new places.

Page 72 of Words, by Andy DevineThere is something in Devine’s whispy precision that recalls the too-little-read 99: The New Meaning, by Walter Abish, in that text’s (il)logical pursuit of its structure, and something in Devine’s maniacal production itself that recalls Abish’s much-better-known-but-hard-to-find Alphabetical Africa.

Big Other tracked down the elusive Devine, for this all-too-brief exclusive interview:

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Matt Bell at Everyday Genius

We all know that Matt Bell, Lily Hoang, Michael Kimball, and Adam Robinson are all great writers, editors, and idea people (oh, and if you don’t know, just search around for any of these writer’s work and you’ll see what I mean). This week at Everyday Genius they join forces in a project that is both brave and generous, and will most certainly result in an interesting piece of literature. Matt Bell explains HERE.

You Can Help Give Birth to ADAM ROBISON AND OTHER POEMS

Narrow House, the name of the gang who’s publishing Adam Robinson’s debut poetry collection Adam Robison and Other Poems, needs YOU to pre-order so they can get this thing printed. The portrait on the book’s cover is worth the reasonable price of admission alone:

Here’s the story from Just Sirois:

Friends,

As the economy continues to tank and personal obligations are sucking funds away from Narrow House, Lauren, Jamie, and Justin are pleading you to help us out a bit.

If you are planning on purchasing Adam Robison and Other Poems, Poems by Adam Robinson, we would greatly appreciate it if you pre-ordered it today. We just can’t afford to print the book otherwise.
Which really stinks.
We love this book and want to print it before Adam’s book tour in March.
Please spread this email far and wide. I know some of you have already preordered and we love you.
Lauren and Jamie and Justin
Pay Pal link to preorder ARAOP:

5 Books Published in 2009 that Wrecked My Brain a Little

Easter Rabbit, Joseph Young. This is an IMPORTANT book. Some reviewer predicted early in Richard Brautigan’s career that he was creating a new genre, that one day we’d read novels, poems, short stories, and “brautigans.” He was right, even if common parlance has yet to catch up. Enter the new mode of writing: ‘joe-youngs.’ These are not flash fictions. They use very few words and often have a narrative suggestion, but they are are not tightly wrought nuggets. These joe-youngs exist beyond the reader’s, and I suspect the writer’s, control. The words prod and explore the essence of a moment. Barthelme could suggest a world with a few words. Instead, Joseph Young explores a pinpoint in a page. (I keep this on my desk when I write; I’d suggest you do the same.)

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The Easter Rabbit Is Here!

From Adam Robinson:

Heya,

Tis the season to celebrate the birth of Joseph Young’s first book, Easter Rabbit.

The party is at the Hexagon, in Baltimore (1825 N Charles St) THIS SATURDAY NIGHT.
It opens at 7pm, the show starts at 8:30.
It’s free, and the book will be available at a discount.
Before the show, there is art to look at — paintings and installations specifically made for the book.
There will be very short plays and very short songs. Free champagne.
I just went to the space where it’s happening and it looks really cool. I feel certain that this is going to be a winning event. Would love to see you if you’re in or around Baltimore.

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Big Other Contributors’ News #5

Lily Hoang will be reading in New York City on Dec. 2 with Uwem Akpan & Juan Felipe Herrera for the PEN celebration, titled “Crossing Over.” The reading will be followed by a panel discussion with Norton editor Brendan Curry & NBCC President Jane Ciabattari. This is happening at Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe, 126 Crosby St., at 7pm.
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Luca Dipierro has a story in the new New York Tyrant. It’s called “How I Left Myself Out of the Grave.”

On Tuesday, December 1, the Cinecity Film Festival in Brighton, England, will screen a short from I WILL SMASH YOU, the film by Luca Dipierro & Michael Kimball, along with shorts by Stewart Copeland, Nash Edgerton and others. It’s the segment with Publishing Genius Press’ Adam Robinson. It Will Be Monumental. More info on the festival’s website.
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Kim Chinquee has a story, “Soldier,” is up at ArtVoice. Check it out HERE.
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Leni Zumas will teach a fiction workshop called “Story Lab” in Asheville, NC, starting in mid-February. Emphasis on experiments, invention, risk-taking. Writers of all stripes, camps, schools, and persuasions welcome. Details at the Great Smokies Writing Program website.