#AuthorFail 5: A D Jameson

Is Big Other a failure? Of course, in every way.

See the proof below from our own AD Jameson, who ever-so-mildly breaks the rules of this column (submit!: see this), by stating that he might return to his long-suffering project, detailed below.  Even so, we may root for his continued and everlasting failure on this project, can’t we? It’s the least we can do in the esprit de corps that is this collaborative blog.

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Nearly twelve years ago, at the end of the millennium, I started writing a book called “The Music Novel.” It was set in Seattle in two different time periods: 1993–4 and 1999, contrasting the heyday of the grunge movement (culminating with Kurt Cobain’s suicide) with the fin de siècle WTO protests. It was something of a statement, I suppose, on “The 1990s,” though I was much more interested in formalist experimentation: the rift in time afforded a chance to contrast different versions of the same characters. I even toyed with some silly idea of presenting the earlier time at the tops of each page, the latter period at the bottoms, with a page tear separating them. (I was playing a lot in those days with photocopiers, and had a fondness for torn and overlapped pages.)

For the next five years, I made copious notes—hundreds and hundreds of pages of plot details, character descriptions, period research, complex thematic structures. The project swelled to encompass topics as disparate as Chinese dragons, the Book of Revelations, shrinking penis disorder, and the lost kingdom of Lemuria. (It’s OK to laugh. I laugh about it now, too.) But despite my feverish note-making, what I didn’t do is any actual writing. “The Music Novel” became a book that I instead thought about in cafes, for hours on end (an imaginary novel).

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An Interview with Me at Untoward

just went up—well, Part One did, in which Matt Rowan asks me questions about my first book (Amazing Adult Fantasy), G.I. Joe, geek culture, Ota Benga, Ayn Rand, George Orwell, and bad writing habits; we also discuss Curtis White, Theodor Adorno, Viktor Shklovsky, and ninjas, among other things.

[Update: Part Two, which focuses more on my first novel, Giant Slugs, is now up.]

Amazing Adult Fantasy Release Party & Reading

I hope that those of you in the Chicagoland area can make it out to a release party and reading for my first book, Amazing Adult Fantasy:

Friday, 3 June, 7–9pm | New Wave Coffee, 3103 W. Logan Blvd. / 2557 N. Milwaukee Ave., Logan Square, Chicago | 773-489-0646

There will be readings by:

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My First Book, Amazing Adult Fantasy, Is Now Available

Cover design by Malcolm Felder.

My first book, the prose collection, Amazing Adult Fantasy, is now available. Interested parties can order it here.

Of it, others have said:

“Adam Jameson’s amazing adult fiction is alive with the life of language. Like Céline or Gertrude Stein, Jameson’s fiction works if the language  works and the language works so the work works. He restores my faith in the possibility of joy in fiction.”

— Curtis White, author of The Middle Mind and Memories of My Father Watching TV

&:

“There is a character in one of these stories called Indian Jones who ‘had his plate too full looking for priceless artifacts to have any time for toys or children.’ Not A D Jameson. He has written a book of modernday fables in which the plot and language amaze the reader on every page with wit and imagination. Jameson has managed to accomplish something not every artist has: he has grown to adulthood while retaining the spontaneity and inventiveness of a child.”

— Yuriy Tarnawsky, author of Three Blondes and Death and Like Blood in Water

Meanwhile, a few selections have appeared online:

Thank you for your time and attention!

Announcing My First Book, Amazing Adult Fantasy

Cover design by Malcolm Felder.

Please excuse this bit of self-promotion, but my first prose collection, Amazing Adult Fantasy, will be put out by Mutable Sound in early February 2011. It will be available for pre-order starting this week.

One of the pieces from the book’s second half, “Rock Albany!”, just went online at the Mutable site. Other pieces are available here:

Thank you in advance to anyone who checks it out!

My Four Favorite New Books of 2009, part 5: Other New Books That I Enjoyed in 2009

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

There are still more! Alphabetically, then…

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