On a very cold night a few weeks ago, we celebrated Shelly Oria’s short story collection New York 1; Tel Aviv 0 and the return of our deepest, original, #1, host with the most, David “Aphex Swift” Rees at Issue Project Room. We did some remote viewing, discovered the secret to happiness, danced to the Pixies, and Slothrust performed a live set. Photos by Lopez Williams are up now! Footage to come. •
This week, FSG Originals is proud to release its very first hardcover publication. Area X is a beefy (“I don’t think the brilliance of the Corral cover is as clear until you hold the hardcover in your hands,” Jeff says), three-in-one volume of Jeff VanderMeer’s beloved Southern Reach trilogy: Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance. It’s also an appropriate capstone to the adrenaline-fueled, “rapid fire” publication of the series: twelve months, three—well, four—books, and one very intrepid author.
‘Tis the season for “visions of psychic dysfunction, inflatable lovers, worm regurgitation, cat appreciation, and Satan,” as the saying goes.
We’re very excited to usher in the holidays with a performance by SLOTHRUST—a trio whose music the press calls “heavy and raw,” “funny and fuzzy,” and “a dazzling balance of rock and blues”—at our next Originals Series, with Shelly Oria and David Rees on Tuesday, November 18th. (RSVP already!)
The Isle of Youth author Laura van den Berg interviewed Shelly Oria—whose collection New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 just came out this week—for Fiction Writers Review. It was, among other things, Shelly’s first time using Gchat.
LvdB: [“My Wife in Converse”] is written in short, impressionistic sections that come together to form a devastating whole, and some of the other stories in the collection use a similar kind of fragmentation. Does that kind of style come naturally to you?
SO: Yes, it’s what comes most naturally. Because, as I said, I follow the voice; I usually have no idea where the fuck we’re going. I’m a hitchhiker and often the driver is kind of an asshole. Or not really an asshole, just very preoccupied with someone or something that isn’t me. So if I turned to him and said, “Excuse me, would you mind telling me where we’ll be at the end of this trip?” he would likely beat me up. But if I say, “Hey, what street is that? Looks cool” then he might play along. For me, process-wise, that’s how fragmentation happens, I think.
LvdB: “I’m a hitchhiker and often the driver is kind of an asshole” is my new favorite description of process!
Ours too! Read the whole thing here . . .
Tuesday, November 18, 7:00 PM
Issue Project Room
22 Boerum Place
Space is limited! You must RSVP to attend.
New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 is on sale November 4th and has been variously described as “dazzling and daring” (Karen Russell), “acutely feelingful” (Gary Lutz) and “fresh as the brilliant shock of new paint” (Honor Moore).
No, Lebron James doesn’t have anything to do with Best American Essays 2014. But this year’s version is brought to you by Pulphead’s own John Jeremiah Sullivan. And he opens the collection with an essay of his own—republished here, on The New Yorker’s website—in which he makes the case that the earliest English-language essayist was none other than King James I. Yes, that King James, of the KJV Bible, of whom JJS writes, “We may imagine him as a stuffed robe-and-crown who gives a thumbs-up to the Authorized Version and fades into muffled bedchambers, but James was a serious man of letters. He fashioned himself so and was one, in truth.” (That’s an image above from James’ Essayes of a prentise, in the divine art of poesie, the very book that earns the King this extra claim to fame, showcasing “early shape poetry.”)