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Bookslinger Update: “Everything Flows”

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9780983422884The story today comes from Everything Flows by James Greer, published by Curbside Splendor. The nineteen stories range from short and surreal to long and surreal, but all share a consistency of intent: to fracture traditional narrative tropes and reassemble the shards into coherent, if occasionally undulant and meandering forms (see: the title). Greer mixes anachronistic pseudo-history and unserious/serious digressions into pop culture, pop physics, pop philosophy and pop music (see: the title), to arrive at something both universal in scope and intensely personal, twisting language(s) into sometimes-strange shapes to devise new ways of looking at familiar things.

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Bookslinger Update: “A New Kind of Name”

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9780988480483This week’s story comes from The Desert Places by Amber Sparks and Robert Kloss, published by Curbside Splendor. The Desert Places is a pocket-sized edition of a hybrid text by Amber Sparks and Robert Kloss that explores the evolution of evil in worlds both seen and unseen and features full-color illustrations by Matt Kish. You will discover worlds you know and worlds you only think you know.

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Bookslinger Update: “Crip”

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9781933354491This weeks story comes from Las Vegas Noir, edited by Jarret Keene and Todd James Pierce and published by Akashic Books. In this chilling portrait of America’s Sin City, lady luck is just as likely to dispense cold hard cash as a cold-hearted killing. Las Vegas provides the classic sophistication and darkness necessary for a deadly noir story. Stylish, sultry, brimming with ambition and greed, the characters that populate this literary Las Vegas are pushed to the extremes of human experience. From the neon glitter of the Strip to the treacherous views of Red Rock Canyon and Boulder City, from the desperation of Naked City to the racial tensions of the Westside, no other location offers so many different avenues leading to serious trouble.

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Bookslinger Update: “The Boys of Lake Karachay”

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Today’s short story comes from Limber  by Angela Pelster, published by Sarabande Books. Pelster’s startling essay collection charts the world’s history through its trees: through roots in the ground, rings across wood, and inevitable decay. These sharp and tender essays move from her childhood in rural Canada surrounded by skinny poplar trees in her backyard to a desert in Niger, where the “Loneliest Tree in the World” once grew. A squirrel’s decomposing body below a towering maple prompts a discussion of the science of rot, as well as a metaphor for the ways in which nature programs us to consume ourselves. Beautiful, deeply thoughtful, and wholly original, Limber valiantly asks what it means to sustain life on this planet we’ve inherited.

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Bookslinger Update: “A Noise In The World”

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Today’s short story comes from The World Afloat: Miniatures  by M.A.C. Farrant, published by Talonbooks. In this stunning collection of mini observations, master of the absurd M.A.C. Farrant interrupts typical, everyday events—drinking tea, going to the doctor—with intensely surreal, laugh-out-loud moments that satisfy our collective desire for escape and renewal from the monotony of modern life. What happens when a whimsical spirit becomes captive to a middle-aged body? What does the “wrap-up dinner for the Love Your Package Workshop” look like? Can one place an ad for a “lost” mind? Can a soggy tomato salad really end a marriage? Childhood and bad parenting, sex and depravity, and love and divorce are all deftly handled in this hot flash of a book that gets straight to the heart of it all—through the rear window.

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Bookslinger Update: “Uncle Dave”

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Today’s story comes from Animals In Peril: Stories by Ryan Kenealy, published by Curbside Splendor. A long-awaited debut collection of stories from an author who knows just how to hit the heart, explores our relationships with animals, other people, and ourselves. These Midwestern stories are at times hilarious and melancholic, reflecting the best and worst of who we are through thrombotic shih tzus, decapitated skunks, and rudderless humans. Through stories that are offbeat, haunting, and gut-wrenching, Ryan Kenealy shows us how we project ourselves and our needs onto the animal kingdom.

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Bookslinger Update: “Boardwalk Elvis”

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This week’s story comes from the debut collection of strange, darkly humorous stories from author Joseph Bates, published by Curbside Splendor.

Tomorrowland offers stories full of strange attractions and uncanny conceits, a world of freakish former child stars, abused Elvis impersonators, derelict roadside attractions, apocalyptic small towns, and parallel universes where you make out with your ex. At its core, the world of  Tomorrowland is our own, though reflected off a funhouse mirror–revealing our hopes and deepest fears to comic, heartbreaking effect.

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