Rogue critic GLB Pym is up to his old tricks, and this time he's starting a movement. I managed to convey his manifesto to the editors at FLAPPERHOUSE, where it appears in Issue #13, out today. Ever the tireless (yet pedantic) crusader for forgotten vanguards, Pym will convert you to the cause of Italian Futurist Ennio Alata, in this his "Manifesto for Alata, Transcinematist; or Winged Imagination." Available in print or digital, tossed into this latest iteration of FLAPPERHOUSE's standard literary brew: one part surreal, one part shadowy, one part outré, and a heaping dose of provocation.
At The Literary Review, I examine a "distinctive voice in contemporary fiction" with 101 Detectives, an ambitious story collection from South-African writer Ivan Vladislavić. The eleven, decidedly postmodern stories contained in this volume show a "technical dexterity" that is well-suited for the author's perennial themes: identity, otherness, and the commodification of art amidst globalization. Yet running through these complex conceits is the hidden vein of the interpersonal - those quotidian accounts of individuals reaching out to a vast, confounding world, desperate for a toe-hold, some connection - that resonates long after the multi-layered structure of the stories has been mined of its sociopolitical implications, thereby bringing the universal home.
I managed to get my hands on an advance copy of famed (yet notoriously prickly) critic GLB Pym's latest piece of literary scholarship, and it appears in the Winter 2015 issue of FLAPPERHOUSE, out today. Here Pym introduces us to the life and work of eccentric poet, writer and translator, Sylvain Dubois - while settling a few scores along the way. The piece appears in impressive company, surrounded by wildly provocative, utterly beguiling, fiction and poetry.
Publication announcements, bookish items of note and the occasional literary musing.