I recently reviewed MP Johnson’s bizarro lit novel, The After-Life Story of Pork Knuckles Malone, a touching tale about a boy who runs away to Green Bay, WI with his favorite pig, Pork Knuckles Malone. I had the privilege of seeing MP Johnson perform live at CONvergence in Bloomington, MN. He read an excerpt of his novel as well as his short, “Berserkoids are here!” We talked about the bizarro genre, pork products from Aldi, and why Lloyd Kaufman hasn’t called.
Over at NYJB, I review the March on Washington, about a lesser known leader of the Civil Rights movement, A. Philip Randolph.
Richard Melo is the author of the new novel, Happy Talk, about gun-toting nursing students and farcical nation-building efforts in Haiti. We discuss nation-building, literary form, and the publishing website Red Lemonade.
At the New York Journal of Books, I review On the Noodle Road, by Jen Lin-Liu, which is “. . . a fascinating exploration of some lesser-known corners of the Asian continent and a portrait of a marriage under extreme circumstances . . .”
This week I review the underground gay classic about hustlers and their world, John Rechy’s City of Night.
Peter Anderson is the author of Wheatyard which I reviewed at CCLaP. In this interview, we discuss favorite authors, the autobiographical elements of Wheatyard, and the challenges and rewards of being a writer with a corporate job.
This week Karl Wolff reviews “The Book of Times,” by Lesley Alderman, a fun and informative look at how we use time in everything from household chores to gadget longevity to digestion time.
Today at CCLaP: Mark Hodder, master of steampunk, uncorks a ripping yarn full of airships, occultism, murder, and abduction in his latest installment of the Burton and Swinburne Adventures series, “The Secret of Abdu el Yezdi.”
Written in spare skeletal prose, Controlled Hallucinations paints surrealistic scenes for the reader by means of suggestion and inference.
This week Karl Wolff reviews Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke’s book, “The Federal Reserve and the Financial Crisis,” a collection of lectures he had at George Washington University, where he talks about the history of the Fed and its missteps in dealing with the Great Recession.