1. Have you been dropping by The Litblog Co-op? We’re in the thick of the Summer 2006 selections: White Spirit by Paul Constante (translated by Betsy Wing), Skin by Kellie Wells and Crawl Space by Edie Meidav are being dissected and discussed, with author visits and podcasts abounding. I haven’t opened my mouth there yet, but I’m reading the final selection for Summer 2006, Michael Martone by Michael Martone, and I’ll probably have something to say about it soon.
2. Les Claypool of Primus (not to mention Oysterhead) has written a novel! It’s called South of the Pumphouse, and it’s published by Akashic Books (run by another bass guitarist, Johnny Temple, who has also published other bassists such as Richard Hell in the past). The promo page compares the book to Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea, but this excerpt makes the book sound like a Primus song, what with all the Thwaps, Ploinks and pops.
3. I’ve been into J. Robert Lennon ever since he lit up the 2005 American Short Stories collection with his awesome Eight Pieces for the Left Hand. I’m psyched to hear that Harper’s is serializing his newest novel-in-progress, Happyland, and I’m also intrigued to read (in this same GalleyCat article) that some sort of controversy involving Mattel and American Girl dolls caused W. W. Norton to cancel an earlier publication of this book. What does it all mean? I guess I’ll have to hit the newsstand to find out.
4. I snuck a hard-to-find link to TheCherryOrchard.org, my new politically-minded side-blog, onto this site last week. I’ve still barely designed the new place, and I still don’t know what I’m doing there. But I’m starting to get into the spirit, and after several false starts I’ve finally written a post I can stand linking to.