October 15: launch party for The Day The Empire...
That’s right! Vincent Scotti Eirene’s book, The Day The Empire Fell, has never received a proper launch. In order to rectify this gross injustice, we are inviting all of our friends (including YOU) to celebrate the release of the second, expanded edition. The Day The Empire Fell: Expanded Edition includes the original book, his Iraq diaries (previously published as Night Flight to...
endo by John Thomas Menesini
A confession: I have been depressed lately. Not in my private life, but in those hours I spend every couple weeks or so attending events where people read their poetry aloud. Usually they’re reading to the same fifteen people that always attend these things, and often it’s the same stuff I’ve heard a dozen times before. That’s why I am excited to say that the cure for...
Mayhaps (Definitive Ultimate Collectors' Edition)...
Laura June (known by numberless aliases, including but not limited to Laura June Dxiubin and Laura June Topolsky) doesn’t back down from exploring the hard topics. In this, her first work of poetry since 1986’s “Why Am I So Ugly, and When Will I Grow Front Teeth?” Laura’s upbeat, positive nature shines through in short, pithy fragments such as “Fuck the...
From Nicole by Joseph L. Flatley
Inspired (a little) by Nicole by Morgan St. Michel and (a little more) by Roland Barthes, the author reflects on an affair through such concepts as memory, desire, and definitions. A real ice-breaker at parties, and a very quick read. Available now for $5.00: here. OUT OF PRINT
Zelda in Spandex by Kirk "Mad Dog" Cooke
One spring night in Western Pennsylvania, the usually dreamless sleep of a resentful man on the cusp of middle age is suddenly infested by a profound symbolism, inspiring him to take pen to paper. His vampish ex-wife soon appears in a red spandex dress and subsequently stalks him with the intention of obtaining a Protection From Abuse (PFA) order; he has recently filed his own lawsuit regarding...
Saturday Oct. 9: Pittsburgh Spleen
Local authors reading aloud their essays, poetry, rants, fiction… Featuring: ——- Che Elias, Daniel McCloskey, Vincent Scotti Eirene, Joseph L. Flatley, Kirk “Mad Dog” Cooke, Nate Kukulski Mark your calendars! ——- Where: Lili Coffee*Shop and Copacetic Comics // Polish Hill ——- When: October 9, 2010 // 7PM For more information, keep...
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Cyberpunk Apocalypse issue #3
The gang at the Cyberpunk Apocalypse writers coop (or is it co-op?) have another issue out, curated by Barbary Shore’s very own Joseph L. Flatley (Lenny) and we have to say that it’s outta sight! Also on board for this issue are Matt Stroud, Jesse Hicks, the eXiled’s Yasha Levine and more! Check out: http://cyberpunkapocalypse.com/
Barbary Shore authors conspire with Original...
Original Falcon has just released an interview with the late Christopher Hyatt, PhD and — believe it or not — Barbary Shore had a crucial role in the process! You see, Jesse Hicks (editor and author of several articles in the Deek magazine anthology The Final Incident) interviewed the late doctor for an article that was never released. After years of hectoring Jesse gave me a copy,...
Happy Birthday, Norman: you're still the champ
My introduction to Norman Mailer was The Time of Our Time, the anthology of his work published on the fiftieth anniversary of his first book, The Naked and The Dead. Time was like one of the old Audubon bird books, a full color catalog of one man’s ecosystem. This guy rough handled the 20th century much in the same way Didion did, except at the end of the day no one really wants to have a beer...
Which way to the Barbary Shore?
Paceless, tasteless, graceless… marooned on a point of no intellectual return. (From the TIME Magazine review of Norman Mailer’s Barbary Shore.) Barbary Shore is a term that refers to the seamy side of town, the areas that are somewhat edgy, somewhat dangerous — still somewhat interesting, for that matter. The places where you find the marginalized, the thrill seekers, the...