Chat on a Hot Tin Roof

Things are really heating up and the  August issue of LE SCAT NOIR has arrived just in the nick of time. #226 has an all-star international cast of cool characters, hot fiction, art, poetry, and news you won’t find anywhere else.  Featuring Alphonse Allais, Mark Axelrod, Suzanne Burns,  Michael Cina, John Diamond-Nigh, Ian DooleyRose Knapp, Terri Lloyd, Amit NayakFrank Pulaski, Doug Rice, Paul Rosheim, Jason E. Rolfe, Gail Schneider, Doug SkinnerDominic Viti, Tom Whalen, and Carla M. Wilson.

As always the new issue is free and you can download  a copy at this LINK.

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Cheers!

 

STAND AND SALUTE!

What happens when you combine patriotism and ‘pataphysics (the science of imaginary solutions)? That’s right, you get a big BANG and fireworks — all packed inside the new
LE SCAT NOIR.  

The July issue features incendiary works by Alain Arias-Misson, Paulo Brito, Norman Conquest, Mitchell Eva, Eckhard Gerdes, Harold JaffeAlfred Jarry, Richard Kostelanetz, Terri Lloyd, Frank PulaskiJason E. Rolfe, Paul RosheimMercie Pedro e Silva, and Doug Skinner

#225 marks the first interactive edition with “live” links and an EXCLUSIVE screen-video of Alfred Jarry’s resurrection!  

As always, it’s free to read online or download to your device, so stand and salute! Then  CLICK HERE.

Sucker Punch Gala in NYC

(photo by Karina Tarnawsky)

If you were in NYC on June 15th and missed the BLACK SCAT SUCKER PUNCH bout between high lit  heavyweight champs Yuriy Tarnawsky (seated)) and Alain Arias-Mission —shame on you! You missed a bloody good reading.

The Emily Harvey Foundation. provided ringside seats,  booze & noisemakers  to an unruly crowd of fans. Tarnawsky threw wicked upper-cuts from his classic collection of “short shrift fictions,” CROCODILE SMILES, while Arias-Misson responded with  a blazing left hook from his new novel THE DETECTIVE WHO DIDN’T HAVE A CLUE.

Fortunately all is not lost, as both books are available on Amazon and just a click away.

 

 

Gone Missing

The following 55 Black Scat titles are no longer in print. This explains why some links in old blog posts take you to an order page that no longer exists. All available titles can be found on our web site. www.blackscatbooks.net

OUT OF PRINT

HOW I BECAME AN IDIOT BY FRANCISQUE SARCEY. Allais
CAPTAIN CAP. Volumes I-IV. Allais
PISSOIRS, BIDETS, CRAPPERS & THRONES. Auvray
WASTED ENERGIES, BAFFLED THOUGHTS. Bacon
MUD BATH. Bealy
CONTEMPORARY ART FOR RICH KIDS. Bianchessi
THE FACETIAE EROTICA OF POGGIO. Bracciolini
A CAMI SAMPLER. Cami
COLD IN THE BRAIN. Carolino
FANNY HILL. Cleland
A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO ART DECONSTRUCTION. Conquest
THE NEGLECTED WORKS OF NORMAN CONQUEST. Conquest
SNOWDROP IN AFRICA. Conquest
DON’T WORRY, IT’S NOT ABOUT HATS. Conquest
REAR WINDOWS. Conquest
BURN THIS BOOK. Conquest
BLINK: VISUAL ANTIPHONIES. Debut
THE TWO LOVES OF NUNNY. Debut
MINCE. Doove
IF YOU DON’T READ THIS THE TERRORISTS WILL WIN. Forsythe
‘S A BIRD. Gerdes
THE SUGAR NUMBERS. Hamilton
THE OTHER SIDE. Hibbard
CONSIDERATIONS ON THE DEATH AND BURIAL OF TRISTAN TZARA. Isou
KIRGHIZ STEPPES: ACCUMULATED VERBO-VISUALS. Kasper
WHITE FIRE & OTHER TALES. Kmoch
THE WORKS & LIFE OF KOSTY RICHARDS. Kostelanetz
THE BEST OF THE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUES. Leigh
IT’S FUN TO BE RICH IN AMERICA. Leigh
THE LITTLE RED BOOK OF COMMIE PORN. Lloyd
KATE MOSS & OTHER HEROINES. Memi
SHATTERED RAINBOW. Mori
MOO NUDES. Mori
EMBRYO WORLD. Nations
NICKLE NOIR. Nickle
THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SADE. Pell
DOKTOR BEY’S SUICIDE GUIDEBOOK. Pell
SCAR MIRROR. Pell
SURREALIST TEXTS. Prassinos
WOMEN THAT DON’T EXIST. Pulaski
AN EROTICS OF SEEING. Rice
AN INCONVENIENT CORPSE. Rolfe
FISHSLICES. Rosheim
HOROSCRAPES. Skinner
WALLOOMSAC: A WEEK ON THE RIVER. Slavitt
HOT HEART OF BOAR & OTHER TASTES. Southern
MERDE À LA BELLE ÉPOQUE. Various
OULIPO PORNOBONGO (volumes 1-3). Various
TRUE CRIME: The People vs. Rrose Sélavy. Waldmann
THE DERANGEMENT OF JULES TORQUEMAL. Wexelblatt
DOLL WITH CHILI PEPPER, Whalen
HOTEL ORTOLAN. Whalen
SELECTED POEMS. Wood

 

“THAT REGRETTABLE WEEKEND”

Black Scat author and translator Doug Skinner has just released his new album—THAT REGRETTABLE WEEKEND—featuring 21 songs that will make you laugh, cry in your beer, feel  nostalgic for old New York and those better (some might say bitter) days that never existed. Golden vocals with traces of dark humor and a haunting uke conspire to lull one down a slippery slope.

Take a listen to the title cut:

You can purchase the full digital album for only $9, or nab your favorite tracks for a buck.

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Watch for THE DOUG SKINNER SONGBOOK coming later this year.

CHEER UP — IT’S FREE!

The June Gloom issue of LE SCAT NOIR is now available for download. We won’t bother mentioning that  it’s free because  you  already know that. #224 features an international roster of artists and writers, including Alphonse Allais, Adrienne Auvray, Mark Axelrod, Paulo Brito, Norman Conquest, Farewell Debut, Félix Fénéon, Pippa Anais Gaubert, Eckhard Gerdes, Thomas Gresham, Adao Iturrusgarai, Jim Johnson, Rick Krieger, Terri Lloyd, Jim McMenamin, Andy O’Clancy, Frank Pulaski, Jason E. Rolfe, Paul Rosheim, Marina Rubin, Doug Skinner, and Rebecka Skog.

“THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD”

An in-depth review of the novel HERE LIES MEMORY by Doug Rice appears in the current issue of AMERICAN BOOK REVIEW.

Here is an except:

THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD by tara stillions whitehead

“A photograph never remains innocent. Just like a mirror is never innocent.” —Doug Rice

Those in search of a Faulknerian novel set in Pittsburgh will find themselves easily absorbed by Doug Rice’s lyrical meditation, Here Lies Memory, a book that skillfully braids myriad existential themes to form a multi-tiered narrative suspended between forms. From the relationship between identity and place to the speciousness of sight and words, Rice investigates how simulated realities and gentrification’s continued oppression of already marginalized groups—minorities, the indigent, the addicted, and the psychologically afflicted—distort collective memory and perpetuate dominant culture’s legacy of violent hegemony within the social narrative. Parallel narratives and succulent prose convey this tall order of emotionally charged themes and do so with a sophisticated understanding of narrative balance.

Readers are first introduced to Elgin, an African-American Vietnam War vet and widower whose despair over witnessing the continued gentrification and ultimate disappearing of his neighborhood and its history leads him to will himself into blindness. As with many of the characters in Rice’s book, Elgin seeks self-preservation, and blindness is his only means of doing so. “Going blind,” Rice writes, “saved Elgin from the oblivion being created by a world that was too full of things to see. It stopped him from losing what remained of the world that was worth saving…The old neighborhoods were becoming invisible. Renaissance this, renaissance that. Call it what you want, to Elgin it was stealing stories. Memories were dying. Outside, in the world of the seeing, the past was being erased more and more. All that was true was being forgotten.” Disappearing neighborhoods are not the only things at risk of being lost in a world with little regard for the past; Elgin’s memories of his beloved and deceased Thuy, the Vietnamese woman Elgin brought home from the war and married, are equally at risk. And Elgin and Thuy’s teenage grandson Johnny is, for Elgin, the greatest potential threat to her and the family’s eventual disappearance.

The bulk of Elgin’s story involves persistent attempts at making Johnny conscious of his naïveté and complicit ambivalence, and through these encounters, Rice’s commentary regarding the labor involved in creating dialogue between generations becomes apparent. Through sightless Elgin, we also see the importance of the oral tradition of storytelling in keeping blood memories alive. “Your story,” he tells Johnny, “began before you ever began. Before your mother cried her first tear. Before I kissed your grandmother. Before. That’s when words begin making you. In the before.” The before is Elgin’s father, Clarence, whose vitriol regarding the loss of his first love is, according to Elgin, an important part of who Johnny will become. One has to ask, though, is Rice arguing that aspects of one’s history are beyond escaping? Are we forever prisoner to our blood memory? Johnny’s quest to find his great-grandfather’s ghost and, presumably, confront the despair he would rather ignore, is a journey towards knowing the answer; in the end, Johnny’s passive observation of the spectral image of Clarence’s riverside mourning leaves no concrete resolution. Arguably, the final moments of the book foreshadow Johnny’s likely lapse into the same self-preservation that eventually takes Elgin, and Johnny’s surrender to storytelling as the answer to the things we do not know and therefore fear unsettles an otherwise staunch argument about the importance of increased visibility among the marginalized.

Rice explores place and memory simultaneously, removing them from the abstract via analogy: The city of Pittsburgh is as much a physical place—made of words—as it is an amalgamation of memory, or that of touch. Additionally, Rice explores experience and the human condition as something of a script, or a text that is rewritten and storied by the individual and culture. The problem with revision is the lack of consensus. Tenderness for one is violence for another; the simulated is…

-from American Book Review, Volume 38, Number 2,

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HERE LIES MEMORY is available worldwide on Amazon.

SUMMERTIME CRIME WAVE

Staring hard, the Sergeant was convinced that he could indeed perceive a faint rounded pattern. He stepped back and stared at the Inspector with undisguised awe, “My god sir! You are right! And what use can we make of that?”

“Ah, nothing at this moment, my dear fellow,” and the visibly pleased Inspector waved a hand airily, “but there has been a murder and there has been a victim, so for future reference, who knows!”

Don’t be deceived by the Wodehousian style, gory, third-sex serial murders and a breath-taking third-sex romance await you in this hilarious new novel by Alain Arias-Misson.  Meet a baffled detective trapped  inside a startling  screwball plot, in which straight sex meets third sex!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR COPY ON AMAZON

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alain Arias-Misson was born in Brussels, grew up from age four in New York, Greek Literature and philosophy at Harvard, led a nomadic life throughout Europe, North Africa and New York. Lives in Paris and Venice. This is his tenth novel. In Europe he is known for his Public Poems in a dozen cities, and also New York and L.A., as well as his experimental poetry which has been shown in hundreds of galleries and museums around the world.

OTHER SUBLIME BOOKS BY ARIAS-MISSON

Autobiography of a Character from Fiction

Comic Book: A Novel  

Tintin Meets the Dragon Queen in The Return of the Maya to Manhattan

The Man Who Walked On Air & Other Tales Of Innocence

 

 

Anthology – Call for Submissions

LENGTH: 500 – 10,000 words

RIGHTS: First Rights

REPORTING TIME: Two weeks

DEADLINE: AUGUST 31st, 2017

Manuscripts  should  be submitted as attachments in Word or PDF format. Send to newurge (at) iCloud (dot) com.  Please include the word “NU anthology” in the subject line and make sure your name and email address are included in the manuscript.