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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

My Review of Big in Japan by M. Thomas Gammarino

Somehow, someway, I managed to miss this little gem of a rock novel back in 2009, but luckily for all of us, it's still out there. The Rumpus today did me the honor of publishing my review of Big in Japan by M. Thomas Gammarino, brought lovingly to print by Chin Music Press. You might remember I chose this title as #17 on my Undisputed Top 20 Rock Novels of All Time list back in October. 

Give it a read!

Yours in laying down the law,

Art

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Stuck Outside of Phoenix the Movie Distributed!!!

It's been five years since I called Nico Holthaus to ask if he'd direct the movie version of Stuck Outside of Phoenix.
 
I'm proud to say that movie is now available everywhere fine movies are sold. Here's a run-down of places where you can find it this holiday season--or any season:

Indieflix




There are plenty of other places too.

Unfortunately, I spent a lot of time waiting on Netflix, which I found out recently only comes to fruition when the movie sells well at Amazon first. No guarantees though. I misled some of you on that. My apologies.

Please enjoy the movie at one of the outlets above. There are many pirated versions out there that might lead you straight to viral hell, so watch out. 

Thanks to all who had a hand in making the movie. Very cool, surreal, dream-come-true on my end, and now it's out there forever.

Yours in laying down the law, 

Art

Watch Stuck Outside of Phoenix the Movie.


 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

My Review of The Suicide of Claire Bishop at Colorado Review

One of the few downsides of Wordstock yesterday was I did not get a chance to meet Carmiel Banasky, whose fab The Suicide of Claire Bishop I reviewed for Colorado Review a while back. Do yourself a favor and introduce yourself to this one.

Yours in laying down the law,

Art

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

My Short Story "Tree Limb Chair" on Now Hear This

Hey, check out what happened to me.

Atim Udoffia Childers chose my short story "Tree Limb Chair" of all the stories in the world to perform at her show Now Hear This in Sacramento earlier this month. Here it is on YouTube. It's about the bonds that get formed in bands, and life, and how messy things get. What a surreal pleasure to get to hear one of your stories performed in this way, and musical accompaniment too boot! Think I'll watch it again. Thank you, Atim.

Here's the link. 

Yours in laying down the law,

Art

Watch the Book Trailer for Badge.




Buy Badge.


Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Bastard Who Last Cut My Hair

After 37 editors rejected this piece, Ian MacAllen was gracious enough to say yes, and now one of my favorite nonfiction pieces THE BASTARD WHO LAST CUT MY HAIR has a home forever at English Kills Review.

Read.

Enjoy. 

Have a sandwich.

Yours in laying down the law,

Art

Watch Stuck Outside of Phoenix the Movie.

 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Two Reviews, Six Novels You Need to Know About

I've been very busy lately reviewing books. This is because people send me books to review, so I read and review them. Anything else seems impolite.

Still, I have one rule about reviewing: If I don't like a book, I don't review it. This is partly because of the aforementioned polite thing, but there is also some logic to it. There have been about a thousand books published during the time it took me to write this sentence. If I don't like a book, I don't want you to know about it. I'd rather your bandwidth were taken up by books I'd like you to read, or at least by books that I would not not like you to read. Why would I bring a book I don't like to your attention? The current state of publishing takes care of bad reviews for us.

With that in mind, I've had a couple of reviews published online in the past week or three. First, my 2014 rock novel omnibus review was published at The Rumpus. I worked on this piece for the better part of a year. Names like D'Erasmo and Doyle are bandied about. Check it out.

Also, my review of Patrick O'Neil's Gun, Needle, Spoon came out a little while ago at Entropy.  Good stuffs.

To be clear, I do not, in these reviews, avoid stating what I don't like about these books. Any perusal of the links above will show that much. But if I'm reviewing it, there is something about it worth your attention to my mind.

That being said, feel free to judge my judging for yourself.

Yours in laying down the law,

Art

Watch Stuck Outside of Phoenix the Movie.