In Steve Erickson’s Tours of the Black Clock, history is ripped open by writer-protagonist Banning Jainlight who alters the regular course of time in his role as personal erotica-writer to Der Fuhrer by capturing the specular image of Hitler’s then-dead love obsession and niece Geli Raubal.
Anna Kavan's Ice is a dystopian sci-fi piece that has a darker commentary underpinning it about the hegemony of female-male relationships.
Lookout Cartridge by Joseph McElroy, like a cartridge itself, can only be deciphered for the screen behind our eyes once it has been inserted into our mechanistic, computer-brain to decode and process. The complexity and unique style of its prose, and how it "processes" layers of images will provide the reader with a steep challenge that rewards diligence with evocative scenes and a masterful use of language that mirrors cognition in ways before unimagined.
Robert Coover's sardonic and biting satire cuts to the heart of Americanism. Whether it's the horrors of McCarthyism, Nixon's general sliminess, or extrapolating the past into today's current climate with Trump, The Public Burning is an essential read for the politically motivated individual.
Drenched in Erickson's iconic, crepuscular prose, the dystopic vision he paints is rendered into subtle beauty where metaphor is the guiding principal for understanding everything.
Because of his piercing perception and futuristic thinking, PKD's relevance continues to swell as the years go on. We need more writers today like him.
In The Familiar, Volume Five: Redwood, MZD delivers one of the most direct, action-thrust entries so far in the living novel. Spanning the course of less than 24 hours, the first half of the book adopts the Rashomon technique of story-telling, letting several overlapping characters fill in the hazy spots of the surreal and supernatural events unfurling.
In Pynchonian light, Kim is a rocket man but Trump is the rocket man on Viagra. In Gravity’s Rainbow, rockets are compared with towers such as the Tower of Babel, constructs of pride and greed. Trump is the builder of towers, those structures in the sky that have his name blazoned on them. Trump’s association of himself with his buildings as giant phalluses is no accident, for he identifies power in sexual terms. He is the male master whose wake is filled with subjugated women.
If you you're attracted to Greece and Athens, LeClair paints the life of the Greeks in a unique, non-Romanticized way that the West rarely sees, giving great insight into the culture and its tics. The book has prescience, too, into not only the Greek economic woes we've seen in the past decade, but the true threats of global warming, especially to a place like Greece so reliant on its booming tourism business--what happens when the beaches are gone?
The Familiar is a singular literary moment in the making that I am not so sure is getting the attention it deserves, so I’ll use my tiny little voice on this remote corner of the internet to profess to you its power. Before I speak directly about Volume 1: One Rainy Day in May, I’ll mention a bit about the series as a whole: I’ve said in other reviews of Vols. 3 & 4 (found on Goodreads) that The Familiar isn’t just a novel in serial, but the development of a whole mythology on par with the classics, codified in our unique 21st century world.
One problem with writing about Gravity's Rainbow is that a seminal book such as this has been written about endlessly for the past 44 years. I'm left only with my ability to articulate why challenging fiction is necessary and why it needs to be pursued if, as a civilization, we're to maintain our humanity.
I'm pretty interested lately in the intersection of genre and literary fiction because there's a burgeoning space for it. Literary writers giving great treatment to genre tropes, images, aesthetics, themes, motifs--the work of China Miévilleand Mark Z Danielewski's The Familiar series would be the best examples of contemporary writers doing it now. There's a rich history of it, and genre can be great and informative when done beautifully.
We're excited to announce the details of our release party for Daniel S. Jones's An Accidental Profession. The event will be held at the Northside Yacht Club (4231 Spring Grove Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223) on Friday, June 16th at 7:00 PM. See our Facebook invite and RSVP.
Jones will be reading a selection from the novel as well as signing copies of the book, which will be available for purchase all evening.
We will also be providing hors d'oeuvres for the event (meat and vegetarian options available). Northside Yacht Club will be creating a themed cocktail for the event--more details to come on that.
Friends in Cincinnati, Ohio will be delighted to know that they can now purchase copies of An Accidental Profession at Shake It Records in Northside. We're currently working on finding a home for the book at more locations throughout the city as well as more places online for you to purchase An Accidental Profession. We'll have more news soon, too, about our release event featuring a reading and signing by Daniel S. Jones.
If you're unfamiliar with this site, you may be wondering a whole host of things: Where am I? What is Waxing Press? What is An Accidental Profession? Why should I read this book? I write books, should I submit my book to Waxing Press? So, to answer most of those questions, I'd like to answer a bigger one: why did we choose An Accidental Profession to inaugurate Waxing Press and set us out into this world? It's an easy one.
Our first title, An Accidental Profession by Daniel S. Jones will be available for pre-order in a matter of days. Please check back soon or sign up to our mailing list using the form to the the right to be notified when it becomes available. In addition to being able to purchase print and digital editions of the book we'll also have some Waxing Press merchandise available through this site as well. If you prefer to use Amazon directly to order digital books on your Kindle-enabled device, An Accidental Profession as a digital book will be available to purchase on Amazon, but please note, the digital edition purchased through our site will have formats compatible with all eReader devices including Kindle. You can read more about it in our FAQs section.
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