Reverse-Gentrification of the Literary World

Akashic Books

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Excerpt from Victims

Chapter 1 The telephone rings. There’s nothing else to do, so I answer it. Yeah? It’s L.D. He wants me to come over, but I don’t know. All we ever do is watch TV and fuck. I can watch TV at home and get myself off better than any guy. Two weeks ago, he tried […]

Excerpt from the Introduction by Dennis Cooper

This is Not an Isolated Incident An Introduction Twenty months ago, I started a blog. At the beginning, it was my stab in the dark variation on a zillion other blogs: some fiction and poetry, snapshots, a little autobiography, a little porn, lots of links to recommended sites. After a few posts, strangers started adding […]

Excerpt from The Session

What we’re after here is the truth of the situation. I’ve got it. I’m pleased to hear it. In the palm of my hands. That’s the wrong place for it. On the edge of my seat? In anticipation of . . . ? . . . . . . What? What? What are you waiting […]

Excerpt from The Lunatic

There was a road in the mountainous countryside and there was a ragged black madman dancing on it. On both sides of the road the land unfolded in waves of pastures dotted with groves and marked by the dips and hollows of dried-up gullies and streams. The surrounding fields were green and lovely to look […]

Excerpt from The Late Work of Margaret Kroftis

PA R T 2 T H E I M P O S S I B L E P E R F E C T I O N Beth: The sun passed over the house as I sipped my coffee on the back porch. We wrestled in the bedroom and I pretended that the carpet was […]

Excerpt from the Introduction by Percival Everett

Perhaps more than any American historical figure, Thomas Jefferson represents our desired belief that, at least in the past, the intellectual had a place in our political system. Of course, legends are tricky things at best, playing both sides of the truth/falsehood coin. I am bound by several influences, my education for one, my desire […]

Excerpt from The Girl with the Golden Shoes

I. They were sitting on old buckets, scaling fish beneath an almond tree, when someone pointed to the water and they all began to shout. They were hardy children who’d been raised in isolation on a crescent beach below a cliff, and had experienced many horrors—drownings, stabbings, births, and storms. But when they saw a […]

Interview with Christopher Scheer and Lakshmi Chaudhry by Raul Deznermio

I understand that the book sprang out of an article that first appeared on AlterNet.org. What made you decide to expand the article into a full book? Christopher Scheer: The article, which was a pretty simple thing—just a list of ten lies told by Bush, Rumsfeld, Powell, and Cheney about Iraq—took off on the Internet, […]