Latest News - SEPTEMBER 2004
WELCOME, GOD JR.: DC reports he has finished his new novel, 'God Jr.'. Grove Press will publish the book in the fall of 2005. We here at the website are very curious about this novel, which DC has described as quite different from his other books. We asked him a few questions about 'God Jr.,' and here's a consolidation of his answers:
"It's a short novel, but it's full. You know that I'm very into compression, so the novel's much bigger than its actual length, if you understand what I mean ... I said it was rated PG-13 because there's no sex, no sexual fantasy, no violence (except in a videogame), no gay characters. But there is a lot of pot smoking. ... No, I don't think anyone could call it a 'mainstream' novel. Not at all. It might be more accessible or universal than my other novels, but it's just as experimental. ... The story is really hard to describe. It's very simple in a way, but it's so intricate that I don't know how to paraphrase it. Maybe think James Agee's 'A Death in the Family' (with a dash of Homer's 'Odyssey') crossed with the videogame 'Banjo Kazooie.'
UPDATE: 'THE SLUTS': DC's forthcoming, xxx-rated novel, forthcoming this December from Void Books will be an even scarcer item than originally thought. Due to the care and expense involved in creating the novel's elaborate, precious packaging, its print run has been reduced from 1000 copies to a mere 500. The edition will be numbered and signed by DC. Word has it that the price will be in the $40 to $50 range. So DC fans might want to get their orders in early. When the book becomes available for pre-order, you'll be the first to know. Many DC fans have written us to ask if there are plans for a larger, cheaper, paperback edition in the future. According to Void Books, that is a possibility, but no decision will be made until after the limited edition version is published.
'I APOLOGIZE' IS NOW: Don't forget the upcoming world premiere of DC's theatrical collaboration with Director Gisele Vienne and Composer Peter Rehberg. The performances are September 28 - October 2 at Subsistances in Lyon, France. See last month's news for more information and a link to buy tickets. DC will be in attendance for all performances.
DEREK MCCORMACK LIVE! Also don't forget that the awesome and divine DM, author of the newly released LHotB book 'Grab Bag' is on an East Coast reading and book signing tour this month. For dates and locales, see last month's news, or check the Akashic website for updates. Don't miss him.
DC's 'ASSASSIN' SPEAKS: All DC fans surely know about the death threats he received on the publication of 'Frisk' in 1991. Well, one of his wannabe killers is all grown up now (but apparently just as stupid). He has written a strange little defense of his actions, in the New York Times Book review, no less. Read it here.
LOS ANGELES: 'The Séance in Experimental Writing' is a two-day symposium on experimentation and the supernatural in contemporary fiction and poetry. It will take place October 29-30 at Redcat, part of the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in downtown LA. There will be readings, panels, and other events. DC is participating along with other top notch writers like Ben Marcus, Robert Gluck, Dodie Bellamy, Eileen Myles, Charles Bernstein, and many others. For more information and tickets, go here .
SPAIN: After a three plus year delay due to translation and scheduling problems, DC's 'Guia' (aka the novel 'Guide') will finally be published by Acuarela Books in early 2005.
ITALY: DC's 'All Ears' (Italian title TK) will be out in stores this November from maverick Italian publisher Playground Editions. The edition includes several new, previously unpublished works by DC. DC's 'Period' (Italian title TK) is also due this coming winter from his longtime Italian publisher, Marco Troppea.
IN BRIEF: As previously announced, the fifth book in DC's Little House on the Bowery series will be Richard Hell's novel 'Godlike.' If you're not familiar with this legendary punk pioneer and writer, he has a terrific official website (www.richardhell.com) …. The final issue of the unique and eccentric interior design magazine Nest, featuring a chapter from DC's 'God Jr.', hits newsstands this month …. DC asked us to urge you not to miss this fall's farewell tour by his all time favorite band Guided by Voices. To see if they're playing near you, check the schedule on the band's official website (www.gbv.com) …. For those who don't already know, DC has a hilarious memoir about his life as a Glam rocker in the early 70s in the anthology 'Pills, Thrills, Chills, and Heartbreak: Adventures in the First Person (Alyson Books)
DC's SEPTEMBER PLAYLIST:
Pikmin 2 (Nintendo Gamecube)
Guided by Voices HALF-SMILES OF THE DECOMPOSED
Animal Collective SUNG TONGS
AC Newman THE SLOW WONDER
Prosaics AGHAST AGAPE ep (advance copy)
Bedwetter Issue 8 (zine)
Breakfast in Denmark Issue 2 (zine)
Dodie Bellamy PINK STEAM
James Tate DREAMS OF A ROBOT DANCING BEE
Robert Altman THREE WOMEN (Criterion DVD)
Robert Bresson LANCELOT DU LAC (Criterion DVD)
John Waters A DIRTY SHAME
RESIDENT EVIL: APOCALYPSE
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