THE (MID) JULY NEWS
BREAKING NEWS: DENNIS COOPER, THE EXPATRIAT?: As readers of DCs blog already know, our favorite author is on his way to France for what could be lengthy stay. To learn the nitty-gritty, see his blog. But before your eyes go all misty from the romanticism of it all, let us assure you this is not a happy occasion for DC. Count him among the victims of the evil-doing, rights-stripping, maniacal Bush administration and their policies against most of the rest of the world. See, DCs boyfriend, who happens to be a Russian citizen, has been denied a visa to enter the USA, so DC has to go to France to be with his true love until such time as they can find a way to get his boyfriend an American visa and finally be united in his home country. If you want to follow the progress of this sad turn of events, DC will be posting the blow-by-blow on his blog. We here at the website send him our profound sympathies and our hopes that everything works out well for him. Oh, and to the small-minded idiots running the United States these days, we send you a big Australian fuck off.
GOD JR. DROPS: DCs latest and greatest novel yet officially hits real world and online stores on August 15th But you eager beavers out there should know that books usually hit bookstore shelves a few weeks before their official publication dates. So around about the end of July, you might start checking your favorite local outlets for copies. Meanwhile the buzz among early readers is clearly leaning toward the ecstatic. Its a little too early for actual reviews to appear, although we did find this one from the widely syndicated book review column Book Marks:
God Jr., by Dennis Cooper. Grove/Atlantic, 144 pages, $12 paper. The teen in this spare and startling new novel isn't a flayed skaterboy dancing on the razor's edge of sex and death, the kind of kid familiar from Cooper's earlier fiction. Tommy, the boy here, is dead as the story starts - killed in a car accident after toking with his depressed and addlepated dad, Jim, who drove them into a telephone pole while stoned. Now Jim is alienating his co-workers and his marriage is falling apart, all because of his obsession with building a memorial based on a series of sketches discovered in his son's notebooks. What he doesn't know, at first, is that Tommy plagiarized the drawings from a popular video game. When he learns this, he turns to playing the game obsessively - and Cooper's nuanced novel about overdone grief and guilt turns, seamlessly and with irony intact, into a trippy and mystical tale about seeking understanding and searching for redemption. God Jr. is a delicious departure for the author of Closer, Wrong, and other writing not as edgy, sexually, but just as thrilling, literarily.
Also look for long feature articles/essays on God Jr., The Sluts, and DCs older novels in the next issue of Dave Eggars trend setting literary magazine McSweeneys (http://www.mcsweeneys.net/) and Salon (www.salon.com), as well as for more reviews and articles soon to be appearing all over the place. Next month well give you a rundown and links to some of the earliest and most pertinent. Also look for our slightly delayed but very soon to launch God Jr. themed homepage revamp.
SO THATS WHO YOU ARE, PART 1: Thanks for taking this months mini-poll. Now we know where you live. Hm, very interesting. So theres no one out there in Latin/South America or Africa? Well have to see what we can do about that. This months mini-poll hones in a little closer on your identities, so please take a minute to hit the link and punch in your answers. For now, here are your locales:
United States or Canada (47%)
United Kingdom (13%)
Eastern Europe (4%)
Mexico/Central or South America (0%)
MEET AND GREET: If you havent checked out our new DC Message Board (http://groups.myspace.com/denniscooper) yet, hit the link and start perusing. Better still, take a second to join myspace.com for free and start weighing in. The Board is having a real population explosion, and DC fans turn out to be quite a cool looking and intelligent bunch. No surprise, right? Maybe youll meet your soul mate or life partner or some valuable new acquaintance there. By the way, the wonderful guy who runs the message board is Garrison Turner (not Taylor as we mistakenly said last month). Our apologies.
THE DENNIS COOPER CONFERENCE HITS TEMPORARY SNAG: The conference and festival celebrating Dennis Coopers work in Cork, Ireland, which was originally scheduled to take place this September at the Granary Theater (http://www.granary.ie/about_granary.htm), has been delayed until the spring of 2006 due to a combination of the grand scale of the conference and too little time for the organizers to raise enough funding to support whats turning out to be quite a lavish and ambitious event. The organizers have reassured us that the event is a definite and the new dates and other information will be announced in the near future. Of course youll know all about it before anyone else. Watch this space.
WARM IS STILL HOT: Contrary to earlier reports in this news column, the independent feature film Warm, written by DC for the filmmaker/video director/photographer Carter Smith (http://www.metroflix.com/index2.html) is not dead after all. Warm. which DC has described as a pornographic cliffhanger with soap operatic characteristics, was written by DC from a commission by Smith seven years ago. Originally scheduled to be filmed at the end of the 90s, Smith put the project on the back burner to direct Three Days, his documentary on the band Janes Addiction, and his forthcoming feature film Love Rome. Now it seems hes ready to tackle this more controversial project, and preparations are finally underway to bring Warm to the screen. Well try to keep you informed on the latest.
MUCHO DC IN THE WORKS: Dont forget that this fall brings two major DC-related books. First, the more widely available and affordable version of his notorious novel The Sluts will be published this October by Carroll & Graf.Preorder it now. Secondly, Enter at Your Own Risk: The Dangerous Art of Dennis Cooper, editor Leora Levs collection of essays on DCs work by the likes of William Burroughs, John Waters, Michael Cunningham, and many others, is due out in November from Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. Finally, we can confirm that Void Books (www.void-books.com) will be publishing a limited edition, letter-press, full length book of new poetry by DC. Titled The Weaklings, and featuring illustrations by New York artist Jarrod Anderson, the book will appear sometime in 2006. Well have the publication date and more details for you as they appear.
THE LITTLE HOUSE ON THE BOWERY MINUTE: Living legend Richard Hells new novel Godlike (LHotB book #5) is in stores now and Hell is crossing the US on his summer/fall reading tour as we speak.Check here for all the info on the book, Hells tour dates, and related scoop. Reviews of Godlike are pouring in, so keep an eye on your favorite newspapers, mags, and websites. Heres a good one we found on Pop Matters. .. If youve read either of Derek McCormacks recent masterpiece-ettes Grab Bag (LHotB book #3) or Haunted Hillbilly (Soft Skull Press), youre probably as excited as we are about his elaborately designed, years-in-the making nonfiction book on the secret history of Christmas. Titled Christmas Days, and featuring Advent calendar-like packaging by noted illustrator Seth, the book is due this November from House of Anansi Press. You can read all about it and pre-order your copy here.