THE SEPTEMBER NEWS
'GOD JR.' IS BORN: Well, in the United States at least. The flood of reviews has begun, and if you're curious to read what the pundits have been saying, here's a select checklist of some publications and websites we know about that have expressed their early opinions. For up-to-the-minute reviews and articles, do the requisite google search.
*WORLDWIDE DC RELEASE DATES: Here's an updated list of forthcoming DC books around the world. For exact dates, publishers, and more info, check your local listings.
THE SLUTS SHAPESHIFT AGAIN: If you think youve seen the cover of the upcoming paperback edition of The Sluts, think again. It seems that the moody, erotic cover photograph of a flexed male ass being grabbed by some unseen dude that seen on amazon.com, in advertisements, and even on this website was mistakenly used without getting the permission of its photographer, one Mr. Brian Riley. Mr. Riley is none too happy about it. When he discovered that his image was adorning a book by DC, who is not exactly his favorite author, he threatened publisher Carroll & Graf with a lawsuit, and no amount of money could persuade him to have his precious art associated with DCs. So when The Sluts hits stores this October, its cover will sport a new, less in-your-face homoerotic, more well, see it for yourself and decide here.
DENNIS LIVES!: Regular readers of the news know all about the long promised, endlessly delayed, on again, off again, dead, alive, star-crossed CD/book project Dennis. For you newbies, Dennis includes a new novella by DC and a CD compilation of songs inspired by DCs work by an array of contemporary music superstars (Xiu Xiu, Robert Pollard, Richard Hell, et. al), all wrapped up in a special package featuring artwork by Neo-Gothic superstar Amy Sarkisian. Wed pretty much given Dennis up for dead, but word has arrived that it will finally be released some time in early 2006. Versus Press, which originated and organized the project, has resurrected itself from the dead just long enough to release the project in association with the independent publishing house AK Press. "Dennis will be sold exclusively online, and well have more details on when and where youll be able to purchase it for you soon.
HINTS FROM THE WEAKLINGS: We have some news on DCs upcoming collection of poems from Void Books (www.void-books.com). The publication date remains vague sometime in 2006 as does the exact number of copies in its limited edition. But weve learned that in addition to many new poems, DC has resurrected and remade/remodeled some early poems that didnt make the cut when he put together The Dream Police, his1994 volume of selected poems. The old/new poems in the collection include three from his 1979 book Idols Two Whores (now titled Pair), Trade, and Ad (now titled A.D.) -- and two sections of the long poem Cancer from his super early chapbook Tiger Beat, which are now a stand alone poem entitled Wishmaster and an untitled section of the title poem The Weaklings. We also have the tentative table of contents. It goes like this:Elliott Smith at 14
*I APOLOGIZE AND A YOUNG, BEAUTIFUL BLONDE GIRL HIT THE ROAD: Hot on the heels of their scandalous, sold out, critically acclaimed performances at the Festival d Avignon last month, DCs two theater collaborations with director Gisele Vienne and composer Peter Rehberg are on tour in Europe through early in 2006. For those of you in the general vicinity, mark your calendars. Check in with Gisele Viennes official website (www.g-v.fr) for further details.
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE BOWERY CORNER: Richard Hell, whose LHotB title Godlike is currently out there wowing critics and punters alike, is on the road through October reading from and signing his book virtually all over the USA. Hisofficial website has all the details. Also, dont forget to pick up Spurts: The Richard Hell Story, Rhino/Sires new CD collection of the best of Hells thirty years of recorded music. It includes Shell Be Coming for Dennis Cooper, the song Hell recorded for the aforementioned Dennis project. .. Trinie Daltons Wide Eyed, due out in late September, is already the topic of buzz and heated rhetoric on discussion groups all across the web. Shell soon be hitting the road for readings/signings on the East and West Coasts, and the details are here. .. James Greer, whose first novel Artificial Light is the LHotB title for early 2006, is a busy fellow these days. Guided by Voices: A Brief History: Twenty-One Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock n Roll, his biography of DCs all time favorite band, is due out from Grove Press this November. Plus, hes writing the screenplay for "Cleopatra, movie director Steven Soderberghs upcoming rock musical based on the life of the legendary Egyptian queen. .. Dont forget to preorder your copies of Derek McCormacks (Grab Bag) upcoming nonfiction book Christmas Days about the history of Xmas decorations and memorabilia. See last months news for the ways and means to snag this ultimate stocking stuffer. .. As for the rest of the LHotB crew, Benjamin Weissman (Headless) reports he is hard at work on his first, as-yet-untitled novel. Martha Kinney (The Fall of Heartless Horse) is polishing off a book of poems. And that expatriate devil Travis Jeppesen (Victims) has just finished his second novel Neomania.