by Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon
$16, ISBN 978-1-937512-11-8, 192 pages
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"Apocalyptic and psychologically attentive. I began to read Nothing as a metaphor
for the relationship between people and the unknown. I was moved."
—Tao Lin, New York Times Book Review
"Nothing feels like the descendent of the masterful short stories of Denis Johnson’s
Jesus’ Son. [A] noteworthy debut”
Epic wildfires are snaking through the Sapphires and the Bitterroots, closing
in on the valley. The entire west is seemingly ablaze when James hitchhikes to Missoula, in search of
clues to his father’s mysterious death two decades earlier.
Ruth traded a dead-end life in Minneapolis for a dead-end life in Missoula. But in Missoula,
she’s got Bridget. “[Bridget] was gorgeous... but that wasn’t it, that didn’t quite explain it.
What explained it was the curse. The curse of the unreasonably pretty, the curse of cult leaders
and dictators. It sucked everyone to her, it consumed her, made her untouchable.”
After a local girl dies at a party, signaling the end of fun for the twentysomethings of Missoula,
James and Ruth become involved. But jealousy over Bridget quickly complicates things.
Nothing announces an assertive new voice, while also capturing the angst and
foreboding that could mark it as an even grander generational statement.
ANNE MARIE WIRTH CAUCHON
received her MFA from the University of Montana. She studies English, Cultural Studies and Comparative
Literature at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. In 2010 she received a MacDowell fellowship
for the manuscript of Nothing. It is her first novel.
"Like a movie adaptation of Daria as directed by Gregg Araki. The energy almost makes
each page glow. Though this novel starts as Bret Easton Ellis, it ends as Nick Cave
- thunderous, apocalyptic. The move into the grand and mythic separates Nothing from
the usual stuff concerning the bored and the pretty."
-Electric Literature's The Outlet
"Wirth Cauchon skillfully reveals how behind it all...lies the struggle to make sense of a
world in which incessant warfare and torture can exist side by side with 'zombie(s)
in Louis Vuitton.' Filled with foreboding from the start, Nothing is like a nightmare
in which you know you should run, but can't. [Wirth Cauchon's] luminous writing makes
[the characters] linger in the mind, just as the smell of smoke lingers long after a fire
"An edgy debut. Cauchon's characters have serrated edges... they'll get under the reader's skin."
"A brief glimpse into the chaotic angst and yearning of modern American youth culture.
Comprised of all of our favorite subjects - road trips, nihilism, tumultuous friendships
- this work is tops on our winter reading list."
-Barnes & Noble blog
"A burning mean and darkly mysterious read."
"I could tell you that Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon has written an utterly contemporary novel of our fragmented
culture, a novel that I think might be the great American novel of the selfie, brilliantly
alternating the narratives of two young travelers partying and searching and losing themselves in the
wild West — a Kerouac hitchhiker juxtaposed with the nihilistic, wanting, wandering Ruth and her toxic
friendship with her prettier best friend. But this is what I want to tell you—this is what you need to know
— Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon writes like a beast, brutal and ecstatic. You need to read this.”
FREQUENCIES: Volume 3
Essays by Antonia Crane, D. Foy, Lawrence Shainberg, and more!
$10, ISBN 978-1-937512-15-6, 142 pages
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"Chock full of the most intense, out of the box writers around...
It’s like The Believer just up and said 'fuck it.'"
"They’ve been putting out some of the smartest essays... Great looking, and a fantastic
read from cover to cover, the world needs more endeavors like this.”
[Norman Mailer] likes to say that all novelists are actors at heart. Over the years, it’s been
a useful metaphor… a reference to the voices and identities he explores at his desk, but tonight
he’s pushing it into reality. He’s an actor unqualified and the role he plays is Hemingway,
the writer whose voice he sought to emulate when he discovered it more than sixty years ago,
the writer whose suicide some forty years ago, made him realize, as if for the first time, the
immeasurable risk of the profession he had chosen.
-Lawrence Shainberg, from his essay ‘Writing on the Road’ in Frequencies: Vol.3
At once a code, an essence, an ideal, an ethic, a force, a thing, and a state, krumpness for the
krumper is in all seriousness akin to godliness, bestowed upon the krumper, or so real krumpers say,
by no less than God Himself… The youths in this scene, every last one, are so far down in the folds
of krumpness, the world of their daily existence has been subsumed to them themselves—for this brief
time, they are the world.
-D. Foy, from his essay 'This is Not a Trend: Krump and the Ko-opting of Krumpness' in
The latest installment of Frequencies follows Mailer and George Plimpton to Vienna, for a
staged reading of ‘Zelda,’ based on correspondence between Ernest Hemingway and the Fitzgeralds; D. Foy
tracks krump, from street-art to reality television; Antonia Crane on being down-and-out in San Francisco,
and Andrew Miller on white-collar doldrums.
by Jeff Jackson
$16, ISBN 978-1-937512-13-2, 182 pages
* 'MY YEAR ZERO,' AN EXCERPT IN
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(September 24, 2013)
"It’s fine work in its manic pacing and its summoning of certain cultural emblems. Present tense with
a vengeance. I hope the book finds the serious readers who are out there waiting for this
kind of fiction to hit them in the face."
"Style is pre-eminent in Jeff Jackson's eerie and enigmatic debut. The prose works like the
expressionless masks worn by killers in horror films."
-Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal
Mira Corpora is the debut novel from acclaimed playwright Jeff Jackson, an inspired,
dreamlike adventure by a distinctive new talent.
Literary and inventive, but also fast-paced and gripping, Mira Corpora charts the journey
of a young runaway. A coming-of-age story for people who hate coming-of-age stories, featuring a
colony of outcast children, teenage oracles, amusement parks haunted by gibbons, mysterious cassette
tapes, and a reclusive underground rockstar.
With astounding precision, Jackson weaves a moving tale of discovery and self-preservation
across a startling, vibrant landscape.
JEFF JACKSON holds an MFA from NYU and is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony
and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Five of his plays have been produced by the Obie Award-winning
Collapsable Giraffe company.
"What’s most compelling—and terrifying... is the originality and execution. [Mira Corpora]
has a very cinematic quality to it, like the dreamscapes of a Lynch, or, better, a strange,
filmic mash-up of Lord of the Flies, Demian, and House of Leaves, as directed by
Harmony Korine. Jackson really captures that quintessential dreamlike quality of Korine’s films in his
presentation of unfamiliar versions of familiar settings. This creates a powerful, frightening effect."
"Mira Corpora is a masterfully written debut, an often brutal coming of age tale as unsettling
as it is brilliant."
"[A] mesmerizing debut, which reads like some cross between Bruno Schulz and the backstories of random
characters from Penelope Spheeris’ 1984 film Suburbia. It’s the overarching sensibility that
also puts Mira Corpora in a unique group of books that can only be dubbed Punk Lit."
"A gutter punk Catcher in the Rye."
"Best new books of fall 2013."
-Time Out Chicago
"A ripping yarn. Jackson's short, visceral sentences fuel the novel's page-turning momentum.
But a hallucinatory quality permeates events throughout. Paintings take on extra dimensions;
music has talismanic powers; the city is as feral as the forest. In the meta-fiction tradition
of Thomas Pynchon or Stephen Wright, Jackson's story questions our assumptions and demands our
participation. Here, a novelist's "mysterious pigments" make for a non-idealized — and far more
participatory and compelling — take on the coming-of-age tale."
"Jackson’s voice is gripping. It’s refreshing to see an author craft a novel according to his own vision."
"Jackson’s ability to evoke the growing perceptions and shifting vantage of his narrator makes the
episodic quality of Mira Corpora work especially well."
-Vol. 1 Brooklyn
"Jeff Jackson is one of the most extraordinarily gifted young writers I’ve read in a very long time.
His strangely serene yet gripping, unsettling, and beautifully rendered novel Mira Corpora
has within it all the earmarks of an important new literary voice."
"Jeff Jackson is a fresh and startling voice in contemporary fiction—a hallucinatory realist whose prose
has the scary energy of rock and roll, and who writes with the assurance of a born storyteller."
"There is a scene in this arresting novel in which a group of feral teenagers experience 'a hushed air
of reverence when we confront the lurid and savage details' of a painting executed by one of their
own tribe. The reader would be well-advised to approach Mira Corpora in the same attitude.
The prose, in the spirit of Dennis Cooper and Brian Evenson, reads like dispatches from the blackness of a Bill Henson photograph. Jeff Jackson has had his vision, and it is worth a good hard look."