FREQUENCIES: Volume 2
Essays by Sara Finnerty, Roxane Gay, Alex Jung, Aaron Shulman, Kate Zambreno
$10, ISBN 978-1-937512-08-8, 160 pages
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Niche dating sites are interesting. You can go to JDate or Christian Mingle or Black People Meet
or any number of dating websites expressly designed for birds of a feather to flock together. If
you have certain criteria, you can find people who look like you or share your faith or enjoy having
sex in furry costumes. No one is alone in their interests, not anymore.
-Roxane Gay, from her essay ‘Feel Me. See Me. Hear Me. Reach Me.’ in
It interprets the Thai formulation of sexuality as, essentially, heteroflexible. You can have
sex with any man you want! The fantasy is enough to power an industry.
-Alex Jung, from his essay 'Thailand's Great Gay Imaginarium' in
Frequencies: Volume 2 features original work by Sara Finnerty on ghosts, Roxane Gay on
issues of belonging in Black America, Alex Jung on the gay sex trade in Thailand, Aaron Shulman on a
frontier town of Guatemala, Kate Zambreno on Barbara Loden, and more to come!
Crapalachia: A Biography of a Place
by Scott McClanahan
$16, ISBN 978-1-937512-03-3, 192 pages
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"Crapalachia is the genuine article: intelligent, atmospheric, raucously funny and utterly wrenching.
McClanahan joins Daniel Woodrell and Tom Franklin as a master chronicler of backwoods rural America."
-The Washington Post
Crapalachia is a portrait of Scott McClanahan’s formative years, coming of age in rural
West Virginia, during a stretch of time where he was deeply influenced by his Grandma Ruby and Uncle
Nathan, who suffered from cerebral palsy.
Peopled by colorful characters and their quirky stories, Crapalachia interweaves oral
folklore and area history, providing an ambitious and powerful snapshot of overlooked Americana.
Beyond the artistry, there is an optimism, a genuine love for people and the past and memories.
Even more, there is a grasp to bridge the disconnect between reader and writer, for McClanahan’s
stories to bind us closer to one another.
SCOTT MCCLANAHAN is the author of Stories II
and Stories V!. His fiction has appeared in Bomb, Vice, and New York Tyrant. His novel Hill William
is forthcoming from Tyrant Books.
"McClanahan’s deep loyalty to his place and his people gives his story wings: “So now I put the dirt from
my home in my pockets and I travel. I am making the world my mountain.” And so he is."
"[Crapalachia is] a wild and inventive book, unquestionably fresh of spirit, and totally unafraid
to break formalisms to tell it like it was."
"Part memoir, part hillbilly history, part dream, McClanahan embraces humanity with all its grit, writing
tenderly of criminals and outcasts, family and the blood ties that bind us."
"A brilliant, unnerving, beautiful curse of a book that will both haunt and charmingly engage readers
for years and years and years."
-The Nervous Breakdown
"McClanahan's style is as seductive as a circuit preacher's. Crapalachia is both an homage and a
eulogy for a place where, through the sorcery of McClanahan's storytelling, we can all pull up a chair
and find ourselves at home."
-San Diego City Beat
"[Crapalachia is] McClanahan's best and most affecting work to date. McClanahan is that rare
writers'-writer, an artist whose work you'd just as easily recommend to a teenage kid as to a
-The Coffin Factory
"It is the defiance in the writing that is breathtaking, the very aliveness of this voice in the face of
all those dead: the thousands and thousands of dead miners, the dead of the Hawk’s Nest Tunnel, the dead
of the Sago Mine Disaster, the dead of the Buffalo Creek Flood, the dead of hunger, the dead of a death
by their own hands."
"A heartfelt narrative [and] homage to everyday things that are somehow extraordinary. A wonderful eulogy
to a time and a place."
"Crapalachia is an open-hearted, poetic existential exploration disguised as a southern-fried memoir.
McClanahan has staked out new literary territory and firmly planted the Crapalachian flag there.
Long may it wave."
"This punchy, inimitable book is one of the best memoirs I can remember reading, a prescient and
preposterous ode to Americana’s charms and failures with enough greasiness to stick to your bones
like homemade gravy."
-The Lit Pub
"[Crapalachia is] a remarkable and rambling personal history, a loving, laughing, eye-rolling and
affectionate portrait of a region, [McClanahan's] home, the place he’s from and therefore who he is."
-The L Magazine
"McClanahan’s frenetic account of life growing up in rural West Virginia practically seethes
with place, with empathy, with humor and violence and the boringness/incredibleness of being young."
"In this innovative 'biography,' McClanahan... chronicles the peculiarities of Appalachian life—punctuated
by mine collapses, quotidian tragedies, and recipes for chicken and gravy—and is infused with both
boundless love and the ever-present specter of death... His singular mission is to create a lasting
testament to the people he has loved and he succeeds: [Crapalachia] leaves an enduring
-Publishers Weekly (*Starred!)
"Though the book doesn’t come out until the middle of next month, I can’t wait until then to say how much
I liked Scott McClanahan’s Crapalachia. [McClanahan's] voice is wholly unaffected, and his
account manages to be both comic and unpretentiously sentimental."
-The Paris Review 'Daily'
"McClanahan through words attempts to transform memory into a record of family and friends, to somehow make
them permanently a part of his life—and all our lives... stark, beautiful writing."
The Other Side of the World
by Jay Neugeboren
$16.50, ISBN 978-0-9826848-8-7, 276 pages
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"Epic... The Other Side of the World can charm you with its grace, intelligence and scope
... [An] inventive novel.”
-Mark Athitakis, Washington Post
Charlie Eisner is a journeyman whose friend Nick convinces him to move to Singapore,
where he falls in love with the vibrant and endangered world of nearby Borneo. One night, at
a party in Nick’s Singapore apartment, Nick dies mysteriously, prompting Charlie to return to New
England, where he discovers that Seana O’Sullivan has moved in with his father, Max, a retired
professor with a beguiling and antic disposition. Seana, one of his father’s former students,
is a wildly successful and provocative writer who is equally wild and provocative in life.
Together, she and Charlie set out on a road trip, first to pay respects to Nick’s parents, and then on a
journey where “weird things happen if you make room for them.”
From the lush forests of Borneo to the mean streets of Brooklyn and the haunting towns
of coastal Maine, The Other Side of the World is a grand, episodic novel and yet another virtuoso
performance by one of America’s most revered living writers.
Jay Neugeboren is the author of sixteen books, including
two prize-winning novels (The Stolen Jew, Before My Life Began), two award-winning books of non-fiction
(Imagining Robert, Transforming Madness), and four collections of award-winning stories. He has won six
consecutive Syndicated Fiction Prizes. He lives in New York City.
"Neugeboren presents a meditation on life, love, art and family relationships that's reminiscent of the
best of John Updike.”
-Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"A successful novel of literary asides, broken families, exotic travel and Auden's "vague, quasi-mystical
experience called 'falling in love.'”
"A story of life, living, and learning, The Other Side of the World is an enticing and
literary work of fiction.”
-Midwest Book Review
"Great in scope, a thoughtful and provocative examination of relationships in all their forms.”