All Media is Mainstream Media

The title of this post sums up everything which is to follow.

All media sources which have internet access are mainstream. Full stop. Any story which appears virally on Facebook or Twitter or Tumblr or Instagram or any of the other click-bait aggregators, even if the original outlet was created only an hour earlier, is at that moment mainstream.

Post 2016 election, much hay has been made of “fake news” and how to distinguish the real from the unreal. Without falling into the rabbit hole of implicit vs. explicit bias–which is about as useful in this context as debating free will vs. determinism–let us agree that there is news which is deliberately false in its entirety, and news which is true from a certain point of view.

The news which is deliberately false is that in which the headline serves as click-bait, ESPECIALLY when the headline in question imparts no information about the content of the story. These are headlines which are in the form of a question, or are followed by a listicle. These are headlines meant to drive traffic rather than impart information. With this filter in place approximately 75% of all social media noise can immediately be ignored. For the rest, the next filter requires a little more thought.

Deliberately false news also includes everything which falls under the category of “opinion” or “editorial”. Here we can safely dismiss everything from Fox News and Breitbart, and all right-wing hatriot hives like World Net Daily, InfoWars, The Blaze, Focus on the Family, StormFront, Red State, and so forth.

This is not to say the left-leaning news and information sites don’t have similar problems, but “the liberal media”, to the extent that it ever existed, is responsible for only a tiny fraction of all noise generated by American outlets.

Oh: Fair warning–my political sensibilities fall fairly far to the left by American standards, which by rational world standards would make me ever so slightly to the left of center on most issues.

The entirety of mainstream American political though is skewed severely to the right side of the global political spectrum. Our Democrats are, in the main, to the right of where Reagan stood when we were engaged in nuclear brinkmanship with the USSR. Our Republicans are somewhere far down a slope along which lies plutocracy, corporatocracy, neo-feudalism, Dominionism and straight up reactionary sensibilities. And the Democrats are fast on their heels. Thus the center of American political conversation is substantially to the right of center. And thus any “compromise” between political parties moves the entire local spectrum farther to the right.

All of which is to say, any American media outlet which deliberately brands itself as “conservative” can be dismissed out of hand. The output of these outlets can be ignored for the same reason that fish have no words for “water.”

With these filters in place, recognize that whatever news media remains is driven first and foremost by the profit motive, and (distantly) second by journalistic integrity. This is a subtle form of regulatory capture which has always existed, but came to prominence when the Fairness Doctrine was revoked during the Reagan presidency.

So when someone on social media posts a story which includes a headline hinting of some grand conspiracy of silence, it can be safely assumed that the originator of the underlying story or meme is simply looking for attention. Or a quick buck. Not that there is much difference between the two.

Sometime soon, I’ll discuss the difference between “media” and “journalism.”

Implicit and Explicit Boundaries

We now live, as some of the snarkier pundits would have it, it a post-truth world. Given the sorting of world views which led to the recent election results I can’t find a specific argument to counter that statement. However, I would call it incomplete. The world isn’t so much post-truth as post-narrative, or even post-objectivity.

All of the dominant narratives are collapsing under the weight of the democratization of information. No new visions of the future have yet sprung up. Or rather, too many visions of the future have sprung up, and no one or few of these has asserted itself sufficiently to allow the random disconnected threads of attention coalesce.

This is an oversimplified view of an extremely complex process which has been ongoing since the mobile phone – which is in reality a pocket computer – became the dominant means by which humans access information and communicate with each other. Free access to information untethers people from the narratives into which they were born and allows a new kind of tribalism based on common beliefs or aesthetics. A tribe need lo longer be bound to proximity in a three-dimensional or even a four-dimensional space. Family roles need no longer be predicated on blood relations.

What we are seeing now, and have been seeing for the past two decades, is the exploration of boundaries which we did not even know existed at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall. And we are discovering exactly how arbitrary were the tacit boundaries which have guided and constrained the evolution of civilizations and societies over the past ten thousand years.

On Narrative, and the Threading Thereof

Many years ago I read Interface by Neal Stephenson and J. Frederick George. It was a decent techno-thriller, most notable for being written in part by Neal Stephenson. In it was a brief passage explaining how the substrate of American politics had evolved over the years:

In the 1700s, politics was all about ideas. But Jefferson came up with all the good ideas. In the 1800s, it was all about character. But no one will ever have as much character as Lincoln and Lee. For much of the 1900s it was about charisma. But we no longer trust charisma because Hitler used it to kill Jews and JFK used it to get laid and send us to Vietnam…We are in the Age of Scrutiny. A public figure must withstand the scrutiny of the media…The President is the ultimate public figure and must stand up under ultimate scrutiny; he is like a man stretched out on a rack in the public square in some medieval shithole of a town, undergoing the rigors of the Inquisition. Like the medieval trial by ordeal, the Age of Scrutiny sneers at rational inquiry and debate, and presumes that mere oaths and protestations are deceptions and lies. The only way to discover the real truth is by the rite of the ordeal, which exposes the subject to such inhuman strain that any defect in his character will cause him to crack wide open, like a flawed diamond.

A few years after reading the book I had the good fortune to attend a signing event for Stephenson’s book Anathem. At that signing I attempted to ask him about this quote, and what he felt would be the next Age after Scrutiny. Of course I was struck dumb by fanboy nerves and couldn’t get the question out, so I never got my answer.

But, in the process of exploration and research and simply living my life here in modern America, I think I am sneaking up on an answer.

We are now in the Age of Narrative. Scrutiny became fractured fractal panopticon empowered by the extreme density of global information systems. The signal has become so ubiquitous and strong that the structure of stories breaks down under the weight of ten million self-referential and cross-connected media sources. Within this undifferentiated mass swim the billion threads of narratives, no one of any intrinsically greater value than any other. We are no longer bound to the stories into which we are born. We can choose to align ourselves to any narrative, or invent new narratives out of the pseudo-random bits of information in which we are immersed in every waking moment of our lives.

We are in the age of narrative because there is no objective overriding story by which we are compelled to live our lives. Both prediction and reminiscence have become democratized and made subjective, and if one story line proves inadequate we can easily align ourselves with another.

But thanks to the proliferation of both signal and noise, we are already nearing the end of the Age of Narrative and are seeing the first glimpses of a new tribalism, where the non-physical borders and boundaries of the last five thousand years become increasingly tenuous, and all allegiances will be by consent instead of by tradition.

And won’t that be an interesting time to be alive?

 

2016 Reading List

The 2015 reading list was so much fun that I have decided to do it again! I am making a couple of minor changes to the criteria here. First, this list will include books I have read, books I have purchased but not read, and literary journals which I purchase and/or read, all in the 2016 calendar year. With any luck I will have an even dozen from Caffeinated Press at the end of the year. Since 2016 is a leap year this may give me just enough time to reach that goal. Why not only list books I actually read? Because feck is over-rated.

Helping to fill this list are the subscriptions I have to the catalogs of independent publishers Open Letter Books, Restless Books, And Other Stories, Deep Vellum and Horse Less Press, as well as subscriptions to The Paris Review, Granta and Zyzzyva. These should get me, at minimum, 35 things to read this year. Just shy of three a month. So without further ado, here is the list.

January

  1. Zyzzyva, issue 31.3
  2. The Paris Review, issue 215
  3. Rodoreda, Mercè – War, So Much War (Open Letter Books)
  4. Anderson, Benedict – Imagined Communities
  5. Rattle, issue 50
  6. Piketty, Thomas – Capital in the Twenty-First Century
  7. Clark, PatriciaSunday Rising
  8. Harrison, JimDead Man’s Float
  9. Mecklenburg, Virginia – Modern Masters: American Abstraction at Midcentury
  10. n+1, issue 24
  11. Labbé, CarlosLoquela (Open Letter Books)
  12. Comola, Jessica – Everything We Met Changed Form & Followed the Rest (Horse Less Press)
  13. Bettis, ChristineBurnout Paradise (Horse Less Press)
  14. Burns, MeganSleepwalk With Me (Horse Less Press)
  15. Midwestern Gothic, issue 20
  16. Dunes Review, issue 19.2
  17. Mieville, ChinaThree Moments of an Explosion (Subterranean Press, signed, number 268/400)
  18. Michigan’s Voices, issue 3.2, Spring 1963
  19. The Noble Savage, issue 1, February 1960
  20. Gulf Coast, issue 20.2, Fall 2008
  21. Bamber, LindaMetropolitan Tang
  22. Wakoski, DianeArgonaut Rose (Black Sparrow Press)
  23. Meltzer, DavidNo Eyes: Lester Young (Black Sparrow Press)
  24. Kashin, OlegFardwor, Russia! (Restless Books)
  25. Velázquez, CarlosThe Cowboy Bible and Other Stories (Restless Books)
  26. Clark, Anna (ed) – A Detroit Anthology (Rust Belt Chic Press)
  27. The Tishman Review, issue 1.4
  28. Michigan Quarterly Review, issue 54.4
  29. Taylor, Jonathan Jay and Neill, FosterThe Michigan Poet
  30. O’Brien, Colleen – Spool in the Maze (New Michigan Press)
  31. Krieg, BrandonInvasives (New Rivers Press)
  32. El-Mohtar, AmalThe Honey Month (Papaveria Press, signed)
  33. Klaver, ChristianThe Adventure of the Lustrous Pearl (signed)
  34. Klaver, ChristianThe Adventure of the Innsmouth Whaler (signed)
  35. Kalver, ChristianThe Adventure of the Solitary Grave (signed)
  36. Klaver, ChristianShadows Over London (signed)
  37. McClellan, BrianServant of the Crown (signed)
  38. McClellan, BrianForsworn (signed)
  39. McClellan, BrianMurder a the Kinnen Hotel (signed)
  40. McClellan, BrianIn the Field Marshal’s Shadow (signed)
  41. Steinmetz, FerretFlex (signed)
  42. Steinmets, FerretThe Flux (signed)
  43. O’Keefe, MeganSteal the Sky (signed)
  44. Underwood, Michael R.Genrenauts: The Shootout Solution (signed)
  45. Underwood, Michael R.Genrenauts: The Absconded Ambassador (signed)
  46. Collins, Brigid – The Southern Dragon (signed)
  47. Bennett, Robert JacksonCity of Blades (signed)
  48. Olson, MelissaBoundary Crossed (signed)
  49. Toyama, KentaroGeek Heresy (signed)
  50. Duncan, Andy and Klages, Ellen – Wakulla Springs
  51. Wilson, Kai AshanteThe Devil in America
  52. Smale, AlanClash of Eagles
  53. Swanson, JayInto the Nanten (signed)
  54. Kloos, MarkoTerms of Enlistment (signed)
  55. Brown, PierceRed Rising
  56. Hurley, KameronMirror Empire (signed)
  57. Hurley, KameronGod’s War (signed)
  58. Gnarr, JonThe Pirate (Deep Vellum Publishing)
  59. The Gateway Review Issue 2.1
  60. Eastern Iowa Review, Spring/Summer 2015
  61. Tenev, GeorgiParty Headquarters (Open Letters Books)
  62. Rajaniemi, HannuCollected Fiction
  63. Dickinson, SethThe Traitor Baru Cormorant
  64. Wojtaszek, KristinaOpal (World Weaver Press, signed)
  65. Parrish, Rhonda (ed) – Scarecrow (World Weaver Press, signed)

February

  1. River Styx issue 95
  2. Granta issue 132
  3. Farooqi, Musharraf AliBetween Clay and Dust (Restless Books)
  4. Harrison, JimThe Ancient Minstrel (signed)
  5. How Do I Begin? A Hmong-American Literary Anthology (Heyday Books)
  6. Barr, TerryDon’t Date Baptists: and Other Warnings from My Alabama Mother (Red Dirt Press)
  7. Sternin, Grigori and Kirillina, Jelena – Ilya Repin
  8. Rucker, Rudy and Sterling, BruceTransreal Cyberpunk (Transreal Books)
  9. Bell, Cristalyne (ed.) Rebel Reporting: John Ross Speaks to Independent Journalists
  10. Meruane, LinaSeeing Red (Deep Vellum)
  11. Eco, UmbertoSix Walks in the Fictional Woods
  12. Granta issue 134
  13. Estes, PhilHigh Life (Horse Less Press)
  14. Olszewska, DanielaAnswering Machine (Horse Less Press)
  15. Eco, UmbertoHow to Travel with a Salmon
  16. Eco, UmbertoTravels in Hyperreality
  17. Eco, UmbertoKant and the Platypus
  18. Eco, UmbertoMisreadings
  19. Eco, UmbertoSerendipities
  20. Eco, UmbertoThe Search for the Perfect Language
  21. Leckie, AnnAncillary Justice
  22. Tomaszewski, Z.G.All Things Dusk
  23. Dillard, AnnieThe Annie Dillard Reader
  24. Hawthorne, NathanielShort Stories
  25. Melville, HermanGreat Short Works of Herman Melville
  26. Tolstoy, LeoThe Death of Ivan Illych & Other Stories
  27. Campbell, JamesThe Ghost Mountain Boys
  28. Least Heat-Moon, WilliamPrairyErth
  29. Eco, UmbertoThe Prague Cemetery
  30. Eco, UmbertoArt and Beauty in the Middle Ages

March

  1. Abani, ChrisThe Face: Cartography of the Void (Restless Books)
  2. Aw, TashThe Face: Strangers on a a Pier (Restless Books)
  3. Ozeki, RuthThe Face: A Time Code (Restless Books)
  4. Lynch, Sean – The City of Your Mind (Whirlwind Press)
  5. Whirlwind, issue 5
  6. Whirlwind, issue 6
  7. Whirlwind, issue 7
  8. Sinister, BuckyBlack Hole: A Novel (Soft Skull Press)
  9. Ali, Taha MuhammadSo What (Copper Canyon Press)
  10. Hô Xuân Huong – Spring Essence: The Poetry of Hô Xuân Huong (Copper Canyon Press)
  11. The Paris Review #216
  12. Pfeijffer, Ilja LeonardLa Superba (Deep Vellum)
  13. VanderMeer, Ann (ed.) The Bestiary (Centipede Press)
  14. Chambers, JamesThe Engines of Sacrifice (Dark Regions Press)
  15. Meikle, WilliamThe Plasm (Dark Regions Press)
  16. Pugmire, W.H. & Thomas, JeffreyEncounters with Enoch Coffin (Dark Regions Press)
  17. Sammons, Brian M & Barrass, Glynn Owen (eds.) – World War Cthulhu (Dark Regions Press)
  18. Jamneck, Lynne (ed.) – Dreams from the Witch House (Dark Regions Press)
  19. Accola, Rosie – So That Tonight I Might See (chapbook)
  20. Lake, Brandon – Something Lacking, vol. 1 (Split Filter Press, chapbook)
  21. Brace, Kristen – The Farthest Dreaming Hill (chapbook)
  22. Austin, Melissa B. – Keys (chapbook)
  23. The Bandit Zine – Issue 3, Alt Fashion and D.I.Y.
  24. The Bandit Zine – Love + Heart Break issue
  25. de Alba, CassandaHabitats (Horse Less Press)
  26. Schapira, KateHandbook for Hands That Alter as We Hold Them Out (Horse Less Press)
  27. Porter, Bill (Red Pine)Finding Them Gone (Copper Canyon Press)

April

  1. Fanning, RobertSheet Music (Three Bee Press, chapbook)
  2. Fanning, RobertAmerican Prophet (Marick Press)
  3. Zyzzyva 32.1
  4. Volodine, AntoineBardo or Not Bardo (Open Letter Books)
  5. Hirsch, EdwardA Poet’s Glossary
  6. Rich, AdrienneLater Poems
  7. Pederson, MiriamThis Brief Light (Finishing Line Press, chapbook)
  8. Ferlinghetti, LawrenceWriting Across the Landscape
  9. Custer, Nic (La©luster) – Nothing Works, Everyone Labors
  10. Secret Bully, issue 1 (chapbook)
  11. Stairs in the Middle of the Street – Creative Youth Center of Grand Rapids
  12. Under the Sun – Creative Youth Center of Grand Rapids
  13. Green a Table, Green an Elephant – Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center
  14. Pratchett, Terry and Baxter, StephenThe Long Utopia
  15. Bat-Ami, MiriamTwo Suns in the Sky
  16. Pushcart Prize VIII (1983-1984)
  17. Stoppard, TomThe Invention of Love
  18. Startling Sci-Fi (New Lit Salon Press)
  19. Haight, IanMagnolia and Lotus (White Pine Press)
  20. Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2015 (Vine Leaves Press)
  21. Topology Magazine (Spring 2016 issue)
  22. Hariharan, GithaAlmost Home (Restless Books)
  23. Tin House issue 61
  24. Rastall, Janeen, et al – Heart Radicals (ELJ Publications)
  25. Magoon, MarkThe Upper Peninsula Misses You (ELJ Publications)
  26. Hamilton, CarolUmberto Eco Lost His Gun (Pudding House Publications)
  27. Winn, HowardFour-Picture Sequence of Desire and Love (Front Street Publishers)
  28. Bridges: Poets of Dutchess and Ulster Counties (Springtown Press)
  29. Hamilton, Carol Such Deaths (Purple Flag)
  30. Cope, David – Turn the Wheel (The Humana Press)
  31. Big Scream, issue 51
  32. Big Scream, issue 54
  33. Hinrichsen, DennisSkin Music (Southern Indiana Review Press)
  34. Rappleye, GregFigured Dark (University of Arkansas Press)
  35. Atkins, PriscillaThe Cafe of Our Departure (Sibling Rivalry Press)
  36. Granta issue 135

May

  1. Villoro, JuanGod is Round (Restless Books)
  2. Zhadan, SerhiyVoroshilovgrad (Deep Vellum Publishing)
  3. Audin, MichèleOne Hundred Twenty-one Days (Deep Vellum Publishing)
  4. Neruda, PabloThen Come Back: The Lost Neruda Poems (Copper Canyon Press)
  5. Gross, TerryAll I Did Was Ask
  6. Marquez, Gabriel GarciaCollected Novellas
  7. Barker, CliveThe Scarlet Gospels
  8. Martin, George R.R. and Dozois, GardnerRogues
  9. Pratchett, TerryRaising Steam
  10. Saer, Juan JoseThe Clouds (Open Letter Books)

June

  1. Gablik, SuziConversations Before the End of Time
  2. Pavlov, KonstantinCry of a Former Dog
  3. Burrows, E.G.Man Fishing
  4. Kooser, TedLocal Wonders
  5. Tvedten, Brother BenetThe View From a Monastery
  6. Duras, MargueriteAbahn Sabana David (Open Letter Books)
  7. Beneath a Single Moon: Buddhism in Contemporary American Poetry (Shambhala Press)
  8. Conversations with Henry Miller (University Press of Mississippi)
  9. Conversations with Jorge Luis Borges (University Press of Mississippi)
  10. The Paris Review, issue 217
  11. Jodorowsky, AlejandroAlbina and the Dog-Men (Restless Books)
  12. Enjoy! (826michigan)
  13. Vigus, RebeckaRivers Edge (Lilac Publishing)
  14. Edwards, Zev LawsonThe New Punk
  15. Glaysher, FrederickThe Parliament of Poets (Earthrise Press)
  16. Clay, AnissaThe God Conception (Red Engine Press)
  17. Third Wednesday, Vol. IX, No. 2
  18. Reynolds, AlastairBeyond the Aquila Rift (Subterranean Press)
  19. Moon, Jung YoungVaseline Buddha (Deep Vellum)
  20. Laroui, FouadThe Curious Case of Dassoukine’s Trousers (Deep Vellum)

July

  1. Klougart, Josefine – One of Us Is Sleeping (Open Letter Books)
  2. Chu, Wesley – Time Siege
  3. Yoss (Gomez, Jose Miguel Sanchez) – Super Extra Grande (Restless Books)
  4. Colasacco, John – Two Teenagers (Horse Less Press)
  5. Jordan, Ahmunet Jessica – Black and Blue Prints
  6. Granta 136
  7. Boullosa, Carmen – Before (Open Letter Books)
  8. Devi, Ananda – Eve Out of Her Ruins (Open Letter Books)
  9. Lawrence, Stephon – Nervs (Horse Less Press)
  10. Miller, Frank – 300
  11. McGuane, Thomas – Gallatin Canyon
  12. Salter, James – All That Is

August

  1. Saccomanno, GuillermoGesell Dome (Open Letter Books)
  2. Poetry (July/August 2016)
  3. Gaiman, NeilThe View From the Cheap Seats
  4. Year’s Best Science Fiction #32
  5. New American Writing #34
  6. Amezcua, EloisaOn Not Screaming (Horse Less Press)
  7. De Rojas, AgustinThe Year 200 (Restless Books)
  8. Volksmode 2014 (Issue Press)
  9. Campbell, AnnaEver Your Friend (Issue Press)
  10. Curry, ErinPoems to the Sea (Issue Press)
  11. Johnson, Cathy GThank God, I Am In Love (Issue Press)
  12. Wietor, GeorgePast Lives (Issue Press)
  13. Batt, J. DanielKeaghan in the Tales of Dreamside (Story Jitsu)
  14. Genius Loci – Tales of the Spirit of Place (Ragnarok Publications)
  15. Eastern Iowa Review issue 2
  16. Vuong, OceanNight Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press)
  17. Zyzzyva #107

September

  1. Neuman, AndresHow to Travel Without Seeing (Restless Books)
  2. Stephenson, NealThe Diamond Age (Subterranean Press; signed – 292 of 500)
  3. Benford, GregoryThe Best of Gregory Benford (Subterranean Press)
  4. McCammon, RobertBlue World (Subterranean Press)
  5. Chu, Wesley The Days of Tao (Subterranean Press; signed – 321 of 1000)
  6. Kuznia, Yanni (ed.) – A Fantasy Medley II (Subterranean Press)
  7. Powers, TimDown and Out In Purgatory (Subterranean Press)
  8. Lansdale, Joe and Lansdale, KaseyThe Case of the Bleeding Wall (Subterranean Press; signed – 278 of 500)
  9. Armstrong, KelleyDriven (Subterranean Press; signed – 502 of 1000)
  10. Armstrong, KelleyForsaken (Subterranean Press; signed – 372 of 1000)
  11. Achebe, ChinuaThings Fall Apart
  12. Levy, Ariel (ed.) – The Best American Essays 2015
  13. N+1 #26
  14. Pagano, EmmanuelleTrysting (&  Other Stories)
  15. Raud, ReinThe Brother (Open Letter Books)
  16. The Paris Review #218
  17. Browne, ColinI Had an Interesting French Artist to Visit Me This Summer (Figure 1 Publishing)
  18. Yahgulanaas, Michael NicollRed – A Haida Manga
  19. Scott, WalterWendy (Koyama Press)
  20. Bell, MarcStroppy (Drawn & Quarterly Press)
  21. Bernard, Bruce (ed.) – Vincent by Himself

October

  1. Hines, JimLibriomancer
  2. Allfrey, Ellah Wakatama – Africa 39: New Writing from Africa South of the Sahara
  3. Passages: Africa (PEN America)
  4. Glossolalia Issue 2 (PEN America)
  5. Suah, BaeA Greater Music (Open Letter Books)
  6. Montes, Lara MimosaThe Somnambulist (Horse Less Press)
  7. Powell, AJGrayson Rising (Caffeinated Press)
  8. Brewed Awakenings II (Caffeinated Press)
  9. Joshi, S.T. (ed) – Black Wings V (PS Publishing)

November

  1. Fonseca, CarlosColonel Lagrimas (Restless Books)
  2. Sanchez-Andrade, ChristinaThe Winterlings (Restless Books)
  3. Spencer, CynthiaGirl Tramp (Horse Less Press)
  4. Danos, StephenMissing Slides (Horse Less Press)
  5. Okorafor, NnediThe Book of Phoenix
  6. Geiger, ArnoThe Old King In His Exile (& Other Stories)
  7. Loeb, Paul RogatThe Impossible Will Take a Little While
  8. Byatt, A.S.Babel Tower
  9. Earley, TimLinthead Stomp (Horse Less Press)
  10. Jimenez, Claudia SalazarBlood of the Dawn (Deep Vellum Publishing)
  11. Jaffe, NoemiWhat are the Blind Men Dreaming? (Deep Vellum Publishing)
  12. Rabasa, EduardoA Zero-Sum Game (Deep Vellum Publishing)
  13. Poetry magazine CCIX:2 November 2016
  14. Lehman, David (ed.) – Best American Poetry 2016
  15. Burton, Richard Francis (trans.) – Tales from the Arabian Nights
  16. Millidge, Gary SpencerAlan Moore: Storyteller
  17. Campbell, HayleyThe Art of Neil Gaiman
  18. Zaleski, Philip and Zaleski, CarolThe Fellowship
  19. Crowley, JohnThe Chemical Wedding by Christian Rosencruetz (Small Beer Press)
  20. Crowley, JohnLord Byron’s Novel
  21. Mondrup, IbenJustine (Open Letter Books)
  22. Davis, JeanSahmara
  23. Kaag, JohnAmerican Philosophy
  24. Pushkin, Alexander – Novels, Tales, Journeys: The Complete Prose of Alexander Pushkin

December

  1. Ellis, WarrenTransmetropolitan 1: Back on the Street
  2. Ellis, WarrenTransmetropolitan 2: Lust for Life
  3. Ellis, WarrenTransmetropolitan 3: Year of the Bastard
  4. Ellis, Warren – Transmetropolitan 4: The New Scum
  5. Ellis, Warren – Transmetropolitan 5: Lonely City
  6. Ellis, Warren – Transmetropolitan 6: Gouge Away
  7. Ellis, Warren – Transmetropolitan 7: Spider’s Thrash
  8. Ellis, Warren – Transmetropolitan 8: Dirge
  9. Ellis, Warren – Transmetropolitan 9: The Cure
  10. Ellis, Warren – Transmetropolitan 10: One More TIme
  11. Pratchett, TerryDiscworld Companion
  12. Zyzzyva #108
  13. Tea, MichelleBlack Wave (And Other Stories)
  14. Calvino, ItaloIf On a Winter’s Night A Traveler
  15. Calvino, Italo – Invisible Cities
  16. Hines, Jim C. – Codex Born
  17. Hines, Jim C. – Unbound
  18. Borges, Jorge LuisSelected Non-fictions
  19. Paris Review #219
  20. Eir, OddnyLand of Love and Ruins (Restless Books)
  21. Granta #137
  22. Shah, BullheSufi Lyrics
  23. Cardoso, LucioChronicle of the Murdered House (Open Letter Books)
  24. Chambers, Robert W. – The King in Yellow (Book Revivals Press)
  25. Reppion, John (ed.) – Spirits of Place (Daily Grail Publishing)
  26. Dillard, AnnieThe Abundance
  27. Marshall, TimPrisoners of Geography
  28. Marx, KarlDas Kapital
  29. Bakunin, MikhailGod and the State
  30. Kropotkin, PeterAnarchism
  31. Herman, Edward S. and Chomsky, NoamManufacturing Consent
  32. Hedges, ChrisWages of Rebellion
  33. Hedges, Chris – American Fascists
  34. Hedges, Chris and Sacco, Joe – Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt
  35. Hedges, Chris – Empire of Illusion
  36. Ismailov, HamidThe Underground (Restless Books)
  37. Goff, NicholeAluminum Necropolis (Horse Less Press)
  38. Gurton-Wachter, AnnaBlank Blank Blues (Horse Less Press)
  39. Snyder, GaryThe Great Clod
  40. Coates, Ta-NehisiBetween the World and Me
  41. Diaz, JunotThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Subscribing to Book Publishers

A list of 50 book publishers who offer subscriptions to their catalogs. This list may or may not be updated regularly. I have subscriptions to Open Letter Books, Restless Books, And Other Stories, Deep Vellum and Horse Less Press, and I love every one of them!