Eight Days of Splendor: Day Five

By Naomi Huffman

Is there anything like the holidays to remind us how much we love beautiful things? It's a time of year dedicated to decorating, to dressing up, to glamour. 

This spring, we're bringing you one of the most beautifully designed books we've ever published (designed by the ridiculously talented Zach Dodson): Tim Kinsella's novel Let Go and Go On and On.  

EIGHT DAYS OF SPLENDOR: DAY FIVE
LET GO AND GO ON AND ON

By Tim Kinsella
April 2014

Let Go and Go On and On by Tim Kinsella

 

The story of obscure actress Laurie Bird is told in a second-person narrative, blurring what little is known of her actual biography with her roles as a drifter in Two Lane Blacktop, a champion's wife in Cockfighter, and an aging rock star's Hollywood girlfriend in Annie Hall. Her story unravels in a bathtub where she commits suicide at the age of 26. Let Go And Go On And On draws on this very American story to explore our endless fascination with the Hollywood machine and the weirdness that is celebrity culture.

Tim Kinsella’s first novel The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Self-Defense was named among the Best Chicago Books of 2011 by CBS Chicago, and listed on Flavorpill’s Most Exciting New Books. Kinsella has an MFA in writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since forming in 1996, Kinsella’s band Joan of Arc and its related projects have released more than thirty records.

 

Laurie Bird’s story unravels in a bathtub where she commits suicide at the age of 26, and
Let’s Go And Go On And On draws on this very American story to explore our endless 
fascination with the Hollywood machine and the weirdness that is celebrity culture.

 


 
Wannabe - 38

By Chris Prunckle

Wannabe 38

Wannabe is a blog series by Chicago area artist Chris Prunckle documenting his trials and tribulations as a wannabe artist. Check back next week for a new posting.

Chris Prunckle is a graphic designer, illustrator and comic book artist banished to the suburbs of Chicago. Though an advertising industry minion by day, he slaves his nights away creating a mad little world.  He’s previously worked on the comics Fisted, Bonesetter, and The Scarab.  Follow him at @midjipress.

 
Eight Days of Splendor: Day Six

By Naomi Huffman

Six more days until Christmas, folks. 

Six more days of frantic holiday shoppers and horrifying renditions of Christmas music played in every public establishment and people attempting to make red and green work together and sticky-sweet holiday cocktail specials and office parties and gift exchanges and wondering who to buy gifts for and who won't notice if you don't buy them anything. 

But that means there are still six wonderful titles to tell you about! Like Lauren Becker's If I Would Leave Myself Behind. 

EIGHT DAYS OF SPLENDOR: DAY SIX
IF I WOULD LEAVE MYSELF BEHIND

by Lauren Becker
June 2014

If I Would Leave Myself Behind by Lauren Becker

 

These flash fiction stories from one of today’s emerging literary stars grasp to determine whether life can "come with fewer qualifications and be less equivocal,” a world where friendships are negotiated, love is one-sided, imagined, absent, or discovered, and where “going crazy is more subtle than you'd think."
Lauren Becker lives in Oakland, California. She has worked as an attorney, a health care policy analyst and advocate, a freelance writer, and a disability specialist. Her fiction has appeared at Tin House online, Hobart, the Los Angeles Review, Pedestal Magazine, Wigleaf, [PANK], and NANO Fiction. Her non-fiction has been featured on The Rumpus and The Nervous Breakdown. She is editor of the online literary journal, Corium Magazine.

These flash fiction stories from one of today’s emerging literary stars grasp to determine whether life can "come with fewer qualifications and be less equivocal,” a world where friendships are negotiated, love is one-sided, imagined, absent, or discovered, and where “going crazy is more subtle than you'd think."

Lauren Becker lives in Oakland, California. She has worked as an attorney, a health care policy analyst and advocate, a freelance writer, and a disability specialist.

 
MEATY featured in COSMO!

By Naomi Huffman

Curbside Splendor is so excited to announce that MEATY: ESSAYS BY SAMANTHA IRBY was chosen by COSMO as one of the Best 22 Books of the Year For Women, By Women.

Says Samantha, "WHAT."

 

Meaty by Samantha Irby

 

MEATY was one of only five nonfiction titles included on the list. Other notable choices are Her by Christa Parravani, Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner, and Allegiant by fellow Chicagoan Veronica Roth.

 

 
Eight Days of Splendor: Day Seven

By Naomi Huffman

Winter in Chicago can be a brutal beast. Let us elaborate: Have you ever been splashed with gray frozen road sludge by a bus? Have you ever fallen down your front steps because they're frozen with a nearly invisible layer of black ice? Or spent twenty minutes breathing heavily into your mailbox lock to defrost it and retrieve your paycheck? Or walked a mile to work in foot-high drifts because the bus you were riding got stuck?

We have. We love Chicago with all our hearts, but we spend most of the coldest months of the year thinking about spring, especially because of all the books we're excited to be releasing, like Marvin Tate's The Amazing Mister Orange.

 

EIGHT DAYS OF SPLENDOR: DAY 7
THE AMAZING MISTER ORANGE

by Marvin Tate
June 2013

The Amazing Mister Orange

 

In this collection, Marvin Tate Outsider writes poetry about relationships, death, sex, drugs, dogs, immortality, and Chicago. Inspired by Ainsworth Rosewell, a self-professed genius and con man who committed suicide in 1996 by jumping from the seventh floor of the Water Tower Mall, these poems explode with nontraditional humor and vibrant characters, both real and imagined.

Marvin Tate has worn many hats in his twenty-five year career: visual artist, author, educator, front man and songwriter. He has performed widely, appearing on or in National Public Radio's This American Life, Def Jam Poetry, The Heartlands in San Francisco, the Chicago Blues Festival and the Eindehoefen Museum in the Netherlands. Presently, he has collaborated (again) with longtime multi-instrumentalist and former Wilco member, LeRoy Bach, and singers Tim Kinsella and Angel Olsen for for a collection of songs called "Tim Kinsella sings the songs of Marvin Tate with LeRoy Bach and Angel Olsen" on Joyful Noise Records (2013).

 


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