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.



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).

Eight Days of Splendor: Day Eight

By Naomi Huffman

Apparently, Christmas (or, as we like to call it, The Day of Drunk Uncles, Gifts We Pretend to Like and Weird Glazed Ham) is eight days away. Eight! And guess how many books we're releasing this spring and summer?

That's right.

And so we bring to you: EIGHT DAYS OF SPLENDOR.  

It's like the Twelve Days of Christmas, but without the maids-a-milking and the geese-a-laying and the lords-a-leaping or whatever. Who needs all that shit? 

Anyway, each day until Christmas, we'll tell you all about one of our eight forthcoming 2014 titles and introduce you to the author. You can even purchase a Curbside Gold Membership to receive ALL EIGHT for $50! Sure, they won't arrive by Christmas, but you'll receive them as they're published throughout the year. The gift that keeps on giving, if you will. 

We know you will.


by Ryan Kenealy
July 2014

Animals in Peril

These Midwestern narratives are about our relationships with animals, including a coronary thrombatic Shih Tzu, a decapitated skunk, and a runaway roan. But the collection is mostly about the humans in these stories, experiencing the sort of pain that simultaneousely seems to reduce us to animals and separates us from them. 

Ryan Kenealy currently lives in Chicago with his wife and cat. He began his career selling novelty items at a flea market on a dirty street near Cleveland Hopkins Airport and has since worked for the circus in Chicago and sold pot roast in Japan. These stories originally appeared in Open City, Another Chicago Magazine, and Bridge, among others.

The Empty Bottle Book

By Victor David Giron

Last week, Chicagoist interviewed Curbside President Victor David Giron about our newest project: The Empy Bottle Book.

The Empty Bottle

Tentatively titled Empty Bottle Chicago - An Oral History: 20 Plus Years of Piss, Shit and Broken Urinals, the book will feature stories and interviews from musicians who've played the venue, the fans who'v watched them, and anyone else who's stepped through the doors for a drink. It will also include photos and images of old show posters. While much of the material will be solicited from band members and bartenders and bouncers, anyone with a story about the Empty Bottle can submit their own story. In fact, we encourage you to do so—the main focus of the book is to celebrate the community of talented and devoted people who have helped make the Empty Bottle Chicago's greatest venue for live music. 

"The Mad Animal of Happiness"

By Jennifer Schaefer

One year after her father's death, Jennifer Schaefer shared a touching interview with him in the Chicago Tribune's Printer's Row Preview. Ted Schaefer was a local writer and poet whose work appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Saturday Review, New Letters, and the Village Voice. He also edited for Other Voices and Story Quarterly.

Jennifer, a contributor to Curbside Splendor, also shared with us a beautiful poem her father wrote and dedicated to her when she was a child, called "The Mad Animal of Happiness."  

TMad Animal of Happiness
For Jennifer
Though sometimes we hear it, you and I,
nuzzling lids off garbage cans behind the house,
usually it dwells in our red-walled kitchen
coiled on cold mornings behind the stove. 
I bet it wears its fur in folds like a bathrobe.
Your mother in bed when I'm away has heard it
crunching the driveway gravel with its paws

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