Bestselling Lazy Fascist author Patrick Wensink is teaching an online class over at one of our absolute favorite websites, LitReactor. The course is called Something Out Of Nothing: Using Improv to Build Plot Momentum and runs from January 10th to January 24th.
In the past few days, Patrick Wensink’s Broken Piano for President has exploded into Amazon’s Top 10 bestsellers, where it currently sits at #7. The book has received coverage from Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Telegraph, Boing Boing, Yahoo News, Business Week, Business Insider, The Huffington Post, and countless other publications. This morning, Wensink appeared on Yahoo’s Trending Now talk show. Soon, he might be in a major documentary on trademark infringements and will be speaking to law students about copyright laws. In short, the book has exploded in an unprecedented manner. It’s one of the most popular bizarro political satires in recent times — and arrived just in time for the upcoming presidential election.
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Broken Piano for President by Patrick Wensink exploded in the media early Sunday when news broke of the incredibly kind and generous cease-and-desist letter Jack Daniel’s issued over Broken Piano’s cover. It became the #1 bestselling satire at Amazon (beating out the works of Kurt Vonnegut and Catch-22) and the 6th bestseller overall. This is the highest sales rank a bizarro book has ever achieved. Let’s all raise a glass of Jack Daniel’s and give Patrick Wensink (and the great people at JD) one hell of a toast.
Here is some of the coverage the book has received so far:
Sam Pink has started a band. They are called Depressed Woman. You can listen to some of their songs and read Sam Pink’s thoughts on each song here. In a new review of The No Hellos Diet, the blog i am alt lit said this about Sam’s work: “like ‘bukowski to postal workers’ and ‘franzen to academic/overly serious/literature is god types’ sam pink speaks to the ‘service class.’”
Alison Hallett of The Portland Mercury has reported that she feels uncomfortable reading The Obese by Nick Antosca on the bus. Last Saturday, Nick Antosca signed copies of The Obese at one of my favorite bookstores, Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA. Here are two new interviews with Nick: 1) The Collagist, 2) Vol. 1 Brooklyn.
Other Lazy Fascist news of the week:
Anatomy Courses by Blake Butler and Sean Kilpatrick will be taught in a class on 21st Century Horror at Florida State University this fall. Other primary texts include The Marbled Swarm by Dennis Cooper and The Orange Eats Creeps by Grace Krilanovich.
We’re hearing that quantities of the Broken Piano for President soundtrack, which was recently released by Death Bomb Arc, is close to selling out. Thought Catalog published an essay by Wensink about his experience trying to find a publisher for Broken Piano for President. You can read it here.
Ever drank too much and forgot what happened? Don’t be embarrassed. Deshler Dean faces this problem every day of his life.
Dean is far more brilliant and productive when he’s blackout drunk. In the last few months alone, he has invented a hamburger more addictive than crystal meth, scored a six-figure record contract for his terrible art rock band, and started dating a woman he doesn’t even recognize. Worse yet, he has become entangled in the biggest war since the Allies took on Germany.
When rival fast food chains duke it out for control over Dean’s burger-inventing genius, Dean and his band mates plunge into the absurd world of corporate paranoia and greed. As the violence of the burger wars spills out onto the streets, it’s up to them to win over the hearts (and stomachs) of the American people and save the country from the equivalent of a deep-fried nuclear warhead.
With the humor of Christopher Moore and the madcap sprawl of Thomas Pynchon, Broken Piano for President is a comic masterpiece about the fast food industry, booze, and the necessity to choose happiness over work and security.
PRAISE FOR BROKEN PIANO FOR PRESIDENT:
“Like Christopher Moore on very strong acid. In Broken Piano For President, he’s created a Pynchonesque universe…A rollicking good time of a novel.”
-Greg Olear, author of FATHERMUCKER and TOTALLY KILLER
“Not only continues to break fresh Wensinkian ground, he continues to find his voice, a warped voice surely, but one uniquely his own.”
-Ben Tanzer, author of My Father’s House and You Can Make Him Like You
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