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Sam Pink’s Depressed Woman///Reading The Obese on the Bus///21st Century Horror

27 Mar

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.


No One Can Do Anything Worse To You Than You Can by Sam Pink

20 Mar

Why is it that we’re always afraid of our ankles getting grabbed by a hand coming out of the gutter? And why will our lives be completely fulfilled when we look down one day and notice we’re wearing underwear made out of a brown paper bag?

Thankfully, you don’t have to think about any of that because in his second collection of poetry, Sam Pink has done the work for you.

You will see a crowd of people in your head and the crowd will point at you and say, “Ewww.” You will hang yourself from the ceiling with a hook though your bottom jaw. You will feel at home eating your own heart off a commemorative plate featuring a picture of your corpse.

You won’t learn anything except that, “No one can do anything to you that’s worse than what you’re already thought to yourself. No one can do anything worse to you than the things you’ve already done. No one can do anything worse to you than you can.”

Click here to order No One Can Do Anything Worse To You Than You Can.

Out Now: Broken Piano for President by Patrick Wensink

1 Mar

The greatest political allegory since Animal Farm, written by the most fantastic-smelling author of our time.

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.


“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.”

“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


Click here to order Broken Piano for President!

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