Yr Boy Finally Got Into Yale!

Well, sort of.

Here’s an exciting announcement from your friend and mine, Bill Roberts — the madman behind Bottle of Smoke Press — whose archives have just been acquired by The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University.

What that means around McCreesh HQ is that there will be super-snazzy hardcover copies of (at minimum) the following titles, maintained in perpetuity ‘til the sun (or some such) takes it all away:

MARCHING
ATHENAEUM
SUNLIGHT (for OA Press)
THIRST (for Artistically Declined Press)
CHINESE GUCCI (for DrunkSkull Books)

Plus any issues of BOTTLE I was in, along with some broadsides, correspondence between Bill & I, and possibly an unpublished old manuscript.

Apologies for the click-baity misdirection…I’m just super-jazzed to be part of the whole enchilada. Since 2002, BoSP has been putting out really gorgeous books by heavyweights and newcomers alike, a proud body of work that can soon be researched.

Viva la small press!




GUCCI Goings-On at the HQ…

Mind Blown!

Mind Blown!

The HQ is buzzing because books are being packed up and will soon be sent out. The hardbacks need one final piece of design, then they too will be in the wind. Many thank yous to those who’ve bought special editions — you know you make me feel good, don’t cha? A paltry few copies of the mini-collage trade paperback remain, otherwise I’ll soon have standard editions available at the STORE, and you can find e-book editions at both Smashwords and Kindle, and print copies from the mega-giant you-know-where (who doesn’t need any extra help from me).

The Next Best Book Club put Chinese Gucci through the Page 69 Test, the results of which can be read HERE

Also, HYPERTEXT Magazine was nice enough to ask me “WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO MAKE YOUR PROTAGONIST SO ABRASIVE?” — and you can read why HERE.

Opening Salvo...

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Chinese Gucci’s main character, Akira, is maddening, endearing, troublesome, wounded, lonely, lazy, and a tremendously enthralling ne’er-do-well. A modern Ignatius J. Reilly selling knock-off Chinese Gucci on eBay. You’ll love him and hate him, you’ll want to save him and throw him off a building. Hosho McCreesh is a serious talent and Chinese Gucci is a tremendous debut.
— Willy Vlautin, author of Don’t Skip Out on Me
I’m not sure how much a blurb from an obscure writer will help, I’m shit at blurbs. Chinese Gucci is uniquely American and reads very clean and lucid, a vivid representation of real American lives, as opposed to all that Hollywood crap. It’s a great novel, amigos.
— Joseph Ridgwell, author of Burrito Deluxe

So then...a couple of early blurbs about Chinese Gucci courtesy of Willy Vlautin and Joseph Ridgwell. And as we inch ever closer to the pre-sale, pop on over to the STORE to get your free audio book teaser -- the first 5 chapters as read by yours truly -- a thank you to everyone for your interest and support.

P.S. Direct All Media Inquiries (Including Requests For Advance Reading Copies) Regarding CHINESE GUCCI To: Ben Tanzer

P.P.S. We're still taking T-SHIRT RESERVATIONS

Death of the Author

 

So, this is fun:

Okay, so, the author no longer exists once the work is published and out there in the world -- to be read and interpreted.

Heck, even the writing of the book (which was seemingly an original act) is suspect because everything the author has ever read, seen, or experienced potentially informed the work, and it's merely a slap-dash combination of all these influences that produced it.

Furthermore, without the author there to walk each and every reader through the text (and probably even if the author WAS there to do it), the reading becomes a kind of attempt to decode its meaning...

But, of course, meaning isn't the meaning of the text, but rather whatever meaning the text offers the individual reader, what is memorable about the text to that reader, what the story becomes, the lessons that stick -- if even any!

And the process is every bit as ephemeral and individual for each and every reader...of each and every book! All of it filtered through our own perceptions (-aka- prejudices and predispositions)

So there you have it, writers and readers: none of it matters, and nothing is real!

Considering the current state of affairs, I find this all very comforting! It dovetails nicely with my "pale blue dot" philosophy/approach to living...which is to say most of what we do doesn't matter beyond whatever tiny little circle of folks we have, that everything we do has value only in the doing, and in the giving of it, rarely beyond that, and that chances are all human effort, save whatever space-junk we blast beyond our tiny galaxy, will eventually be devoured by the expanding, exploding sun...(if not by humanity before that!)...so...let's be as happy as we can, do our best to live lives we can be proud of, love as many people as well as we can, and do our level best to try not to worry too much!

Now go watch THIS, and laugh! And think.