Monday, June 15, 2015

Mirbeau translation NOW OUT

Dept. of "I'd like to see you fuckers do this": After fifteen years of work and waiting and more hard work, my translation of Octave Mirbeau's IN THE SKY (Dans le ciel) is NOW AVAILABLE from Nine-Banded Books!

It's a very cheerful little tale of a ladybug and a  dirge about an overly-ambitious artist who goes mad for your sins.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Another review of Nvsqvam

Slowly but surely, I'm draining the entire world's will to live...

Here's an excerpt:

It looks like a cool blog, too.

There's some dystopia involved:

Found at:

By the way, if you want to be the proud owner of a first-edition copy of NVSQVAM, get on it, 'cause there are very few left. Second edition coming soon! From Nine-Banded Books. Which first has to get my translation of the amazing novel IN THE SKY by OCTVE MIRBEAU in print.

First things first!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Another review of NVSQVAM... this time by one of my favorite book bloggers.

I READ ODD BOOKS has reviewed NVSQVAM! What an honor; I love Anita Dalton's taste and writing style.

Slowly but surely, a microscopic proportion of the population is becoming intrigued by the trials and fears and massive character defects (but don't we all have them?) of my protagonist (and oh does he agonize), Lester Reichartsen, poster boy for the new lost generation. We fell through the cracks so we're slowly making more cracks, because "fuck you" still feels so good to say. (And what other revenge are we capable of getting?)

Most important, Anita Dalton thinks my book is funny, and gettin' the laffs is exactly why I went through the millions of hours of head-wringing it took to write the damn thing. I really should have listened to my father and become a stand-up comedian.

Here's the link:

And here are a couple of choice excerpts:

The other reason to read it is because it is so very funny.  Seriously, Sterzinger has the sort of intelligent, acerbic wit that I imagined I had back when I was a drunk.
Though I find Lester largely irritating and unlikeable, he is not unique in his passive, seething uselessness.  Jesus, so many young people born to baby boomer parents ended up like this.  Almost all of us were latch-key kids, the post-Reagan economic state seemed hopeless, and we had Pearl Jam running across the stage in baggy shorts making millions of dollars moaning about their mothers, which was sort of understandable because so many of us were raised in divorced, single-parent, female-headed households. Some young men raised in such an environment felt buffeted by fate, as if everything they wanted would never happen and they entered a post-collegiate life with no idea what to do next.
The entire section wherein Lester, Evelyn and Martin visit family over the Christmas holidays is just excruciating and hilarious.  There’s too damn much to reproduce here so I consider that long section to be the price of admission for this book.

As Dalton notes, the current price of admission for the ebook is a mere $2.99, so pleez click here...

Monday, April 27, 2015

Spreading the Bad Word

Dear Friends, Acquaintances, People Who Might Secretly Want to Kill Us, and Potential Partners in Scum and Villainy:

Hello there! This is Rachel Haywire and Ann Sterzinger. Today—Monday, April 27, 2015—is we announce our new partnership as co-editors of TRIGGER WARNING, the webzine that’s here to remind everyone that reality hates them.

INSERT CALL TO ACTION, as Bill Burr would say: We’re also relaunching with a brand new issue, and we would most heartily appreciate it if you would help us spread the word, via Facebook, Twitter, Snap-Ass, carrier kitten, or whatever the hell it is the kids are using these days.

TRIGGER WARNING is a cesspool of news, culture, insight porn, art, and stupid, stupid politics, wherein we choose laughs over finger-wagging, misanthropy over team play, reason over righteousness, and fun facts over foaming at the mouth: Let the right wing AND the left wing drop off, and run the motherfucker into the Alps, saith we. Here be the link:

We’re also about to launch a fundraising/revenue generating effort on the strength of our new content, and would be grateful for any help in that eternally-troublesome department of the news and culture bidness as well. We welcome all of you to submit articles, podcasts, or homemade macrame drones should you find the time, and we are working toward the lofty goal of being able to PAY YOU at least a reasonable fraction of what your thoughts and words are worth. Your efforts on our behalf may very well, in other words, serve your own ends in time.

Yours Sincerely,

Rachel and Ann