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"It wasn’t the pounding headache or the all too familiar taste of blood in my mouth that woke me that morning, but the stink of cat piss. They all have cats. Cats and bad tattoos and mops of dyed black hair that reek of cigarettes and watermelon Bubblicious." This debut novel by veteran Seattle musician Danny Bland follows a pair of outsiders who find themselves locked in the palpable, dizzy grunge-rock scene of early-'90s Seattle.
Vulnerable to the high relief of heroin addiction, Bland’s characters — Charlie Hyatt and Carrie Finch — are unapologetic protagonists whose epiphanies are as blinding as their weaknesses. Finch, 21, beautiful and dangerous, drowns out the voices in her head and the consequences of a misled life with electric guitars, booze and petulant misbehavior. Her single abiding faith takes the form of an unlikely savior — '60s psychedelic musician Roky Erikson.
At the ripe old age of 28, Hyatt attempts to make sense of the cards he has been dealt: a miserable job in a porn shop, a drug habit he cannot afford and the wildly unstable woman he had chosen to love.
Two damaged people can balance a seesaw for a long time, even finding the illusion of safety; but when one gets off unannounced, the other will fall. As Finch finds sobriety, her sanity and her relationship with Hyatt falter until an inevitable event brings the two back together a decade later.
Grab your pencils, paper and prepare to be rapped on the knuckles! Dash Shaw will be at SAW, The Sequential Artists Workshop, in Gainesville, Florida guiding and teaching YOU on February 24-28th of 2014. If learning from a master of comics and animation sounds like fun to you then sign up now for the workshop! And wonder of wonders, Mome veteran Gabrielle Bell is teaching the week after---you might need to take some serious time off of work. Check out New School while you wait, it might be required reading! More info to come soon, keep your eyes on the SAW website.
Georgetown once again hosts the annual apocalyptic Dead Baby Downhill Bike Race & Party this Friday evening, August 2. Demented depravity on a grand scale - beer, bands, BMX, and the ever-popular tall bike jousting! (Did we mention beer?) For the convenience of raucous revelers, Fantagraphics Bookstore and Georgetown Recordswill remain open until 9:00 PM.
This Saturday, August 3 from 11:00 to 3:00 PM, enjoy an Afternoon Delight, as art studios and galleries throughout Georgetown reprise their July Art Attack attractions. One of your last chances to take in the sweet Soda Pop exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery and the fantastic Charles Peterson photography show CP25/SP25 next door at All City Coffee. See you all soon.
“Stephen Dixon is one of the great secret masters — too secret. I return again and again to his stories for writerly inspiration, moral support and comic relief at moments of personal misery, and, several times, in a spirit of outright plagiaristic necessity: borrowing a jumpstart from a few lines of Dixon has been a real problem-solver in my own short fiction. Please read him, you.” — Jonathan Lethem
“Dixon is one of the few writers whose new work I will put everything aside to read, which is to say he is in the company of Alice Munro, Lorrie Moore, and Lydia Davis.... Put aside whatever you’re reading, and read him.” — J. Robert Lennon
“Startling candor, humor, and concern; every utterance promptly qualified; rigorous narrative economy combined with near-manic obsessiveness. Embrace Dixon and you will be held by a princely storyteller.“ — John Barth
“There is no better chronicler of our antic and anxious age than Stephen Dixon.” —Daniel Handler
“Mr. Dixon wields a stubbornly plain-spoken style; he loves all sorts of tricky narrative effects. And he loves even more the tribulations of the fantasizing mind, ticklish in their comedy, alarming in their immediacy.” — The New York Times
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