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Daily links: 12/9/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak SallyTom KaczynskiTim LaneThe Comics JournalSteve DitkoPeanutsMort WalkerLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezLilli CarréLeah HayesJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezDash ShawDaniel ClowesBlake Bellart showsAnders NilsenAlexander Theroux 9 Dec 2008 12:58 PM

The 2008 Best-Of lists are rolling in fast and furious:

Bookmunch goes Fanta-crazy this week with reviews of Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw ("graphic novel of the year"), Funeral of the Heart by Leah Hayes ("dazzling") and Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane ("spirited")

The Independent counts the Love and Rockets reprints Perla La Loca, Beyond Palomar and Amor Y Cohetes among the best comics of the year

• Critic and commentator Alan David Doane names The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez his Graphic Novel of the Year; Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane is his Debut of the Year; Ghost World: Special Edition by Daniel Clowes is his Reissue of the Year; Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell is tied for Comic Art Book of the Year; and 4 more of our titles are Other 2008 Titles of Note

New York Magazine names Bottomless Belly Button the #2 Graphic Novel of 2008, saying "Shaw's dysfunctional-family epic is so funny and engrossing we'd expect Oprah to pick it, but for all the graphic frog sex"

The Globe and Mail recommends Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko for holiday gift-giving

From Steven Stwalley, here's photos of the "Hot Ink: Comic Art" show at the Minnesota Museum of American Art (mmaa.org) that includes Zak Sally and Tom Kaczynski among others

In this video from Comicology.tv, Mort Walker talks about the history of the International Museum of Cartoon Art (look for our collection of Walker's Sam's Strip early next year)

Publishers Weekly talks to Lilli Carré about The Lagoon

PW also presents a 10-page excerpt from Anders Nilsen's soon-to-arrive Monologues for Calculating the Density of Black Holes

Wall Street Journal book critic and Laura Warholic novelist Alexander Theroux weighs in on The Paris Review Interviews, Vol. III

The Beat goes digging through back issues of The Comics Journal, finds gold

Alexander Theroux Podcast
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Alexander Theroux 18 Jun 2008 10:06 AM
  Colin Marshall interviews Alexander Theroux about Laura Warholic on his latest Marketplace of Ideas podcast. Listen here. 
Alexander Theroux interview at Bookslut
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Alexander Theroux 3 Mar 2008 11:20 AM

Here's an excellent interview with Alexander Theroux from Bookslut. "Every publisher is waiting for another Stephen King. They go to lunch and wait. Agents are lazy. Most editors couldn't tell a good novel from a pile of chimney flashing."
Free download: Laura Warholic, Chapter 1
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsAlexander Theroux 18 Feb 2008 2:31 PM

Laura Warholic by Alexander Theroux

Attention lovers of prose literature: we've put the entire first chapter (along with the indicia and Table of Contents) of Alexander Theroux's novel Laura Warholic or, The Sexual Intellectual online as a FREE download (PDF format, 260KB).

Theroux reads from Laura Warholic
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Alexander Theroux 15 Feb 2008 8:14 AM

Alexander Theroux reads from his novel for Radio Boston, including a savaging of Boston Red Sox culture. Theroux's prose sounds especially great through his thick Medford accent.
Theroux video from the Strand
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under eventsAlexander Theroux 6 Feb 2008 8:03 AM

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Alexander Theroux read from Laura Warholic and answered questions last night at the Strand bookstore in New York City, and those unable to attend can watch a tape of the event at the Strand website (click "highlights"). 

Tonight at the Strand: Alexander Theroux
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under eventsAlexander Theroux 5 Feb 2008 1:01 PM

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ALEXANDER THEROUX AT THE STRAND FEB, 5th:

LAURA WARHOLIC OR, THE SEXUAL INTELLECTUAL

 

Fantagraphics Books and The Strand Bookstore are proud to announce a rare appearance and reading by National Book Award nominee ALEXANDER THEROUX, promoting his first novel in nearly twenty years, the just-released LAURA WARHOLIC OR, THE SEXUAL INTELLECTUAL.

 

“Brilliantly written.” — NORMAN MAILER

 

Listing Information:


WHEN: Tues., Feb. 5th, 7:00PM

WHERE: Strand Bookstore, 2nd Fl.

828 Broadway @ 12th

New York, NY 10003

212.660.6643

 

In LAURA WARHOLIC, Theroux returns with a compendious satire, a bold and inquisitorial, circuit-breaking examination of love and hate, of rejection and forgiveness, of trust and romantic disappointment, of the terrors of contemporary life. Eugene Eyestones, an erudite sex columnist for a Boston cultural magazine, becomes enmeshed in the messy life of a would-be artist named Laura Warholic, who, repulsing and fascinating him at the same time, becomes a mirror in which he not only sees himself but through which he is forced to face his own demons. Horrifying and hilarious, damning and demanding, Laura Warholic in its uncompromising power will surely be one of the most talked-about novels of the season, and for years to come.

 

Alexander Theroux is the author of three highly regarded novels—Three Wogs, Darconville’s Cat, and An Adultery—and of several books of essays, fables, and poetry. He lives in West Barnstable, Massachusetts, with his wife, artist Sarah Son.

 

“A work that screams ‘Literary Event’.” — BOOKLIST

 

“Theroux’s first novel in 20 years is as smart, funny, outlandish, angry and moving as we expect, and more accessibly riveting than we dreamed.” — GARY GIDDINS

 

HARDCOVER • 888 pp. • ISBN 978-1-56097-798-8 • $29.95

 

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New Release: Laura Warholic or, The Sexual Intellectual
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesAlexander Theroux 21 Dec 2007 1:48 PM


Laura Warholic or, the Sexual Intellectual
By Alexander Theroux

In his first novel in nearly twenty years, Alexander Theroux, National Book Award Nominee, returns with a compendious satire, a bold and inquisitorial circuit-breaking examination of love and hate, of rejection and forgiveness, of trust and romantic disappointment, of the terrors of contemporary life. Eugene Eyestones, an erudite sex columnist for a Boston cultural magazine, becomes enmeshed in the messy life of a would-be artist named Laura Warholic, who, repulsing and fascinating him at the same time, becomes a mirror in which he not only sees himself but through which he is forced to face his own demons. Not only does she inadvertently supply him with material for his columns, but she exemplifies all that Eugene considers wrong with contemporary America (of which the publishing profession and its recognizable denizens serves as a microcosm) — a garish and dunce-filled Babylon that Theroux scorches with inventive and relentless satire. Nostalgic for the old days and old manners, a way of life lost to grace, loving from afar a mysterious beauty named Rapunzel Wisht, Eugene fights against the rising tide of stupidity, focusing on Laura in the hope that by saving her he can validate his ethical beliefs. But feckless Laura and the colorful but bizarre cast of characters surrounding Eugene — brilliant bigots, nihilists, Generation-X slackers and zanies of all sexual persuasions — threaten to pull him under, leading to the novel's unforgettable conclusion, a climax of betrayal and redemption of Dostoevskyan power. As in all of Theroux's works, his maximalist and pyrotechnic prose style and searching intellect are the chief attractions, capable of outrageous comedy, nuanced philosophical discussions, winsome love scenes, flame-throwing tirades, subtle theological musings, and an unflinching genius for a profound if merciless look at the human condition. Horrifying and hilarious, damning and demanding, Laura Warholic in its uncompromising power will surely be one of the most talked-about novels of the season, and for years to come.

824-page 6" x 9" hardcover novel $29.95
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Fantagraphics Uncensored: Eric Reynolds, Promo Guy
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under staffFletcher HanksAlexander Theroux 18 Dec 2007 11:09 AM
Jacob: "Did Norman Mailer really call Laura Warholic "brilliantly written?"

Eric: "He did! Very shortly before he died. Much like Vonnegut did with Fletcher Hanks. We're killing America's greatest writers."

The Satirical Intellectual
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Alexander Theroux 15 Nov 2007 8:52 AM
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Anthony Miller wrote this great feature on Alexander Theroux for this week's LA City Beat newspaper.

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