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The author of the book: Joseph Mattson
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Edition: Akashic Books
Date of issue: June 19th 2012
ISBN 13: 9781453259382
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The size of the: 9.33 MB
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Following the international success of the Noir Series, this volumes marks the launch of a new drug-based sister series.
Speed: the most demonized—and misunderstood—drug in the land. Deprived of the ingrained romantic mysticism of the opiate or the cosmopolitan chic of cocaine or the mundane tolerance of marijuana, there is no sympathy for this devil. Yet speed—crystal meth, amphetamines, Dexedrine, Benzedrine, Adderall; crank, spizz, chickenscratch, oblivious marching powder, the go-fast—is the most American of drugs: twice the productivity at half the cost, and equal opportunity for all. It feels so good and hurts so bad. From its dueling roots of pharmaceutical miracle cure and Californian biker-gang scourge to contemporary Ivy League campuses and high school chem labs, punk rock clubs to the military-industrial complex, suburban households to tin-can ghettos, it crosses all ethnicities, genders, and geographies—from immigrants and heartlanders punching double factory shifts to clandestine border warlords, doctors to bomber pilots, prostitutes to housewives, T-girls to teenagers, Academy Award-nominated actors and the mansion on the hill to the poorest Indian on the rez—making it not only the most essentially American narcotic, but the most deceivingly sundry literary matter.
The subject of speed is so innately intimidating yet so undeniably present that it begs to be written about. It is no secret that the drug has historically tuned up the lives of writers, including Jack Kerouac, Susan Sontag, Philip K. Dick, and scores more. Too rarely, though, has it been written about, and its jolt to the bones of the American landscape continues to peak. Akashic Books dares to bring forth the first contemporary collection of all new literary short fiction on the drug from an array of today’s most compelling and respected authors. These are no stereotypical tales of tweakers—the element of crime and the bleary-eyed, shaky zombies at dawn are here right alongside heart-wrenching narratives of everyday people, good intentions gone terribly awry, the skewed American Dream going up in flames, and even some accounts of pure joy.
Featuring brand-new stories by: Sherman Alexie, William T. Vollmann, James Franco, Megan Abbott, Jerry Stahl, Beth Lisick, Jess Walter, Scott Phillips, James Greer, Tao Lin, Joseph Mattson, Natalie Diaz, Kenji Jasper, and Rose Bunch.
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THE SPEED CHRONICLES (Editor/contributor. Anthology of new fiction about the drug speed, feat. William T. Vollmann, Sherman Alexie, Jerry Stahl, Beth Lisick, Megan Abbott, James Greer, and more. Akashic Books).
EMPTY THE SUN (Novel with Soundtrack by Six Organs of Admittance)
TWO LETTERS COLLECTION OF ART & WRITING VOL. 2
GIRLVERT: A PORNO MEMOIR by ORIANA SMALL aka ASHLEY BLUE (Edited by Joseph Mattson)
COURTING THE JAGUAR (novel)
WESTERN VIOLENCE AND BRIEF SENSUALITY (screenplay)
ALL THAT MATTERS IS THE WOLF (poems)
LAST SEEN IN BARSTOW/LAST SCENE IN BARSTOW (play)
JESUS DICE (novel)
HUNTED BY SAVAGES (nonfiction)
Also editing VIRGINS IN REVERSE and THE INTRUSION, two excellent novellas by Gabriel Hart--Mr. Hart is known in sonic circles as vocalist/songwriter/big chief of the band JAIL WEDDINGS; Hart was formerly ringleader of the desperados THE STARVATIONS--stay tuned for his literary debut coming soon...
"Joseph Mattson is a monster of a writer." --Beth Lisick, author of EVERYBODY INTO THE POOL and HELPING ME HELP MYSELF
"Joseph Mattson writes like a guitar player with nineteen fingers--everywhere at once, stinging, dark and beautiful. EMPTY THE SUN will take you to some strange places, but the trip is amazing. Mattson has written a truly inventive and vivid novel." --Jerry Stahl, author of PERMANENT MIDNIGHT and PAIN KILLERS
"Several passages induced the shiver of aesthetic bliss in my spine that Nabokov famously described as the indicator of good and true writing. The whole thing is by turns hilarious and hilariously sad, artfully pin-holed with melancholy (my favorite drink)... EMPTY THE SUN is an impressive achievement, as well as an excellent and I believe as yet unused name for a rock band." --James Greer, author ARTIFICIAL LIGHT and GUIDED BY VOICES: A BRIEF HISTORY
"Joseph Mattson is one hell of a motherfucking writer."
--Jeff Garlin, author of MY FOOTPRINT: CARRYING THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD and co-star/executive producer of HBO's CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
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