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Forthcomingness = There are a couple of upcoming events in which the legion of North of Onhava readers might be interested, be you of the literary or rockerary persuasion.

The first is a return visit to Jim Ruland’s legendary Vermin on the Mount reading series, this time pitting contributors from The Rattling Wall issue 1 against contributors from The Rattling Wall issue 2 in a fight to the bar. There will also occur Joshua Mohr, who I believe is on his way to Damascus (rumor). Details are on the poster just below, but for those with impatient eyes, the event is Sunday, February 12 at 8PM at The Mountain Bar in Chinatown. Just go to Chinatown and ask. No one will know what you’re talking about, but I’ll be secretly taping.

More details, should you need any, can be found here.

The second Event of Note is a party at the Empty Bottle in Chicago at AWP, which is a conference devoted to writers and publishers and alcoholics, not necessarily in that order. On February 29, 2012, at aforesaid venue, I will both read and perform a short set of rock music with my new band Detective. Details about the party are here. (Not many) details about the band are here. If you come expecting to hear Guided By Voices songs you won’t be completely disappointed. But you won’t be completely satisfied either.


There’s even more interesting things happening in the near future but let’s leave it at that for now, okay, because some of you have weak hearts.


I seem to have made some pretty anodyne recommendations to read/listen/see/read (in that order, please!) for The Rattling Wall‘s tumblr. For those who find the above graphic illegible, it says something like exactly this:


READ THIS POEM: Paul Valéry, Le Cimitière Marin. One of many sources from which I stole to make Artificial Light, my first novel. I don’t know if there’s a good English translation, but probably.

LISTEN TO THIS ALBUM: Wire, Pink Flag, because out of the hundreds of thousands of albums released over the last forty years it remains one of the ten best. Or at least in the top thousand.

SEE THIS PAINTING: Paul Nash, We Are Making a New World. I don’t know anything about art. I love this painting.

READ THIS BOOK: Robert Pinget, Mahu, ou le matériau. I owe pretty much everything to the French nouveau roman, of which this is as good an example as any.

JAMES GREER is a featured contributor
Hear James read on May 11 (7PM) at
The Hammer in Los Angeles. 

If I’d been asked to recommend a movie, it probably would have been Tarkovsky’s Sacrifice. Because that is how predictably pretentious I am.

Another day, another promising new literary magazine in Los Angeles to which I contributed a story about I forget what. And another launch party or reading and reception or I’m not sure exactly what, to which you (and you) are invited.
More information about The Rattling Wall and its star-studded (obviously I don’t mean me) list of contributors here.
More information about the Big Event at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles here.
I’m also reading with Grace Krilanovich and Jarret Middleton at Stories in Echo Park tomorrow night. I had previously said I wasn’t going to, but then I changed my mind, and now I’m going to. Unless I change my mind again. But you should totally go anyway, Grace’s novel rules and Jarret has a cool name (I haven’t read his book, I’m sure it’s great).