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The House That Donovan Built by Sarah Wang
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I caught Elma licking her front teeth in the rearview mirror. The gap between them seemed to be getting wider, like Jane Birkin, whose teeth spread considerably apart as she grew older, an oral Pangea situation. 

Macho Memoirs by Daniel Pearce
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Taking writing to the mat in J.D. Daniels’s The Correspondence

Lee Clay Johnson by Jay Varner
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“I think violence is inherited, it’s taught, and some of the characters are born into bad blood. …The characters are raped and so is the land.”

Hog for Sorrow by Leopoldine Core

Lucy and Kit sat waiting side by side on a black leather couch, before a long glass window that looked out over Tribeca, the winter sun in their laps. Kit stole sideward glances at Lucy, who hummed, twisting her hair around her fingers in a compulsive fashion.

Marcy by Domenick Ammirati

Around this time I became a frequent visitor to a sex-ad bulletin board. Real-life meetups were the focal point. 

Alice Notley by Robert Dewhurst

Notley’s body of work consists of over thirty-five collections of poetry and prose. To consider her oeuvre, in her interlocutor’s words, is to court “cerebral and sensory overload.”

And Then by Donald Breckenridge

Brian got up early that Saturday to do his laundry then tracked down a friend who owed him ten dollars and scored some crystal meth in the process. 

Matthew Barney and Gaspar Noé
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“My addiction has to do with performance, with creating a very real situation and then dealing with all the physical problems surrounding it.” —Matthew Barney

The Vicious Ladies by Carribean Fragoza

At the far end of the backyard, nestled in overgrown summer grass, the girls huddled around their private nitrous oxide tank. 

I Can Give You Anything but Love: A Memoir by Gary Indiana

Things to remember better: Ferd Eggan entered my life in San Francisco in 1969, the year I dropped out of Berkeley. 

Jerry Stahl by Lisa Dierbeck
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Jerry Stahl on fatherhood, pharmaceuticals, and the subversive humor of his new novel, Happy Mutant Baby Pills.

The Cloud of Unknowing by Mimi Lipson

Meanwhile the Corinthians completed their preparations and sailed for Corcyra with a hundred and fifty ships. Of these Elis furnished ten, Megara twelve, Leucas ten, Ambracia twenty-seven—

Genesis BREYER P-ORRIDGE and Verne Dawson
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I met Verne Dawson while sitting beside him at Table 23 at the celebration for Dream Machine: Brion Gysin at the New Museum in New York. Dawson revealed a cosmic process previously unsuspected by me: the genii of the 22 paths of the Kabbalah and their correspondence to the 22 major cards of the Tarot.

All That You Aren’t but Might Possibly Be by Suzanne Scanlon

You’ve been out two weeks when you audition for a revival of A Hatful of Rain

Stephen Elliott’s Cherry by Elias Tezapsidis
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Stephen Elliott folds the sex worker mythos back into the reality it came from. Cherry draws on his personal experience to explore one of the many personal stories of those in the adult-film industry.

Ken Kesey’s Search for a Kool Place by Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
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Anya Jaremko-Greenwold on Magic Trip: a documentary pieced together from Ken Kesey’s original 16mm tapes of the Merry Pranksters’ drug-fueled journey across America in 1964.

Natalia Almada by Chris Chang
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Note to the adventurous globe-trotter: If you happen to be looking for ground zero of the Mexican drug wars, Culiacán, capital of the northern state of Sinaloa, may be just the place for you.

Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist: The Two Escobars by Liza Béar

In the documentary Two Escobars, directors Jeff and Michael Zimbalist unravel the events leading to the murders of soccer captain Andres Escobar and drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.

Charlie Smith by John Reed
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Charlie Smith’s latest novel, Three Delays, is an account of the partings and reconciliations of two lovers on the fringes of the American mainstream. In the course of their conversation, Reed and Smith agree on one point: redemption is an illusion.

Fred Tomaselli by David Shields
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Shields, author of the much-debated book on appropriation, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, used the epistolary method, via email, to discuss the influence of California’s counterculture on Tomaselli’s visionary paintings.

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