The Garbage Times/White Ibis

Two Novellas

Author: Sam Pink

Publisher: Soft Skull Press

ISBN: 1593766866

Category: Fiction

Page: 252

View: 4517

From the freezing alleys of Chicago to the dew-blanketed bayou of Florida. From bouncing drunks and cleaning up puke to biking through the swamp laughing at peacocks. Freeze to thaw. Filth and broken glass and black water backed up in showers; lizards and Girl Scouts and themed birthday parties. A baby rat freed from the bottom of a dumpster becomes a white ibis wandering the wet driveway after a storm. Goodbye, hello, goodbye. It was the garbage times; it was time for something else. A tale of two tales, connected by a mysterious sunlit portal. Designed with tête-bêche binding as a single volume.

The Garbage Times/White Ibis

Author: Sam Pink

Publisher: Soft Skull

ISBN: 9781593766818

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 5081

Many writers are called original; Sam Pink is one for whom the term is beyond dispute. The stories in The Garbage Times take readers on a funny, despairing, raw, ecstatic journey to the rat-infested dive bars, restaurant kitchens, and alleys of Chicago.

Men and Apparitions

A Novel

Author: Lynne Tillman

Publisher: Soft Skull Press

ISBN: 159376684X

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 7972

“Lynne Tillman lends her remarkable talents to answer questions about today's obsession with images. Through the eyes of cultural anthropologist Ezekiel Hooper Stark, she asks: What is behind the human drive to create, remake, and keep images?"—Bustle, 1 of 15 Best Fiction Books of March 2018 to Kick Off Your Spring Reading “The universe heaves with laughter, and I’m all about my lopsided, self-defining tale. How I came to be me, not you, how I’m shaping me for you, the way my posse and other native informants do for me, how I’m shape-shifting. I’m telling you that I’m telling you; my self is my field . . .” The time is now, and Ezekiel Hooper Stark is thirty-eight. He’s a cultural anthropologist, an ethnographer of family photographs, a wry speculator about images. From childhood, his own family’s idiosyncrasies, perversities, and pathologies propel Zeke, until love lost sends him spiraling out of control in Europe. Back in the U.S.A., he finds unexpected solace in the image of a notable nineteenth-century relative, Clover Hooper Adams. Zeke embarks on a project, MEN IN QUOTES, focusing his anthropological lens on his own kind: the “New Man,” born under the sign of feminism. All the old models of masculinity are broken. How are you different from your father? Zeke asks his male subjects. What do you expect from women? What does Zeke expect from himself? And what will the reader expect of Zeke—is he a Don Quixote, Holden Caulfield, Underground Man, or Stranger? Kaleidoscopic and encyclopedic, comic, tragic, and philosophical, Men and Apparitions showcases Lynne Tillman not only as a brilliantly original novelist but also as one of our most prominent contemporary thinkers on art, culture, and society.


Author: Sam Pink

Publisher: Eraserhead Press

ISBN: 9781621050797

Category: Fiction

Page: 96

View: 3417

"Funny as hell, searingly honest, and urgently real, Sam Pink's Rontel puts to shame most modern fiction. His writing perfectly captures the bizarre parade that is Chicago, with all its gloriously odd and wonderful people. This book possesses both the nerve of Nelson Algren and the existential comedy of Albert Camus." - Joe Meno

White Trash

The 400-year Untold History of Class in America

Author: Nancy Isenberg

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0670785970

Category: History

Page: 460

View: 1992

"A history of the class system in America from the colonial era to the present illuminates the crucial legacy of the underprivileged white demographic, citing the pivotal contributions of lower-class white workers in wartime, social policy, and the rise of the Republican Party"--NoveList.

No One Can Do Anything Worse to You Than You Can

Author: Sam Pink

Publisher: Eraserhead Press

ISBN: 9781621050247

Category: Poetry

Page: 152

View: 3886

Why is it that we're always afraid of our ankles getting grabbed by a hand coming out of the gutter? And why will our lives be completely fulfilled when we look down one day and notice we're wearing underwear made out of a brown paper bag? Thankfully, you don't have to think about any of that because in his second collection of poetry, Sam Pink has done the work for you. You will see a crowd of people in your head and the crowd will point at you and say, "Ewww." You will hang yourself from the ceiling with a hook though your bottom jaw. You will feel at home eating your own heart off a commemorative plate featuring a picture of your corpse. You won't learn anything except that, "No one can do anything to you that's worse than what you're already thought to yourself. No one can do anything worse to you than the things you've already done. No one can do anything worse to you than you can."

Scarlet Ibis

Author: Gill Lewis

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1481449435

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 288

View: 3919

When a fire leaves twelve-year-old Scarlet in a different foster home than her autistic little brother, she tracks a bird to find her way back to him in this deeply moving illustrated novel from the author of Moon Bear. Twelve-year-old Scarlet doesn’t have an easy life. She’s never known her dad, her mom suffers from depression, and her younger brother Red has Asperger’s and relies heavily on her to make the world a safe place for him. Scarlet does this by indulging Red’s passion for birds, telling him stories about the day they’ll go to Trinidad and see all the wonderful birds there (especially his beloved Scarlet Ibis), saving her money to take him to the zoo, helping him collect bird feathers, and even caring for a baby pigeon who is nesting outside his window. But things with her mom are getting harder, and after a dangerous accident, Scarlet and Red are taken into foster care and separated. As Scarlet struggles to cope with the sudden changes in her life and her complex feelings towards her mom, the one thing she won’t give up on is finding Red. Nothing is going to get in her way—even if it might destroy the new possibilities offered to her by her foster family.


Author: Sam Pink

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781936383184

Category: Fiction

Page: 87

View: 7228

You see him at the liquor store. You see him at the bus stop, tryingto look at you without being seen. Who is he?He is a person. In this debut novel, a person walks around Chicagocontemplating the possibility of starving to death on purpose. He hassex with his neighbor. He goes out to look for a job but just buyslittle plastic dogs from homeless people instead.Who is the person? The person is you. The person is me. The person issitting in his room shooting an empty pellet gun at his face, feelingthe slow exhaustion of a Co2 cartridge. The person sits in a bathtubreading his roommate's yearbook. He wants to create a contractmandating worldwide friendship.Person invents new and splendid ways of not getting along. You willread this book and remember why you mainly read books that have sex inthem. You will become . . . a person.

Garbage Guts

Author: Heidi Auman, Ph.D.

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 1457530554

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 64

View: 1023

Aria the Albatross and her seabird friends have a problem: They keep throwing up garbage. When she sets out on a long-distance flight across the Pacific Ocean to find out why, she meets other wildlife having trouble with trash. Monk Seal is trapped by a strapping band, Humpback Whale is hopelessly tangled in a ghost fishing net, and Sea Turtle is choking on a plastic bag he thought was a jellyfish. Once-beautiful beaches, reefs and open oceans are littered by discarded fishing gear, disposable lighters, plastic bags and bottle caps, creating unimaginable hazards for the creatures that live there. As Aria learns, humans are both the cause-and the solution-to the ever-increasing problem of marine pollution. With its imagery-laden prose, emotional poetry, and delightful illustrations, Garbage Guts becomes a call for action to preserve some of our planet's most fragile habitats for the wildlife that depends on them.

In the Pond

Author: Ha Jin

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0804153728

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 1596

National Book Award-winner Ha Jin's arresting debut novel , In the Pond, is a darkly funny portrait of an amateur calligrapher who wields his delicate artist's brush as a weapon against the powerful party bureaucrats who rule his provincial Chinese town. Shao Bin is a downtrodden worker at the Harvest Fertilizer Plant by day and an aspiring artist by night. Passed over on the list to receive a decent apartment for his young family, while those in favor with the party's leaders are selected ahead of him, Shao Bin chafes at his powerlessness. When he attempts to expose his corrupt superiors by circulating satirical cartoons, he provokes an escalating series of merciless counterattacks that send ripples beyond his small community. Artfully crafted and suffused with earthy wit, In the Pond is a moving tale about humble lives caught up in larger social forces.

Last Man in Tower

Author: Aravind Adiga

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307700402

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 9024

From the Booker Prize–winning author of The White Tiger, a stunning novel of greed and murder in contemporary Mumbai. At the heart of this novel are two equally compelling men, poised for a showdown. Real estate developer Dharmen Shah rose from nothing to create an empire and hopes to seal his legacy with a luxury building named the Shanghai. Larger-than-life Shah is a dangerous man to refuse. But he meets his match in retired schoolteacher Masterji. Shah offers a generous buyout to Masterji and his neighbors in a once respectable, now crumbling apartment building on whose site Shah’s high-rise would be built. They can’t believe their good fortune. Except, that is, for Masterji, who refuses to abandon the building he has long called home. As the demolition deadline looms, desires mount; neighbors become enemies, and acquaintances turn into conspirators who risk losing their humanity to score their payday. Here is a richly told, suspense-fueled story of ordinary people pushed to their limits in a place that knows none: the new India as only Aravind Adiga could explore—and expose—it.

F 250

Author: Bud Smith

Publisher: Piscataway House

ISBN: 9780996352659

Category: New Jersey

Page: 236

View: 835

"Lee Casey plays guitar in a noise band call Ottermeat on the verge of leaving its home in N.J. in hopes of somehow making it in Los Angeles. For now Lee is squatting in a dillapidated house and work off the books as a stone mason."--Back cover.

Tijuana Book of the Dead

Author: Luis Alberto Urrea

Publisher: Soft Skull Press

ISBN: 1619025159

Category: Poetry

Page: 208

View: 5222

From the author of Pulitzer-nominated The Devil’s Highway and national bestseller The Hummingbird’s Daughter comes an exquisitely composed collection of poetry on life at the border. Weaving English and Spanish languages as fluidly as he blends cultures of the southwest, Luis Urrea offers a tour of Tijuana, spanning from Skid Row, to the suburbs of East Los Angeles, to the stunning yet deadly Mojave Desert, to Mexico and the border fence itself. Mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind, Urrea explores duality and the concept of blurring borders in a melting pot society.


Psychedelics, Alienation, and Change

Author: Tao Lin

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101974508

Category: Medical

Page: 320

View: 1965

Part memoir, part history, part journalistic exposé, Trip is a look at psychedelic drugs, literature, and alienation from one of the twenty-first century's most innovative novelists--The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test for a new generation. A Vintage Original. While reeling from one of the most creative--but at times self-destructive--outpourings of his life, Tao Lin discovered the strange and exciting work of Terence McKenna. McKenna, the leading advocate of psychedelic drugs since Timothy Leary, became for Lin both an obsession and a revitalizing force. In Trip, Lin's first book-length work of nonfiction, he charts his recovery from pharmaceutical drugs, his surprising and positive change in worldview, and his four-year engagement with some of the hardest questions: Why do we make art? Is the world made of language? What happens when we die? And is the imagination more real than the universe? In exploring these ideas and detailing his experiences with psilocybin, DMT, salvia, and cannabis, Lin takes readers on a trip through nature, his own past, psychedelic culture, and the unknown.

Witch Piss

Author: Sam Pink

Publisher: Eraserhead Press

ISBN: 9781621051343

Category: Fiction

Page: 112

View: 5458

I noticed it was beginning to get dark. And for a couple seconds, it was scary-like that meant the world was breaking, or expired, or bruised, or something worse. It was really scary for a couple seconds but then I calmed down. Up above, the moonlit clouds looked rippled, like the ribcage of some giant thing digesting me. And I wondered if the direction I was going went down into the digestive system or up out of it. Wondered what difference it made. There was a bug hovering over a small pool of ice cream on the sidewalk. Like a firefly, but it wasn't a firefly. And I could've stepped on it and killed it. But I didn't. Be thankful, little bug. For in my world, you are just a little bug.

The No Hellos Diet

Author: Sam Pink

Publisher: Eraserhead Press

ISBN: 9781936383764

Category: Fiction

Page: 88

View: 7777

"The thought of calling off work is like the thought of suicide, just nice to think about." In The No Hellos Diet, Sam Pink brings you straight into a world you've never been to before: your own life. Find yourself working at a department store where everyone must wear red and khaki clothing. Find yourself throwing out garbage for fifty cents more than minimum wage. Find yourself worried about getting your arm ripped off by the box compactor. Find yourself talking about licking assholes with your co-worker. Find yourself driving away into a video game sunset with an Amish man. The No Hellos Diet reminds you about the time you burnt down your future ex girlfriend's trampoline. It reminds you about the couple of times you smoked crack. And the time you meditated on the most important question of all: Can a cat be killed with a single punch? Find yourself stunned by the prose of a modern novel-master as he follows the course of your life for an entire year.

Twice over lightly

New York then and now

Author: Helen Hayes,Anita Loos

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P

ISBN: 9780151921508

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 343

View: 8826


Author: Troy James Weaver

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780997251807

Category: Fiction

Page: 138

View: 8093

A thirty-something floral salesman searches for reasons to keep living. "Marigold is a hundred haikus of loneliness, pages torn from Baudelaire's dream journal, the suicide note as high art. Forget your dime-a-dozen writers on the New York Times bestseller list; here is an authentic voice crying out from the American darkness." --Kevin Maloney, author of Cult of Loretta "Beautiful, foul, and brief, this potent roman A clef more than earns its title. Grim, yet ultimately hopeful in its own twisted way. Weaver is one of my favorite writers working today, and his ear and rhythm are in full effect in Marigold." --J David Osborne, author of Black Gum "Marigold is a no-bullshit portrait of 21st century American loneliness. It's a small epic on the mysteries of alienation and self-doubt. Weaver is the poet-laureate of Midwestern absurdity with a heart a mile wide He is a writer with great powers of empathy and devastating sadness. . . a refreshingly honest revelation for these idiotic times we live in." --Michael Bible, author of Sophia "If the ultimate goal of literature is to connect human beings, Marigold lives up to its highest standards." --Benoit LeliEvre, Dead End Follies