Liquid Ink

The official website of Gint Aras, Finalist 2016 CWA Book Award


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Jim Lopez: “Hacking his own language out of everything at hand…”

There’s always a special place in a writer’s heart for the first editor who reaches out to him with the inquiry, “I’m wondering if you’d like to write something for me.” In my case that man is Jim Lopez, editor of Antique Children. If you’ve never read Antique Children, you’re simply missing out on a truly unique literary magazine, exceptionally compelling and engaging. Jim’s full length book, Abstracts of an American Pageant, is one of those works of art that straddles the line between the depraved and the sublime, often pointing out that depravity is actually sublime while, to the right kind of eyes, the sublime is depraved.

I’d tell you something more about Jim’s work, but I’m afraid Andrei Codrescu cannot be topped:

Jim Lopez is a philosopher/writer who is inventing an extraordinary form of politically radical literary journalism. Violent urbanism and eerily psycho suburban offshoots vein his rich, vernacular prose. Jim Lopez is hacking his own language out of everything at hand, including the work of Friedrich Nietzche, fresh graffiti in a derelict Los Angeles, and kinky sex. Visual, ethnically explosive and unsentimental, Lopez is also fun to read, like Kathy Acker, like an extreme porn mag in history class. -Andrei Codrescu

You should watch this bit of guerrilla filmmaking in his honor:

 


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To SLS participants

I’ve noticed that the Summer Literary Seminar website has been directing traffic to Liquid Ink recently. That’s really exciting. I’m going to guess that participants are curious about me as a faculty member and what I’ll be contributing to the seminar.

If you’re curious about my writing, let me direct you to the following links:

This is to Finding the Moon in Sugar, the novel I wrote about an American naif who follows an internet bride to Vilnius. One Lithuanian journalist called it “the best guide to Vilnius nightlife” he had ever read.

This is to a republished (and retitled) version of my essay, Baptism Party, originally published in Antique Children, about my experience growing up with an alcoholic father. It describes some of the symptoms of PTSD, from which I suffer. If you don’t know, Lithuania has a serious problem with alcoholism. Quite a few Lithuanians grew up with alcoholic parents.

I also hope you’ll have a look at my essay, Displacing Forces, originally published in Dialogo, and edited by the vastly talented Achy Obejas, about my grandparents’ flight from Lithuania in 1945, and my subsequent return to their homeland. It’s about the tragedy of loss but also a celebration of what it means for a culture and a place to change and survive.

Thanks for all the interest. I’m really excited about the seminar and can’t wait to get to Lithuania. Pasimatysim (see you)!