Sex and Death, by Ben Tanzer. Buffalo, New York: sunnyoutside, January 2016. 72 pages. $13.00, paper. With a title as provocatively Freudian as Sex and Death, a reader might expect a book of stories that never ends, or one that encapsulates the life of every person who has ever existed on the planet. Well, a […]
I’m happy to announce the release of The Chicago Center for Literature and Photography’s (CCLaP’s) catalog.
This year, the indie press will publish a very ambitious book-a-month, ending the year with my novel, a book I’ve been working on (and off, and back on again) for over twelve years. I’m still shocked—thunderstruck, rather—to know it’ll be in readers’ hands by the end of the year. And the publisher has some very flattering things to say about it, which I hope you’ll find by checking the catalog.
In the meantime, check out the rest of CCLaP’s titles. It’s humbling to be on a list with these people, all of whom I admire, some of whom I’ve read with before: Ben Tanzer, Karl Wolff, Matt Fuchs, Steven Garbas, Matt Rowan, Joseph G. Peterson, Daniel Falatko, Leland Cheuk, Douglas Light, Mike Sauve, Kendra Hadnott and Michael Strelow. Also in the mix is the anthology of “City All-Stars,” young writers working in Chicago these days.
Also, have a look at the extraordinary cover art. Take this example:
Now, what’s my book actually about? The novel’s titled THE FUGUE. It’s a family epic that spans several generations and takes readers from Western Ukraine and Lithuania to a poetically treated Cicero, Illinois of the 2nd half of the 20th century. The main character is a metals sculptor—most would probably call him an outside artist—convicted of murdering his parents. The book begins with his release from prison, and the novel’s narrative then travels through various strands of memory, some reaching way back into the years of WWII.
Anyone who liked Finding the Moon in Sugar will be very interested in the novel. I will be working very hard to promote it, and I hope I can have your support.
Liquid Inkers, I hope you’ll check out an author who, while not new to The Good Men Project, is certainly new to the Marriage Section. This article, My Vasectomy, My Life-Insurance, is a mediation that Ben Tanzer almost stumbles into after he and his wife begin asking tough questions about their future. We all eventually face our mortality, some of us later than others. Ben faces his when confronted with the possibility of carrying his family’s birth-control load.
I look forward to more contributions from Ben.