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Congrats Amy Lawless!!

Amy was recently awarded a NYFA fellowship for her outstanding contributions to the world of poesy. Check it.

Also, check out a recent Nathan Austin coup here.

Also, Alex Smith’s story, “The Model of a Boy” appears in the current issue of Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction. Downloadable, FREE, here.

Go Black Maze Books contributors!!

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Alex Smith is BLOWN

FUCK YEAH ALEX SMITH!!!!!!!!!

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Open Air Modern

Some of you may remember the great discussion series Andy Smith curated at Pete’s Candy Store last Spring, well, he’s back in black with a series of design events at Williamsburg showroom Open Air Modern, starting next Wednesday with a screening of the Eames brothers films. Full details @ apsmith.net.

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In what seems like old news already:

Borders files for bankruptcy this morning– owing $230M to major publishers and planning to close 30% of its stores.

PW

Post Scriptum- The court allowed Borders to start going out of business sales at the 200 closing locations over President’s Day weekend, rather than making them wait the customary 21 day holding period on Friday. Complete list of closing stores @ the WSJ.

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The Tortoise

Crain’s NY has a little piece on the city’s persistent independent bookstores, that focuses on Posman’s.

Remember this less grounded piece in New York Mag a while back.

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A tale of two cities

On the heels of Amazon announcing yet another record period on Friday, with the company’s first $10 billion quarter, sales up 36%, and offering a characteristically tricky little metric for Kindle books surpassing paperbacks as the bestselling individual item on Amazon (there is no mention of how hardcovers or other analog book formats fit in here), there was more bad news from Borders on Sunday as they announced that they won’t be paying their January bills or rent and analysts are speculating that the company could file for bankruptcy as early as next week.

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Alan Moore’s Neonomicon

Eisner Award-winning comic writer and novelist Alan Moore is not really retired, and I have proof. I just finished reading the third issue of Neonomicon. As opposed to Neo‘s predecessor, The Courtyard (also good), Neo is not based on Moore’s stories. It is scripted by Moore himself and immaculately drawn by Jacen Burrows, and definitely worth a read.

A few years ago I said this about  Alan Moore’s hardback follow-up to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume Two, called The Black Dossier:

Black Dossier seems less a celebration and more an indulgence into Moore’s impractical world views and towering intellect. And although Moore certainly has these former traits in spades, they are not, nor have they ever been the only things that make his work so transcendent, and perhaps more disappointing still: Moore is intelligent enough to know this, and he is neglecting his obligations as a story-teller in this book.

The Black Dossier marked a time when I was particularly fed up (but still jealous of) Mr. Moore’s brilliance and idiosyncratic narratives. Even I, a huge fan of William Lee, did not the highly enjoy the style-copy in the book. Put shortly: for a comic, Dossier had a lot of text, and for a text narrative, it was slow and not in the spirit of his previous work on League. I enjoyed Moore’s second follow-up to League, entitled 1910, but I didn’t say anything about it to anyone but my friend Ed, who didn’t even read it.

The auxillary throwback cover for iss. 3 says it all.

Now I’ve read Neonomicon (published by the wonderful Avatar) and I’m crowing from the rooftops: All Lovecraft and Moore fans with a sturdy stomach should enjoy this series. Yes, I said Lovecraft. Moore has been writing about Lovecraft and referencing Lovecraft throughout his career, and Neonomicon represents his most powerful telling of the mythos yet.

Jacen Burrows is at his best here. His art so clearly and richly delineates the characters, and he portrays the horror unflinchingly. It has been a pleasure watching Mr. Burrows develop into a true storytelling force over the past years. In Moore and Burrows is Lovecraft reborn into a metaphysical, metafictional nightmare. Go read it.

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