Category Archives: Family Feud

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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Nathan Austin Featured On Studio 360!

Nathan Awesome- whoops, I mean Nathan AUSTIN, author of the famous Survey Says! was interviewed on Studio 360 this Friday!

Check out the interview here.

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Weekly Selection – Nathan Austin

A bra. Abraham Lincoln. A building. Scaf­folding. Scalpel. A car. A card game. A cat. A cat. Ice cream. Ice cream. Ice cream. Ice cream. A cell phone. A chance to be with the kids for the day. A chick flick. A Chihuahua. School. School. School of fish. Schools. Ick – beets! Acne. Acne (damn!). A Cocker Spaniel, please. A col­lection agent. A companion – a friend. A cooler. A coroner. Scorpion. A cow. Scream! Scrub. C.D. I.D. A Dalmatian. A dam. A date. Addiction – like, addiction to some­thing or you’re addicted. Address. I de­clare war! I’d have to say decorating. Adjust the seats. I’d like to go with a slang term, so I’m going to go with “drawers.” A doctor. A dog. A dog. A dog. I don’t be­lieve this, but tarot cards. I don’t, but some people might buy alcohol. (from Nathan Austin’s Suvery Says!, p. 15)

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Survey Says! Reviewed at ‘the glade’ and ‘Home Video’

Our very own Nathan Austin and his very own Survey Says! was reviewed by Mr. Steven Fama at

the glade of theoric ornithic hermetica.

Well, it’s almost like a powerpoint presentation, really.  With images and humor and care. We love care:

Survey Says! could be – should be – a big seller, both here and around the world (the latter, of course, would require translations). Family Feud has aired or is currently broadcast in almost three dozen countries, including Mexico, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Russia, and Tunisia. The potential here is huge, eh? Maybe I ought to survey one hundred people and ask them …

Many thanks to Mr. Fama for his review.


And The Home Video Review of Books posted this review, which we all like and also agree is weird:

Many thanks to editors Julia Cohen, Mathias Svalina, and the wonderful staff over there.

If anyone else would like a piece of this reviewing frenzy, don’t hesitate to contact us (messrs (at) blackmazebooks (dot) com) for a copy. Or, if you’re lazy, you can always just drop a comment off here.

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Weekly Selection – Nathan Austin

You can eat whatever you want. You can’t kiss with garlic breath. You can watch more television. Couch. Couch. You didn’t do your homework. You didn’t pay the electric bill. You go home. You go to church. You know, I’m going to have to say listening to a long phone conversa­tion. You know what? – brush. You know what? – lawnmower. Would pets be con­sidered part of the family, or is that sepa­rate? Bounce. Bounce it. Soup. Four. Your bank account. Your car. Your dishwasher. Your ears. You’re too busy to watch. Your hair – comb your hair. Your living room. Your location. Your muscles. Your oven. Your pants’ legs. Your parents’ house. Your resume. Your shoes, for your shoe­laces. Your sleeves. Your smile. Fourteen. Fourteen. Fourteen. Your toothbrush. (from Nathan Austin’s Survey Says!, p. 43)

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Nathan Austin to Present at Three Pieces Event

Platform for Art and Sound
June 2, 2009, 7pm

Nathan Austin
Tobias Laukemper & Kelly Warman
Morgan Packard

P.P.O.W Gallery
511 W 25th St, Rm 301
NY NY 10001

An evening presentation of three new

pieces of sound, image, text or movement
from local and visiting artists.

Doors at 6:30pm
Presentations 7-8:30pm

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Survey Says! in Three Pieces

Three Pieces recently featured Nathan Austin’s Survey Says! in their electronic pages:


Nathan Austin uses found textual materials to interrogate language’s role in creating and mediating relationships between self, body, and social orders. Through the use of procedural techniques, he disrupts and re-interprets conventions of intention and meaning. His most recent book, Survey Says! (Black Maze Books, 2009) is a systematic re-ordering of all the answers provided by contestants on Family Feud over the span of two months.

Thanks to the editors for their time and care…we quite love their blog. Especially now. Read more about Nathan there. Thank Nathan for being a fantastic poet by picking up his book here.

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