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Talking with Lance Olsen on FC2′s 40th Birthday

Founded in 1974, FC2 is one of America’s best-known ongoing literary experiments and progressive art communities. They’ve published some great stuff over the years, including some of Raymond Federman’s first work, along with early Mark Leyner.

In honor of FC2’s fortieth birthday, publisher Lance Olsen talked to HTMLGiant about publishing, longevity, and innovation.

Check out the interview here.

(from htmlgiant )

We need your links!

Good news: We switched hosting companies. We’re now using pair Networks and the site is five times faster. (I’ve been using pair since the late 90s and they have always been rock solid. They don’t have a race car driver with a nice rack pushing their stuff during the Superbowl, but they do good work.)

Bad news: I managed to lose all of the links in the sidebar when I moved the site.

So, I need some links to go over there, and it wouldn’t hurt if your site linked here, too.  If you’re an author or publisher of the kind of weird stuff we do here, or you’re running another lit site or your own NyQuil enthusiast message board, please leave a comment with your site, or hit us up on facebook or twitter, or drop a line to info at paragraphline dot com.

Thanks!
-JK

Get the complete Prisoner scripts online!

I was always a big fan of the TV show The Prisoner, partly because I listened to too much Iron Maiden as a teenager and about 37% of their songs were about the show, and partly because it wasn’t on our five TV channels and I could only see it when I was out of town and staying up all night, flipping through the high UHF channels. Zack writes, “Here’s a collection of PDFs of ALL the original scripts to Patrick McGoohan’s surreal cult classic, along with several unmade scripts and several multiple drafts of episodes. It’s the next-best-thing to being in The Village, minus the brainwashing and evil weather balloons.” via Boing Boing

New Book of Vonnegut Doodles

Book CoverThere’s a new book coming out that features Kurt Vonnegut’s strange little drawings and doodles, something we saw a little of in Breakfast of Champions,  but which also flourished in a second career of his, when he created artwork that was eventually exhibited in one-man shows in New York.

The new book is published by his daughter Nanette, also an accomplished artist.  Check out this slide show from the book over at The New Yorker:

Slide Show: Kurt Vonnegut’s Whimsical Drawings : The New Yorker.

Also, you can preorder the book over at Amazon – it comes out on 5/13.

The Last Slice of Pizza by Joseph Hirsch

UnknownFrequent Paragraph Line contributor Joseph Hirsch has a new book out, and it’s a pretty fun read. The Last Slice of Pizza is the story of a pizza delivery guy, an alien abduction, and the end of the world.

I was asked to blurb the book, and here’s what I had to say:

An amazing fusion of the realism of a down-and-out pizza driver mixed with a high-stakes science fiction tale about the fate of mankind.  Hirsh has blended genre and literary fiction in this page-turning novel that includes elements ranging from galactic space travel to German rocket scientists and Gulf War syndrome. The Last Slice of Pizza is a highly enjoyable fusion of slipstream and heartfelt fiction that will keep you cemented through the entire journey.

Hirsch has been publishing some awesome short stories here, but this book even tops that.  Check it out here.

Remember when New York had book stores?

There was a shitty Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks movie with a title I won’t even repeat here that had to do with big chain bookstores pushing out little independent ones. Well, now the big chains are closing, too. $40K a month rent in Manhattan will do that, as well as that whole deal where people don’t read anymore, and buy their 50 Shades books online.

The saddest part of this article is the laundry list of book stores I used to go to in the 00s when I lived out in the big smear.  I really miss Coliseum, but also did a lot of damage to Borders, and even that flagship B&N that got shuttered last year.  How long will The Strand hang in?  Depressing stuff.

Surging Rents Force Booksellers From Manhattan – NYTimes.com.

The Design of The Grand Budapest Hotel

I saw the new Wes Anderson movie The Grand Budapest Hotel this weekend, and as always, the design is incredible.  It’s amazing how a camera is quickly panning through the hotel and some little detail like a 1960s East German-esque sign on the wall made me crack up laughing.

Here’s a great article on the design of the movie: http://www.creativereview.co.uk/cr-blog/2014/march/grand-budapest-hotel – makes me want to go out and create some chapbook/zine thing with distressed and aged pages that look like a fictional European country from the thirties.