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Loading the Stone

Harley Elliott weaves a story about arrowheads buried in the Kansas Flint Hills.

June 21st, 2009 · Written by · 1 Comment

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Right away, Loading the Stone doesn’t seem to be typical Depraved Press fodder. A non-fiction book about arrowheads buried in the Kansas Flint Hills feels misplaced, lacking the progressive political agenda for which Thirdeye is known. But like the subject matter in this, Harley Elliott’s twelfth book and first collection of non-fiction, there exists below the surface universal binds and shared histories from which the impetus of progression can be said to reside. [...]

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Angeldust Apocalypse

A collection of Bizarro tales by Jeremy Robert Johnson

January 13th, 2008 · Written by · No Comments

Angel Dust Apocalypse

Angeldust Apocalypse belongs to an emerging genre called Bizarro fiction, which holds disturbing imagery as one of its defining characteristics. I could focus on these often macabre situations in Angeldust Apocalypse — moments of human body modification, subcutaneous worm trafficking, corporate logo shaped scars — but to do just that would be doing this collection a severe disservice. [...]

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The Cave of the Yellow Dog

Written & Directed by Mongolian Filmmaker Byambasuren Davaa

December 13th, 2007 · Written by · No Comments

Cave of the Yellow Dog

When at its best, cinema transports its audience to another time and place, freeing the throngs of weary cubicle-dwellers from the throes of their everyday existence. A film usually does this in one of two ways: by providing a penetrating look at our own world that is somehow more real than the reality it portrays, or by offering entry into a fantasy realm—a world of imagination recognizable by virtue of its being unrecognizable. The Cave of the Yellow Dog, a genre-blurring docudrama about a real family scratching out a traditional existence on the desolate plains of Mongolia, does both.

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Skunk: A Love Story

Justin Courter's Darkly Comedic First Novel

December 9th, 2007 · Written by · No Comments

Skunk

Skunk: A Love Story feels familiar. One can smell, if you will, a trace of recognition. Our antisocial yet romantic protagonist falls in love, suffers betrayal, adopts a simpler life, and learns a few lessons along the way – all while dealing with substance addition. While these broad events have been tasted before, Skunk does offer something distinctive: Damien Youngquist, an intelligent and socially crippled middle-aged office worker, is addicted to skunk musk.

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Saul Williams

The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust!

November 12th, 2007 · Written by · No Comments

Niggy Tardust

Off the heels of Radiohead’s “pay what you want” digital distribution, Williams ups the ante, offering his latest album for free with the option to donate $5 to the artist. All this while being decidedly less established. After several tours, opening for Nine Inch Nails, Williams and NIN’s Trent Reznor hook up to collaborate on what can only be described as a monumental success in programming. [...]

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