Oulipo’s interactive concept of “tree literature” was first implemented by Raymond Queneau in his short story “Un conte à votre façon” (A Story as You Like It). In this wickedly clever (and very funny) variation, Kim Vodicka follows in Queneau’s hallowed footsteps with a do-it-yourself text that’s guaranteed to satisfy all-comers.
InA Dirty Story as You Like It, the reader chooses from multiple plots, navigates the course to a satisfying climax, or changes direction whenever the urge strikes. Do all roads lead to ecstasy? Who knows, who cares, because getting there is half the fun.
Le Chat Noir was a playground for painters, writers, poets, pranksters, and musicians, all gleefully demolishing the standards of art and good taste. Caroline Crépiat examines such eccentric personalities as Paul Verlaine, Alphonse Allais, Marie Krysinska, Maurice Mac-Nab, and Charles Cros, and analyzes their treatment of money, women, translation, humor, sex, disease, and scatology, with generous samplings of the original texts. A masterful look at a rich and colorful legend of the avant-garde!
Le Chat Noir Exposed Caroline Crépiat Translated by Doug Skinner BLACK SCAT BOOKS trade paper, 182 pp., Illustrated; $15.95 ISBN: 978-1-7356159-6-7
This yummy collection of pataphysical inventions by Derek Pell and Doug Skinner has just hit the shelves. It even features some collage illustrations by yours truly. (Apparently they didn’t have room for my name on the cover, but we’ll let that pass.) Look closely and you’ll see the book has an Afterword by the great French humorist Alphonse Allais. That alone should send you off to Zon to buy a copy.
I’m pleased to announce that AMAZING COVERSis now available from Ferdydurke Books in San Francisco. It’s filled with full-cover reproductions, featuring comic book classics such as Silly Psychopaths, Unknown Worlds, The Marquis de Jughead, Weird Science, and many more. You can add this awesome new art book to your coffee table for $20, or grab the digital edition for only $7.50. It’s truly amazing.