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The Armpit – J.-K. Huysmans translated by Dennis Goodwin

for Guy de Maupassant

 

There are certain smells that are suspicious, highly ambiguous, like being shouted at in a dark alley. They waft over from those gaggles of women one encounters in working class sections of Paris. Hygienically neglectful, arms heavy from oppressive toil, they sizzle billy goat fumes from the cruxes of their sleeves.

Even more powerful and harsh, I followed such a scent trail to the countryside,

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“Like James Joyce Wrote Euphoria”: An Interview With Grendel on His New Novel, Esmerelda With an E

Scott Litts: So our mutual friend Roman D’Ambrosio told me about your manuscript in early 2022, and said he’d lost contact with you because you’d burn through anonymous/pseudonymous social media accounts and you two had never established a more permanent line of contact. I read the manuscript and was like, we definitely need to find this guy— our only clue basically being “he’s a guy who was and maybe still is in Montreal.” And then I ended up in Montreal in May of that year for work and I met up with some friends I knew there like,

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Half a Trad, A Literary Nag: Another Dunk Queen Bigger than Her Pic Wifes-Up the Agencies – Sean Kilpatrick

We once went to bed with our instincts intact. Now David Riesman’s other-directed go-getters are on the job reprimanding inward-directed submissives in the name of expressive specificity (“lucidly indifferent” boarding schoolers desire morally chic stakes, à la quality TV). Lewis Yablonsky’s image-driven robopath super-conformists (X – “regimented platitudes on a meaningless dead stage”) of the megamachine have zapped the sprezzatura from verse libre, lasered the latest prose of fustian meringue,

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Gwenace II Society

MM) This book is in many ways Gwen Hilton full frontal, full disclosure. In a sense, Where the Breastplate Meets the Blade is an unpacking of the hallucinatory Sent to the Silkworm House through candid romantic and sexual history and angular mnemonic stabs. Rather than charting your evolution as a stylist, I’m wondering if your instinct to open up more and become more public-facing in general has to do with stepping outside of your comfort zone,

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