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Ritual America (A Caged Bird Stands on the Grave of Dreams or ‘how I escaped the Worldwide Church of God’): Matthew Graham in Conversation with Chris Kelso – PART ONE

“Beware of false prophets” 

                          – Matthew 7:15,

        Matthew William Graham will be forty on the Sunday of our interview. During conversation, his tone vacillates between sustained notes of optimism and a crushing hopelessness. Like that which is present in most people of substance, there is an experience-provoked duality at play. And darkness has been animated for Matthew. When he closes his eyes the night becomes a hope-sucking vacuity,

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Sam Pink, Sean Thor Conroe, and Institutional Rot – Scott Litts

The controversy around Sean Thor Conroe and Sam Pink raises interesting questions about authenticity, and how the comparatively well-off have a tendency (which is maybe a particularly American tendency) to grasp at low-culture and reject their relative status.

It’s often the case that American high-culture produces dissatisfaction with itself, and in the occasional case of someone like Sean Thor Conroe,

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Interview with Curtis Eggleston

MM) You’ve lived all over. While Hollow Nacelle is decidedly a Los Angeles/American Southwestern novel, it exudes a kind of Zen, a mysticism, a preoccupation with nature and the nature of sound. Tell us about your physical and spiritual life trajectory and how it led you to expat. How has living in places far-flung from California informed this novel?

 

CE) I pray more than I used to.

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Interview with Calvin Westra

MM) Family Annihilator went through a few different phases of conception. You’ve been muttering online and through various channels about this mysterious novella for a while now. Could you share the process of revelation you had that brought us this book in its final incarnation?

 

CW) From what I recall, sometime in 2018 I was writing a short story about a young couple making a weird YouTube horror show.

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