Columns

Justin Isis Unveiled: On Neo-Decadence and the Literature of Anti-Apocalypse – Ben Dreith

I first discovered Justin Isis’s work in the depths of the pandemic when I came upon a sprawling post by novelist Dennis Cooper about the 2018 anthology Drowning in Beauty: The Neo-Decadent Anthology, edited by Isis. Fresh off a graduate program in literature, I had been sifting through what I considered at the time a literary world so nostalgic or pandering or self-involved that I was beginning to wonder if I should give up on contemporary fiction altogether. 

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Vote Casey – Ted Prokash

So my best friend Casey ran for mayor. And lo! how he excited us all with his brazen optimism! His heroic-pragmatic dedication to one small town sans-pity! His sturdy midwestern-phallus energy! Us–a small collection of ex-punk rockers, expatriate authors, 60s counter-culture holdovers and who have you. Freak Power rides again.

But, in the end, not so much. Casey excited others too. Rather predictably, sadly, a campaign to lead a city of 3,500,

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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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