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The Cocktail Hour

May 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

The Cocktail Hour is now available! This classic cocktail guide from 1927 contains 224 recipes collected by Marcel Requien, and a running commentary on the proper drink (and etiquette) for every hour of the day by Lucien Farnoux-Reynaud. The bilingual edition from Corps Reviver includes the original French text, an English translation by Doug Skinner […]

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Reading Alphonse Allais

April 30th, 2017 · No Comments

The book blog Wuthering Expectations has commented on my translations of Alphonse Allais from time to time. You’ll probably want to read those posts, which you can do over here.

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Le Scat Noir 222

April 9th, 2017 · No Comments

Issue 222 of Le Scat Noir is now available from Black Scat Books. You can download it for free in the handy PDF format. This issue contains, among other things, another page of my musical instrument drawings and a selection from I Am Sarcey.

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I Am Sarcey

April 1st, 2017 · No Comments

Francisque Sarcey was Paris’s most celebrated critic in the 1890s, and one of its most conservative. He famously panned Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi as “a filthy fraud that deserves nothing but the silence of contempt,” and praised light, commercial fare. Not surprisingly, he became an object of derision for young poets and artists. Nobody took […]

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Le Scat Noir 220

January 31st, 2017 · No Comments

The 220th issue of Le Scat Noir is now available! You can get it free, in that handy PDF format, here. This issue contains my short story Selby Yarrow’s Private Diary and another page of my musical instrument drawings. There’s a lot of other stuff too, by many fine writers and artists. Go look!

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Black Scat Review 17

January 8th, 2017 · No Comments

The 17th issue of Black Scat Review is now out, subtitled “Dada Forgery.” I contributed a piece on Tristan Tzara’s final book, Le Secret de Villon, in which he searched for “discontinuous anagrams” in the works of Villon and Rabelais. Other contributors include Captain Anonymous, David Moscovich, Anna Keeler, Christy Sheffield Sanford, Karl Waldmann, Ruth […]

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Le Scat Noir 219

January 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

The 219th issue of Le Scat Noir is now available, ready to be read or downloaded, free, over here. It contains another page of my musical instrument drawings, as well as my translation of Alphonse Allais’s story “Comfort.” The Bohemian spirit is alive!

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Le Scat Noir 218

December 1st, 2016 · 2 Comments

You can click here for your copy of Le Scat Noir, in handy PDF form. This 218th issue contains my translation of Alphonse Allais’s “Christmas Story,” more of my drawings of imaginary musical instruments, and much more by other people. It’s festive!

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Double Over: Blackcattish Stories

November 20th, 2016 · 3 Comments

Black Scat Books is proud to serve up the master absurdist’s inaugural collection,  containing his hand-picked favorites from the pages of Le Chat Noir, the bohemian journal that amused and scandalized Paris. Here you’ll find Allais in the first flush of his comic genius, spinning out elegant and hilarious gems of black humor on suicide, […]

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The Vulture and the Jackal

November 16th, 2016 · 5 Comments

I’ve written fables in verse for many years, mostly so that I can work within a set of specific formal constraints. My fables are invariably made of seven couplets, in strict iambic tetrameter, with no feminine rhymes, inversions, or sprung rhythms. These constraints, mind you, are not arbitrary, but chosen for their poetic effect. At […]

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