An illustration from Chapter 44 of Captain Cap, by Alphonse Allais, in my illustrated translation available from Black Scat Books. The scene shows a café after Allais and Cap have had a few drinks.
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February 21st, 2017 · 1 Comment
August 15th, 2016 · 1 Comment
Ever eager for literary constraints, I wrote this tale in heroic couplets, alternating masculine and feminine rhymes, with each stanza an acrostic of the title. Heroic couplets seemed appropriate, since it concerns adultery at a cosplay convention. Here’s the first stanza (of eight): The Chromatologist was colorblind: He had to check the colors in his […]
July 19th, 2016 · 2 Comments
Speaking of ears, here are some sketches of chonchons, those peculiar creatures from Chilean folklore. Borges described them at some length in his Book of Imaginary Beings; here’s a shorter account, from the Dizionario dei Mostri (ed. Massimo Izzi, L’Airone, Roma, 1997), in my translation: Vampire composed of an isolated human head with enormous ears, […]
November 9th, 2015 · 2 Comments
September 14th, 2015 · No Comments
Here’s the first page of a talk on Charles Fort and his influence, which I gave at the Morbid Anatomy Museum on September 10, 2015. I tried to cover as much fortean history as possible in 45 minutes.
June 1st, 2015 · 2 Comments
Just in time for June Gloom, Black Scat Books proudly presents the first in a series of Black Scat Broadsides: Alphonse Allais’s “A Curious Physiological Industry,” translated by Doug Skinner. In the spirit of Swift’s “A Modest Proposal,” this rare text is the master absurdist at his devilish best — a full-color, poster-sized (12 x […]
February 26th, 2015 · 1 Comment
The latest issue of Cabinet, #55, is devoted to love. It contains a postcard with an excerpt from my book Horoscrapes. You can buy a copy, and send a Horoscrape through the U.S. postal system!
December 17th, 2013 · 3 Comments
Another round for the holidays.
October 11th, 2013 · 4 Comments
The trade edition of Captain Cap is now available! Alphonse Allais’s hard-drinking, proto-pataphysical antihero, based on his friend Albert Caperon, bullies bartenders, swindles prostitutes, travels the world, and offers such useful inventions as the smell-buoy, the kangacycle, the bacteria motor, and much more. This edition collects the four installments previously published by Black Scat […]
September 23rd, 2013 · 1 Comment
The fourth and final volume of Captain Cap is now available from Black Scat Books. In these sixteen stories, Alphonse Allais’s hard-drinking polymath proposes crocodile bridges, volatile ink, the kangacycle, smell-buoys, and much more. Captain Cap, first published in 1902, and continually popular in France, has previously been translated into Czech, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, […]