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Long Live Life!

November 20th, 2017 · No Comments

Long Live Life is now available! It’s my seventh translation of the peerless French humorist Alphonse Allais, a favorite of Surrealists, ‘Pataphysicians, and astute readers everywhere!

This is the first publication in English of the master’s 1892 collection, Vive la Vie! — stories culled from the pages of the legendary Bohemian paper Le Chat Noir, packed with madcap (and bawdy) tales of love, adultery, the supernatural, military life, and fake news. These texts are quintessentially Allaisian, spiked with absurd digressions, parenthetical asides, footnotes, puns, jokes, military jargon, Parisian slang, neologisms, dog Latin, literary quotations, and other unmentionable forms of wordplay. This special Black Scat edition features four additional short stories not included in the original French volume, as well as a lively introduction, illustrations, and fascinating notes on the text by Doug Skinner. Explosions of laughter guaranteed.

You can find it on Amazon, or from Black Scat Books.

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How About a Movie?

November 15th, 2017 · No Comments

I don’t see the point of sitting through a movie, so I wrote a song about it. I hope I made my position clear.

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Sugar

November 7th, 2017 · No Comments

I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but here’s a little song for those who do.

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Le Scat Noir 229

October 31st, 2017 · No Comments

Le Scat Noir #229 is now out, and you’ll probably enjoy it. It’s overflowing with artistic delights, including my parody of Longfellow and Baudelaire, “Hiawatha and the Carcass,” and my usual page of musical instrument drawings. You can get a PDF for a dollar, and it’s over here.

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Free Wine

October 15th, 2017 · 3 Comments

A song about the free wine at gallery openings. There was originally a second chorus about the free wine once offered in Chinese restaurants, but the chorus was removed when the practice was abandoned.

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An Ad for “The Zombie of Great Peru”

October 8th, 2017 · No Comments

Norman Conquest of Black Scat Books sent me this spiffy ad for The Zombie of Great Peru, written by Pierre-Corneille Blessebois and translated by Doug Skinner. Read the ad! Buy the book!

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Le Scat Noir 228

October 1st, 2017 · 1 Comment

You can now obtain the 228th edition of Le Scat Noir, over here. This one contains another page of my musical instrument drawings, the full score of my song “Buenas Noches, Little Roaches,” and my translation of Alphonse Allais’s story “Shocking.” There are many other things in it too, I might add. And it’s now $5, so pony up!

I neglected to mention the last issue, what with getting The Doug Skinner Songbook out. That one is full of Skinner stuff: my musical instrument drawings, a short story called “The Cinematographer and the Megachiropteran,” and translation/adaptations of short Oulipian works by Raymond Queneau and Georges Perec. And it’s the last free issue, available here.

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Dagger 1

September 26th, 2017 · 1 Comment

I have three (you can count them) pages of comics in the first issue of Dagger magazine. My contributions are “Cupid” and “How Pleasant to Know Mr. Skinner”; the magazine is a glossy production, too big for my scanner, edited by Don Jolly and Matt James. More info here.

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Index Cards (83)

September 17th, 2017 · No Comments

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The Doug Skinner Songbook

August 31st, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Doug Skinner Songbook is now available! This elegant oversized paperback contains 46 of my songs, including such favorites as “Buenas Noches, Little Roaches,” “Love Me Unconditionally,” “My Pal Satan,” and “Bloated Plutocrats on Parade”! They’re “chillingly zany” (New York Times); they’re “scathingly witty… lullabies etched in acid” (Metro Magazine), and now you can add them to your music rack! It’s 116 pages, and it’s published by the intrepid Black Scat Books. And it’s available on Amazon. Pick up a copy, and rev up those vocal cords!

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