“The fact of this haphazard unity extends far back from the water into town, into the streets and shops, even our homes, our beds, our hands and hearts. Everyone everywhere, all of us, we make our choices and live our own lives, yes, of course we do. How else could one moment unfold into the next? Janet bakes her bread at three PM and so then comes four PM, just as always, and Erin mends her stockings at dusk so then comes night and even the day, how else can it be. And Janet doesn’t consult Erin on flour before firing up the oven, Erin does not commission Janet’s stitch expertise before starting her needlework, no, of course not, no more than one hour consults the next, and no more than dusk commissions the advice of day. It just happens, as a matter of course, and without conspiracy.”
wordbookstores:

The Weekly WORD, Brooklyn
On Tuesday, July 15th, at 7 p.m., we’ll be joined by Amy Sohn, author of, among other things, The Actress. She’ll be in conversation with Choire Sicha (A Very Recent History, The Awl). You’ll be entranced, you’ll be refreshed (by refreshments). We’ll be seat-dancing for joy. 
On Saturday, July 19th, at 11 a.m., our Indie Press Book Group, lead by Dolan Morgan (That’s When the Knives Come Down), will be discussing Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli, available from Coffee House Press. As usual, all book group picks are 10% off in store.
Also on Saturday, July 19th, at 1 p.m., YA Not?, our young adult book group for all ages, will beet to discuss Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Pick it up today and you’ll get 10% off.
Saturday evening, at 7 p.m., Greenpoint Comedy Night returns to WORD with host Michael Karlik. Performers include Sam Evans, Andy Palmer, Michelle McGill, Brett Hiker, Adrian Davidson, Samantha Bednarz, and Maurice Licorish. Six bucks gets you in and laughing. It also gets you two Brooklyn Brewery beers, which will help with the laughing, if you need it. You won’t.
Sunday, April 20th, at 5 p.m., marks the next session of Writecraft, WORD’s monthly writing series. This month, Michael R. Underwood (Attack the Geek, Celebromancy) hosts, offering a presentation on dialogue and character voice, as well as an hour of silent writing. You’ve got the ideas. Now give them the time they deserve.
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wordbookstores:

The Weekly WORD, Brooklyn
On Tuesday, July 15th, at 7 p.m., we’ll be joined by Amy Sohn, author of, among other things, The Actress. She’ll be in conversation with Choire Sicha (A Very Recent History, The Awl). You’ll be entranced, you’ll be refreshed (by refreshments). We’ll be seat-dancing for joy. 
On Saturday, July 19th, at 11 a.m., our Indie Press Book Group, lead by Dolan Morgan (That’s When the Knives Come Down), will be discussing Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli, available from Coffee House Press. As usual, all book group picks are 10% off in store.
Also on Saturday, July 19th, at 1 p.m., YA Not?, our young adult book group for all ages, will beet to discuss Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Pick it up today and you’ll get 10% off.
Saturday evening, at 7 p.m., Greenpoint Comedy Night returns to WORD with host Michael Karlik. Performers include Sam Evans, Andy Palmer, Michelle McGill, Brett Hiker, Adrian Davidson, Samantha Bednarz, and Maurice Licorish. Six bucks gets you in and laughing. It also gets you two Brooklyn Brewery beers, which will help with the laughing, if you need it. You won’t.
Sunday, April 20th, at 5 p.m., marks the next session of Writecraft, WORD’s monthly writing series. This month, Michael R. Underwood (Attack the Geek, Celebromancy) hosts, offering a presentation on dialogue and character voice, as well as an hour of silent writing. You’ve got the ideas. Now give them the time they deserve.
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wordbookstores:

The Weekly WORD, Brooklyn
On Tuesday, July 15th, at 7 p.m., we’ll be joined by Amy Sohn, author of, among other things, The Actress. She’ll be in conversation with Choire Sicha (A Very Recent History, The Awl). You’ll be entranced, you’ll be refreshed (by refreshments). We’ll be seat-dancing for joy. 
On Saturday, July 19th, at 11 a.m., our Indie Press Book Group, lead by Dolan Morgan (That’s When the Knives Come Down), will be discussing Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli, available from Coffee House Press. As usual, all book group picks are 10% off in store.
Also on Saturday, July 19th, at 1 p.m., YA Not?, our young adult book group for all ages, will beet to discuss Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Pick it up today and you’ll get 10% off.
Saturday evening, at 7 p.m., Greenpoint Comedy Night returns to WORD with host Michael Karlik. Performers include Sam Evans, Andy Palmer, Michelle McGill, Brett Hiker, Adrian Davidson, Samantha Bednarz, and Maurice Licorish. Six bucks gets you in and laughing. It also gets you two Brooklyn Brewery beers, which will help with the laughing, if you need it. You won’t.
Sunday, April 20th, at 5 p.m., marks the next session of Writecraft, WORD’s monthly writing series. This month, Michael R. Underwood (Attack the Geek, Celebromancy) hosts, offering a presentation on dialogue and character voice, as well as an hour of silent writing. You’ve got the ideas. Now give them the time they deserve.
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wordbookstores:

The Weekly WORD, Brooklyn
On Tuesday, July 15th, at 7 p.m., we’ll be joined by Amy Sohn, author of, among other things, The Actress. She’ll be in conversation with Choire Sicha (A Very Recent History, The Awl). You’ll be entranced, you’ll be refreshed (by refreshments). We’ll be seat-dancing for joy. 
On Saturday, July 19th, at 11 a.m., our Indie Press Book Group, lead by Dolan Morgan (That’s When the Knives Come Down), will be discussing Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli, available from Coffee House Press. As usual, all book group picks are 10% off in store.
Also on Saturday, July 19th, at 1 p.m., YA Not?, our young adult book group for all ages, will beet to discuss Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Pick it up today and you’ll get 10% off.
Saturday evening, at 7 p.m., Greenpoint Comedy Night returns to WORD with host Michael Karlik. Performers include Sam Evans, Andy Palmer, Michelle McGill, Brett Hiker, Adrian Davidson, Samantha Bednarz, and Maurice Licorish. Six bucks gets you in and laughing. It also gets you two Brooklyn Brewery beers, which will help with the laughing, if you need it. You won’t.
Sunday, April 20th, at 5 p.m., marks the next session of Writecraft, WORD’s monthly writing series. This month, Michael R. Underwood (Attack the Geek, Celebromancy) hosts, offering a presentation on dialogue and character voice, as well as an hour of silent writing. You’ve got the ideas. Now give them the time they deserve.
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wordbookstores:

The Weekly WORD, Brooklyn
On Tuesday, July 15th, at 7 p.m., we’ll be joined by Amy Sohn, author of, among other things, The Actress. She’ll be in conversation with Choire Sicha (A Very Recent History, The Awl). You’ll be entranced, you’ll be refreshed (by refreshments). We’ll be seat-dancing for joy. 
On Saturday, July 19th, at 11 a.m., our Indie Press Book Group, lead by Dolan Morgan (That’s When the Knives Come Down), will be discussing Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli, available from Coffee House Press. As usual, all book group picks are 10% off in store.
Also on Saturday, July 19th, at 1 p.m., YA Not?, our young adult book group for all ages, will beet to discuss Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Pick it up today and you’ll get 10% off.
Saturday evening, at 7 p.m., Greenpoint Comedy Night returns to WORD with host Michael Karlik. Performers include Sam Evans, Andy Palmer, Michelle McGill, Brett Hiker, Adrian Davidson, Samantha Bednarz, and Maurice Licorish. Six bucks gets you in and laughing. It also gets you two Brooklyn Brewery beers, which will help with the laughing, if you need it. You won’t.
Sunday, April 20th, at 5 p.m., marks the next session of Writecraft, WORD’s monthly writing series. This month, Michael R. Underwood (Attack the Geek, Celebromancy) hosts, offering a presentation on dialogue and character voice, as well as an hour of silent writing. You’ve got the ideas. Now give them the time they deserve.
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wordbookstores:

The Weekly WORD, Brooklyn
On Tuesday, July 15th, at 7 p.m., we’ll be joined by Amy Sohn, author of, among other things, The Actress. She’ll be in conversation with Choire Sicha (A Very Recent History, The Awl). You’ll be entranced, you’ll be refreshed (by refreshments). We’ll be seat-dancing for joy. 
On Saturday, July 19th, at 11 a.m., our Indie Press Book Group, lead by Dolan Morgan (That’s When the Knives Come Down), will be discussing Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli, available from Coffee House Press. As usual, all book group picks are 10% off in store.
Also on Saturday, July 19th, at 1 p.m., YA Not?, our young adult book group for all ages, will beet to discuss Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Pick it up today and you’ll get 10% off.
Saturday evening, at 7 p.m., Greenpoint Comedy Night returns to WORD with host Michael Karlik. Performers include Sam Evans, Andy Palmer, Michelle McGill, Brett Hiker, Adrian Davidson, Samantha Bednarz, and Maurice Licorish. Six bucks gets you in and laughing. It also gets you two Brooklyn Brewery beers, which will help with the laughing, if you need it. You won’t.
Sunday, April 20th, at 5 p.m., marks the next session of Writecraft, WORD’s monthly writing series. This month, Michael R. Underwood (Attack the Geek, Celebromancy) hosts, offering a presentation on dialogue and character voice, as well as an hour of silent writing. You’ve got the ideas. Now give them the time they deserve.
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wordbookstores:

The Weekly WORD, Brooklyn

  • On Tuesday, July 15th, at 7 p.m., we’ll be joined by Amy Sohn, author of, among other things, The Actress. She’ll be in conversation with Choire Sicha (A Very Recent History, The Awl). You’ll be entranced, you’ll be refreshed (by refreshments). We’ll be seat-dancing for joy. 
  • On Saturday, July 19th, at 11 a.m., our Indie Press Book Group, lead by Dolan Morgan (That’s When the Knives Come Down), will be discussing Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli, available from Coffee House Press. As usual, all book group picks are 10% off in store.
  • Also on Saturday, July 19th, at 1 p.m., YA Not?, our young adult book group for all ages, will beet to discuss Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Pick it up today and you’ll get 10% off.
  • Saturday evening, at 7 p.m., Greenpoint Comedy Night returns to WORD with host Michael Karlik. Performers include Sam Evans,
    Andy Palmer, Michelle McGill, Brett Hiker, Adrian Davidson, Samantha Bednarz, and Maurice Licorish. Six bucks gets you in and laughing. It also gets you two Brooklyn Brewery beers, which will help with the laughing, if you need it. You won’t.
  • Sunday, April 20th, at 5 p.m., marks the next session of Writecraft, WORD’s monthly writing series. This month, Michael R. Underwood (Attack the Geek, Celebromancy) hosts, offering a presentation on dialogue and character voice, as well as an hour of silent writing. You’ve got the ideas. Now give them the time they deserve.

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Monster erotica is one of the most deplorable genres out there — so, against all sense of reason, I’ve decided to work on some. Here’s a new thing that Ampersand was kind enough to toss into the world. It’s loosely based on opera and features giants.

http://ampersandreview.com/2014/07/cavatina-dafne-by-dolan-morgan/

Really digging this bit from bldgblog: 

"As Prelinger described it, the human telephone was like an electromagnetic update to the oracle at Delphi: a lone female figure with access to distant voices, dancing slowly across a dance floor secretly wired from below, an interactive surface whose hidden technology extended up into her very clothing. 

There were copper wires woven through her dress, copper-soled shoes on her feet, even copper nails hammered in the floor below, and this all effectively turned her into a living telephone network—the “human telephone” of the article’s title—receiving voices from some continent-scale network invisible to spectators’ eyes. Oracular and alluring, she would then invite members of the audience to join her in this choreography, where ghostly conversations-at-a-distance would ensue.”

Returning to this today in honor of The ASDF resharing “Kiss My Annulus.” Woo woo

inguinalvoid:

Sometimes the world is a truly magical place.

thenewephemera:

The internet decided to revise my work. It did a great job.

I wrote a story called “Kiss My Annulus,” about the origin of SPAM and pyramid schemes inserting itself into someone’s life, published at the very cool Contrary Magazine. Then something strange happened:

I noticed that two erroneous paragraph breaks had recently appeared in the text, and I wrote to editor Jeff McMahon. This is not the strange part.

When I pasted the questionable sections of text into gmail, links to websites about erectile dysfunction appeared at the cross-hairs of the strange paragraph breaks. 

My story got hacked.

So, this self-reflexive piece about spam advertising has a new layer of subtext, namely more spam advertising, a synecdoche that literally exists between the lines.

I’m into it.

"Kiss My Annulus " by Dolan Morgan

theasdf:

"Ringing phones start too many stories. Take this one for example." »

Super excited to see this story of mine featured in the The ASDF, a cool magazine/endeavor dedicated to bumping previously published work. Woohoo.

Birdheaded man struts across his roof to his useless plane while a giant phone gazes longingly from the shadows.

I interviewed a cruise line employee and a tow truck driver about the ocean and being alone. Go see the video on Electric Literature. 

http://electricliterature.com/video-dolan-morgan-interviews-a-two-truck-driver-and-cruise-line-employee/ I interviewed a cruise line employee and a tow truck driver about the ocean and being alone. Go see the video on Electric Literature. 

http://electricliterature.com/video-dolan-morgan-interviews-a-two-truck-driver-and-cruise-line-employee/

I interviewed a cruise line employee and a tow truck driver about the ocean and being alone. Go see the video on Electric Literature.

http://electricliterature.com/video-dolan-morgan-interviews-a-two-truck-driver-and-cruise-line-employee/

YOU ENTER A ROOM

You enter a room. The room takes notice and is displeased. Angry. The room demands explanation. Why are you entering me? On whose authority? Certainly not mine, the room says, I have no authority – a fact which you are all too willing to exploit, the room says. I know your kind, the room says. Coming/going, all day long. You think you’re first to enter me? Hardly. You arrive unannounced and present yourself like some kind of treat! Hello!, you say, here I am, look at me, Room, be ready, be happy, be thankful, for me, the comer and goer, trespasser and traveler, I have come to make use of you, to make you useful, to give you meaning and purpose: housing and holding me! No. You are not a treat and I am not thankful. You are a jerk, and I am unthankful. I do not receive my purpose or meaning from you. I receive my ire from you, and frankly, I’m fed up. So get out. Be gone. Have off. The sooner the better.

Contrary to the room’s demands, you do not leave. You remain. Since when do rooms tell you what to do? No, room, you say. I am not leaving. There was a door, and I have entered it, and we both must deal with this fact together, not in a fit of anger, but through civil discourse.  The room is silent. Taken aback? Shocked? Defeated? Hello room, you say, are you listening? I’m not leaving just because you say so. I’m staying. Silence. Nothing. You look at the walls around you. The door, floor, nothing.

And that’s when the room enters you. 

You take immediate notice of the fact and are displeased. Angry – and extremely uncomfortable. The room does not fit inside of you. Not at all. But it is inside of you. The facts are disquieting. The not-fitting and the being-there-anyway. Painful. You feel every inch of the room against your skin. Stretching you. So it’s no surprise you sense the door opening, within. Or the person entering. Entering the room inside your body. Then the next. And the next. Oh god, you think, oh god, and wait wait wait, where even am I? I am not where I was. Where I was is now inside of me. It is safe to say that by being entered, you have effectively exited. You take where you’ve been and what you’ve done into this new place.

___________________

From Bound by Chance, a project from Ace Hotel and WORD Bookstore, featuring work from Bill Cheng, Myke Cole, Nick Douglas, Chad Felix, Rachel Fershleiser, Roxane Gay, Chelsea Hodson, Kat Howard, Edan Lepucki, Thomas Page McBee, Sarah McCarry, Dolan Morgan, Travis J Nichols, Rajesh Parameswaran, Danniel Schoonebeek, and Emma Straub. Get the full book here.

I just watched a video of a baby goat dancing, and the video ended with the quote:

"If we could live happy and healthy lives without hurting others…why wouldn’t we?"

And this was meant to be inspiring and uplifting, of course, but upon reflection, this quote has got to be one of the more depressing things I’ve heard in a while. 

bushwickreview:

This is a recap of last month’s short story month. For May, National Short Story Month, The Bushwick Review featured a short story (almost!) every day on this tumblr, all by living writers. The picture above is from an event at Mellow Pages Library, hosted by the nice folks from Pioneers Press. I read a couple of the short story posts from this tumblr and then after reading each selected post, I gave a book that had that short story in it away. It was fun!

Here were the stories for each day. The date links to the post and the story title/author links to the story itself, or where you can buy the writer’s book that contains that story. I ♥ short stories and the work of the writers below. 

MAY 31"Old Tampons" by Richard Chiem
MAY 30 —  "These Are the Fables" by Amelia Gray 
MAY 29 —  "Divorcer" by Gary Lutz
MAY 28 —  "Stone Animals" by Kelly Link
MAY 27 —  "Suicide Notes" by Scott McClanahan 
MAY 26 —  “Birds And Other Things We Placed In Our Hearts” by Timmy Reed
MAY 25 —  "Likeable" by Deb Olin Unferth  
MAY 24 —  "The Walk" by Lydia Davis 
MAY 23 —  "Amplifier Worship" by Matthew Bookin
MAY 22 —  "Face" by Ravi Mangla
MAY 21 —  "The Isle of Youth" by Laura van den Berg
MAY 20 —  “Why the Things You Use Every Day Might Kill You #11: The Spoked Wheel That Turns Paper through a Dot Matrix Printer” by Dolan Morgan
MAY 19 —  "Eastward" by Rebecca Nison 
MAY 18 —  no short story this day  
MAY 17 —  "Search" by LK Shaw 
MAY 16 —  "Vincent Peppers Explains A Conference Call" by Shane Jones
MAY 15 —  no short story this day
MAY 14 —  "The Smoker" by David Schickler 
MAY 13 —  "The Last American Woman" by Elizabeth Ellen
MAY 12 —  "Car Crash While Hitchhiking" by Denis Johnson 
MAY 11 —  "Violet" by Frederick Barthelme
MAY 10 —  "The Semplica-Girl Diaries" by George Saunders
MAY 9   —   "Something That Needs Nothing" by Miranda July 
MAY 8   —   "The Other Kind of Magic" by Juliet Escoria 
MAY 7   —   "We Close Our Eyes" by Adam Wilson
MAY 6   —   "Do Not Disturb" by A.M. Homes
MAY 5   —   "Screenwriter" by Charles D’Ambrosio
MAY 4   —   "Bees" by Sam Pink 
MAY 3   —  "In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried" by Amy Hempel
MAY 2   —  "Carry Me Home, Sisters of Saint Joseph" by Marie-Helene Bertino
MAY 1  —  "To the Interstate" by Rebecca Curtis

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dopemove:

thenewephemera:

True.

I feel bad for the guy who had to figure this out the hard way. I’m sure he was standing by the elevator bank much the way we all do, wondering where he was going in life. He probably was frustrated for the elevator car that never comes to when he needs it. He was probably ready to stomp his feet and say “fuck it” and for the first time in his life take the goddamn stairs.

I bet the elevator door opened with a short ding and he was so upset by his decision to take the goddamn stairs for once he didn’t even notice the red arrow on the side of the doorway was pointing in the wrong direction. I bet he got on and didn’t even notice when he slapped the button on the wall there was no light illuminated at the center of the circle. He got on and for the first time in his life he went the wrong way and it was everything he ever needed.

I bet the elevator went down to the basement and he didn’t even notice until he was looking down a dark corridor. I probably recognized right away that he wasn’t in the right place. He wasn’t on his floor, a bright and well lit hallway. The mystery overwhelmed him, he felt the darkness pull him into the basement.

I can see him stepping off into the darkened space and the fear of a new frontier scared him enough to not spin around when the elevator door closed behind him enveloping him in the darkness of the basement. I can see him slowly walking towards a naked light bulb on the far side of the hallway, the only light in the basement casting deep shadows over everything. I can see him walking towards it with cautious trepidation, his breathing becoming loud the more he tries to stifle it.

He walks to the end of the hall and enters a small room. He walks into the center of the room, standing in the midst of shadows with an audience of nothing all around him. He slowly starts to feel the physical world slip away, there is nothing under the surface of the earth. He has become a prisoner of Hades, a pupil of Vucan, the impregnation of Gaia. The depths of the basement swallow him whole.

And with that he disappears into his own mind, forever.