“I once knew a pathological liar that claimed he owned his own island. I asked to see photos of it, but he said he’d never been there. I chose to believe the lie because the lie was beautiful.”
— From my new essay, Your Voice, Saving Mein Sundog Lit today as part of “Nothing Works Until It Does,” a series of works inspired by Dolan Morgan’s forthcoming book, That’s When the Knives Come Down. (via chelseahodson)

IMMATERIAL (the digital journal of Marina Abramovic Institute) donated one nothing to the final week of pre-sales for THAT’S WHEN THE KNIVES COME DOWN

Yes, you could be the lucky winner of nothing!

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From the publisher:

Today marks the final week to get TWTKCD for just $13, as well as all the additional presale incentives!

But, just in case that’s not enough to entice you, we’re kicking off the final week with an additional attraction: a giveaway!

Starting today, Wednesday, August 13, anyone who buys any of the presale options will automatically be eligible to win one of the following packages:

THE READER PACKAGE
For READERS only, one lucky winner will receive a copy of For Promotional Use Only, an ebook that includes dozens of additional stories and illustrations by Dolan!

THE GENESIS PACKAGE
For all entrants, one lucky winner will receive a copy of the first print annual of apt (originally published January, 2011), wherein we first met Dolan via his story, “Investment Banking in Reverse,” and which includes even more illustrations by the lovely Robin E. Mørk!

THE IMMATERIAL PACKAGE
For all entrants, one grand prize winner will receive “nothing,” generously donated by IMMATERIAL Journal. That’s right: nothing. Which is exciting, because you can do anything with nothing! Or maybe you can’t do anything with nothing. Let’s find out!

IMPORTANT NOTE
You may be thinking, “Hey, wait a second, I already ordered one of the presale options—what do I get?”

To be as fair as possible, we wanted to include everyone who has invested in Dolan’s book so far. For anyone who’s already purchased the book or one of the presale incentives and wants to be eligible for the giveaway, all you need to do is watch Dolan’s interview with goat farmer, Jennifer Coughlin, and answer the following question via FacebookTwitter, or Tumblr:

What is Jennifer Coughlin afraid her son will someday ask her?

That’s it! All winners will be chosen at random, and announced on Thursday, August 21. And while you’re waiting to hear about the big winners, you should check out the interview Dolan recently did at IMMATERIAL Journal.

http://aforementionedproductions.com/morgan-presale/

Hey! IMMATERIAL interviewed me about THAT’S WHEN THE KNIVES COME DOWN and nothing. I even share one of my favorite recipes.

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LOOK INSIDE YOUR HEART. IT’S MOSTLY NOTHING. I MEAN AT THE PHYSICAL LEVEL. A HYDROGEN ATOM IS SOMETHING LIKE 99.9999999999996% EMPTY. IT’S BASICALLY NOT EVEN THERE. GIVE OR TAKE A FEW PERCENTAGE POINTS, THAT’S TRUE OF MOST EVERYTHING. THAT IS, EVERYTHING IS MOSTLY NOTHING. NOTHING IS ALL AROUND US AND INSIDE US. IT’S A MIRACLE THAT WE SEE ANYTHING ELSE AT ALL, AND A REAL SHAME THAT WE IGNORE NOTHING SO OFTEN. IT’S LIKE HAVING A JAR THAT HAS NINETY-NINE SKITTLES IN IT AND ONE BROKEN CRUMB OF A PIECE OF AN M&M AND SAYING “LOOK AT MY BOWL OF M&M’S” … AND THEN BUILDING HUMAN HISTORY AROUND THAT CANDY DUST.

Some exciting news on this soon.

the first illegal prime

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writing process blog tour

what are you working on?

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how does your work differ from other writers of your genre?

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why do you write what you do?

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how does your writing process work?

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Thanks so much to the wonderful Timur Bardot Mukhodinov for inviting me to participate in this peculiar blog tour. You should go see him read some time. He’s great. Next week, the tour visits Natalie Eilbert's site to hear how she does things.

“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.
Okay, listen up real quick. Are you tired of accidentally missing your favorite authors when they hang out with us? Check this out: Now you can receive text message alerts about events at WORD. Sign up here. Totally.
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.
Okay, listen up real quick. Are you tired of accidentally missing your favorite authors when they hang out with us? Check this out: Now you can receive text message alerts about events at WORD. Sign up here. Totally.
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.
Okay, listen up real quick. Are you tired of accidentally missing your favorite authors when they hang out with us? Check this out: Now you can receive text message alerts about events at WORD. Sign up here. Totally.
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.
Okay, listen up real quick. Are you tired of accidentally missing your favorite authors when they hang out with us? Check this out: Now you can receive text message alerts about events at WORD. Sign up here. Totally.
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.
Okay, listen up real quick. Are you tired of accidentally missing your favorite authors when they hang out with us? Check this out: Now you can receive text message alerts about events at WORD. Sign up here. Totally.
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.
Okay, listen up real quick. Are you tired of accidentally missing your favorite authors when they hang out with us? Check this out: Now you can receive text message alerts about events at WORD. Sign up here. Totally.

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.

Okay, listen up real quick. Are you tired of accidentally missing your favorite authors when they hang out with us? Check this out: Now you can receive text message alerts about events at WORD. Sign up here. Totally.

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.”