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Kirk Curnutt

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Kirk Curnutt is the author of twelve volumes of fiction and literary criticism. His first novel, Breathing Out the Ghost, won the 2008 Best Books of Indiana competition in the fiction category. It also won a bronze IPPY and was a Foreword Magazine Book of the Year finalist. His second novel, Dixie Noir, was published in November 2009. Other recent works include Key West Hemingway, co-edited with Gail D. Sinclair (UP of Florida), The Cambridge Introduction to F. Scott Fitzgerald, the fictional dialogue with Ernest Hemingway Coffee with Hemingway (with a preface by John Updike), and the short-story collection Baby, Let’s Make a Baby, Plus Ten More Stories. The recipient of a 2007-08 Alabama State Arts Council literary fellowship, he is curren ...more


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Description: This is a story first published by Flatmancrooked before Flatmancrooked went flat. Fortunately, the amazing Steve Owens at Mixer scooped it up. It's about how Facebook, Wikipedia, Amazon, and even GoodReads aren't good for the nerves of either writers or spree killers. Lots of GR in-jokes!
The Day Draft Beer Came to Town (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: This is a newly published story. It's very political. It's about how we are now awash in a tide of socialism that prevents us natively born in the USA people from exercising our God given right to life, puberty, and the pursuit of flabbiness. It's about how we must stand up to tyranny, lest our leaders change Independancing Day from July 4 to October just to show us they can. JUST KIDDING! It's really about beer. And keg stands. And weed. Plus it has a Sapphic subtext. It's ... SUDSY. And with a good head to boot. Yeasty fun.
"The Greater Mercies of Intimacy" (Literature & Fiction)
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"Hello Liz, Goodbye Teeth" (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: In honor of the imminent rerelease of Liz Phair's epochal CD Exile in Guyville, I decided to post this oldie but moldy, too. It was published in---aww, who cares where it was published. It was inspired by my near meeting with Liz Phair, however, photographic proof of which may be found here: http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewImage&friendID=42965553&albumID=0&imageID=26124237 (That's me in the left corner, losing my religion)
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“If you are too careful, you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.”
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A girl could feel special on any such like
Said James to Red Molly, my hat's off to you
It's a Vincent Black Lightning, 1952
And I've seen you at the corners and cafes it seems
Red hair and black leather, my favourite colour scheme
And he pulled her on behind
And down to Boxhill they did ride

Said James to Red Molly, here's a ring for your right hand
But I'll tell you in earnest I'm a dangerous man
I've fought with the law since I was seventeen
I robbed many a man to get my Vincent machine
Now I'm 21 years, I might make 22
And I don't mind dying, but for the love of you
And if fate should break my stride
Then I'll give you my Vincent to ride

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For they've taken young James Adie for armed robbery
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I see angels on Ariels in leather and chrome
Swooping down from heaven to carry me home
And he gave her one last kiss and died
And he gave her his Vincent to ride”
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Books Ring Mah Bell Every time you wipe, I hope you think of Brown leaving town.


And now... 10 hours of THIS because 10 seconds is certainly NOT ENOUGH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZZ7o...


message 472: by Kirk

Kirk Books Ring Mah Bell wrote: "Because once upon a time we had youtube wars...
and I recalled those fine days...
and thought, I should revive that.

Maybe I should have left it a distant memory.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=..."

TIL BROWN LEAVES TOWN!!!!!!!! Hahahah


Books Ring Mah Bell Because once upon a time we had youtube wars...
and I recalled those fine days...
and thought, I should revive that.

Maybe I should have left it a distant memory.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vtq1X...


message 466: by Gåry!

Gåry! Kirk wrote: "Gåry! wrote: "Relevant, sir, to your interests: A Zelda Fitz. cake!"
That's awesome! Ha, I love it. Is it really a cake? I wouldn't know where to take my slice...."


It really is a cake, here are others from the same person:
http://karenportaleo.com/cakeGallery....


message 465: by Kirk

Kirk Gåry! wrote: "Relevant, sir, to your interests:


A Zelda Fitz. cake!"

That's awesome! Ha, I love it. Is it really a cake? I wouldn't know where to take my slice....


message 464: by Gåry!

Gåry! Relevant, sir, to your interests:


A Zelda Fitz. cake!


message 463: by Gary

Gary You profile pic? Where was it taken? Is that the Fitzgerald house in Alabama?


message 462: by Kirk

Kirk Pirh wrote: "♥ ♥ ♥ You were next on my list to add! My sincerest apologies for you not being at the top of it."

haha---I'm happy to know my place :)


message 461: by Gåry!

Gåry! Pimp.


message 460: by Michelle

Michelle I didn't know Mrs. Crane designed baby clothing.


message 459: by Michelle (last edited Jul 28, 2011 01:50PM)

Michelle You mean my picture is worse than any avatar you've ever had? I am so proud!

(Check out her freaky-ass hand.)

P.S. eMOOtional rescue cracked me up.
: )


message 458: by Michelle

Michelle Hee!

(What is on that woman's chest, by the way? Bacon in a can?)


message 457: by Heidi

Heidi


message 456: by Kirk

Kirk BeLL-Z wrote: "HOLY! Is that was the bars are like down in Montgomery?!?! Looks like a good way to get a pube in your beer."

It's hot down here. But if you wax you can avoid the floaties.


Books Ring Mah Bell HOLY! Is that was the bars are like down in Montgomery?!?! Looks like a good way to get a pube in your beer.


message 454: by Kim

Kim [image error]


Books Ring Mah Bell I love your new av! (I think that may drive the teetotalers to drink, though!)

I wish I could buy this for you:
http://www.nfljerseyssupply.org/nhl-j...


message 452: by Esteban

Esteban del Mal The best profile pic I've ever seen around here.


message 451: by EZRead

EZRead eBookstore Hello, Kirk! Very interesting. The only book we have in common, (Outlander) we feel identical about. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 450: by David

David Why Mickey Rooney? I assumed he must have died today... but apparently he's still (ostensibly) alive, according to my Google search.


message 449: by David

David His first novel, Breathing Out the Ghost, won the 2008 Best Books of Indiana competition in the fiction category.

WOTT!

I had no fucking idea we had a 'Best Books of Indiana' competition. Hell, I don't know we could even read. Props to Shatmandu!


Books Ring Mah Bell re avatar:
Amen, Shat, AMEN!
:)


message 447: by Sarah

Sarah Null Also: I don't want to know why they are smelling the bananas. I feel like maybe the bananas just came out of an orifice of some kind and it scares me.


message 446: by Sarah

Sarah Null Hey Kirk! I was just thinking about you and I haven't talked to you in a while so I thought I'd drop you a note. I hope everything is going well for you!! Happy new year!


message 445: by Dave

Dave Russell Merry Christmas

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Books Ring Mah Bell Um. Doesn't everyone?


message 441: by Joyzi

Joyzi Hi Kirk^^


message 440: by Kim

Kim You mean I stumped the avatar stumper? YES!


message 439: by Kim

Kim

Does it need a caption?


message 437: by Gåry!

Gåry! I admit I checked with you before I did it. ;)


message 436: by Michelle

Michelle Does that woman have a fish in her mouth?


message 435: by Gåry!

Gåry! I took that picture for Bellerina, not for you.


Books Ring Mah Bell I like that his wattle is bigger than her bust.

the physics of it is... awe-inspiring.


Books Ring Mah Bell her eyes cry, "I hate my life" and his eyes say, "I have hated every moment of my life except this one and I think I just wet myself."


message 432: by Emily

Emily No, haven't received the PDF. Could you send it to me?


message 431: by Emily

Emily Hey Kirk!

Do you know when the next volume of FSF Review is shipping?

Emily


message 430: by Michelle

Michelle Smells like teen spirit.


message 429: by Michelle

Michelle Kirk! Hahaha!

(Best pic this month...)


message 428: by Gåry!

Gåry! feeling like a woman,
looking like a man,
sounding like a no-no,
mating when I can


oh wait, that's not Grace Jones


Leaning-Good Oh.. your gosh !!!

How fun of your pic, Kirk!

The camel are eating the boy's hand;
Moreover, his father feel enjoy for that, too !!??

Ha!
:P
Suka


message 426: by Michelle

Michelle Happy Father's Day, Kirk!
♥!

(Love your avatar. Of course.)


Books Ring Mah Bell I...

hope that is her daughter's room??


message 424: by Gåry!

Gåry!


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