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David David Katzman

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I sit in my creative shrine surrounded by Timothy Leary, Aldous Huxley, a jerk named Nietzsche, Junko Mizuno, Mark Ryden, William S. Burroughs, Valerie Solanas, Richard Dawkins, Guy Debord, Native American history, Curious George, King Kong, Ganesh, Artaud, Daniel Pinchbeck, Yoshitomo Nara, dictionaries, thesauri, notebooks and candles and plan my publishing empire. My second novel is available here: http://amzn.to/greatermonster and in Chicago at After-Words Bookstore, Quimby's Bookstore, Unabridged Bookstore, The Book Cellar, 57th Street Books, and Chicago Comics. I'm an obsessive creator, whether it be writing, painting or performing improv. I was interviewed in writing in the New City newspaper and the digital version is here, here, her...more


Jeff VanderMeer rates A Greater Monster
I am thunderstruck. One of my favorite authors, fantasy author Jeff VanderMeer, just rated A Greater Monster 4 stars on Goodreads. I thanked him on Twitter, and he said it was "...a really cool and unique read! Beautiful book, too, in the design."

Here's my review of VanderMeer's brilliant book Annihilation, part one of a new trilogy. Part two, Authority, was just released and is up next in my q... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 4.01 · 145 ratings · 82 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
A Greater Monster
4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 76 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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Death by Zamboni
3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 60 ratings — published 2000
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Music Review: Shpongle (Arts & Photography)
1 chapters   —   updated Jun 02, 2011 06:43PM
Description: Live concert: 5/14/11, Congress Theater in Chicago
The Scallion (Humor)
4 chapters   —   updated Jul 21, 2010 05:28PM
Description: My homage to (and audition for) The Onion
What I learned in Canadia (and Portland), eh? (Travel)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 29, 2010 04:36PM
Description: a brief summary of what i learned in Canada (and Portland.) Eh.
Music of the Swamp
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Tinkers by Paul Harding
Tinkers
by Paul Harding
read in July, 2014
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Tinkers by Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Harding is a methodical, thoughtful novel about an old man dying, a look back at the story of his life and his father's life. He was a watch repairman, and his father was an itinerant salesman traveling with a do...more
Invisible Beasts by Sharona Muir
Invisible Beasts
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Invisible Beasts is a love affair with the natural world. A beautifully written experimental book that catalogs exactly what the title states..."Invisible beasts." This unusual book is not plot driven; in fact, there is only the barest of plots sketc...more
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Death by Zamboni by David David Katzman
" Book Info: Genre: Satire/Parody of PI Noir
Reading Level: Adult
Tense, Person, POV: Past tense, first person, POV of narrator
Recommended for: people who like bizarro and satire/parodies

My Thoughts: This book is... I don't even know what to say about... " Read more of this review »
With a Zero at its Heart by Charles Lambert
With a Zero at its Heart
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recommended for: Those who appreciate poetic, literary memoirs and experimentalism
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Amazing. Absolutely amazing. An experimental work with a big heart. With a Zero at Its Heart is a fictionalized memoir of the author, Charles Lambert's life. Written in 24 themed chapters each with ten numbered paragraphs and each paragraph with prec...more
Watt O'Hugh Underground by Steven S. Drachman
Watt O'Hugh Underground
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read in June, 2014
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What a wonderful sequel. I enjoyed Book 1, The Ghosts of Watt O'Hugh , but Book 2 takes it to another level. Drachman has upped his writing game, and the result is a book with greater complexity, deeper characters and more powerful writing chops. Le...more
Authority by Jeff VanderMeer
Authority (Southern Reach Trilogy, #2)
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An unsettling study of the ineffable. The indescribable. A slowly constricting knot. Our human edifices are evanescent. Or as I say in my novel A Greater Monster , "A home is paper thin."

Nature is a harsh taskmistress. Nature is implacable. We have b...more
Starship Grifters by Robert Kroese
Starship Grifters
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Ah, space farce. Not a common genre and not many can do it well. Starship Grifters is a cut above—with more hits than misses—yet not without its flaws. It landed some big laughs and that was a treat.

The Holy Grail* of space comedy is The Hitchhikers...more
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy, #1)
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Jeff Vandermeer's latest work is haunting. Annhilation is a short cross-genre horror sci-fi fantasy work that packs quite a punch. I would describe it as roughly a cross between House of Leaves, Pollen by Jeff Noon, and H.P. Lovecraft. The House of L...more
A Greater Monster by David David Katzman
" I have to begin saying that for me A GREATER MONSTER by David Katzman is not just a novel, it is the work of a true artist. It is a perfect juxtaposition of creativity and brilliance, fantasy and crude reality, way ahead of our time. His free styl... " Read more of this review »
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“It makes sense that your response to a bad break-up line would be to set someone on fire," I responded. "Fire is magical to us because it embodies the passage of time. We can never grasp time because it is invisible, unreachable and continually slipping from our grasp. Do we live in the present? How can we? The present is infinitesimally small. It can't contain human action. We teeter on the brink between our assumed future...where we will be in moments to come...and our memory of the past...where we think we just were. The present doesn't exist in a comprehensible way. Similarly, fire is something we can neither grasp nor touch, yet it has a clear effect...the decay and collapse of life, the acceleration of entropy. Thus when we stand mesmerized by fire, we are actually mesmerized by our own mortality.”
David David Katzman

“Touching is just electrons repelling. Nothing can touch. Ever.”
David David Katzman, A Greater Monster

“My biggest objection to Marxism has been the presumption that industry should exist at all. I think the unstoppable juggernaut which is global warming demonstrates that processing natural materials on an industrial scale is a suicidal practice.”
David David Katzman

“To the people who are upset about their hard-earned tax money going to things they don’t like: welcome to the f*cking club. Reimburse me for the Iraq war and oil subsidies, and diaphragms are on me!”
Jon Stewart

“Religion. It's given people hope in a world torn apart by religion.”
Jon Stewart

“Yes, the long war on Christianity. I pray that one day we may live in an America where Christians can worship freely! In broad daylight! Openly wearing the symbols of their religion... perhaps around their necks? And maybe -- dare I dream it? -- maybe one day there can be an openly Christian President. Or, perhaps, 43 of them. Consecutively.”
Jon Stewart

“If the events of September 11, 2001, have proven anything, it's that the terrorists can attack us, but they can't take away what makes us American -- our freedom, our liberty, our civil rights. No, only Attorney General John Ashcroft can do that.”
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“It's funny. When we were alive we spent much of our time staring up at the cosmos and wondering what was out there. We were obsessed with the moon and whether we could one day visit it. The day we finally walked on it was celebrated worldwide as perhaps man's greatest achievement. But it was while we were there, gathering rocks from the moon's desolate landscape, that we looked up and caught a glimpse of just how incredible our own planet was. Its singular astonishing beauty. We called her Mother Earth. Because she gave birth to us, and then we sucked her dry.”
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message 1: by W.B.

W.B. I prefer death by zabaglione to death by Zamboni.

But one must be flexible with death.

Thanks for the invite. Your profile is hella interesting.


message 2: by David

David Katzman I was interviewed recently here:
http://www.canvasandpen.com/interview...

The coolest part is that i get my own theme song. Rollover the word SLIDE above the slideshow of my artwork, then click the sound icon. I don't know the moderator of this site well, but using a band called Frantic Chant pegged me pretty well!


Lolly LKH Fantastic interview. I love that you said you didn't know why it would be taboo for an author to write himself in his books. I always wondered why critics seemingly condmen people who do that. I think often writers pen a lot of people they know or knew into their characters, hell it's why we study people to begin with. I think we write to understand others and ourselves, the world we live in so why NOT use our life for inspiration.
Again, I enjoyed reading your interview!


message 4: by Katie

Katie hello there,

thanks for adding me as a friend. you have lovely taste in books!


Petra X I read your interview. It was interesting. I am not too sure of Pubeasy.com in the UK, but I know, because I buy from them, that PGW are the biggest US distributors of independent presses and I think Pubeasy is similar.


Petra X Thank you for your comment on my piece on religion. I'm reading a book on evolutionary biology at the moment and there is nothing in that, nor anything in history that leads me to believe that human brains are likely to evolve into anything more sensible at all. As long as people subsume the great existential questions beneath a crust, a morass of faith, there will be gods to worship.


Pegsypoo Satisfied!?!?!?!


message 8: by David

David Katzman Now that's sassy, Peggy!


Michelle David David, where have you been been?
: )


Michelle You weren't really gone that long, but in Internet time it was about six months.


message 11: by Michelle (last edited Dec 18, 2008 03:28PM)

Michelle I had to put something up today. A friend created some (scary) avatars for me, and in exchange for her promising to delete them, I put one up.


message 12: by S

S thanks for the add! looking forward to reading your work....


message 13: by Mike

Mike                                              D-David--another Killface fan?: hot damn. And I'd almost agree with you about Dingo's place at the top of the comedy/cartoon pantheon, except for the masterpiece that is Venture Bros. It feels a little myspace to be so in love with these cartoons, but by gum I'm gonna embrace it, in between posts on Bolano and Coetzee and other hotshit highbrow materials.


message 14: by Mike

Mike                                              I saw the same thing re the Frisky cancellation. Almost everything I like goes away. (Hey, I should write a pop song.)

So--have you ever seen these folks' earlier Sealab? Is it worth a look?


message 15: by Jessica (last edited Feb 14, 2009 04:30PM)

Jessica David David David David David David David:
wish I could stay for your show!!!!
thanks for all the x-rated stories though
p.s. how's the shirt?!
great to have met you!!!
xo
Chairy.


message 16: by Jessica

Jessica how'd the show go??


message 17: by Jessica

Jessica man...you're a fan of David David Katzman!
wow, me 2


Books Ring Mah Bell Thanks for the great link. One would never know she suffered such a massive stroke... very impressive.


Books Ring Mah Bell I'm so glad weiner poopies has touched more hearts... That was from an actual newscast here in our city. My husband and I looked at eachother like, "WTF?!!? IS this real?"

It was.

I've seen it 200 times and it still slays me.


Matthieu I want a copy of Death by Zamboni, David! Ha.


Matthieu $12, eh? Sounds like a reasonable price. Ha.

You have a PayPal account, right?


message 22: by Jessica

Jessica David Dear:
I fixed the Sarkhozy link on my page..check it out?


message 23: by David (last edited Mar 24, 2009 07:15PM)

David Katzman I am in love with a new band. And since i'm almost purely an electronic music fan, this is quite a momentous occurrence! Frightened Rabbit. They're a Scottish indie rock outfit in the vein (and with the heart) of The Mountain Goats but a little fuller and poppier. I've been playing this over and over and over again so I must push this on my friends. Check out the U-Toob video at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBcbDS...

The first bit of lyrics is hard to understand (those Scots!) so here is the "English" translation:

"Jesus is just a Spanish boy's name.
How come one man got so much fame?
To any me, it's pointless to anybody
That doesn't have faith
Give me the cloth and I'll wipe my face."

This link takes you to the album on itunes:
http://ax.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects...

This link on emusic:
http://www.emusic.com/album/Frightene...

DIG IT!


Michelle But it was only $5.98 at Barnes & Noble!
: )


message 26: by Jen

Jen Cowboy up! :)

Are those Wranglers you're wearing? I'm impressed.








Michelle I just realized that's you in your latest avatar pic. Nice mustache!


message 28: by Jessica (last edited Jun 05, 2009 12:52PM)

Jessica fascinating discussion of drugs & addiction on your thread there D2...
I think I owe you a book?
have to check our messages to remember--
my head is muddy


message 29: by Jessica

Jessica okay, then I'm going to send you my second one, that's the crazy one, and I have extra copies--
I'll get yours from amazon too--



message 30: by David

David Katzman My favorite slightly-incestuous-semi-incomprehensible-brother-sister-Berliner-punk-rock duo Die Roten Punkte has released a second video. See it here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQ_erQ...

Lyrics are:
I was alone listening to sad songs
They were soppy
Even my hands were confused
They went floppy
I saw you selling records on the street
You liked Bowie
I hope I don’t mess this up
Let’s not take it slowly

Don’t leave me hangin’
Let’s get Rock Bangin’

I’m lookin’ at you, you’re lookin’ at me
We’re crazy, Rock Bang!
Wanna do it again, Wanna do it again
Get ready, Rock Bang!

We stayed out dancing till the sun came up
Now I’m hungry
Then you walked me to my door
I had no money
I can’t wait until tomorrow night
Was she winking?
There’s just one thing I want to do
I like your thinking

Don’t leave me hangin’
Let’s get Rock Bangin’

I’m lookin’ at you, you’re lookin’ at me
We’re crazy, Rock Bang!
Wanna do it again, Wanna do it again
Get ready, Rock Bang!

Oh, Oh, Oh. Rock Bang!
Oh, Oh, Oh. Rock Bang!

Wanna do it again, wanna do it again,
Wanna do it again
I like your fingers

Wanna do it again, wanna do it again,
Wanna do it again
I love your smell

Wanna do it again, wanna do it again,
Wanna do it again
Here comes your friends

Wanna do it again, wanna do it again,
Wanna do it again
Let’s show and tell

I’m lookin’ at you, you’re lookin’ at me
We’re crazy, Rock Bang!
Wanna do it again, Wanna do it again
Get ready, Rock Bang!
Oh, Oh, Oh. Rock Bang!
Oh, Oh, Oh. Rock Bang!


message 31: by Jen

Jen Loved the lion and the robot.


message 32: by Brad

Brad That's extremely weird. I am sure I didn't add Jurassic park today. Or make any changes on it or anything. I noticed it pop up six in a row on my feed and didn't pay any attention. Don't know what to tell you, David. Did you piss off Crichton's ghost or something?


message 33: by Jen

Jen Just wanted to drop by to recommend Jurassic Park to you. I'm sure you'll really love it.


mwahahaha


I keep seeing an ad on my page for The Wet Nurse's Tale- it says "In Victorian England, her breasts are her future." I bet.




message 34: by Jen

Jen How did you know that was my favorite book? There's nothing like joining the mile high club with a dark eyed terroristy stranger. I can hear it now, "Oh, yes? You too, huh? Oh, the little bathroom? I'm sorry for you- Well, my mile high was in the cockpit" (twss)

You know there is a cockpit reference in there. I actually might have to read it now just to find it.


message 35: by Jen

Jen Your avatar kills me. This is me, speaking from the beyond.


message 36: by Jen

Jen I don't have a Proust review yet. Still in the circle of the faithful at the dinner parties, but Swann is wising up, I think. I hope.

And the buildings and wires and doodads are what kill me in your avatar- not exactly Green Acres. But you were going for that juxtaposition, right?


message 37: by Jen

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message 38: by Jen

Jen

or this. Take your pick.


message 39: by Jen

Jen I watched it before youtube removed it. And the dalmatian one- it was too bad too look away. You win. I won't even try to...well, okay, I tried.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pJRgU...


message 40: by Jen

Jen I know, all these women kissing videos- it's so old! Whatever happened to the good old days- women kissing a reel to reel or something?


message 41: by Alan

Alan David David Katzman - my daughter read yr book and thinks you're a perv. (She 'borrowed' it). She found it funny though as well. I'll read it soon promise. Just have to get through my library books..
see you, or see you virtually anyway,
Alan


message 42: by JSou (last edited Dec 23, 2009 10:51AM)

JSou Guess who ordered a copy of Death by Zamboni this morning?


message 43: by Jen

Jen It was about a year ago that I joined GR and you friended me. Remember that as you look at this wonderful art. Don't feel too badly; we all make poor choices.
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message 44: by Bram (last edited Nov 16, 2009 05:11AM)

Bram Bonjour, DDK! Thansk for the add.


message 45: by Bram

Bram And likewise--I just read your Proust review. Excellent!


message 46: by Jen

Jen [image error]

this was under sisyphus gives up


message 47: by tim

tim A psychedelic fairytale?! I'm really looking forward to reading A Greater Monster, whichever way you end up publishing it. Good luck!


Matthieu Happy Holidays, D2.


message 49: by Jessica

Jessica
thank you, D2!
Happy New year to you too!

My book (book for book) will arrive in the New Year (shortly, one hopes). haven't gotten yours yet, but am looking forward ~
cheers,
j.


message 50: by Mike

Mike                                              Happy New to you, too, David -- hope the year starts without headache and improves exponentially from there.


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