Posts Tagged ‘Jeremy M. Davies’

I first heard this song on a radio program my pal John Dixon taped for me, then spent a decade trying to identify it. I played it for employees at Reckless Records and everything. Jeremy M. Davies finally figured it out, as I documented over at HTMLGiant.

Fantastic Everlasting Gobstopper is also Angela Faye Tillett, aka Death By Chocolate. Wherever or whoever she is now—thanks for this song!

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[I was tagged for this little masquerade twice, by Jeff Bursey and Jeremy M. Davies. So here is my contribution.]

What is the working title of the book?

“The Gloop, or The Least I Can Do.”

Where did the idea come from for the book?


What genre does your book fall under?

Post-apocalyptic science-fiction horror.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

I like how this question comes before the synopsis. Well, I’ve always thought Morrissey would make a brilliant actor, so Morrissey.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

“A misanthropic old man lectures a young student on the nature of the world before it its destruction by the Gloop.” By “world” I mean “Chicago c. 2013.”

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

One week.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Barry N. Malzberg, J. R. R. Tolkien, zombie flicks, nightmares.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

In includes pornographic parodies of Tolkien and zombie flicks.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?


My tagged writers are:

Barry N. Malzberg, J. R. R. Tolkien, Morrissey.

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The novel


Blake Butler, “Rose Alley by Jeremy M. Davies,” Bookslut (May 2009)

Blake Butler, “Jeremy M. Davies’s Rose Alley,” HTMLGIANT (1 Jun 2009)

Dan Visel, “Jeremy M. Davies’s Rose Alley,” With Hidden Noise (27 May 2010)

Gabriel Blackwell, “Rose Alley by Jeremy M. Davies,” The Collagist (14 Nov 2010)

Isola di Rifiuti, “Jeremy M. Davies’s Rose Alley,” Isola di Rifiuti (7 Jun 2010)

John Eklund, “Rose Alley,” The Front Table: The Web Magazine of the Seminary Co-op Bookstores (18 May 2009)

John Madera, “Rose Alley,” Brooklyn Rail (Feb 2011)

Joseph Dewey, “Rose Alley, by Jeremy M. Davies,” Review of Contemporary Fiction (Summer 2009)

Lauren Elkin, “Trouble on the Set,” The Second Pass (23 Nov 2009)

Mallory Gevaert, “Rose Alley,” Green Lantern Daily (17 Nov 2011)

Shira Richman, “It’s Not Too Sweet When It’s ‘Mosquito-Bite-Pink’” (Davies 79), bark (23 March 2010)

Susana Medina, “a rose by any other name,” 3:AM Magazine (13 Sep 2012)

Vincent Czyz, “Rose Alley,” Rain Taxi (Fall 2009)

Mentions / Lists:

A D Jameson, “My Four Favorite New Books of 2009: #4: Jeremy M. Davies’s Rose Alley,” Big Other (19 Dec 2009)

Dennis Cooper, “A Year in Reading,” The Millions (12 Dec 2011)

Dennis Cooper, “3 books I read recently and loved,” DC’s (22 Aug 2011)

Joshua Cohen / Justin Taylor, “A Million Little Top 3′s: The 2009 List of Lists,” HTMLGIANT (2009)


Lily Hoang, “Interview with Jeremy M. Davies,” HTMLGIANT (28 Dec 2009)

Michelle Pretorius, “An Interview with Jeremy M. Davies,” Word Riot (15 Feb 2012)


A D Jameson, “A Dozen Dominants, part 2 (aka, ‘You used to know what these words mean’),” HTMLGIANT (29 Oct 2011)

A D Jameson, “Cobblestones Turn Me On: Artistic Inheritance and Renewal in Jeremy M. Davies’s Rose Alley,” Golden Handcuffs (Summer-Fall 2010)

A D Jameson, “Great First Lines: Rose Alley by Jeremy M. Davies,” HTMLGIANT (11 Oct 2012)

A D Jameson, “Seventeen Ways of Criticizing Inception (AKA, All Knowledge Isn’t Equal),” Big Other (14 Nov 2010)

A D Jameson, “Tiny Shocks: Uncovering the Reductive Plot of James Wood’s How Fiction Works,” Big Other (31 Jan 2010)

Steven Moore, The Novel, An Alternative History: Beginnings to 1600, Continuum (2010) (p. 580n65)


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I’m gonna go see Avengers. Summoning the energy to do so reminded me of a conversation with my pal Jeremy, where we agreed that Guy Maddin should make an Aquaman movie. The closest he’s come to already doing that is this:

Hell, if someone laid a filter over it, so some old timey-looking bubbles periodically went by, it would be an actual Aquaman movie. (You just know that Aquaman traverses Atlantis on an antique bicycle.)

There’s also a director’s cut:


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This is from May 2008; I finally got around to uploading it. Go, me.

This was videotaped by Jeremy M. Davies and Michelle Tupko at an installment of Erin Teegarden’s Rec Room series, “Words May Be Music,” guest-curated by Beverly Nelson. Held at the Black Rock Bar in Chicago, Illinois, USA, Earth.


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You probably know that Yuriy Tarnawsky is one of my favorite contemporary writers. Well, on Saturday, 17 September, at 7pm, there will be a reading to celebrate the publication of his new book, Short Tails, at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (2320 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60622) (Ukrainian Village).

Also reading will be Jeremy M. Davies, Eckhard Gerdes, Jim Hugunin, Davis Schneiderman, and myself. Refreshments will be served.

Click here for more information about Short Tails (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2011), and here for my review of Yuriy’s last book, Like Blood in Water (FC2 2007). And you might also want to check out a long interview I conducted with Yuriy earlier this year: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Hope to see you there!

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