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Publisher Comments:

"Akashic launches a new series of crime anthologies, each focused on a different controlled substance, with this addictive volume."

--Publishers Weekly

"All told, The Speed Chronicles deserves great praise for the audacity of the topic, the depth of the discussion, the diversity of its voices, and plain, old, good storytelling."

--New York Journal of Books

"The Speed Chronicles represents a surprising range of experiences. The promise of the collection is that it will neither vilify nor romanticize its subject matter."

--Portland Mercury

"The contributors to The Speed Chronicles amply demonstrate the paradox of life under the influence of chemically induced acceleration. At the best moments, the use of stimulants can celebrate the beauty and intensity of human experience. As some of these stories reveal, despite the mainstream cultural narrative of 'tweakers' as amoral zombies, the persistent will to live in the face of adversity and affliction is a hallmark of many addicts lives."

--The Rumpus

"In Speed, Joseph Mattson has assembled an impressive, surprisingly diverse group of authors presenting their equally diverse impressions of a drug that the editor describes in his poetic, but hard-hitting introduction thusly . . .

--Bookgasm

Brand-new stories by: Sherman Alexie, William T. Vollmann, James Franco, Megan Abbott, Jerry Stahl, Beth Lisick, Jess Walter, Scott Phillips, James Greer, Tao Lin, Joseph Mattson, Natalie Diaz, Kenji Jasper, and Rose Bunch.

The subject of speed is so innately intimidating yet so undeniably present that it begs to be written about. It is no secret that the drug has historically tuned up the lives of writers, including Jack Kerouac, Susan Sontag, Philip K. Dick, and scores more. Too rarely, though, has it been written about, and its jolt to the bones of the American landscape continues to peak. Akashic Books dares to bring forth the first contemporary collection of all new literary short fiction on the drug from an array of today's most compelling and respected authors. These are no stereotypical tales of tweakers--the element of crime and the bleary-eyed, shaky zombies at dawn are here right alongside heart-wrenching narratives of everyday people, good intentions gone terribly awry, the skewed American Dream going up in flames, and even some accounts of pure joy.

Review:

"Akashic launches a new series of crime anthologies, each focused on a different controlled substance, with this addictive volume and a reissue of 2005's The Cocaine Chronicles. Actor James Franco offers the most bizarre selection, 'Addiction,' in which he plays with the idea of appropriating the plot line of Twilight for a story he'd call 'Crystal Meth,' touching lightly on the parallels between vampires and meth users ('never sleep, paleness, sensitive to sunlight'). The best entry, Megan Abbott's 'Everything I Want,' movingly portrays a doctor facing trafficking charges for dispensing speed to patients he deemed in need of it, exemplifying one character's belief that 'our hearts can take us all to dark and ill-timed places.' It remains to be seen whether stories in future books dedicated to, say, heroin will differ all that much from these on amphetamines. Other contributors include William T. Vollmann, Jess Walter, and Beth Lisick." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Following the international success of the Noir series, this volume marks the launch of a new drug-based sister series.

Synopsis:

Brand-new stories by: Sherman Alexie, William T. Vollmann, James Franco, Megan Abbott, Jerry Stahl, Beth Lisick, Jess Walter, Scott Phillips, James Greer, Tao Lin, Joseph Mattson, Natalie Diaz, Kenji Jasper, and Rose Bunch.

Speed: The most demonized--and misunderstood--drug in the land. Deprived of the ingrained romantic mysticism of the opiate or the cosmopolitan chic of cocaine or the mundane tolerance of marijuana, there is no sympathy for this devil. Yet speed--crystal meth, amphetamines, Dexedrine, Benzedrine, Adderall; crank, spizz, chickenscratch, oblivious marching powder, the go-fast--is the most American of drugs: twice the productivity at half the cost, and equal opportunity for all. It feels so good and hurts so bad. From its dueling roots of pharmaceutical miracle cure and Californian biker-gang scourge to contemporary Ivy League campuses and high school chem labs, punk rock clubs to the military-industrial complex, suburban households to tin-can ghettos, it crosses all ethnicities, genders, and geographies . . . making it not only the most essentially American narcotic, but the most deceivingly sundry literary matter.

The subject of speed is so innately intimidating yet so undeniably present that it begs to be written about. It is no secret that the drug has historically tuned up the lives of writers, including Jack Kerouac, Susan Sontag, Philip K. Dick, and scores more. Too rarely, though, has it been written about, and its jolt to the bones of the American landscape continues to peak. Akashic Books dares to bring forth the first contemporary collection of all new literary short fiction on the drug from an array of todays most compelling and respected authors.

Synopsis:

Brand-new stories by James Franco, Sherman Alexie, William T. Vollman, Jerry Stahl, Megan Abbott, Beth Lisick, Scott Phillips, James Greer, Joseph Mattson, Jeff Parker, Natalie Diaz, and others.

The subject of speed is innately intimidating and undeniably present and begs to be written about. The drug has historically tuned-up the lives of writers like Jack Kerouac, Susan Sontag, Philip K. Dick, and scores more. Akashic Books dares to bring forth the first contemporary collection of all new literary short fiction on the drug.

Joseph Mattson is the author of the story collection Eat Hell and the novel Empty the Sun (A Barnacle Book), which was a finalist for the 2010 SCIBA Fiction Award. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

About the Author

Joseph Mattson is the author of the story collection Eat Hell (Narrow Books) and the novel Empty the Sun (A Barnacle Book), which comes with a soundtrack by Drag City recording artist Six Organs of Admittance and was a finalist for the 2010 SCIBA Fiction Award. He is the literary editor of Two Letters: Collection of Art and Writing, Volume Two (Narrow Books), and his novel Courting the Jaguar will be published by Barnacle in 2011. Mattson has also been shortlisted for DZANCs 20 Writers to Watch list, an alternative to the New Yorkers 20 under 40 list. He lives in Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781617750281
Author:
Mattson, Joseph
Publisher:
Akashic Books
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Akashic Drug Chronicles
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.25 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Akashic launches a new series of crime anthologies, each focused on a different controlled substance, with this addictive volume and a reissue of 2005's The Cocaine Chronicles. Actor James Franco offers the most bizarre selection, 'Addiction,' in which he plays with the idea of appropriating the plot line of Twilight for a story he'd call 'Crystal Meth,' touching lightly on the parallels between vampires and meth users ('never sleep, paleness, sensitive to sunlight'). The best entry, Megan Abbott's 'Everything I Want,' movingly portrays a doctor facing trafficking charges for dispensing speed to patients he deemed in need of it, exemplifying one character's belief that 'our hearts can take us all to dark and ill-timed places.' It remains to be seen whether stories in future books dedicated to, say, heroin will differ all that much from these on amphetamines. Other contributors include William T. Vollmann, Jess Walter, and Beth Lisick." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
Following the international success of the Noir series, this volume marks the launch of a new drug-based sister series.
"Synopsis" by ,

Brand-new stories by: Sherman Alexie, William T. Vollmann, James Franco, Megan Abbott, Jerry Stahl, Beth Lisick, Jess Walter, Scott Phillips, James Greer, Tao Lin, Joseph Mattson, Natalie Diaz, Kenji Jasper, and Rose Bunch.

Speed: The most demonized--and misunderstood--drug in the land. Deprived of the ingrained romantic mysticism of the opiate or the cosmopolitan chic of cocaine or the mundane tolerance of marijuana, there is no sympathy for this devil. Yet speed--crystal meth, amphetamines, Dexedrine, Benzedrine, Adderall; crank, spizz, chickenscratch, oblivious marching powder, the go-fast--is the most American of drugs: twice the productivity at half the cost, and equal opportunity for all. It feels so good and hurts so bad. From its dueling roots of pharmaceutical miracle cure and Californian biker-gang scourge to contemporary Ivy League campuses and high school chem labs, punk rock clubs to the military-industrial complex, suburban households to tin-can ghettos, it crosses all ethnicities, genders, and geographies . . . making it not only the most essentially American narcotic, but the most deceivingly sundry literary matter.

The subject of speed is so innately intimidating yet so undeniably present that it begs to be written about. It is no secret that the drug has historically tuned up the lives of writers, including Jack Kerouac, Susan Sontag, Philip K. Dick, and scores more. Too rarely, though, has it been written about, and its jolt to the bones of the American landscape continues to peak. Akashic Books dares to bring forth the first contemporary collection of all new literary short fiction on the drug from an array of todays most compelling and respected authors.

"Synopsis" by ,

Brand-new stories by James Franco, Sherman Alexie, William T. Vollman, Jerry Stahl, Megan Abbott, Beth Lisick, Scott Phillips, James Greer, Joseph Mattson, Jeff Parker, Natalie Diaz, and others.

The subject of speed is innately intimidating and undeniably present and begs to be written about. The drug has historically tuned-up the lives of writers like Jack Kerouac, Susan Sontag, Philip K. Dick, and scores more. Akashic Books dares to bring forth the first contemporary collection of all new literary short fiction on the drug.

Joseph Mattson is the author of the story collection Eat Hell and the novel Empty the Sun (A Barnacle Book), which was a finalist for the 2010 SCIBA Fiction Award. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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