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Frequencies, Volume 1: Artful Essaysby Blake Butler
Synopses & Reviews
From the essay "Open Sesame" from Joshua Cohen:
A writer stands outside a story yelling, 'Open Sesame!' and the story, as if a seed, opens. And treasure is found inside. That treasure, of course, is just another story, and it all begins again.
From an interview with Anne Carson:
comfort or the lack of it is not the point, thinking is the point
to cause people to think is not easy
to cause myself to think is not easy
lack of ease generates a certain kind of alertness that is more alive to me
Frequencies is a journal of creative or artful essays that aims to reconsider the current nonfiction prescription that is published biannually, in the fall and spring.
Vol.1 features original work by Blake Butler on the disintegration of the mind, Joshua Cohen on the origins of the phrase "Open Sesame," Tracy Keaton on groupie-dom and consumer culture, an excerpt from Scott McClanahan's forthcoming memoir Crapalachia, and an interview with Anne Carson.
Also included is Frequencies staple "Andy Bain's Letters to Great Americans." Frequencies: Vol.1 includes a letter from Christopher Hitchens in support of reinstating a revoked North Carolina Public Library card, and correspondence regarding Chalmers Johnson's cat, Mof.
Each issue features original cover artwork and interior illustrations by artist John Gagliano, whose design clients include Warner Music Group, Black Book Magazine, and the clothing line Unruly Heir.
Frequencies is a new biannual of creative essays, sharply illustrated by artist John Gagliano.
About the Author
BLAKE BUTLER is the author of Nothing, There is No Year, Scorch Atlas, and Ever, whose "firework-studded prose" has been praised by the New York Times.
JOSHUA COHEN is the author of Witz, A Heaven of Others, and Cadenza for the Schneidermann Violin Concerto. The New York Times compared him to Thomas Pynchon and David Foster Wallace. His book, Four New Messages, is due out from Graywolf Press in August.
TRACY KEATON has written for LA Weekly, various internet music publications, Thought Catalog, interviewed Iggy and the Stooges for the DVD Escaped Maniacs, and will have an essay on the Shangri-Las featured on Rhino's Singles Website. She blogs at bubblegumforthesoul.
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