Synopses & Reviews
"Notorious for its prescient ability to provide a forum for writers like Wells Tower, Patrick deWitt, and David Berman in their formative years as well as its sporadic publication and scarcity, the Minus Times gained a fervent following. Obsessive collectors will likely inhale this collection of all 30 issues, which also boasts an additional 60 pages of new content from some of the magazine's most popular contributors. The hodgepodge of content which careens from arch attempts at comedy ('Deleted Sports Card Facts' by Jeff Johnson and David Roth consists of entries such as 'Has never had ketchup. Claims not to know what it is'), to a stark account of heroin addiction, essays on life and work in Hollywood, and plenty of random clip art scattered throughout and the magazine's fans may well find this highly entertaining. But those new to the Minus Times are likely to find their patience tested by Kennedy's cringeworthy fiction, cartoons devoid of humor or insight, and a whole lot of filler of varying levels of clarity, imagination and talent, all rendered in gritty Courier type. The sheer randomness of the material a Q&A with Stephen Colbert, smatterings of poetry, playlists for mix tapes keeps readers on their toes but the misses far outweigh the hits. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Outstanding." The Stranger
"The Minus Times is the only magazine that I would pay to appear in." Mark Richard
"The finest almanac to appear in print since Ben Franklin brought forth Poor Richards Almanac back in 1732." Copper Press
"More, please." Tom Frank, editor of The Baffler
Begun as an open letter to strangers and fellow misfits, The Minus Times
grew to become a hand-typed literary magazine that showcased the next generation of American fiction. Contributors include Sam Lipsyte, David Berman, Patrick DeWitt, and Wells Tower, with illustrations by David Eggers and Brad Neely as well as interviews with Dan Clowes, Barry Hannah, and a yet-to-be-famous Stephen Colbert. With sly humor and striking illustrations, The Minus Times
has earned a fervent following as much for its lack of literary pretension as its sporadic appearances on the newsstand. All thirty of the nearly-impossible-to-find issues of this improvised literary almanac are now assembled for the first time, typos and all.
About the Author
graduated from the University of Virginia in 1992, the same year he began publishing The Minus Times
. Over the past 20 years, he has worked in cabinetry shops, magazines, architecture firms and a foundry to pay for typing ribbons. His writing has appeared in Open City, The Baffler, Vice, T Magazine, Garden and Gun
, and J&L Illustrated #1
. Kennedy lives on the fringes of a popular lifestyle community in South Carolina.