Our next title is The Blot, a supplement to Laurence A. Rickels' The Psycho Records and Jonathan Lethem's novel A Gambler's Anatomy, the latter of which is receiving great preliminary reviews. Here's what Library Journal has to say:

"Alexander Bruno is an international high-roller out of a James Bond story, but when we meet him he is on a terrible losing streak with his normally flawless backgammon game. His innate ESP is failing him, a blot on his vision has recently appeared, and he has been getting badly intoxicated or distracted during games, finally ending up in an emergency room in Germany. The diagnosis is dire—he has a growth that's deemed inoperable—but he returns to his hometown of Berkeley, CA, for experimental surgery paid for by a long-lost wealthy friend, Keith Stolarsky. A lengthy section details the actual operation, and then begins Bruno's recovery, physical, mental, and psychological. He ends up hanging around in Berkeley with a bunch of wackos, recalling his misspent youth there, and getting hopelessly entangled in Stolarsky's nefarious business dealings and also with his benefactor's stunning girlfriend. VERDICT: A humorously surreal and articulate story of Bruno's search for himself after having his face and brain rearranged, both by surgery and by modern life in general, this is, among other things, a great Berkeley novel like Michael Chabon's Telegraph Avenue."

And Kirkus compares Lethem to Thomas Pynchon, saying that, in A Gambler's Anatomy, "Lethem takes real pleasure in the language and writes with a sense of the absurd that illuminates his situations and his characters. In this tragicomic novel, nothing is ever exactly as it seems." Read the full review here.

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Our next title, The Blot, by Jonathan Lethem and Laurence A. Rickels, is now available for preorder. Here's an excerpt in which Lethem discusses early influences on his writing:

"What was telling was how quickly my preference in science fiction revealed the displacement: I preferred narratives that obsessed on the fatal hubris of space travel, like Barry Malzberg and J.G. Ballard and Brian Aldiss, or like Philip K. Dick’s story 'A Little Something For Us Tempunauts,' often uncovering a nightmare of eternal return, of Lovecraftian cosmic engulfment and devouring, or personal-identity fragmentation or dissolution. Above all, Philip K. Dick, many of whose key images and narrative modes, in stories like 'The Father Thing' or 'Faith of Our Fathers' (telling titles!) and in The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Ubik, Eye In The Sky, Martian Time-Slip, Time Out of Joint and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? were fundamentally those of horror rather than SF. Meanwhile, my favorite filmmaker was Hitchcock, who hid my appetite for horror from me in plain sight by dressing it in the elegant term 'suspense.' My favorites were Notorious, Vertigo, Psycho, The Birds and Frenzy—all horror films, it seems to me now. Elsewhere I fetishized Poe, The Twilight Zone, Truffaut’s The Bride Wore Black, Kubrick’s The Shining, Powell’s Peeping Tom, and so forth. So I had the cake I claimed not to eat. Having disguised the genre from myself, I was forced to invent it by proxy, and by putting on airs: I didn’t care for slasher films, I was committed to 'the gothic mode.' Even Carpenter and Cronenberg slid under my radar by making satirical SF gestures in the films that were becoming essential to me: Videodrome and Scanners, The Thing and They Live. Horror lurked in my sensibility like Werner Von Braun in a Walt Disney promotional film for rocket science, or the tumor in an outwardly healthy body."


Here's the preliminary jacket and cover description for our next title, The Blot, by Jonathan Lethem and Laurence A. Rickels.

In this supplement to Jonathan Lethem’s novel A Gambler’s Anatomy, the renowned novelist engages in a concerted transatlantic dialogue with cult theorist Laurence A. Rickels, exploring the vicissitudes of popular culture and the profound influence of Philip K. Dick on their respective lines of flight. Foregrounding the introjections between California and Germany, they address a range of ideas, subjects and figures, from B-movies, science fiction, Wile E. Coyote and the Devil to trauma theory, Freud, Hitchcock and German Expressionism. Animating their zone of interrogation is the “blot”—an algorithm of innuendo, an uncanny defamiliarization of reality and “truth” wherein the trajectories of meaning and desire fold into themselves like an origami in flames.


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