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    Title: Button Thief of East 14th Street
    Sub-title: Scenes from a Life on the Lower East Side 1927-1957
    By (author): Fay Webern
    ISBN10-13: 194469711X : 9781944697112
    This is Fay Webern's masterful chronicle of a youth spent in one of New York City's most vibrant immigrant communities during the harsh years of the Great Depression and The Second World War. Its forty-two beautifully sculpted episodes not only conjure into vivid existence a complete world, but reveal something of the bedrock of the author's inner being, in which the irreducible hardness, the 'is'-ness, of reality may be felt: the burden of survival; the 'stone in the heart'; the daily concerns, serious or frivolous, erected on it; and at the same time, always, flying above, indomitable, the muse of poetic imagination and the 'spirit of defiance. This is a joyous, magnificent achievement -- an extraordinarily truthful and moving work of art, both radically personal and universal, utterly transcending the category of memoir.
    About The Author:
    "Fay Webern was born on the Lower East Side in 1927 to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents and grew up living at the Lavanburg Homes, an experimental utopian housing community for low-income families. A talented child dancer, she studied from the age of seven with a member of Hanya Holm's dance company, but her professional ambitions were dashed by an accident she suffered at the age of fifteen. She later had a long career in publishing, rising to copy chief at Scientific American and then senior editor at Encyclopedia Britannica, Harper and Row, and Random House. Upon retiring in the late 1990s, she studied non-fiction writing at the Gotham Writers Workshop with essayist Tyler C.~Gore. With his encouragement, she soon became a regular reader at NYC venues such as The Knitting Factory and Arlene's Grocery until she moved to Vermont in 2002, where she still resides."
    Pages: 330  Size: 230x155mm  Illustrations: 10 b/w photos 
    PublishedSagging Meniscus Press - December   2016
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Biography: general
    List Price: 15.50 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 1 of: 19
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    Title: Dick Cheney in Shorts
    By (author): Charles Holdefer
    ISBN10-13: 1944697217 : 9781944697211
    This darkly humorous collection of short fiction by Charles Holdefer, author of The Contractor and Back in the Game, revolves gracefully around an esoteric and, it goes without saying, entirely fictional account of the imaginary formative years of someone who at times resembles America's most notorious -- so far! -- Vice President. This centre provides a jumping -- off point for free-wheeling, fanciful explorations, both poetic and satirical, into the archaeology of the banality of evil, that reveal, with a light touch and forgiving good humor, the soul-distorting burdens of duty, repression and narcissism in our daily life.
    About The Author:
    "Charles Holdefer, author of four novels, including The Contractor and Back In The Game, grew up in Iowa and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Sorbonne. He currently teaches at the University of Poitiers, France. His short fiction has appeared in many magazines, including the New England Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, North American Review, Los Angeles Review, Slice and Yellow Silk. His story The Raptor won a Pushcart Prize. He also writes essays and reviews which have appeared in The Antioch Review, World Literature Today, New England Review, The Dactyl Review, The Collagist, l'Oeil du Spectateur, New York Journal of Books, Journal of the Short Story in English and elsewhere."
    Pages: 148  Size: 150x115mm 
    PublishedSagging Meniscus Press - July   2017
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
    List Price: 10.50 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 2 of: 19
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    Title: Errata
    By (author): Jacob Smullyan
    ISBN10-13: 1944697179 : 9781944697174
    Jacob Smullyan's “Errata”, a series of thirty tiny, enigmatic stories and essays by the author of “Dribble” is a text, or so it itself claims in its opening lines, that consists solely of errors. Towards its end, after we have experienced the existential agonies, both climactic and quotidian, of several apparently overlapping characters ("S", "Z", "Sanders", "Zander"), and drunk innumerable cups (or are they cupolas?) of coffee, it comes to assert that error may be a mode either of revelation or delusion. Which process is at play here? Can we decide? And if, as the text elsewhere states, we can neither seek truth nor illusion, can we seek anything at all -- even to exit this maze? Or can we, like another character, only patiently mediate their interminable dispute as a form of prayer, with no purpose, perhaps, other than obedience to fate, or a certain subterranean satisfaction in behaving according to a deep intuition, an inner voice, "the only peace we have" -- or is that another of the book's deliberate errors? Tantalizing, allusive, and harrowing, “Errata” is a meditation on the psychology of scepticism and on the role of art in addressing the essential paradox of suffering and joy.
    About The Author:
    "Jacob Smullyan (born 1964) is a pianist and the founding editor of Sagging Meniscus Press. His poem cycle about surging muck, DRIBBLE, was written in 1983 and published in 2015; his collection of stories and essays, ERRATA, was published in 2017; his forthcoming novel, The Sultan of Brisbane, is concerned with annoying persons. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and children."
    Pages: 72  Size: 155x115mm 
    PublishedSagging Meniscus Press - March   2017
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
    List Price: 10.50 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 3 of: 19
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    Title: First, the Raven
    Sub-title: A Preface
    By (author): Seth Rogoff
    ISBN10-13: 1944697446 : 9781944697440
    Every so often a novel appears that demands a paradigm shift, that redefines what literature is and what its powers may be. This is such a work. A novel of seemingly modest dimensions, it relates, in scrupulously direct, clear, and naturalistic prose, a story of the tense reunion of two old friends in a Maine bar. That story, and the stories nested within it, while fascinating, are hardly melodramatic; not much happens of more consequence than the refilling of a beer glass. And yet, by the novel’s conclusion, the reader will be faced with a dilemma as unexpected and perplexing as any thriller could provide, and as piercing, substantial and profoundly involving as anything in the work of literature’s great psychologists. The first reading of this book is an unforgettable, shocking surprise; and each re-reading brings new rewards.
    About The Author:
    Seth Rogoff was born in Portland, Maine in 1976. He has translated several works by Franz Kafka, including T he Castle (2007). He is currently working on a collection of fictional lectures and a nonfiction book on the politics of dream interpretation. He has been a creative writing Fulbright Fellow in Berlin, where he lived for ten years. Since 2015, he has lived with his wife Jana and their two children in Prague.
    Reviews:
    “Seth Rogoff’s unconventional novel, First, the Raven: A Preface, proves highly innovative in its conceit and almost impossibly perfect in its execution. This is a tale of confined spaces and psychological discomfort -- a rendezvous, after nearly twenty years, between translator Sy Kirschbaum and playwright Gabe Slatky inside a downscale Maine bar during a blizzard. Kirschbaum, who has devoted his adult life to translating an epic Czech novel, has been summoned back to his New England hometown by his former lover, Ida, who is also Slatky’s wife and muse. As the two men engage in a raw, emotional pas de deux, we are swept into a world of lost time and fleeting hope. If any literary endeavor could stand at the nexus of My Dinner With Andre and The Iceman Cometh, this is the work. Although the influences are Bellow and Roth -- diluted with a chaser of Kafka -- the final product is decidedly an American original. First, the Raven runs broad and deep; it is an intelligent and inventive introduction to a voice of extraordinary power and promise.” -- Jacob M Appel, author of "Einstein’s Beach House" & "The Mask of Sanity"
    “This dreamlike book, inspired by Kafka’s but also Havel’s city of Prague, creates a separate universe following its own laws, an enchanted island. The narrative is all at once intensely personal and historical, playfully esoteric and resolutely seducing.” -- Magdaléna Platzová, author of "Aaron’s Leap" & "The Attempt"
    “A sad, wise novel about friends, foreign countries, and friends as foreign countries. I raise a glass to Rogoff’s First.” -- Joshua Cohen, author of "Book of Numbers" & "Moving Kings"
    “First, the Raven is cleverly and forcefully narrated in a succession of monologues that take us to communist Prague, avant-garde Paris, and the mysticism of 19th century Germany. The history lesson of the Czech banned writer is conveyed with persistence reminiscent of Philip Roth. Central European authors Franz Kafka and Sándor Márai are echoed in this urgent and beautifully written prose.” -- Veronika Tuckerová, Harvard University
    “Seth Rogoff’s First, the Raven is mesmerizing. The many-layered narrative takes us from The Battle of Piave to The Velvet Revolution as we explore the roles of historian, witness, and artist in the slaughterhouse of 20th Century Europe. The magic of the story is that it unfolds against a simple evening in a hockey bar in Maine where the cinematic battle between good and evil resolves in a kind of threadbare Chekhovian despair. First, the Raven is a brilliant and inspired work of fiction—both a profound novel of ideas and an elegant piece of storytelling.” -- Michael Dahlie, author of "The Best of Youth" & "A Gentleman’s Guide to Graceful Living"
    Pages: 210  Size: 150x115mm 
    PublishedSagging Meniscus Press - September   2017
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
    List Price: 14.50 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: Five Lines No Waiting
    Sub-title: Limericks & Sketches
    By (author): Tom McDermott
    ISBN10-13: 1944697314 : 9781944697310
    This collection of alert, witty, and world-wise limericks by the great New Orleans jazz pianist and composer Tom McDermott, illustrated with his own drawings, is a snapshot of a restlessly creative mind and heart at play. These "personal nursery rhymes" demonstrate that simplicity of means need not be incompatible with sophistication of ends. In all their various modes -- the frivolously comic, the self-deprecating, the wistful, the gently mocking, the philosophical -- a very individual elegance and generosity of spirit are always to be found.
    About The Author:
    Tom McDermott is a singer, speaker, and storyteller who has performed in festivals across the country and abroad. His work has been published in Storytelling Magazine, and he has received numerous awards, including first place in storytelling at the National Irish Storytelling Contest and the John Henry Faulk Award. McDermott is also the creator of Keep the Beat, a performance-based program that teaches children rhythmic skills using everyday items. A United Methodist minister, he earned a master of divinity, with a concentration in pastoral counseling, from Brite Divinity School. McDermott lives in Fort Worth, Texas.
    Reviews:
    "These written and pencil-drawn lines are a perfect accompaniment to Tom McDermott’s music because, like him, they are unstuck in time. Who writes limericks anymore? Who draws with a pencil? The same guy, apparently, whom I once heard play the middle movement of Beethoven’s ‘Pathetique’ Sonata to a Fats Domino beat. Tom’s limericks and drawings are pure whimsical joy. Like his music, they remind us why our brains have evolved with a pleasure center.” -- Dan Baum, author of "Nine Lives & Gun Guys"
    "Tom McDermott has long thrilled New Orleanians (and people around the world) with his pianistic dexterity and compositional originality. Now he’s forsaken that keyboard for another. To the question ‘Does the world need more limericks?’ he answers a resounding ‘Maybe not, but here they are!’ Yes, they’re witty and funny and pointed, but they’re also accompanied by Tom’s overdue return to the drawing board. Buy the book for the limericks, stay for the drawings. Both will make you smile. A lot." -- Harry Shearer, actor/writer, & Director of The Big Uneasy
    Pages: 94  Size: 150x115mm  Illustrations: 34 b/w illus 
    PublishedSagging Meniscus Press - June   2017
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Poetry by individual poets
    List Price: 10.50 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 5 of: 19
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    Title: Hoptime
    By (author): J F Mamjjasond, Fafnir Finkelmeyer
    ISBN10-13: 1944697306 : 9781944697303
    Plotless, absurd, nonsensical, arbitrary, silly, mad, ribald, noisy, violent, despairing, obscene, drug–addled, revolting, and hilarious, J F Mamjjasond and Fafnir Finkelmeyer's “Hoptime” is both an insult to the very idea of a novel and an uncanny magnification of it. In the words of Finkelmeyer, it was for its authors a "kind of scripture" and "something fateful and necessary"; "it was a way”, he writes in the Foreword to this edition, "for the two of us to love each other in the only way we could, willingly and totally entwined in each other's foolish, ugly, wise and beautiful fantasies, which we heard, supported and forgave." In the end, this colorful romp of two outrageous souls lost together in a sort of infinite poetic and imaginative wilderness is not only explosively funny, but moving; the reader, too, is freed into the intimacy and deep silence of a vast inner space, and finds in that solitude one is not alone.
    Pages: 330  Size: 205x125mm 
    PublishedSagging Meniscus Press - February   2017
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
    List Price: 11.99 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 6 of: 19
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    Title: House of Writers
    By (author): M J Nicholls
    ISBN10-13: 1944697063 : 9781944697068
    This is a playful novel set in 2050, when the publishing industry has collapsed, literature has become a micro-niche interest, and Scotland itself has become an enormous call center. Those writers who remain reside in a dilapidated towerblock, where they churn out hack works tailored to please their small audiences. The novel weaves together individual stories of life inside (and outside) the building, where each floor houses a different genre, as the writers fight to keep the process of literature alive with varying degrees of success. The novel is a feast of wit: a surreal entertainment, a bracing satire, a verbal tour de force, and a good-spirited dystopian comedy; it is also a loving homage to language, literature, and the imagination, and a plea that they remain vital well into the dubious future that awaits us.
    About The Author:
    "M.J. Nicholls is the author of THE QUIDDITY OF DELUSION, THE HOUSE OF WRITERS, and A POSTMODERN BELCH, and co-editor at Verbivoracious Press. He lives in Glasgow."
    Pages: 320  Size: 230x155mm 
    PublishedSagging Meniscus Press - August   2016
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
    List Price: 14.99 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 7 of: 19
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    Title: Lincoln Center in July & Other Stories
    By (author): Roy Lisker
    ISBN10-13: 1944697047 : 9781944697044
    This is the first volume of the collected stories of Roy Lisker. Written over a period of over sixty years, these works are a significant cross-cutting slice of the vast creative output of this American polymath, a mathematician, political activist, underground journalist, prankster and provocateur, poet, playwright, novelist, artist, composer, and above all, always, man of letters, who has carved out for himself an entirely original and authentic career outside the bounds of conventional institutions and produced a body of work of astonishing vitality and breadth. We regard the publication of these stories, all together for the first time, as an important event in American letters. This volume contains tales of frustrated, ego-mad, and possessed musicians, and depraved and/or misled men of science; two hysterical mathematical spoofs; and culminates in the novella The Governments of Chelm, in which the legendary shtedl of fools grapples with one system of government after another, to no avail.
    About The Author:
    Roy Lisker was born in 1938. In 1954 he entered the University of Pennsylvania to study mathematics. Within two years he discovered that the call of arts and letters was stronger. He began writing fiction and non-fiction in 1958, returning to the University of Pennsylvania in 1962. He has been published in the United States, France, England, Canada, and Ireland. He has worked in fiction, science writing, math and physics research, criticism and journalism. Since 1980, he has been the author and editor of several privately subscribed newsletters, culminating in 1985 with Ferment, which existed for twenty years as a paper publication before going online as Ferment Magazine.
    Pages: 248  Size: 230x155mm 
    PublishedSagging Meniscus Press - July   2016
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
    List Price: 14.50 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 8 of: 19
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    Title: Lords of the Schoolyard
    By (author): Ed Hamilton
    ISBN10-13: 1944697349 : 9781944697341
    The young roughnecks in LORDS OF THE SCHOOLYARD, best friends since eighth grade, smell the roses in their own way: tormenting and manipulating smaller kids, sassing teachers, throwing smoke bombs, and sneaking cigarettes in the school bathroom. They may be outcasts, unable to fit in or to follow rules, but they never take it lying down; instead, they take it out on others. Stark, brutal, at times darkly humorous, and written in a powerfully pared-down style purged of any ostentation, Hamilton's story is told from the point of view of one such antisocial bully. The effect of identification with a character so blithely inconsiderate of his own cruelty is exquisitely uncomfortable, even shocking, and captures with unforgettable force the anomie and amoralism of the adolescent mind, as well as the fundamental, sorrowful human innocence that lies beneath it. This harrowing immersion into the inner reality of a little boy who chooses victimization over victimhood casts an all-too-timely light on contemporary society in 2017.
    About The Author:
    "Ed Hamilton is the author of LORDS OF THE SCHOOLYARD (Sagging Meniscus Press, 2017), THE CHINTZ AGE: TALES OF LOVE and LOSS FOR A NEW NEW YORK (Cervena Barva,2015) and Legends of the Chelsea Hotel: Living with the Artists and Outlaws of New York's Rebel Mecca (Da Capo, 2007). His fiction has appeared in dozens of small journals, including Limestone, The Journal of Kentucky Studies, SoMa Literary Review, Exquisite Corpse, Bohemia, Omphalos, and in translation in the Czech Republic's Host. His non-fiction has appeared in The Villager, Chelsea Now, The Huffington Post, and Living With Legends: Hotel Chelsea Blog. Ed lives in New York City."
    Pages: 278  Size: 215x140mm 
    PublishedSagging Meniscus Press - September   2017
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
    List Price: 15.50 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 9 of: 19
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    Title: Magritte's Missing Murals
    Sub-title: Insomniac Eposides
    By (author): Joseph D Reich
    ISBN10-13: 1944697365 : 9781944697365
    These "insomniac episodes" consist of 84 tantalizing descriptions of hallucinated Magritte murals, painted on the inside of poet Joseph Reich's sleepless eyelids. Strongly visual but leaving much to the imagination, humourous, and deliciously paradoxical, they make a delightful introduction to Reich's wryly obsessive way of shaking off the downpour of the world's insanity.
    About The Author:
    "Joseph D. Reich is a social worker and displaced New Yorker who lives with his wife and eleven-year-old son up in the high mountains of Vermont. He has appeared in a wide variety of eclectic literary journals both here and abroad, been nominated six times for The Pushcart Prize, and is the author of numerous books of poetry and cultural studies including DRUGSTORE SUSHI (Thunderclap Press), TAKING THE FIFTH AND RUNNING WITH IT (Broadstone Books) and CONNECTING THE DOTS TO SHANGRILA (Fomite Press)."
    Pages: 102  Size: 150x115mm 
    PublishedSagging Meniscus Press - June   2017
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Poetry by individual poets
    List Price: 10.50 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 10 of: 19

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