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    Title: All the World's a Simulation
    By (author): Stephen Moles
    ISBN10-13: 1944697608 : 9781944697600
    Stephen Moles (author of The Most Wretched Thing Imaginable) returns with his most complex and rewarding novel yet. All the World’s a Simulation is a metafictional tour de force featuring Shakespeare, Snow White and an infinite number of evil Stephen Hawkings. While its main characters attempt to escape from it, the book constantly rewrites itself before the reader’s gaze to reveal a profound secret about the power behind this and all other literary works. Thoroughly playful yet deeply serious, this extraordinary novel offers a personality-altering reading experience and an initiation into the realm of dark meaning. This edition includes as an appendix two related works, the novellas Fossil People and Life.exe.
    About The Author:
    Stephen Moles lives in London, UK, and is the author of seven books, including 'The Most Wretched This Imaginable: or Beneath the Burnt Umbrella' (Sagging Meniscus Press, 2016), 'Paul is Dead' (CCLAP, 2015), and 'The More You reject Me, The Bigger I Get' (Beard of Bees, 2015), as well as many other shorter pieces. He regularly carries out undercover literary assignments aimed at both fighting the centralisation of meaning and bringing about the linguistic singularity for the benefit of society. Stephen is also the founder of the Dark Meaning Research Institute, a group of parasemantic investigators and quantum linguistics pioneers who are currently working on a way to blast him off the page and turn him into the world's first zero-person author.
    Pages: 356 
    PublishedSagging Meniscus Press - May   2018
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
    List Price: 22.99 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 1 of: 42
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    Title: An Occasional History
    By (author): Laura Davenport Ph.D.
    ISBN10-13: 1944697381 : 9781944697389
    Laura Davenport's poetic and harrowing "An Occasional History" investigates how language and a person's place within it come to be defined in the context of an abusive relationship -- one whose terrible violence is ever so gradually revealed, as layers of language and forgetting are progressively peeled away. Through five sections of differing form, in which romance novels, the OED, and etymological histories play prominent roles, we approach the core of knowledge step-by-step, and come to experience not merely abuse and its ramifications, but the central role in it of how language is shaped by power relations, and vice versa. Formally unique, acutely painful yet uplifting, and exquisitely written in every detail, this collection sustains an almost magical double perspective: a deeply knowing aesthetic distance and hard-won wisdom, and an intimate, willing identification with the immediate, almost to the point of being lost within it. As in all great writing, language and soul interrogate themselves through the power of poetry.
    About The Author:
    Laura Davenport holds a PhD in Literature and Writing from The University of Denver. She lives, writes and teaches in San Antonio, Texas.
    Pages: 120  Size: 150x115mm 
    PublishedSagging Meniscus Press - July   2017
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Poetry by individual poets
    List Price: 10.99 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 2 of: 42
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    Title: Bring Me the Head of Mr. Boots
    By (author): Charles Holdefer
    ISBN10-13: 1944697799 : 9781944697792
    Who's the real Mr Boots? Erich Ambrose fools people for a living. It's a family tradition. But when a party stunt goes disastrously wrong, he finds himself in deep trouble, on the run through Chicago streets and northern woods, matching wits with the FBI and national security agents and money launderers, all while trying to please a violent homecoming queen and a badass rabbit. Humorous and probing, this is a story of how our past haunts the present, and how the cruellest tricks are the ones we play on ourselves.
    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. MAGIC EVEN YOU CAN DO: BY BLAST is his latest book (Sagging Meniscus Press, 2019).
    Pages: 156  Size: 210x150mm 
    PublishedSagging Meniscus Press - November   2019
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
    List Price: 19.00 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 3 of: 42
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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: 15.99 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 4 of: 42
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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. MAGIC EVEN YOU CAN DO: BY BLAST is his latest book (Sagging Meniscus Press, 2019).
    Pages: 148  Size: 150x115mm 
    PublishedSagging Meniscus Press - July   2017
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
    List Price: 10.99 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 5 of: 42
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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: 10.99 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 6 of: 42
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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: 14.99 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 7 of: 42
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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: 10.99 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 8 of: 42
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    Title: Five Lines No Waiting
    Edition Statement: Expanded Second Edition
    By (author): Tom McDermott.
    ISBN10-13: 1944697772 : 9781944697778
    Now in an expanded second edition, 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 one of New Orleans' premier piano players and composers. He grew up in St. Louis, where he earned a Masters' Degree in Music, wrote music journalism for the morning paper, and soaked up the sounds of ragtime and traditional jazz that flourished there in the 1960s and 70s. In 1984, spurred by his love of James Booker, Professor Longhair and Dr. John, he moved to New Orleans. He has since established a remarkable performing career there and around the world, and has released 15 CDs, written for the theater, acted in movies, and played himself in three seasons of the New Orleans-based HBO series Treme.
    Pages: 114  Size: 155x115mm  Illustrations: illus 
    PublishedSagging Meniscus Press - April   2019
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Poetry by individual poets
    List Price: 14.99 Pounds Sterling
    Availability: Temporarily Out of Stock, more expected soon
    Title: 9 of: 42
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    Title: Ghostly Demarcations
    Sub-title: Stories
    By (author): Joe Taylor
    ISBN10-13: 1944697756 : 9781944697754
    Everyone is constantly admonishing our narrator to keep quiet: "You're full of bull hockey, college boy... Shut up and drink your beer." Or, 'Shut up', Michelle replied. 'Shut up', Michelle repeated." Or, "Don't look up. At least don't shout anything when you do. She's here, on the balcony." Or, "'Shit.' Sarah spit this out like a too-hot cinnamon ball, pulled me off the dental chair, and led me to the closet with the skeleton, shushing me with her fingers." Or, "Hush, be still. Tacete, tacete." Everyone admonishes him, when all he wants to do is shout the wonders, the horrors, the terrors that he and his older adoptive brother Galen face as one spiritual incursion after another manifests in their lives, moving from trickster poltergeists to forlornly wandering ghosts to intent fetches to avenging revenants. Perhaps, instead of admonishing him, everyone would do better to heed his early, youthful deliberation: "I never heard his voice again after that night. If we humans could always recognise the last words we were ever to hear from each person we knew or even met, our lives would perch as fragile indeed, gathering tragedy every listening moment to lean over a dark cellar, of dark farewells."
    About The Author:
    Joe Taylor is the author of the novels PINEAPPLE, Oldcat & Ms. Puss: A Book of Days for You and Me and LET THERE BE LITE, OR, HOW I CAME TO KNOW AND LOVE GöDEL'S INCOMPLETENESS PROOF, as well as a book of stories, GHOSTLY DEMARCATIONS: STORIES. He is the director of Livingston Press at the University of West Alabama.
    Pages: 230  Size: 210x140mm 
    PublishedSagging Meniscus Press - June   2019
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
    List Price: 19.00 Pounds Sterling
    Availability: Temporarily Out of Stock, more expected soon
    Title: 10 of: 42

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