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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: 20.99 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 1 of: 33
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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: 9.99 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 2 of: 33
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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: 13.99 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 3 of: 33
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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: 9.99 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 4 of: 33
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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: 9.99 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 5 of: 33
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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: 13.50 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 6 of: 33
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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: 9.99 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 7 of: 33
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    Title: Grief Songs
    By (author): Jack Foley
    ISBN10-13: 1944697489 : 9781944697488
    On June 4th, 2016, poet Jack Foley’s wife, Adelle Foley, who was (as she told her doctor) “never sick,” was diagnosed with stomach cancer; she died on June 27th. They had been married for nearly fifty-five years and were an exceptionally close couple. Adelle was also a poet and, like Jack, had published widely. He wrote about her, “How can there be sunlight and you not in it?” In the months after her death, with extraordinary courage and directness, Jack opened his heart with a series of poems and letters to his friends, many of whom responded with poems of their own. These documents of intense necessity, brought together, make up the deeply moving collection that is Grief Songs: an expression, certainly, of a year of desperate grief, but more essentially, of a lifetime of love.
    About The Author:
    Jack Foley (born 1940) has published thirteen books of poetry, five books of criticism, and VISIONS AND AFFILIATIONS (Pantograph Press, 2011), a "chronoencyclopedia" of California poetry from 1940 to 2005. His radio show, Cover to Cover, is heard on Berkeley station KPFA every Wednesday at 3; his column, Foley's Books, appears in the online magazine, The Alsop Review. With his late wife, Adelle, Foley performed his work (often "multi-voiced" pieces) frequently in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is continuing to work with others. With poet Clara Hsu, Foley is co- publisher of Poetry Hotel Press. In 2010 Foley was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Berkeley Poetry Festival, and June 5, 2010 was proclaimed "Jack Foley Day" in Berkeley.
    Pages: 202 
    PublishedSagging Meniscus Press - September   2017
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
    List Price: 13.50 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 8 of: 33
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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: 10.99 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 9 of: 33
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    Title: Inside the World
    Sub-title: As Al Lehman
    By (author): Marvin Cohen
    ISBN10-13: 1944697586 : 9781944697587
    Al Lehman is a bourgeois Everyman, whose true nature is mysterious, radically unformed, incomplete, and frustrated, even as the quotidian circumstances of his life are drearily grounded in a fixed temporal reality. In this episodic novel, comic and philosophical, written in the late 70s in Cohen’s highly idiosyncratic and extraordinarily poetic language, different aspects of Lehman’s quest to exist in the scope of finitude, in the belly of a universe that does not fully nourish him, but is the source of all nourishment, are brilliantly distilled. Inside the World: As Al Lehman is a companion novel to Women, and Tom Gervasi, whose central figure could be Lehman’s wish-fulfilling dream projection: a Don Juan who exists in a world of limitless physical and emotional gratification. Taken together, the two novels comprise a kind of comedic Either/Or that explores a wide range of the merits and demerits of the real and ideal.
    Pages: 240 
    PublishedSagging Meniscus Press - June   2018
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
    List Price: 19.50 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 10 of: 33

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