A nice spotlight on Dostoyevsky Wannabe over at The London Magazine by Robert Greer.
Greer describes the presses radical approach to publishing, in both design, distribution, and content:
“With their books retailing at around £5 each, accessibility seems to me an important part of Dostoyevsky Wannabe, and the most obvious comparison for me is the independent record label K Records in 1980s Olympia, Washington. Similarly to Dostoyevsky Wannabe, K Records ideology was based around using the technology of the day to democratise the process of making lots of art, by capitalising on the cheapness and malleability of cassette tape technology. For Dostoyevsky Wannabe, the 2018 version of this vision is to capitalise on the tools of late capitalism.”
The books are so beautifully designed. I feel very fortunate to have my book Play Yr Kardz Right with them. A terrific press with so much creative energy. One of the centres of the literary renaissance of small presses and record labels. As Greer says, “The common strand between all them is a DIY spirit and an experimental ethic which makes Dostoyevsky Wannabe feel less like a traditional publishing house and more a platform for innovative artists and innovative literature.”
“There are so many that it is difficult to keep up, but it is worth keeping up with them on social media to see what they have going on. Their books are good, and cheap. Buy them, read them.”
The counter culture is alive and well. Cheap and beautiful and mind altering. Long may they live!
indie-pop, post-punk, new wave and sixties music.
Scared to Dance. London.
Wee interview over at Swimmer’s Club:
The all new swimmer’s club. Now over at the classic indie press Dostoyevsky Wannabe:
FASCINATING 12 MIN DOCUMENTARY FROM FAYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
“Less a confessional documentary than a mixtape that samples a copious personal archive, “This is Yates” pan-n-scans a wide track of time, running from the near-present back beyond pre-pubescence to home movies of time before birth.”
Available over here from the classic indie press Dostoyevsky Wannabe:
Seven of my current loves over at Swimmer’s Club.
It is hard to choose seven.
They are only seven.
But maybe a good seven.
There is the Czech nomadic surrealism of Lukas Tomin, the Canadian surrealism of Guy Maddin. Sun Araw, The Seventh Seal, Leonora Carrington, Chika Sagawa. So many greats. What a life!
Check it out:
Sneaky peek slash preview of some poems from Play Yr Kardz Right coming soon from the fabulous indie press Dostoyevsky Wannabe.
Over at Swimmer’s Club:
I answered some questions about Why I Write over at Slow Culture. A series that continues what George Orwell started over 80 years ago. A wee promo for my upcoming book Play Yr Kardz Right from Dostoyevsky Wannabe. Very shot minimalist answers about nomadic travel, surrealism, psychedelics etc. Trying to define yourself is like to trying to bite your own teeth, said Alan Watts.
Here is my picture. I don’t normally look this slick!
Check it out here at Slow Culture:
MY MARRIED TO THE MOB VEGAS MIX, IN ANTICIPATION OF MY FORTHCOMING BOOK, PLAY YR KARDZ RIGHT. THERE ARE SOME VEGAS POEMS IN THERE (THE FIRST REAL CITY OF MY AMERICAN IMMIGRATION)
COMING SOON FROM INDIE PRESS DOSTOEVSKY WANNABE IN AUGUST 2017.
CHECK OUT THE MIXTAPE OF MUSIC AT ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB: