This piece was originally published on December 5, 2018. It is now accompanied by a dramatic reading performed by the author.

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My notes for a potential story about Brad’s face on the evening of November 8, 2016

Start with some general thoughts about Brad, maybe just the grass in Brad’s backyard and his cool studio/garage area. Focus on the small stuff that I like about Brad. How nice it was for him to invite us over for the election suicide party. How the night is blurry, and how I don’t really remember my children being there, but instinctively feel that my children were there to witness to Brad’s face. Relate that there, at Brad’s house, Brad’s face happened. Share that to this day Brad’s face on the evening of November 8, 2016 haunts me as a vacant, soul-baring portrait of American loss. Write something clever, call it “a piercing reflection of a deeply fucked moment.” Talk about the not-Brad things of the evening? Maybe throw in the junk food we stress ate in the car on the way to Brad’s, or how beautiful Jenny was in white. Potentially allude to the future we’re living and the one that might occur. Transition through the hope then, the fear then, and end with the reality now. It’s hard to talk in a controlled manner about a hell we’re all in, but like try to do that for a few sentences. For sure talk about Brad’s face once more, right here at the end.

 

I published my first book, 49 Venezuelan Novels (Bottlecap Press), about two years ago. Here is an audio commentary of the book done by me. For the optimal experience, download the video off YouTube and burn the video onto a DVD-R. Mark the DVD-R as “The DVD Commentary of 49 Venezuelan Novels Deluxe Edition” with a black Sharpie. Slide the disc into a DVD player. Make sure you’re watching this on a CRT television—no flat screen TVs allowed, though a CRT flat screen is acceptable (in fact, I used to have one). Make sure to watch it with only one other friend. Hopefully they are a friend. Thank you for your time.

 

If you enjoy the commentary, you may purchase the book here.

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Interesting commentary on the minimalist poetry of TNB contributor Aram Saroyan:

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These interviews were conducted for the feature documentary, An Escort’s Journal, by Jeff Ragsdale.

An interview from An Escort’s Journal, a documentary film, produced and directed by Jeff Ragsdale.

The trailer for Every Love Story is a Ghost Story (Viking), the new biography of the late David Foster Wallace, by D.T. Max.

 

Coming soon from TNB Books. Stay tuned…

 

A conversation with the author of selected unpublished blog posts of a mexican panda express employee.