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Forrest Aguirre's (experimeditor) new book, Text: Ur, has already been released.

I will admit, up front, that Forrest bought a story off me for Leviathan Four: Cities a few years back, but that's not why Text is the Wednesday book post thing. Plenty of editors have bought my work, but I don't generally recommend their books, if I'm not involved. Sometimes, there's a reason for that. Sometimes not. In the case of Aguirre (switching to the less personal last name), however, I feel different. I've read three of the Aguirre edited books, from the co-edited Leviathan Three, to the single edited Leviathan Four, and the once again co-edited, The Nine Muses. (Jeff VanderMeer for the first, Deborah Layne for the second.) What has struck me about all of these books is just how concerned they are with being a book, being a unified whole, and a complete reading experience, rather than something you can dip in and out of, which is usually how I am with anthologies, as I find the unifying whole of most to me something that is absent. The art of putting together an anthology is a difficult one, and like any other kind of writing, a subjective one, but Aguirre's theme inspired anthologies seem to work for me as wholes, rather than bits.

Since the book is already out, there's none of that wait business, and after I go up the street and buy some drugs so I can go out this afternoon and teach, I will most likely come back and purchase it.

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(Anonymous)
Apr. 4th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC)
I should add this one to my reading list.

---factory farmer
frogworth
Apr. 4th, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
and after I go up the street and buy some drugs so I can go out this afternoon and teach

*heh heh*

I will be purchasing this among the suitcase-load of books I'm getting when I go o/s next week. (!!!1!! San Francisco for a week, then New York, Montreal Chicago. Three weeks all up. Bye bye money!)
benpeek
Apr. 4th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
me and the drugs are still fighting over being able to teach this afternoon. some days i lament not having sick pay.

you enjoy your time overseas, man. you going witht he band, or is it a holiday?
frogworth
Apr. 4th, 2007 04:25 am (UTC)
No band, no cello! Holy of holy days.
NOICE.

Sorry to hear from your illness. The flowers are in the mail.
benpeek
Apr. 4th, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)
jeez, man, a real holiday. such decadence (you think i'm joking, but i'm not).

those flowers better be nice.
frogworth
Apr. 4th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
I know, totally. See, my beef for a while with FourPlay vs work has been that I don't want to take off my hard-earned annual leave for touring with the fuckn band, leaving no time for actual holidays with the girlfriend.
So yeah, dis be REAL GUTT TING MON.
benpeek
Apr. 4th, 2007 04:44 am (UTC)
yeah, i totally see your issue. if i had a job with leave i'd feel the same way. not that writing takes me anywhere. or that i have a girlfriend. yet, despite these huge differences, i totally understand :)
frogworth
Apr. 4th, 2007 06:37 am (UTC)
See, that's why you are an author (other than the great language skillz thing) - you have an advanced sense of empathy.
ex_benpayne119
Apr. 4th, 2007 07:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was looking at that too... looks like one of the more interesting things around...

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