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The Whirligig Issues 3-9: Literary Magazine, 2000-2006 [Kindle Edition]

Nick Mamatas , Jeff Somers , Mike Cipra , Ann Sterzinger , Jim Munroe , Lyn Lifshin , Frank Marcopolos
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Book Description

SHORT DESCRIPTION:

This e-book collects the best of issues 3 through 9 of the widely-respected paper lit-journal, THE WHIRLIGIG. From 2000-2006, Frank Marcopolos edited the magazine, distributed worldwide by Tower Records, which garnered enthusiastic praise from critics, writers, and readers alike. As an editor, Marcopolos had a keen eye for up-and-coming talent. He published Khaled Hosseini (THE KITE RUNNER), Jeff Somers (THE ELECTRIC CHURCH/Avery Cates series for Orbit), Nick Mamatas (SENSATION), Ann Sterzinger (NUSQUAM), and many others before they were more broadly recognized as bright literary stars. This collection contains both short stories and poetry from an "underground culture" so diverse as to boast the likes of the urban hermitt, "Queen of the Small Presses" Lyn Lifshin, Richard Kostelanetz, Mike Cipra, Emerson Dameron, Rydell Bixby, Patrick King, and many, many more.

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These are stories of the 2 a.m. bar stool, of whiskey-scented cubicles, of mystical kangaroo caves, of prairie dog vacuums. They are stories of Socrates, of Asoka, of Pill Dombrowski, and of the amazing Martin Landawer. These are vital voices that echo within you long after out of earshot. Here is the authentic, the wild, the truth. Here is salvation scatter-shot through with shrapnel and firestorms and ferocity and lust and love.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM FROM THE PAPER VERSION:

"Packed with good yams...an energizing read!" - Broken Pencil magazine

"A goldmine of good fiction." - Xerography Debt magazine

"The Whirligig is one of the most important lit journals being produced in this country." - Karl Wenclas

"You get this true lion-roaring sense that Editor Frank Marcopolos knows what he likes, and how to read, and how to publish, and he has guts, and eats insects on Wheaties with bleach. He has made a fine thing here. I recall that Bukowski started writing slight, short stories and I think that maybe the folks in here, well – Marcopolos has discovered the next generation and is opening them up and allowing them to fly into our thick, chocolate, blood-hooded, and howling nights." - Michael Basinski, Curator, Rare Books Collection, SUNY Buffalo Libraries

“Wow. This e-book is an awesome collection of wildly imaginative fiction and tight, emotional poetry. Editor Frank Marcopolos put it all together in his acclaimed literary ‘zine The Whirligig back in the day. Marcopolos was one of the first to recognize talents such as Khaled Hosseini, and this is a compilation of issues 3-9 of The Whirligig. A fun, surprising read.” - Mike, on Goodreads.com

"I realize that many readers steer clear of fiction zines, whether from being burned by drivel in the past, or maybe that’s just not why they turn to zines in the first place. But there is fiction being written on the outskirts that is just as interesting as the confessional voices that draw so many people toward the underground to begin with. In my experience, The Whirligig is a very reliable source for that fiction, and I encourage you all to take a chance on something a little different. I even read the poetry (which I usually skip over) and actually enjoyed some of it despite myself! I think my favorite story this time was Frank Tempone’s “Absolute Gentleman”, which created tension out of thin air and made me care about what was happening (even when nothing was happening). He breaks all the “rules” of storytelling, and he tells a really good story." - Matt Fagan, Meniscus zine

"The Whirligig is a landmark….The Whirligig demonstrates the power of the literary underground; the full burst of energy that occurs when there’s a conjunction of zine talents. It’s almost like a “Greatest Hits” of zine writers." - Karl Wenclas, Zeen Beat

"Loki and Odin wrestle the frost giants to get their hands on each new issue of The Whirligig." - Michael Basinski, SUNY Buffalo

"Reading The Whirligig is the next best thing to going on summer vacation." Stephanie Holmes, Xerogra

Editorial Reviews

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"Packed with good yams...an energizing read!" - Broken Pencil magazine

"A goldmine of good fiction." - Xerography Debt magazine

"The Whirligig is one of the most important lit journals being produced in this country. [It] is a landmark....The Whirligig demonstrates the power of the literary underground; the full burst of energy that occurs when there's a conjunction of zine talents. It's almost like a "Greatest Hits" of zine writers." - Zeen Beat magazine

"You get this true lion-roaring sense that Editor Frank Marcopolos knows what he likes, and how to read, and how to publish, and he has guts, and eats insects on Wheaties with bleach. He has made a fine thing here. I recall that Bukowski started writing slight, short stories and I think that maybe the folks in here, well - Marcopolos has discovered the next generation and is opening them up and allowing them to fly into our thick, chocolate, blood-hooded, and howling nights." - Michael Basinski, Curator, Rare Books Collection, SUNY Buffalo Libraries

"I realize that many readers steer clear of fiction zines, whether from being burned by drivel in the past, or maybe that's just not why they turn to zines in the first place. But there is fiction being written on the outskirts that is just as interesting as the confessional voices that draw so many people toward the underground to begin with. In my experience, The Whirligig is a very reliable source for that fiction, and I encourage you all to take a chance on something a little different." - Matt Fagan, Meniscus magazine

About the Author

Frank Marcopolos is a former U.S. paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division and NCAA baseball player. He is an author and podcaster living in central Texas with his English bulldog, Kenneth. His written work has appeared in Broken Pencil magazine, The Urban Bizarre (anthology), The Whirligig, The Oracle, Scowlzine, and many other places. His first novel was the critically-acclaimed ALMOST HOME: The New Paltz Novel. The current book is a 10-story anthology, INFINITE ENDING, which is getting some nice reviews, thankfully.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2939 KB
  • Print Length: 435 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kykeon Media (March 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S3CY5Y
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unreal how much is in this collection! March 28, 2011
By litlife
Format:Kindle Edition
I found this collection after reading work by its editor Frank Marcopolos. When I looked into what was inside, I was really impressed with the variety of stories and poetry. For someone always looking for new and interesting fiction, you know the kind that's hard to find at B&N, I was not disappointed. I really enjoyed reading the early stories of some of the authors I already read - stuff not found elsewhere.

So, if you like reading some avante-garde fiction, and lots of it, I recommend this collection!
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