In 2009, Short Flight/Long Drive books put out Mary Miller’s first book, a story collection called Big World. Word got out and people ate her stories up. It was hard not to. They were blunt and tight little nuggets. Her first novel and Big 5 debut, The Last Days of California, comes out from Liveright […]

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The Lit List is a sometimes-weekly compendium of New York’s finest literary events and readings. Something we should know about? Email dish@electricliterature.com Monday, May 6 Ben Greenman launches his novel The Slippage at Franklin Park with Sam Lipsyte, Touré, Claire Vaye Watkins, Amelia Grey. You might have heard of them. Sackett Street folks Nick Dybek, Julie Sarkissian, [...]

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I’m not sure what to say about xTx that hasn’t already been said. Dennis Cooper says she is a “complete young literary god,” and that she’s “as great as it gets.” Alt Lit Gossip calls her a pillar of alt lit. Roxane Gay calls her “unreal,” and says that her writing “will surprise you with [its] [...]

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Rontel

Sam Pink’s Rontel, the first novel from innovative publisher Electric Literature, is a love letter to Chicago that’s full of unrequited affection, brimming with contempt and admiration, gratitude and spite. Subversive and shamelessly honest, Rontel is Knut Hamsun’s Hunger for the millennial generation, and deserves a place among the great works of loner fiction next to Céline, Fante, Camus, and Bukowski.

Joe Meno (Office Girl, Hairstyles of the Damned) says, “Funny as hell, searingly honest, and urgently real, Sam Pink’s Rontel puts to shame most modern fiction.” Vice Magazine calls Sam Pink “Moving without trying to be moving,” and Tao Lin, author of Shoplifting from American Apparel, says, “This is the funniest book I have ever read.”

Sam Pink is the author of eight novels, including Person and No Hellos Diet. He lives in Chicago.

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Also available on Nook and Kobo.

The print edition is available from Lazy Fascist Press.

Here’s what the critics are saying:

“Every time I pick up one of [Sam Pink's] books I’m encouraged that the state of writing is as good now as anytime. Sam Pink is the real deal. Simply one of the best, darkest, funniest, wildest, and touching writers we’ve got.”
-LA Review of Books

“[Sam Pink] is by far one of the most exciting, most inspiring novelists currently writing. [Rontel] may be his best work to date.”
-Thought Catalog

“The narrator’s deadpan recalls the laconic surrealism of Mitch Hedburg.”
-The Toronto Review of Books

Sam Pink’s narration is “wonderfully profane…a mix of vitriol and pity cut with just the right amount of self-aware humor.”
Chamber Four

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Joshua Mohr is the author of four novels, most recently Fight Song, launched on February 12th. An Arizona native, San Francisco has become Mohr’s literary home and the setting of his first three novels, among them Some Things That Meant the World to Me. Fight Song is a departure from his SF trilogy, a Wizard [...]

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1. A few people actually like to be an hour early for things. 2. Allison and Blake are glad The Moth is back in Portland.  3. The Moth makes Lauren and Veronica laugh and cry and sometimes wish the stories they hear were their stories, too.    Ophira Eisenberg hosted the third annual Moth at the Schnitz this [...]

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The Lit List is a sometimes-weekly compendium of New York’s finest literary events and readings. If there’s something you think we should know about, email dish@electricliterature.com. Monday, February 11 Franklin Park Reading Series: Lars Iyer, Karolina Waclawiak, Tim Horvath, Dylan Nice, Margarita Korol. #Wanderers, each and every one. James Lasdun discusses his new memoir, Give [...]

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1. The audience waiting for the reading to begin; Steve chatting ‘URL’ with his Spreecast viewers (the show was live-broadcasted and can be viewed here). 2. Archibald reading a recently-written ode to the deceased Dave Brubeck.   When I discovered a favorite writer/artist/inspiration by the name of Steve Roggenbuck would be stopping by my city during his tour, [...]

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1. The line felt short until it stopped moving and started to rain. 2. If you see two open seats in this picture, I’ll be mad because we sat in a dark raccoon hole behind the upper balcony.   On Thursday, the 5th Anniversary Mortified show, which is hosted by Egan Danehy, brought Sarah Adelhart, Serra [...]

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SONGS THAT I’VE LISTENED TO ON REPEAT FOR HOURS WHILE WORKING ON THE COMPUTER most of my waking life im on the computer !!!! this past year i dropped out of my mfa program and i’ve traveled many places to stay with frends while i blog full-time, people who i visit usualy want to show [...]

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