“The Strangest” and Numerous CCM Titles Included in Dennis Cooper’s Best of 2015

Dennis Cooper’s best of 2015 includes numerous CCM titles, *this guy’s* THE STRANGEST, Mark Doten’s THE INFERNAL, Eduoard Leve’s NEWSPAPER, Sean Kilpatrick’s SUCKER JUNE, Lucia Berlin’s A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN, Eileen Myles’ CHELSEA GIRLS, Lidia Yuknavitch’s THE SMALL BACKS OF CHILDREN, Mark Gluth’s THE GONERS, Sarah Jean Alexander’s WILDLIVES, Gregory Howard’s HOSPICE, Tosh Berman’s JUNE 1, 2014, Molly Gaudry’s DESIRE: A HAUNTING, Pierre Guyotat’s IN THE DEEP, Ashley Farmer’s THE FARMACIST, Anne Garréta’s SPHINX, Johannes Göransson’s THE SUGAR BOOK, Oliver Mol’s LION ATTACK!, Ben Fama’s FANTASY, Noah Cicero’s BIPOLAR COWBOY, Sonya Vatomsky’s SALT IS FOR THE CURING, Thomas Moore’s SKELETON COSTUMES, Heather Christle’s HELIOPAUSE, Paul Cunningham’s GOAL/TENDER MEAT/TENDER, Joyelle McSweeney’s THE NECROPASTORAL: POETRY, MEDIA, OCCULTS, Gary Lutz’ THE GOTHAM GRAMMARIAN, Lucy K Shaw’s THE MOTION, Janice Lee’s RECONSOLIDATION, Mira Gonzalez/Tao Lin’s SELECTED TWEETS, numerous Boss Fight Books titles, and more.

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Jay Slayton-Joslin interviewed me over at Cultured Vultures

Powerhouse lit citizen Jay Slayton-Joslin interviewed me about Camus, writing Young Adult, THE STRANGEST, and more for Cultured Vultures.

So writing books, as well as creating them through indie powerhouse Civil Coping Mechanisms, what challenges does that bring to your writing and personal life?
Exhaustion, the threat of burning out. Hmm, the lack of a life or being able to actually sit still and not do anything. You know, just relax and, I don’t know, watch TV, without thinking about what I’m working on at the moment. I’m definitely a workaholic. There’s no doubt about it; I never feel right, “normal,” if I’m not working on multiple things at once. If I have nothing to do, I feel useless. Yeah, lots of long hours, less sleep, and the feeling of time passing at a rapid rate. I wish it would just slow down once in awhile.

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CCM is Hiring \m/ \m/

CCM — Deputy Editor

*line-editing manuscript for final

*content-editing manuscript for final

*weekly reports to the publisher

*collaboration via email (or whatever channels are agreed upon between editor and author) with author

*(added bonus) typesetting/interior book design

As an editor for CCM, your primary duty will be to line-edit assigned manuscripts. You will work with the author on any/all content edits that may inevitably arise within the deadlines allotted. This typically means the manuscript is assigned to you between 2-4 months before publication.

You will be assigned a CCM email address and from there you’ll be equipped with the ability to work and collaborate with the author(s) of each assigned project.You will be required to provide the publisher (me) a weekly update, typically at the end of the business week, a Friday, detailing out current progress on the manuscript(s). As you can imagine, the content will vary greatly from project-to-project. Some might be fiction; others could be poetry. CCM has acquired titles that defy categorical designation; however, this is the beauty of CCM and what our readership has come to expect. I hope you’ll take the challenge with excitement, seeing how no two manuscripts will ever be the same.

Typesetting skills in InDesign are optional but a definite plus. Though I expect to be the one responsible for laying out the book for print, as editor, you are within your role to suggest layout/design preferences that may reveal itself during the editing of the manuscript. It’s not uncommon to discover a better means of laying out a poem, dialog, or whole chapters than what the author used in the original manuscript.

**FOUR POSITIONS ARE AVAILABLE. IF INTERESTED, SEND RESUME/COVER LETTER (Yeah, I know, but I need to know a little about you too) TO Michael@copingmechanisms.net **

CCM Managing Editor 

*managing daily CCM/Copeland-brand social media presence (FB, Twitter, Tumblr)

*processing direct orders received via CCM site

*processing bulk/bookstore orders received

*press site updates

*answering general email from readers, fans, authors, etc.

As the managing editor of CCM, you are responsible for the daily performance of the press. Your daily duties will consist of posting/sharing content related to CCM’s titles on FB, Twitter, and Tumblr. The majority of this content will be reviews, interviews, and other grassroots promotion from both author and the rest of the literary community. Though not much of a taxing job, it will require that you be online at least 3 times a day, preferably during the key “prime time” moments when social media is most active (morning, 930am/1030am est | afternoon 3-4pm est | evening 8-9pm est) in order to spread awareness and to be involved.

In addition to managing the CCM internet presence, you will be tasked with keeping track of the orders email account, processing any and all orders that come in. Additionally, the CCM site will need to be updated whenever a new review or piece of significant promo is published about one of the books. Lastly, you will be responsible with CCM’s general email accounts (such as info@copingmechanisms.net). The majority of these emails will be spam; however, it’s important to check because the occasional submission or order ends up in the wrong account.

**ONE POSITION IS AVAILABLE. IF INTERESTED, SEND RESUME/COVER LETTER (Yeah, I know, but I need to know a little about you too) TO Michael@copingmechanisms.net **

I lived in an airport for a book and wrote about it for Electric Literature

My airport performance art retrospective went live today over at Electric Literature. In the essay, I detail out the motivations, confusions, considerations, and various inebriations that transpired over the 48 hour period. If you give it a read, hope it sounds as crazy as it felt. Here’s a sample from the essay:

The idea was simple yet absurd: Live in an airport for forty-eight hours to promote my latest book, The Fun We’ve Had. This would be long enough to feel stranded, and more than enough to feel distanced from the blasé of daily routine. At the time, I didn’t know how long that would actually be. I feared that I’d barely make it past the twelve-hour mark.I feared that I’d barely make it past the twelve-hour mark.

I would remain online and available, tweeting and posting for the duration of the performance. It sounded like fun, maybe, but it helped that I wasn’t alone at the airport, joined by Kyle Muntz, a good friend and author of a number of books, including his most recent, Green Lights.

It helped that the airport functioned as a suitable metaphor for the book’s setting, given that being in an airport is a lot like being lost at sea. So many places and possibilities to drift, but not if you don’t already know where it is that you’re going. In the case of Kyle and I, we weren’t going anywhere. We weren’t actually getting on an airplane. We remained in stasis, disconnected from all tethers except the digital variety for the entire duration of the performance.

This was a performance.

This was an experiment.

And it was also a sort of nontraditional celebration of a book’s official publication because, in theory, I wanted to do something totally different, even if it ended up being a failure.

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Jeremy Maddux interviewed me for the Surreal Grotesque

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Feeling a little down-and-out myself right now, so I’ll let Jeremy Maddux’s excellent podcast copy do most of the fighting, but Jeremy and I spoke for a little under an hour about everything from “Sugar” Willem Floures, the main character of my latest novel, “The Laughter of Strangers,” to Alt Lit and social media. I’m happy to have been featured on the podcast and hope my whiskey-rambling makes sense to those that listen.

I spoke with Michael Seidlinger about his latest novel, boxing centric The Laughter of Strangers, and his own shortlived boxing background. We also talked about relationships that may or may not have inspired the soul devouring Claire from My Pet Serial Killer, why you should change up your writing approach occasionally, where America goes from here after the Nuclear Family paradigm and the social networking phenomenon. This interview was a lot like a boxing match. Michael’s got a strong chin, took everything I threw at him!

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Eddy Rathke interviewed me for Monkeybicycle

Eddy Rathke is one hell of an interviewer. As per the style of the interview series, 52 interviews 52 weeks, each interview being 5 questions, Eddy chose those questions wisely. Some really great ones. Here’s a sample from the interview:

Mb: Along with the books you seem to always be writing, you also took over Civil Coping Mechanisms. How has publishing affected your own writing? What is your goal as a publisher?

MJS: I kind of view this as two pieces of one heart, if you will—I’m extremely thrilled and humbled to have the opportunity to publish such an amazing array of talent. I’d be lying if I said the publishing side didn’t cut into my own writing. Got no room for any complaints though: I love every moment of it, be it the buzzed, alcoholic moments shared between publisher and author at a bar a the dead end of night or the anguished research and accounting that goes with keeping the books in check. I’d rather die than let this opportunity go to waste.

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The Mysterious “Mourning Goats” Gave Me the 20-Questions

I’m not the first to face off against the infamous Mourning Goats. In fact, I’m No. 59. I like odd numbers. 59 seems like a number given to the underdog. I’m fine with that.

Among questions dealing with the writing craft and my role at Civil Coping Mechanisms, Goats asks me about my next book, The Laughter of Strangers. This may or may not be the first time I’ve explained the basic premise of the novel. Here’s what I said:

The Laughter of Strangers is about a boxer celebrity named Willem Floures on the tail end of his career, struggling to remain the current “most noteworthy” version of himself. This is a world where fighting in the ring means fighting yourself. You face the versions that decided differently; you wage war with the versions that want to be the penultimate, the one that best represents “Willem Floures.” This is a story about the version that had it all and yet still wants more, he wants to keep fighting and is willing to do whatever it takes, even if it means losing himself in the process.

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My Pet Serial Killer is one of Dennis Cooper’s favorite books of 2013 so far.

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Dennis Cooper included My Pet Serial Killer as one of his favorites of 2013 so far along with a lot of great books, films, and music. Some of the notable books include Crapalachia by Scott McClanahan, Taipei by Tao Lin, In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods by Matt Bell, Throne of Blood by Cassandra Troyan, Bluebird and Other Tattoos by Luna Miguel, Young Americans by Jordan Castro, and Happy Rock by Matthew Simmons.

 

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