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recommending two books that aren't novels

I am recommending two books that aren't novels! 

* The first issue of Coilhouse Magazine is finally in print.  Mine arrived in the mail yesterday and I went into a fugue state just gazing at all the gorgeously strange photographs.  It's a pleasure to find articles with such strong emphasis on visual arts and music that are actually well written, with smarts, passion, and humor.  Coilhouse explores a rich and varied range of artistic interests: check out their blog for a sense of what they're about.  In their own words: "a collection of articles, interviews, rants, musings & imagery showcasing the planet's bravest explorers of Ye Olde Future."  It's all over the place in terms of genre/media, but with a strong aesthetic and philosophical sensibility running through it: everything you find in Coilhouse feels like it truly belongs there, even if it doesn't belong anywhere else.  I love the stuff they're into, so if you do too, I highly recommend the magazine. 

* The Non-Adventures of Wonderella are collected in a book, available for pre-order!  I've raved about this webcomic before and now I can rave about it in non-virtual format.  It is brilliant and funny as hell.  If you order The Non-Adventures of Wonderella, Volume 1: Everybody Ever Forever directly from the Wonderella website, the author (Justin Pierce) will sign your book, and possibly even doodle in it for you.  The site says "Pre-order by September 1st to save"-- I'm not quite clear on what you'll save; perhaps the world?  Maybe not, but do you really want to take that chance?

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the bard endures

At McSweeney's, "Hamlet (Facebook News Feed Edition)" by Sarah Schmelling:

The king poked the queen.

The queen poked the king back.

Hamlet and the queen are no longer friends.

Marcellus is pretty sure something's rotten around here.

Hamlet became a fan of daggers.


And Wonderella discovers (the Cliff's Notes of) Hamlet!


(Every day I was workshopping at Sycamore Hill, trying to come up with insightful comments about all those stories, I had to maintain the strictest control to stop myself from saying "I liked all the metaphors best!"  That's some iron self-discipline right there.)