Valley: A Novel
Novel. ."..the book jumps from genre to genre, turning the author, Mike Daily, into a young Frankenstein, concocting his own literary monster (by using) a pastiche of journal entries, newspaper dippings, poetry and screenplay scenes..." (Warp Magazine). Daily's novel begins with a list of the zero other books he has written and ends with several blank pages for "notes, " and, at points between, touches on topics ranging from Dostoevsky to the absence of the letter "Q" on most soda machines. The book is tentatively set in the post-apocalyptic/present-day moonscape of the San Fernando Valley, sports chapter-tides such as "long-distance methamphetamine lamentations" and "the bathroom god, " and features hand-written marginalia, a burnt page "specially singed (sic) by the poet, " and a pervasive sense of aesthetic indeterminacy interrupted regularly by bouts of hilarity: "Freya was making dinner and I was leafing through Gunshot and Stab Wounds, a brochure I must have picked up at the hospital, when someone knocked at the door." Daily lives in the San Fernando Valley, where he edits international BMX magazines.
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Angle Antonin Artaud barbecue bathroom beat Beat Happening beer bong called CAMERA Christie Brinkley cigar cigarette Click coffee cyclops Dharma Bums dice Doodad drink dude Earl Parker FANTASY ISLAND Finn Freya fridge front fuck fuckin giant girlfriend goes goin gonna haiku handed happened heard Henry Chinaski inside INTERVIEWER Jerzy Kosinski Kenneth Patchen kitchen area knock laughed Leonard Cohen living looked marginalia mean Mexicali MICK NELLINGTON night Okay opened parked Pause peephole picked play POET pull Richard Brautigan roll San Fernando Valley SECURITY GUARD shit shut the door six butts sleep smoke started STRANGER stuff talk tape tell Thanks there's thought Three's Company told tonight tryin turned typewriter walked watching What's white boy writing Yeah