Black Clock 18: Literary “Director’s Cuts” reveal excised, alternative and reconsidered work by acclaimed writers
The issue features artistic detours by Aimee Bender, Tom Carson, Brian Evenson, Janet Fitch, Jonathan Lethem, Greil Marcus, Rick Moody, Geoff Nicholson, Joanna Scott, Susan Straight, David L. Ulin, Michael Ventura and Diana Wagman.
Valencia, CA (February 13) - Acclaimed literary journal Black Clock’s 18th issue features heretofore unpublished alternative versions of work by critically acclaimed writers. "In an age that defies the definitive, Black Clock 18 offers its version of the cinematic ‘director’s cut’,” said editor Steve Erickson. “Most authors have buried in their cyber-catacombs the book that got away, or the less compromised version of the published magnum opus stained with the blood of those darlings every writer learns must be killed; this edition of Black Clock is filled with those cherished artistic detours that finally were abandoned for the sake of the whole. From an alternate version of Brian Evenson’s The Open Curtain to an excised chapter of Aimee Bender’s The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, to a deleted excerpt from Greil Marcus’ The Shape of Things to Come, to a newly reconsidered version of a Jonathan Lethem story that originally appeared in another journal to Rick Moody’s ‘Thirteen Stories’ that turned into another book entirely to Joanna Scott’s ‘Untelling’ of her upcoming novel, Black Clock 18 either represents the resurrection or provides the final resting place of editorial decisions regretted, rued and reconciled."
Black Clock 18 writers Aimee Bender, David L. Ulin, Janet Fitch, Geoff Nicholson and Diana Wagman will take part in a reading celebrating the new issue. The event will take place on Sunday, April 6th at 4 pm at Mandrake , located at 2692 S La Cienega Blvd. in Los Angeles.
Published by California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and edited by Steve Erickson, Black Clock has become one of America’s leading literary journals since its inception in 2004. Black Clock 18 will be available in March at both independent bookstores around the country and at blackclock.org.
Singular, idiosyncratic and a little mysterious, Black Clock has featured such established authors as Don DeLillo, Richard Powers, Miranda July, Samuel R. Delany, Dana Spiotta, Lynne Tillman, William T. Vollmann and David Foster Wallace, along with a growing roster of striking literary debuts. Work appearing in Black Clock has been anthologized in best-of-the-year collections and nominated for O. Henry and Pushcart prizes, and two excerpted novels have gone on to win the National Book Award.
Black Clock's staff includes Steve Erickson, acclaimed novelist, critic and member of CalArts MFA Writing Program faculty in addition to being the magazine’s editor; senior editor and member of CalArts’ Writing Program faculty Bruce Bauman; managing editor Orli Low; assistant managing editor Joe Milazzo; production editor Anne-Marie Kinney and art director Ophelia Chong.
Published semi-annually by California Institute of the Arts’(CalArts) MFA Writing Program, Black Clock is available in print and PDF formats. Printing on demand now makes Black Clock greener than ever with print versions distributed in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Australia and beyond. Subscriptions are available at BlackClock.org/Subscribe. Single issue cover price: $17. To subscribe or for more information, visit BlackClock.org.