“I pass churches starting to fill up with black-suited people and I wonder what good that is. The mysteries of Jesus, the everlasting life, all that, what are we supposed to do with it when we can’t even figure shit in this life out? The dying won’t stop right here and now. I don’t know what heaven will do for a dog, anyway. I drive on past the steeples.”
Read this gut-socking story by Marvin Shackleford, originally appearing in Armchair/Shotgun, featured in this month’s Recommended Reading, presented by Electric Literature. Marvin is a literary dervish, whipping up all sorts of verbal froth out on his Texas Panhandle farm. I was so thrilled to include his story “The Kill Sign”in Armchair, and double-thrilled it’s now featured in E-Lit’s awesome online program.
I highly recommend you make your day a little more spectacular, and read it.
Our fabulous panelists were Paul Morris, formerly of BOMB, now Director of Membership, Marketing, and Literary Awards at PEN American Center; The Atavist founding editor Evan Ratliff; fellow lit-agent Erin Harris of Irene Skolnick; Halimah Marcus, Managing Editor at Electric Literature; and Tess Knoebel, Founding Editor of Abe’s Penny.
Thanks to Armchair/Shotgun managing editor Laura MacMillan for snapping photos.
We packed the house!
I was terrified I'd drop my iPad. So I put rubber cement on my fingertips.
Evan Ratliff of The Atavist and lit agent Erin Harris.
For a play-by-play of the night’s festivities, check out this great coverage from Electric Literature.
As you may recall, when I’m not writing novels or battling forty-story robots from the future, I also co-manage a literary magazine. I’m so proud and honored that Armchair/Shotgun is listed with nine other “Literary Heirs” today in New York Times Magazine.
“What distinguishes these 10 is that they’re not only intello-chic statements for your side table. They’re also really good reads.”