Shane Jones has a new awesome novel out & loves cycling barefoot

It’s called Daniel Fights a Hurricane. It’s supposedly awesome. Here’s what I can say, not having read it yet: based on the excerpts I’ve seen so far, it’s gonna be pretty amazing and reading it is going to be wild. It will start off kind of normal and then slowly it will fill with weird ideas and things that kind of make no sense and all this weird stuff just buzzes around your head, one weird buzzing thing on top of the other, everything buzzing and vibrating, until the buzzing starts to be real pleasurable, like taking a bath after a long day and finding out you’re slowly being surrounded by really friendly fish that glow and give off warmth and looking at the fish and just going with it.
We ran one such excerpt in The Milan Review of the Universe and, just the other day, fellow TMROTU author Blake Butler interviewed Shane for So, you know, you should buy yourself a copy of Shane’s new book, like from here. We’re not saying you have to, just that you should, if you care about being a good, well-rounded person who likes to have his or her mind blown. If, on the other hand, you want to be dull and evil, then you can eff off back to your house on square island.

Note: We were thinking of ending this post here, but then we asked Shane for a picture, and he sent us the one above. Once we saw it, we knew we were going to have to ask Shane a few important questions.

The Milan Review: Shane, what is up. Explain yourself.
Shane Jones: I call this “Sadness with big bird feet.”

Explain some more. It looks like you’re practicing for the barefoot Tour de France.
The photo was taken during a photo shoot for NYLON magazine. This one never made it because, well, it’s awful? I mean, I love the picture, but there’s something unsettling about it. I think it’s funny.

Are you a cycling fan?
Yes. I am a cycling fan. Yes. I use to race when I was a teenager. I have the scrawny frame for cycling.

What about good old fashioned American sports, like football?
I follow the Buffalo Bills. I lived in Buffalo for five years. The team is a lovable group of losers and I just can’t stop watching them. Here’s my prediction for 2012: Buffalo in the AFC Championship. I’ll watch the game barefoot, on my stationary bike.

Six new books from The Milan Review!

Giorgia Malatrasi, Clancy Martin, Lele Saveri, Sammy Harkham and then Johnny Ryan, Ratigher, Deb Olin Unferth and Sarah Manguso: here’s the final list of incredible people whose work we’ll be publishing this fall/winter. Some of it will be in English (precisely, the stuff coming from the first four will be) and the rest will be in Italian.

We’re also taking the chance to announce here, formally, the Third Issue of The Milan Review. Coming December 2012. It shall be named The Milan Review Of Clancy Martin. It will have a subtitle, too, which will be: Travels in Central America. It will be hardback. It will include original drawings by Sammy Harkham, and the whole issue will be taken up by one long story or, if you wish, one short novel or, if you want to be precise, a novella. Said work will be penned by Mr. Clancy Martin and it will be so good it will make you want to uproot your life to become his personal assistant just on the off-chance that one day he could invite you to play a game of tennis with him.

The KutiKuti Guide to Finland

Kuti KutiNew release! The KutiKuti Guide to Finland, aka the most Finnish book of weird comics of them all. It includes: Santa Claus in space, beer-drinking lynxes, emotionally unavailable men, castration, death metal, saunas and traditional Finnish folk tales. Also: owls.

KUTIKUTI is a comic art studio & association located in Helsinki, Finland. They are twelve people with awesome names who collectively make, publish and teach comics: Sami Aho, Heta Bilaletdin, Roope Eronen, Jarno Latva-Nikkola, Soren Mosdal, Tommi Musturi, Pauliina Makela, Aapo Rapi, Heikki Ronkko, Anna Salaimaa, Jari Vaara, Amanda Vahamaki, Mikko Vayrinen. There you go: twelve awesome names, all in a row.

We published this book thanks to the involvement of VOLTA Footwear, nice lads who make comfortable shoes and, most importantly, dig cool books. So head on to The Store to have a peek inside and nag yourself a copy. It’s very affordable, considering how awesome it is: just 10 euros / 12 bucks. As our friend said, “Ah, cheap & chic.” Our friend works in fashion. Doye.

The Milan Review on The Paris Review

The Paris Review published an excerpt from The Milan Review of the Universe—Clancy Martin’s excellent “An event in the stairwell”. Lorin Stein—The Paris Review editor—also had some very nice things to say about our journal. He called it “egregiously handsome”, which made us try to cover our blushing and shrug it off like it’s no big deal. He also wrote that we let him run the story in the spirit of international fraternità, which was immensely cool.

Read Clancy’s story and Lorin’s introduction here.