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Περί Pilotless Press (fb page | twitter) και άλλων δαιμονίων, στο Transparent Cities, από όπου και το απόσπασμα (και η φωτογραφία):

What does one have to do to get published by you?

Pilotless Press: The first step is to have written, and then revised, and then revised again. Then, one must read our Manifesto, and understand that we are operating in the present, which actually means that we operate in the perpetually unrealized future of a recent past. Lastly, and most importantly, we must like what we read, which is often modernist or postmodernist, without being overly pedantic about it.

And what are the no-nos?

Pilotless Press: Oh, we could ramble for hours. There are so many things we do not like, predominant among them Bad Writing. Also Good Boring Writing. Also Admirably Crafted Memoir Writing about Boring Lives (if you don’t have it, make it up). We could continue in this vein for hundreds of html lines, but we will restrict our answer to what we do not intend to publish in the near or far future: poetry, flash fiction, theater, anything remotely influenced by superficial readings in eastern philosophy, cooking. Another way to answer would be to be specific: we love short stories and novellas in the modernist/postmodernist tradition.

Το δεύτερο βιβλιαράκι με τη σφραγίδα (στην κυριολεξία) Pilotless Press, το This Coming Fall, κυκλοφορεί ήδη και το παραγγέλνετε εδώ.

This Coming Fall

These days it feels like we are living inside a failing machine. Enter the two-room apartment of This Coming Fall, though, and you begin to see just how far things could spin out of control. Walk from one room to the next and back again. Hear each room’s voice. You will soon realize these are the voices not of some dismal future, but of a present still obscured under the noise of our daily lives. But listen closely to the dialogue between them and one starts to resemble the voice of god, the other the voice of the faithful. Listen for long enough, and you will see that it could be the same voice after all, echoing from room to room and back again.

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So let’s turn our attention to the wonderful world of television. The fall season may be starting next week, but the battle of the buzz is already hot hot hot! Which reality shows are going to have us all talking, and which are going to have us all snoring? Well, new on The Coyote Network for Thursday nights at 21:00, we havePlantation, in which contestants will be competing to last the longest living like real old-time slaves on a traditional Georgia cotton plantation. Last man standing will receive “40 acres and a mule” – one luxurious mansion set on a 40 acre estate, and “The Mule”, a special, limited edition black-on-black Hummer. The hype for this show has been intense, with the promise of live broadcasts of whipping, hot-boxing and sexual abuse sure to make this format an even bigger hit than last season’s controversial smash, The Camp, which is also set to make a return to Coyote. QBS, not to be outdone, offers a novel twist on the job-application reality show with Who Wants to Clean up after a Millionaire? This new approach to a beloved format will see contestants compete to become multi-millionaire businessman Enron Hubbard’s personal valet. The network also claims to have completely revamped the aspirational talent show, Superstar Academy, following disappointing ratings last year. The new and improved format, which industry insiders are saying will make this the music show to watch, will place greater emphasis on fashion, style, and on the contestants’ ability to keep the media’s attention, no matter what it takes. Expect substance abuse, controversial rants and violent, reckless behaviour, and that’s not even counting that this year, every contestant will have to star in a high-quality sex tape as they all fight to stay in the spotlight. I don’t know about you, but I can hardly wait…

Pilotless Press, πτήση δεύτερη: This Coming Fall, του Μάθιου Γουίνστον.  Φυσικά και το θέλετε. 9 Οκτωβρίου στο Κέντρο Ελέγχου Τηλεοράσεων, και από τις 10 Οκτωβρίου εδώ.

The Mundane History of Lockwood Heights

A few words about the words

In the Mundane History of Lockwood Heights, a short story by Allen Kechagiar, a young man returns home after years of absence to find that, as always, some things have changed while others, as always, have remained the same. He comes back to the hometown he escaped from to try and sell the two things still left untouched on his body. His story, though, is just an illustration, a guide to lead you into the sunny corridors of Southern California, but never out of them. It is a symptom of suburbia receding in a fade-out that cannot be reversed. Of course, it could be read as the hidden tale of a family dissolving in the bowels of Southern California, or taught as the secret history of the State, dreaming itself into oblivion.

The Mundane History of Lockwood Heights is the first story in the System Socal story cycle, and will be available by Pilotless Press in September 2012 in a limited edition of 300 numbered copies.

The Mundane History of Lockwood Heights (Excerpt)

The Mundane History of Lockwood Heights, a short story by Allen Kechagiar, is the first release by Pilotless Press (code: PX001), due to be published in September 2012. A small excerpt follows:

I tell him that I’ve always thought of families as systems of arranged magnets. Their polarity affects their position in the system and their relative distance from each of the other members. Some elements of every family are drawn to one another.
     (others are repulsed)
Mothers to sons. Fathers to daughters. Siblings to each other. The polarity is affected by sexuality, although it is by no means the deciding factor. I tell him that most of the times the system is more complicated. A child is strongly repulsed by one parent, his mother for example, while weakly attracted by his father. Or, subtler still, the repulsive force is so slow, unstoppable and falsely weak, that year after year the son, the daughter, the estranged father or the scorned mother, is edged out of the system, in spite of love that is constantly stated but never given. The distance blooms into irreparable chasms.
I tell him that it’s all about polarity. How
     (if)
your magnet fits in the arrangement.
He doesn’t seem to be listening.

-Allen Kechagiar, The Mundane History of Lockwood Heights, 17